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Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Team in CAPS)

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

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

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Baltimore at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

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

Atlanta – Atlanta reported no injuries

Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

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

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

Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles Rams reported no injuries

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

Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

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

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

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.

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

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

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

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

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

Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m.

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

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

Chicago at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

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

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

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Carolina
QUESTIONABLE: WR Devin Funchess (Back)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New England
OUT: TE Dwayne Allen (Knee)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Other notable performances from Sunday include:

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

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

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

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

Some of week 13’s Sunday highlights…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Playoff Scenarios for Week 13

NFC

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

Los Angeles clinches NFC West division title with:

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

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

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

AFC

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

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The NFL announced Wednesday the following schedule changes for Week 13 (December 2) and Week 14 (December 9).

In Week 13 (December 2), the Los Angeles Chargers-Pittsburgh game originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on CBS will move to 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Additionally, the San Francisco-Seattle game will move from 8:20 p.m. on NBC to 4:25 p.m. on FOX.

In Week 14 (December 9), the Los Angeles Rams-Chicago game scheduled for 1 p.m. on FOX will move to 8:20 p.m. on NBC. The Pittsburgh-Oakland game originally scheduled for 8:20 p.m. on NBC will move to 4:25 p.m. on FOX.

The following is the final Week 13 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, November 29
New Orleans at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon

Sunday, December 2
Baltimore at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at New England, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 3
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

The following is the final Week 14 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, December 6
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon

Sunday, December 9
ATLANTA at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Denver at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago. 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 10
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN