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The inlaws and other relatives have taken over the house and your Aunt Roxanne has made her green been and bacon casserole (it’s so bad even the dog won’t touch it!). It’s Thanksgiving, the leaves are changing and falling, temperatures are getting cooler and Friday sales are going on.

It’s also a football feast, as week 12 gets underway in the National Football League. There are three games on the docket for the Thursday where we overdo on the food and listen to Uncle Harry’s bad jokes again. It’s two of the teams that have tradionally played on Turkey Day taking the stage first, as Detroit and Minnesota meet in the Motor City at 12:30 on FOx to start things off (think of it as the grazing food, the snacks, the nuts and cheese, cookies if you will). Then in the middle of the afternoon, Dallas hosts the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:30 p.m. on CBS (it’s the main course) and things conclude on Thursday night as the New York Giants and Washington meet in Landover at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

Some Turkey Day numbers submitted for your approval (it’s a lot better than your cousin Cathy’s Egg Nog Cookies! Those things are so bad even the squirrels won’t touch them!)

The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:

TEAM (W-L-T)
Dallas (30-18-1)
Detroit (37-38-2)
Los Angeles Chargers (2-1-1)
Minnesota )5-2)
New York Giants (7-4-3)
Washington (2-7)

The most consecutive wins on Thanksgiving:

TEAM (SEASONS; CONSECUTIVE WINS)
Philadelphia (1939-2014; 6)
Dallas (1980-85; 6)
Detroit (1950-55; 6)
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1979-present; 5)*
Chicago Bears (1930-34; 5)
Detroit (2013-present; 4)*
*Active streak

The players with the most career passing yards and touchdown passes on Thanksgiving:

PASSING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES – PASSING YARDS)
Tony Romo, Dallas (10 – 2,338)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (7 – 2,219)*
Troy Aikman, Dallas (10 – 2,174)^
Danny White, Dallas (10 – 1,545)
Bart Starr, Green Bay (6 – 1,345)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES – TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Tony Romo, Dallas (10 – 18)
Matthew Stafford, Dallas (7 – 15)*
Bobby Layne, Detroit (8 – 14)^
Danny White, Dallas (10 – 14)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (10 – 11)^
Brett Favre, Green Bay (4 – 11)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

The active franchises with the highest winning percentages on Thanksgiving (minimum five games):

TEAM (W-L-T, WINNING PCT.)
Philadelphia (6-1, .857)
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (5-2, .714)
Miami (5-2, .714)
Minnesota (5-2, .714)
New York Giants (7-4-3, .636)

Note: tie games prior to 1972 do not count in winning percentage

TEAM (SEASONS; YEARS BETWEEN THANKSGIVING DAY APPEARANCES)
San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (1969-2017; 48)
New York Giants (1938-1982; 44)
San Francisco (1972-2011; 39)
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (1970-2009; 39)
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1965-2004; 39)

The most career receptions and receiving yards on Thanksgiving:

RECEPTIONS

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES, RECEPTIONS)
Jason Witten, Dalals (14, 73)*
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (9, 55)
Herman Moore, Detroit (10, 51)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (10, 49)^
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (13, 42)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RECEIVING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES, RECEIVING YARDS)
Herman Moore, Detroit (10, 834)
Jason Witten, Dallas (14, 809)*
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (9, 769)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (10, 722)^
Tony Hill, Dallas (9, 622)
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – PASSING YARDS)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (November 26, 1998 – 455)^
Kirk Cousins, Washington (November 24, 2016 – 449)
Tony Romo, Dallas (November 22, 2012 – 441)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (November 22, 2012 – 441)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

If you can somehow get yourself away from having to deal with the inlaws and make sure that the bird is fully cooked and that Uncle Chuck doesn’t tell any dirty jokes in front of the kids, there’s football to be watched. Make sure there’s plenty of food and watch your cousin Connie. Remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

For generations of Americans, the tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are historically intertwined. Turkey and the NFL. They’re BFFs.

On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 – then the largest in professional football history – watched the Chicago Bears play the Chicago Cardinals to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field (they probably ate durning halftime and got full). In 1934, the Detroit Lions and the defending world champion Bears squared off on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast, with NBC radio on the call and the rest, they say was history (we’re still not sure if the Lions or Bears liked dark meat or white or if they went back for seconds). This year, the three holiday games will be played inside stadiums with a combined capacity of over 230,000 and will be aired to millions across the country and around the world.

The 2017 installment of Thanksgiving Day football will feature a tripleheader for the 12th consecutive season. The Lions will play their 78th Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 50th since 1966. The Giants and Redskins will play in their 15th and 10th games, respectively, on the holiday. The Vikings will play in their eighth and the Chargers will play in their fifth Thanksgiving game.

As for last week’s picks,

Two of the three contests for Thursday are divisional matchups, which could have a bearing in the post-season. There will be a lot of eating, a lot of bad jokes and someone getting stuck at the kid’s table with their ugly cousins. That’s life. It’s also the start of week 12 in the National Football League. Here’s hoping the food is good, the family is healthy and the football is to your liking (just watch out for Connie… she’s been known to wipe out a buffet!). Here are the Thursday picks for week 12.

Minnesota (8-2) at Detroit (6-4), 12:30 p.m. on FOX. Thursday’s matchup marks the second consecutive Thanksgiving meeting between the Vikings and Lions, and the fifth overall meeting on the holiday. Last season, Detroit cornerback DARIUS SLAY intercepted a pass with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and kicker Matt Prater converted the game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Lions’ 16-13 win.

The Vikings lead the NFC North with an 8-2 record and have won six consecutive games. Detroit, who has won three in a row and is 6-4 on the season, trails Minnesota by two games in the division.

Detroit enters Week 12 following a 27-24 win at Chicago last week. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 299 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and Matt Prater converted the game-winning 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining in the fourth quarter in the team’s win. Detroit trailed 21-17 at the intermission at Soldier Field before they rallied to take the win on the road in the Windy City. Chicago rushed for 222 yards, outrushing Detroit, who tallied 65 (Chicago’s Jordan Howard led all rushers with 125 yards and a TD) in the NFC North matchup. The Lions were 3 of 10 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:36, while Da Bears held on to the pigskin for 29:24, going 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down. In seven career games on Thanksgiving Day, Stafford has passed for 2,219 yards (317 per game) and 15 touchdowns, both the second-most in NFL history.

Minnesota also picked up a win last Sunday, taking the Los Angeles Rams 24-7 at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota broke a 7-7 tie at the half as the Vikings scored their final 17 points in the fourth quarter and did it unchallenged. Minnesota outrushed the Rams 171-45, while Case Keenum threw for 280 yards with a TD and no interceptions. For Los Angeles, Jared Goff threw for 225 yards but was sacked twice in the road loss. The Vikings on third down in the Land of 10,000 Lakes went 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 37:22, while the Rams were 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:38.

The Lions have won their past four Thanksgiving Day games by a combined score of 135-54. With a win on Thursday, Detroit will tie the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers (five consecutive wins, 1979-present) and Chicago Bears (five, 1930-34) for the fourth-longest winning streak on Thanksgiving Day. Minnesota has won five of its seven games on Thanksgiving Day and ties for the second-highest winning percentage (.714) on the holiday (minimum five games).

The Thanksgiving Day contest in the Motor City is a rematch from week three when they met in the Twin Cities and Detroit left US Bank Stadium with a 14-7 win. Minnesota led 7-3 at the break before the Lions would go on to score their final 11 points of the contest in the third quarter unchallenged. Detroit’s Ameer Abdullah gave the Lions the lead for good when he would score from 3 yards out with eight minutes left in the third. Then Stafford and WR T.J. Jones connected on the two-point conversion for the 7-point lead. Abdullah rushed for 94 of his team’s 97 yards, while Minnesota ran for 87 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Stafford, inspite of being sacked six times, threw for 209 yards, while Minnesota’s Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 219 yards. In the first meeting, Detroit went 3 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings held the ball for 23:33, while going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week three contest in the Twin Cities, Minnesota was favored by 2 1/2 and Detroit covered, winning by 7. As for the 43 over/under? It stayed safe, as both clubs combined for only 21 points. The Vikings are favored by 2 on the road and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams are fighting for a playoff spot and possibly win the NFC North. Lions pull off the upset in the Motor City and feast on the Vikings, covering the 2.

Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas (5-5), 4:30 p.m. on CBS. The Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys meet for the 11th time in series history and the Thursday contest in the late afternoon in the Lone Star State marks the first Thanksgiving Day meeting between the two teams. It’s a contest between two teams trying to hang on in the playoffs in their respective divisions.

Los Angeles had five interceptions – all in the first half – in the team’s 54-24 win over Buffalo last week. The Chargers are the first team with five interceptions in the first half of a game since the 1973 Miami Dolphins (December 3 vs. Pittsburgh).
The Bolts led 37-7 at the break at Stub Hub Center and never let the foot off the gas, even though they were outrushed by the Bills 173-146 (Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD) in a contest that saw the Bills turn the ball over six time (five Nate Peterman interceptions) and Chargers QB Philip Rivers throwing for 251 yards and a pair of TDs. The Chargers on third down were 7 of 14 and held on to the ball for 36:05, while the Bills were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 23:55.

The Chargers are making their fifth appearance on Thanksgiving Day and the first since defeating the Houston Oilers 21-17 at the Astrodome on November 27, 1969. In that contest, the Chargers overcame a 10-point second-half deficit, punctuated by a fourth-quarter interception-return touchdown by defensive back Kenny Graham. The Chargers’ 48-year gap between Thanksgiving Day appearances is the longest in NFL history.

The Cowboys began their home life without RB Ezekiel Elliott (suspenson) and look to rebound in Week 12 following a 37-9 loss to Philadelphia last week at AT&T Stadium. Dallas let a 9-7 halftime lead get away from them in the Lone Star State as the Eagles, leading the NFC East, scored 30 second half points unchallenged. The Eagles rushed for 215 yards in the Sunday night affair, while Dallas tallied 112. Dak Prescott threw for 145 yards in the contest but was sacked four times and picked off three times, while Carson Wentz threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs with no interceptions or sacks. Philadelphia, who played turnover-free football against their NFC East foes, went 5 of 14 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:29, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:31, going 3 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series 6-4 (including games that took place in San Diego and at Texas Stadium) and the Cowboys have outscored the Bolts 250-233. However… luck has been on the side of the Chargers, as they have come away winners in their last two meetings, including a 30-21 win in San Diego in 2013. Dallas’ last win in the series also came on the West Coast, as they were 28-24 winners in 2005. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Cowboys as a 1-point favorite in the Lone Star State and the over/under comes in at 48. Right now, both teams are playing with house money and need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Dallas covers the 1 and takes the win at home.

New York Giants (2-8) at Washington (4-6), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of NFC East rivals close out the all-day football feast as the Redskins host the New York Giants in Landover in prime time on Thursday night. Washington and New York face off for the 171st time in series history (including the postseason). Both teams are coming into the contest with overtime contests under their belts from action last week.

Giants WR Roger Lewis, Jr. made an acrobatic 34-yard reception in overtime and kicker Aldrick Rosas converted the game-winning 23-yard field goal two plays later in the Giants’ 12-9 victory over Kansas City in Week 11. New York led 6-3 at the half, with WR Orleans Darkwa scoring the game’s only TD in the first quarter. Kansas City’s Hal Butker would eventually tie contest into overtime before Aldrick would send the Giants to their second win of the season, booting a 29-yard field with 1:59 left in overtime. Kansas City outrushed the Giants 134-112, with Eli Manning throwing for 205 yards, while the Chiefs’ Alex Smtih threw for 230 yards. The Chiefs on third down went 3 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:16, while the Giants kept the ball for 30:50, going 3 of 13, 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

The Giants will play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2009 and the 15th time overall. The Giants made their first appearance on Thanksgiving Day in 1926, when they defeated the Brooklyn Lions 17-0 at Ebbets Field and were one of the earliest teams featured on Thanksgiving, playing 11 games on the holiday prior to 1939.

Last week, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 322 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions but it wasn’t enough as the Rediskns fell to New Orleans 34-31 in overtime at the Superdome. Cousins has nine career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen and Joe Theismann for the most such games in franchise history. The Redskins let a 15-point lead in the contest in the Big Easy get away from them as Drew Brees (385 yards) connected on a pair of TD passes late in the fourth quarter (one to TE Josh Hill, the other to rookie RB Alvin Kamara) to send the game into overtime, where K Will Lutz sent Saints fans home happy campers with the 3-point win. New Orleans outrushed Washington 160-156 and it was a battle of running backs, as Washington’s Samajie Perine (117 yards) and New Orleans’ Mark Ingram (134 yards) each led their teams with 100-yard days (each had a rushing TD in the overtime contest). Both clubs were 4 of 12 on third down tries (on fourth down, the Redskins were 2 of 2, while the Saints were 1 of 1) and the Redskins ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:11 to New Orleans’ 30:24.

Washington plays on Thanksgiving for the second consecutive season and will host a game on the holiday for the first time in franchise history. Last season, Cousins completed a franchise-record 41 passes for 449 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.7 passer rating in Washington’s loss to Dallas. Cousins’ 449 passing yards are the second-most in a single game on Thanksgiving, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, who passed for 455 yards on November 26, 1998.

Including games that were played in Boston, when the Redskins were known as the Braves, games played at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, the Yale Bowl, Giants Stadium and RFK Stadium, the Giants lead the series 98-66-4 and the Giants have outscored Washington 3,406-3,015. The two NFC East rivals split their two meetings last year, each winning in the other team’s building.

They met in the Meadowlands in week three and Washington erased a 21-16 deficit at the half to take a 29-27 win on the road. Washington would outscore the Giants 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of action and took the win with 1:51 left to play in regulation when K Dustin Hopkins connected on a 37-yard field goal. New York then got as far as their 39-yard line after the Redskins kicked off but Manning was picked off by Su’a Cravens. That turned the ball over to Washington, who ran out the clock and left New Jersey with the win. The Giants outrushed Washington 120-90 and Manning threw for 350 yards and a TD strike to WR Sterling Shepherd, while Cousins threw for 296 yards and a pair of TDs. Washington was 7 of 16 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Redskins ruled the clock and kept the ball for 33:26, while the Giants were 4 of 9 on third down, holding the ball for 26:34.

The Giants would get their revenge in week 17 in Landover, taking a 19-10 win at FedEx Field. The Giants led 10-0 at the half, then held off a late Washington rally in the second half, as the Redskins responded to tie the game 10-10 on a one-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed in the fourth quarter. After a 40-yard go-ahead field goal by Robbie Gould, the Redskins’ potential game-tying or go-ahead drive ended with an interception by Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York pulled out the victory as the clock struck :00 when Tevin Wade picked up a fumble and ran it back 11 yards for the game-winning score. In the win that sealed a playoff spot for the Giants, New York outrushed Washington 161-38 and the Giants’ Paul Perkins led all rushers with 102 yards on the ground, while Manning threw for 180 yards and Cousins threw for 287 yards, with a TD, four sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Giants were 6 of 17 on third down in the revenge matchup (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and Big Blue held the ball for 35:52, while Washington went 4 of 12 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 24:08.

In the week three contest, New York was favored by 4 1/2 and the Redskins came away with a 2-point win. As for the 46 1/2 over/under? Both clubs took care of that, tallying 56 points in the Jersey Meadowlands. Washington was favored by 8 in the week 17 contest in Landover and the Giants covered, winning by 9. The 44 over/under? It was untouched, as both clubs combined for 29 points. Washington’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44. The Redskins are somewhat in the playoff hunt in the NFC East, while the Giants are looking to somehow stay alive if not relevant in the race. Will Washington fans sing “Hail to the Redskins” this week or will they sing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” this week? Hail yes. Washington wins in Landover but expect the Giants to make things closer than the 7.

Broadcast Information (All times listed are Eastern)

Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WestWood1: Kevin Kugler, Ross Tucker, Hub Arkush (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Minnesota), 83 (Detroit) | XM: 88 (WW1), 82 (Minnesota), 83 (Detroit)

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WW1: John Sadak, Tony Boselli, Ed Werder (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Dallas); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Dallas)

New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WW1: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (New York Giants), 83  (Washington); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (New York Giants), 83 (Washington)

Thursday Referees
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.: Terry McAulay

Injury Report

Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

Minnesota
QUESTIONABLE: T Mike Remmers (Concussion), DE Brian Robison (Back), S Andrew Sendejo (Groin)

Detroit
OUT: CB Jamal Agnew (Knee), RB Dwayne Washington (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Back), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Ankle)

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: LB Hayes Pullard (Neck), T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), WR Travis Benjamin (Abdomen), DT Corey Liuget (Toe), T Russell Okung (Knee), LB James Onwualu (Quadricep), WR Michael Williams (Knee)

Dallas
OUT: LB Sean Lee (Back/Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: K Dan Bailey (Groin), T La’el Collins (Back), DT Maliek Collins (Foot), LB Anthony Hitchens (Groin), T Tyron Smith (Back/Groin)

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

New York Giants
OUT: G Justin Pugh (Back)
DOUBTFUL: LB Calvin Munson (Quad)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), LS Zak DeOssie (Trapizoid), DT Damon Harrison (Ankle/Elbow), WR Sterling Shepherd (Illness), LB Kelvin Sheppard (Groin), DE Vernon Oliver (Shoulder)

Washington
OUT: DL Terrel McClain (Toe), S Montae Nicholson (Concussion), TE Jordan Reed (Hamstring), C Chase Roullier (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ryan Anderson (Knee), LB Zach Brown (Achilles), WR Ryan Grant (Calf), DL Matt Ioannidis (Hand/Thigh), DL Anthony Lanier II (Knee), T Ty Nsekhe (Core Muscle), RB Samjae Perine (Finger), G Brandon Scherff (Knee), LB Martell Spaight (Ankle), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Weather Forecast
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.: Game indoors
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 66 degrees
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 35 degrees

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

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

Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 119 (Jacksonville), 112 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (Jacksonville), 228 (Cleveland)

Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 134 (Baltimore), 103 (Green Bay); XM: 384 (Baltimore), 226 (Green Bay)

Kansas City at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 146 (Kansas City), 133 (New York Giants); XM: 386 (Kansas City), 229 (New York Giants)

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Detroit), 81 (Chicago); XM: 381 (Detroit), 81 (Chicago)

Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Tampa Bay), 157 (Miami); XM: 387 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Miami)

Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Arizona), 93 (Houston); XM: 382 (Arizona), 227 (Houston)

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter);
SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 82 (Minnesota); XM: 383 (Los Angeles Rams), 82 (Minnesota)

Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Washington), 83 (New Orleans); XM: 385 (Washington), 83 (New Orleans)

Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter);
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Derek Rackley; SIRIUS: 119 (Buffalo), 83 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 380 (Buffalo), 83 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Cincinnati), 157 (Denver); XM: 381 (Cincinnati), 225 (Denver)

New England at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. in Mexico City on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter)
SIRIUS: 81 (New England), 82 (Oakland); XM: 81 (New England), 82 (Oakland)

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

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

Sunday and Monday Officials
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Pete Morelli
Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Kansas City at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: John Parry
Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
New England at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. in Mexico City: John Hussey
Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
ATLANTA at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Carl Cheffers

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite               Spread      Underdog                 O/U
Detroit                –  3        CHICAGO                  41
Kansas City            – 10 1/2    NEW YORK GIANTS          45
MIAMI                  –  1 1/2    Tampa Bay                43 1/2 ^
Baltimore              –  2 1/2    GREEN BAY                38
MINNESOTA              –  2        Los Angeles Rams         46
Arizona                –  1 1/2    HOUSTON                  38 1/2
Jacksonville           –  7 1/2    CLEVELAND                37 1/2
NEW ORLEANS            –  7 1/2    Washington               51
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS   –  3 1/2    Buffalo                  44
DENVER                 –  2 1/2    Cincinnati               38
New England            –  6 1/2    OAKLAND                  54 ~
Philadelphia           –  4        DALLAS                   48 1/2

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

^ Makeup from Week 1 postponement due to Hurricane Irma
~ Game in Mexico City, Oakland is designated home team

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE William Gholston (Neck), CB Vernon Hargreaves (Hamstring), QB Jameis Winston (Right Shoulder)

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: RB Senorise Perry (Knee), DE William Hayes (Knee), WR Kenneth Stills (Back), S Michael Thomas (Knee)

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Back), RB Dwayne Washington (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: S Don Carey (Knee), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Ankle)

Chicago
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bryce Callahan (Knee), TE Dion Sims (Illness), LB Danny Trevathan (Calf), T Thomas Compton (Ankle)

Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Arrelious Benn (Knee), WR Allen Hurns (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Patrick Omameh (Quadricep), T Jermey Parnell (Knee), LB Blair Brown (Hamstring), RB Leonard Fournette (Ankle)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: T Shon Coleman (Concussion), C Joseph Tretter (Shoulder)

Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: T Ronnie Stanley (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB James Smith (Achilles), TE Nicholas Boyle (Toe), WR Michael Campanaro (Shoulder), S Charles Clark (Thigh), RB Terrance West (Calf), LB Timothy Williams (Thigh)

Green Bay
OUT: T Bryan Bulaga (Knee), S Morgan Burnett (Groin), RB Aaron Jones (Knee), RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Quinton Dial (Chest), LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), CB Kevin King (Shoulder), G Lucas Patrick (Back)

Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: DT Corey Peters (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (Back), C Allan Shipley (Shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (Knee), T John Wetzel (Back)

Houston
OUT: LB Dylan Cole (Hamstring), T Julien Davenport (Shoulder), WR William Fuller (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Chris Thompson (Knee), RB Alfred Blue (Hamstring), DE Joel Heath (Knee), C Greg Mancz (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: RB Malcolm Brown (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Derek Carrier (Hamstring), CB Troy Hill (Hamstring)

Minnesota
OUT: S Andrew Sendejo (Groin), T Mike Remmers (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Everson Griffen (Foot)

Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Washington
OUT: C Spencer Long (Knee), WR Terrelle Pryor (Ankle), TE Jordan Reed (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trent Williams (Knee), LB Zach Brown (Achilles), WR Ryan Grant (Concussion), S DeAngelo Hall (Knee), DE Matthew Ioannidis (Hand), DE Anthony Lanier (Knee), G Shawn Lauvao (Stinger), S Montae Nicholson (Shoulder), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle), TE Niles Paul (Concussion), WR Brian Quick (Concussion), G Brandon Scherff (Knee)

New Orleans
QUESITONABLE: LB Aaron Klein (Ankle), S Kenny Vaccaro (Groin)

Kansas City at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: DE Allen Bailey (Knee), LB Donald Ford (Back), LB Tamba Hali (Knee), WR Albert Wilson (Hamstring)

New York Giants
OUT: LB B.J. Goodson (Ankle), G Justin Pugh (Back)
DOUBTFUL: LB Kelvin Sheppard (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Damon Harrison (Ankle), LB Devon Kennard (Quadricep)

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

Buffalo
OUT: T Cordy Glenn (Foot), RB William Tolbert (Hamstring), G John Miller (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (Knee), DE Jerry Hughes (Shin), WR Jordan Matthews (Knee)

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot)
DOUBTFUL: LB James Onwualu (Quadricep), LB Hayes Pullard (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Christian McCain (Quadricep), QB Philip Rivers (Concussion)

Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati

Cincinnati
OUT: CB Adam Jones (Concussion), DT Patrick Sims (Calf), LB Kevin Minter (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: CB William Jackson (Toe), WR Brandon LaFell (Knee)

Denver
OUT: TE Alexander Derby (Shoulder), TE Jeff Heuerman (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Latimer (Knee), T Donald Stephenson (Calf)

New England vs. Oakland in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m.

New England
OUT: C Jams Andrews (Illness), T Marcus Cannon (Ankle), WR Chris Hogan (Shoulder), WR Matt Slater (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Knee), TE Martellus Bennett (Shouler), DT Malcom Brown (Ankle), DE Cassius Marsh (Shoulder), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)

Oakland
DOUBTFUL: CB David Amerson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: T Marshall Newhouse (Hip), G Gabriel Jackson (Ankle), LB Cory James (Knee), RB Jamiaze Olawale (Hamstring)

Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: WR Alshon Jeffery (Ankle)

Dallas
OUT: K Dan Bailey (Groin), LB Sean Lee (Hamstring)
Jeffrey Heath S Concussion Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Tyron Smith T Back Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Maliek Collins DT Foot Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Geoffrey Swaim TE Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

ATLANTA at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Monday

Atlanta
OUT: RB Devonta Freeman (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: P Matt Bosher (Ankle), LB Duke Riley (Knee)

Seattle
OUT: S Kameron Chancellor (Neck), G Luke Joeckel (Knee), LB Michael Wilhoite (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: T Duane Brown (Ankle), DT Jarran Reed (Hamstring)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Windy, overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 39 degrees
Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 29 degrees
Kansas City at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Windy, mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and 49 degrees
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 33 degrees
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 81 degrees
Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 64 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 76 degrees
Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 60 degrees
New England at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. in Mexico City: Partly cloudy and 64 degrees
Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, clear and 54 degrees
ATLANTA at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of rain and 46 degrees

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

The National Football League announced the following scheduling changes for Weeks 12 (Sunday, November 26) and 13 (Sunday, December 3)(All times listed are Eastern)

Week 12 (Sunday, November 26) Changes:

The New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams game will move from 4:05 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. and will be cross-flexed to CBS, the Tennessee-Indianapolis game at 1 p.m. will be cross-flexed to FOX.

Week 13 (Sunday, December 3) Changes:

The Carolina-New Orleans game will move from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. and remain on FOX, the Denver-Miami game at 1 p.m. will be cross-flexed to FOX.

The following is the final schedule for Weeks 12 and 13:

WEEK 12

Thursday, November 23
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 26
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 27
Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 13

Thursday, November 30
Washington at Dallas, 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon

Sunday, December 3
Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 4
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

It’s almost Thanksgiving.

Not quite Thanksgiving but almost Thanksgiving.

It’s week 11 in the 2017 NFL season. Six more weeks of football remain. Playoff spots have yet to be claimed.

Leaves are falling, it’s getting colder. It’s almost time for the Fat Man from the North Pole to make an appearance.

It’s time for Sunday and Monday action in week 11.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK 10: Atlanta defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas. Clayborn’s six sacks are a single-game franchise record (Chuck Smith, five on October 12, 1997) and are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick  Thomas (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 215 yards with two touchdowns for a 104.8 passer rating in the team’s win. Ryan, who has 40,073 passing yards in 151 career games, reached 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing the previous record held by Drew Brees (152).

New Orleans defeated Buffalo 47-10 to improve to 7-2. The Saints, who have won seven consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season.

The Saints rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns against the Bills. New Orleans is the fifth team in NFL history – including the postseason – to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game, joining the 1940 Chicago Bears (December 8, 1940, NFL Championship), 1950 New York Giants (November 19, 1950), 1951 Los Angeles Rams (November 18, 1951) and 1957 Cleveland Browns (November 24, 1957). New Orleans running back Mark Ingram rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s victory, joining George Rogers (November 8, 1981) and Ricky Williams (October 22, 2000) as the only Saints players to rush for at least 130 yards and three touchdowns in a game.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Rams’ 33-7 win over Houston. Goff, who passed for 311 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 146.8 passer rating last week, is the first player in franchise history to pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games. Goff threw a 94-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Woods which is the third-longest offensive play from scrimmage in franchise history and the longest since 1964 (95-yard touchdown pass from Bill Munson to Bucky Pope on December 13, 1964).

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes – including the game-winning score to tight end Eric Ebron with 10:46 remaining in the fourth quarter – in the Lions’ 38-24 win over Cleveland at Ford Field. The performance marked Stafford’s 30th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. Among players who made their NFL debut since 1970, Stafford has reached 30 such game-winning drives in the fewest number of career games (118).

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster had five catches for 97 yards with a touchdown and Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri scored five points (one field goal and two PATs) in the Steelers’ 20-17 win against the Colts. Sunday’s contest marked the first time in NFL history that a player under the age of 21 (Smith-Schuster, 20 years old) and a player over the age of 40 (Vinatieri, 44 years old) each scored a point in the same game.

Jacksonville running back Corey Grant rushed for a 56-yard touchdown – on a fake punt – on fourth down in the Jaguars’ 20-17 overtime win against the Los Angeles Chargers. Grant, who had a 58-yard fourth-down run on a fake punt in Week 3, has two runs of at least 50 yards on fourth down this season, which is as many as all other active players have combined in their careers. Buffalo’s Le Sean McCoy and Kansas City’s Albert Wilson each have one such run.

Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 38-30 win at Washington. Thielen, who was not drafted out of Minnesota State in 2013, has three career games with at least 150 receiving yards, the most among active players who went undrafted. Seattle’s Doug Baldwin (two) is the only other active undrafted player with multiple 150+ yard receiving games.

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 10: SPRINTING SAINTS: The New Orleans Saints defeated Buffalo 47-10 last Sunday in Orchard Park in Week 10 to improve to 7-2.

The Saints, who have won seven consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season.

New Orleans, led by running backs Mark Ingram (131 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and rookie Alvin Kamara (106 rushing yards, one touchdown), rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns in the victory. New Orleans became the fifth team – and the first since 1957 (Cleveland Browns, November 24, 1957) – in NFL history (including the postseason) to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game.

The teams with at least 295 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history (including the postseason):

TEAM – DATE (RUSHING YARDS/RUSHING TDS)
New Orleans – November 12, 2017 (298/6)
Cleveland – November 24, 1957 (330/6)
Los Angeles Rams – November 18, 1951 (371/6)
New York Giants – November 19, 1950 (423/6)
Chicago – December 8, 1940 (382/7)*
*NFL Championship

CAREER DAY FOR CLAYBORN: Atlanta defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas last week.

Clayborn’s six sacks are a single-game franchise record (Chuck Smith, five on October 12, 1997) and are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

The players with the most sacks in a single game since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE/SACKS)
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City (November 11, 1990/7)^
Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta (November 12, 2017/6)
Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants (September 30, 2007/6)
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City (September 6, 1998/6)^
Fred Dean, San Francisco (November 13, 1983/6)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

15,000 FOR FITZ: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 113 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to Seattle in Week 10.

Fitzgerald, who has 15,066 career receiving yards, became the sixth player in NFL history with at least 15,000 career receiving yards.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,066)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Fitzgerald, who was 34 years, 70 days old when he reached 15,000 receiving yards, became the second-youngest player in NFL history to accomplish the milestone, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (33 years, 72 days old).

The youngest players to reach 15,000 career receiving yards:

PLAYER – AGE WHEN REACHING 15,000 RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice – 33 years, 72 days^
Larry Fitzgerald – 34 years, 70 days
Randy Moss – 35 years, 244 days
Terrell Owens – 36 years, 279 days
Isaac Bruce – 36 years, 307 days
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROAD WARRIOR: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 266 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 41-16 win at Denver on Sunday Night Football last week.

Brady, who has won 86 career regular-season road starts, surpassed Peyton Manning (85) for the most regular-season road victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

The starting quarterbacks with the most regular-season road victories in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(ROAD WINS)
Tom Brady – New England (86)*
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (85)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota (73)^
Dan Marino – Miami (65)^
Drew Brees – San Diego amd New Orleans (64)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SUPER-CAM: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes and rushed for 95 yards, including a long of 69 yards, in the Panthers’ 45-21 win against Miami on Monday Night Football last week.

Newton, who also threw for five touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on December 20, 2015, is the only quarterback in NFL history with two career games with at least four touchdown passes and 95 rushing yards.

Philadelphia’s Randall Cunningham, who threw four touchdown passes and had 124 rushing yards on November 4, 1990, is the only other quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat in a single game.

The quarterbacks with at least four touchdown passes and 95 rushing yards in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE)(TD PASSES/RUSHING YARDS)
Cam Newton, Carolina (November 13, 2017)(4/95)
Cam Newton, Carolina (December 20, 2015)(5/100)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (November 4, 1990)(4/124)

Newton, who has 4,002 career rushing yards, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 4,000 rushing yards, joining Michael Vick (6,109), Cunningham (4,928) and Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (4,239).​​

The quarterbacks with at least 4,000 career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CARRER GAMES/RUSHING YARDS)
Michael Vick – Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York Jets and Pittsburgh (143/6,109)
Randall Cunningham – Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas and Baltimore (162/4,928)
Steve Young – Tampa Bay and San Francisco (169/4,239)^
Cam Newton – Carolina (103/4,002)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MATTY ICE: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 215 yards with two touchdowns for a 104.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ Week 10 win against Dallas.

Ryan, who has 40,073 passing yards in 151 career games, reached 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing the previous record held by Drew Bress (152).

The quarterbacks to reach 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO 40,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Matt Ryan – Atlanta (151)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (152)
Dan Marino – Miami (153)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (154)
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (159)
Carson Palmer – Cincinnati, Oakland and Arizona (160)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAK ATTACK: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott rushed for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ loss at Atlanta last week.

Prescott, who has 39 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns in 25 career games, is one of four quarterbacks since 1970 to account for at least 50 touchdowns in his first 25 career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (62 touchdowns) and Kurt Warner (60) and Daunte Culpepper (55).

The quarterbacks to account for at least 50 touchdowns in their first 25 career games since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(PASSING TOUCHDOWNS/RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS, TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS)

Dan Marino, Miami (1983-84)(60/2, 62)^
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1998-2000)(59/1, 60)^
Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota (1999-2001)(43/12, 55)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (2016-17)(39/11, 50)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG PLAY BRISSETT: Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett connected on two touchdown passes – a 61-yarder to wide receiver Chester Rogers and a 60-yarder to wide receiver Donte Moncrief – in the Colts’ Week 10 loss to Pittsburgh.

Brissett, who threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in Week 9, is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 60 yards to three different receivers over a two-game span.

The quarterbacks with touchdown passes of at least 60 yards to three different receivers in a two-game span:

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (SEASON)(WEEKS; RECEIVERS (YARDS)
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis (2017)(9-10; T.Y. Hilton (80), Chester Rogers (61), Donte Moncrief (60)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (2014)(12-13; Donte Moncrief (79), Coby Fleener (73), T.Y. Hilton (73)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2009)(13-14; Brandon Jacobs (74), Hakeem Nicks (68), Domenik Hixon (61)
Trent Dilfer, Cleveland (2005)(1-2; Braylon Edwards (80), Frisman Jackson (68), Steve Heiden (62)
Jim Kelly, Buffalo (1989)(3-4; Andre Reed (78), Thurman Thomas^ (74), Don Beebe (63)^
Dave Ryan, Detroit (1946)(7-8; John Greene (88), Billy deCorrevont (72), Bob Cifers (70)
^Reed and Kelly are Pro Football Hall of Famers

RIVERS RISING: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 21 passes with two touchdowns in the team’s overtime loss to Jacksonville last week.

Rivers, who has 4,005 career completions, became the eighth quarterback in league annals to record 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota; 6,300^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis, Denver; 6,125
Drew Brees – San Diego, New Orleans; 6,051*
Tom Brady – New England; 5,475*
Dan Marino – Miami; 4,967^
Eli Manning – New York Giants; 4,287*
John Elway – Denver; 4,123^
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers; 4,005*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 11: PERSISTENT PATRIOTS: New England has won five consecutive games and is tied for the best record in the AFC at 7-2.

With a win on Sunday against Oakland at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, the Patriots will clinch a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Cleveland Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The 1965-85 Dallas Cowboys had a .500 or better record in 21 consecutive seasons, the longest such streak all-time.

The teams with the most consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASONS), CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH .500 OR BETTER RECORD
Dallas (1965-85), 21
Cleveland (1957-73), 17
New England (2001-Present), 16*
*Active streak

YO, ADRIAN: Atlanta defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a franchise-record six sacks, forced two fumbles and a fumble recovered in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas last week.

Clayborn’s six sacks are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

With 2.5 sacks at Seattle on Monday Night Football, Clayborn would surpass Thomas (eight) for the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(SACKS OVER 2-GAME SPAN)

Derrick Thomas, Kansas City (1990)(8)^
Aldon Smith, San Francisco (2012)(7.5)
Johnie Cooks, Indianapolis (1984)(7.5)
Many tied with 7
Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta (2017)(6)*
*Through one game
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FOUR SCORES AND TWO YEARS: Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, who had a bye in Week 10, threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver in Week 9, his third career game with at least four touchdown passes.

This Sunday night at Dallas, Wentz can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (four) for the second-most games with at least four touchdown passes in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes in their first two seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(GAMES WITH 4+ TD PASSES IN 1ST 2 SEASONS)
Dan Marino, Miami (1983-84)(6)^
Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota (1961-62)(4)^
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (2016-17)(3)*
*In second season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG GAME GOFF: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.4 rating in the Rams’ 33-7 win against Houston in Week 10.

Goff has passed for at least 300 yards with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in consecutive games, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

With at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Minnesota, Goff will join Tom Brady (2007) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat in three consecutive games.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(WEEKS) (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ YARDS, 3+ TD PASSES AND 0 INTS
Tom Brady, New England (2007)(6-8)(3)
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (2017)(9-10)(2)*
*Active streak

RISING ROETHLISBERGER: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 20-17 win at Indianapolis last week.

With 214 passing yards against Tennessee on Thursday Night Football, Roethlisberger, who has 49,112 career passing yards, would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (49,325) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (68,509)*
Tom Brady – New England (64,389)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (50,307)*
Warren Moon – Houston Oilers, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City (49,325)^
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (49,112)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

Roethlisberger enters Week 11 ranked ninth in NFL history with 3,991 completions. With nine completions on Sunday, Roethlisberger will become the ninth quarterback in NFL history to reach 4,000 career completions.

Roethlisberger, who was selected 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, would join Eli Manning (Number 1 overall, 4,287 completions) and Philip Rivers (Number 4 overall, 4,005) as the only trio of quarterbacks from the same draft class to each record 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER COMPLETIONS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (6,300)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (6,125)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (6,051)*
Tom Brady – New England (5,475)*
Dan Marino – Miami (4,967)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (4,287)*
John Elway – Denver (4,123)^
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (4,005)*
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (3,991)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WELL RECEIVED: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas ranks fourth in the NFL with 59 catches this season.

Thomas has 151 receptions in 24 career games, and needs four catches on Sunday against Washington to surpass Anquan Boldin (154) for the second-most catches by a player in his first 25 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 25 games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 25 CAREER GAMES)

Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (176)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (154)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (151)*
Reggie Bush, New Orleans (143)
Jarvis Landry, Miami (143)
*Through 24 games

FIFTH FOR FITZ: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has 15,066 career receiving yards with the Cardinals, had 10 catches for 113 yards in Week 10 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 receiving yards with San Francisco) as the only players in NFL history to reach 15,000 career receiving yards with a single team.

With 62 receiving yards on Sunday at Houston, Fitzgerald will surpass Tony Gonzalez (15,127) for the fifth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,066)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROBERT RUNNING RAMPANT: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods had eight receptions for a career-high 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ win against Houston in Week 10.

Woods, who had a 52-yard touchdown catch in Week 9 and a 94-yard touchdown reception in Week 10, can become the fifth player since 1970 with a touchdown reception of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games.

The players to record a 50+ yard touchdown catch in three consecutive games since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(WEEKS)(CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 50+ YARD TD CATCH)
Darnay Scott, Cincinnati (1999)(12-14)(3)
Al Toon, New York Jets (1986)(8-10)(3)
Willie Gault, Chicago (1983)(3-5)(3)
Mel Gray, St. Louis Cardinals (1974)(3-5)(3)
Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (2017)(9-10)(2)*
*Active streak

The final byes for the 2017 season belong to Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets and San Francisco. Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia return to the gridiron this week.

As for last week… a huge improvement. 9-5 last week. 87-80 for the season.

The NFL has entered the second half of the season and the excitement is building as playoff races tighten.

Eleven teams have at least six wins, led by the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia (8-1), Los Angeles Rams (7-2), Minnesota (7-2), New England (7-2), New Orleans (7-2), Pittsburgh (7-2), Carolina (7-3), Jacksonville (6-3), Kansas City (6-3), Seattle (6-3) and Tennessee (6-3). Seven of those 11 teams – Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Orleans, Carolina, Jacksonville and Tennessee – did not make the playoffs last season. 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.

Seven teams currently have an active winning streak of at least four games, led by the Eagles and Saints who have each won seven in a row. The Patriots and Vikings are both riding five-game winning streaks while the Rams, Steelers and Titans have each won four consecutive contests.

New Orleans, which started the season 0-2, is the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season. Last week, the Saints rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns in the team’s 47-10 win at Buffalo. New Orleans became the fifth team – and first since 1957 (Cleveland Browns, November 24, 1957) – in NFL history (including the postseason) to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game.

As the season’s second half continues, there’s a lot to be decided, with plenty of football left to play. So don’t count anyone out. Since 1990, 27 teams have qualified for the playoffs with a losing record through nine games. Last year, two teams – Green Bay (4-5) and Pittsburgh (4-5) – accomplished the feat and both clubs advanced to the Conference Championship Game.

Also in Week 11, the NFL returns to Mexico for the second consecutive year as the Oakland Raiders host the Patriots at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Last year, the Raiders defeated the Houston Texans 27-20 in front of 76,473 fans at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States.

Four of the NFL’s 10 largest single-game attendance totals have come in Mexico, including the top two: 112,376 fans on August 15, 1994 (American Bowl preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers) and 106,424 on August 17, 1998 (American Bowl preseason game between the Cowboys and Patriots). Both of those contests were also played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Estadio Azteca underwent vast renovations in advance of the NFL’s game in 2016 which reduced stadium capacity to approximately 77,000.

Week 11 kicked off on Thursday night when the Steelers hosted and defeated the Tennessee Titans 40-17 at Heinz Field and Sunday action concludes in the Lone Star State when the Cowboys return to Arlington to face off against NFC East for Philadelphia at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The curtain on week 11 comes down on Monday night when the defending NFC champions Atlanta Falcons travel to the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks to face off against Seattle in a NFC Divisional Playoff rematch at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 11.

Jacksonville (6-3) at Cleveland (0-9), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The resurging Jacksonville Jaguars come to the shores of Lake Erie for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Cleveland Browns, who are in search of their first win of the 2017 campaign.

Jacksonville needed overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers and came away 20-17 winners at EverBank Field. The Jaguars trailed 17-14 with 1:48 left in regulation after Blake Bortles threw an interception that would have given the Chargers the win. Los Angeles then failed to run the clock out and punted the ball back to Jacksonville, who used a 6-play, 36-yard drive that took 55 as K Josh Lambo (who played for the Chargers) connected on a 34-yard field goal with 3 seconds left.

There was some craziness in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as the Chargers were originally flagged for pass interference. That would have given Jacksonville field position at that point but Jaguars WR Marqise Lee celebrated a bit too much and drew a flag for taunting. Bortles then threw his second interception of the day and the Chargers got the ball back, with them leading by 3 at that point.

Then, after Jacksonville punted the ball to Los Angeles in overtime, the Jaguars’ A.J. Bouye would pick off Philip Rivers and return the ball to the Charger 1-yard line. Jacksonville got the ball back and that was good news for Jaguar fans. Now for the bad news… during the runback, Jacksonville’s Aaron Colvin was flagged for taunting. That moved the ball back to the Charger 17-yard line. Jacksonville then used a 4-play drive that used only five yards and 1:59 and sent Jaguar fans home happy campers as Lambo would beat his old team with a 30-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbars.

Jacksonville outrushed the Chargers 135-87 and Bortles threw for 273 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Rivers threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs to rookie RB Austin Ekeler. Los Angeles on third down went 3 of 15 and kept the ball for 31:47, while the Jaguars, who played as if they had a rabbit’s foot in their pocket, ruled the clock and kept the ball for 35:01 (including the overtime), going 5 of 18 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Although they led 24-17 late in the third quarter, the winless Browns saw that lead get away from them, courtesy of three Matthew Stafford TD passes to come up on the short end of a 38-24 loss at Detroit last Sunday. The Lions led 17-10 at the intermission before Cleveland used TD runs by RB Isiah Crowell and rookie QB DeShone Kizer to take the lead in the third. RB Theo Riddick, TE Eric Ebron and WR Golden Tate would restore order for the Lions as Stafford would connect with them to take the lead back for keeps. Cleveland actually outrushed Detroit 201-104 (Crowell led all rushers with 90) but Stafford threw for 249 yards and the three TDs, while Kizer threw for 232 yards. While Cleveland was 5 of 13 on third down tries, they struck pay-dirt on fourth down, going 4 of 4 and the Browns ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:34, while the Lions were 25:26 in time of possession, going 5 of 11 on third down.

Jacksonville leads the series 11-5, the Jaguars have outscored the Browns 363-246 and they have won the last two meetings, including coming away with a 24-6 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while Cleveland’s last win over the Jaguars came in 2011, along the shores of Lake Erie, by a final of 14-10. Jacksonville’s favored by 7 1/2 points and the over/under is 37 1/2. Jacksonville’s in contention in the AFC South, while the Browns are trying to pick up win number one. Jacksonville covers the 7 1/2 and wins along the shores of Lake Erie.

Baltimore (4-5) at Green Bay (5-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of contending teams meet in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as the Green Bay Packers host Baltimore at Lambeau Field.

Baltimore fell to Tennessee 23-20 at Nissan Stadium two Sundays ago. The Titans led 16-6 at the half before the Ravens made it a closer contest than Titan fans would have wanted when Joe Flacco (261 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) threw a pair of fourth quarter TD passes, one to RB Javarious Allen and the other to WR Mike Wallace with 46 seconds left to play. Baltimore then tried the onside kick and the Titans recovered the ball and ran out the clock. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier rushing-wise and the Ravens barely outrushed Tennessee 73-71, while Mariota threw for 218 yards with a pair of TDs. Baltimore went 6 of 16 on third down tries but struck pay-dirt on fourth down, as they went 3 of 4 and the Ravens ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:22, while the Titans were 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:38.

Green Bay held off Chicago 23-16 at Soldier Field last Sunday. The Packers led 10-6 at the half and Chicago made it a seven-point game with 3:19 left when Connor Barth connected on a 49-yard field goal. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 160-55 in the contest that was played in rainy conditions in the Windy City, while Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky threw for 297 yards and Packers QB Brett Hundley throwing for 212 yards (each man threw a TD pass in the contest). Chicago went 4 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:07, while Green Bay was 33:53 in time of possession and went 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay holds a 4-1 lead in the series and the Packers have outscored the Ravens 112-108. Green Bay has won the last two contests with Baltimore, taking a 19-17 win in Charm City in 2013, while Baltimore’s lone win over the Packers also came in Charm City, as the Ravens were 48-3 winners in 2005. Baltimore’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot if not winning a divisional title. Baltimore makes this one interesting but Green Bay prevails in the Dairy State, covering the 2 1/2.

Tampa Bay (3-6) at Miami (4-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. They’re in the same state, they’re separated by 283 miles down I-75 and 4 hours and 20 minutes away from each other. Tampa Bay and Miami were scheduled to meet in what would have been the season opener for both clubs but Irma ruined their plans. They finally get to meet.

Tampa Bay broke a 3-3 tie with the New York Jets last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium and came away 15-10 winners in the Sunshine State. Tampa Bay outrushed the Jets 90-56, while Ryan Fitzpatrick, who took over for Jameis Winston (shoulder), threw for 187 yards and a TD pass to Charles Sims III. For the Jets, Josh McCown threw for 262 yards and a TD but was sacked six times and picked off once. The Bucs were 7 of 16 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:54, while the Jets kept the ball for 28:06, going 3 of 15 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth.

Miami comes back to Hard Rock Stadium after their 45-21 loss to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers last Monday night in Charlotte. The Dolphins trailed 17-7 and never got on track in the second half, as the Panthers outscored them 28-14. Carolina outrushed Miami 294-100 in the Monday night affair, with Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart leading the way with 110 yards. Newton threw for 254 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR Devin Funchess on two of those tosses, while Jay Cutler threw for 213 yards and a pair of TDs. Carolina on third down tries went 11 of 14 and kept the ball for 35:39, while the Dolphins went 7 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:21.

They’ve met 10 times in the Sunshine State and each team has five wins to their credit, which includes games that were played at old Tampa Stadium and the Orange Bowl. Tampa Bay has outscored Miami 228-222 and the Bucs took the last meeting, which took place in 2013 at Raymond James Stadium, taking a 22-19 win, while Miami’s last win in the series came in 2009 at Hard Rock by a final of 25-23. The oddsmakers like the Dolphins as 1 1/2 point favorites at Hard Rock Stadium and the over/under’s 40 1/2. These two teams are a lot better than their records and while this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” it could be somewhat entertaining. They’ve had all this time to wait to play. The wait is over. Miami covers the 1 1/2 and wins at home.

Kansas City (6-3) at New York Giants (1-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. The first-place Chiefs make a trip to the Jersey Meadowlands for an inter-conference contest with Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

Kansas City let a 17-14 lead in the third quarter get away from them in Dallas as the Cowboys countered with a pair of TDs to fall 28-17 in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium). Prescott threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdown passes – both to wide receiver Cole Beasley – and added a rushing TD. Prescott joined Cam Newton as the only players in NFL history to have at least 35 touchdown passes (39) and 10 rushing touchdowns (10) in their first two seasons. Dallas led 14-10 at the intermission before the Chiefs took their only lead of the contest in the third quarter when Alex Smith and TE Travis Kelce connected on a 2-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the third quarter. Dallas then took the lead for keeps when RB Ezekiel Elliott scored from 2 yards out and Beasley caught his second TD pass, good from seven yards, to seal Kansas City’s fate. Dallas outrushed Kansas City 131-68 and went 7 of 12 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 31:17, while the Chiefs, who went 4 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:43.

The Giants’ trip to the West Coast was anything but successful as they fell to San Francisco 31-21 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday. Although they trailed 17-13 at the half, San Francisco managed to take control of the contest to take the win. San Francisco outrushed the Giants 186-114 and Manning threw for 273 yards, while C.J. Beathard threw for 288 yards in the win (each threw a pair of TDs). The Giants were 5 of 14 on third down but had success on fourth down, going 3 of 3 and kept the ball for 31 minutes, while the 49ers were 8 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the pigskin for 29 minutes.

Big Blue leads the series 10-3 and they have outscored the Chiefs 307-246. Kansas City won the last meeting with the Giants at Arrowhead in 2013 by a final of 31-7, while the Giants took a 27-16 win at Arrowhead in their last meeting. Kansas City’s favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. The Giants are bad. They’re not 10 1/2 bad but they’re bad and at times, they’ve played some decent football. The Chiefs are trying to erase the loss to Dallas out of their memory bank. Chiefs win in the Meadowlands but expect the Giants to make things a lot closer than 10 1/2 points.

Detroit (5-4) at Chicago (3-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Windy City as Da Bears host Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions at Solider Field.

Detroit trailed winless Cleveland 24-17 late in the third quarter, then took that lead away from the Browns, courtesy of three Stafford TD passes and came away 38-24 winners at Ford Field last Sunday. The Lions led 17-10 at the intermisson before Cleveland used TD runs by RB Isiah Crowell and rookie QB DeShone Kizer to take the lead in the third. RB Theo Riddick, TE Eric Ebron and WR Golden Tate would restore order for the Lions as Stafford would connect with them to take the lead back for keeps. Cleveland outrushed Detroit 201-104 (Crowell led all rushers with 90) but Stafford threw for 249 yards and the three TDs, while Kizer threw for 232 yards. While Cleveland was 5 of 13 on third down tries, they struck pay dirt on fourth down, going 4 of 4 and the Browns ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:34, while the Lions were 25:26 in time of possession, going 5 of 11 on third down.

Chicago made things interesting at home at Soldier Field against Green Bay but came up short, losing to the Packers 23-16. Da Bears trailed Green Bay 10-6 at the half and Chicago made it a seven-point game with 3:19 left when Connor Barth connected on a 49-yard field goal. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 160-55 in the contest that was played in rainy conditions in the Windy City, while Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky threw for 297 yards and Packers QB Brett Hundley throwing for 212 yards (each man threw a TD pass in the contest). Chicago went 4 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:07, while Green Bay was 33:53 in time of possession and went 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead the series 97-72-5 (which includes contests that took place in Portsmouth, when the Lions were known as the Spartans, games played at Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field and the Silverdome) and Chicago has outscored Detroit 3,375-3,105. The two clubs spilt last year’s contests, each taking wins at home.

The first meeting took place in the Windy City at Soldier Field in week four. As the Cubs were getting ready to win the World Series, Da Bears took a 17-14 win over Detroit. Chicago led 7-3 at the intermission and took a 17-6 lead into the final moments of the fourth quarter when WR Andre Roberts returned a punt 85 yards for a TD with 1:52 left to play. Then, instead of kicking the extra point, the Lions chose to go for the 2-point conversion and Stafford (213 yards, two interceptions) and WR Golden Tate found success as they converted to make the contest a 3-point game. Detroit, with no time outs left, attempted a onside kick, which failed and Chicago recovered. The Lions were penalized for illegally touching the ball, Da Bears kept the ball and ran out the clock. Chicago outrushed Detroit 114-66, with Bears RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 111 yards, while Blaine Hoyer threw for 302 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago was 5 of 13 on third down tries at Solider Field (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:14, while Detroit went 4 of 12 on third down and kept the pigskin for 26:46.

That was round one.

Round two. Week 14 at Ford Field and the Lions would get their revenge on their NFC North rivals, taking a 20-17 win in the Motor City. Detroit led 10-3 at the break and had a 13-10 lead with 7:07 left in the final quarter when Da Bears took their only lead of the game, thanks to a Cre’Von LeBlanc interception return of Stafford that went for 24 yards. Lions fans would eventually go home happy as their team would use a 7-play, 76-yard drive that used 3:50 of clock when Stafford (223 yards), who had thrown a 16-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left before halftime, would redeem himself with a 7-yard TD run to take the lead back. Detroit outrushed Chicago 114-92 and Chicago QB Matt Barkley threw for 212 yards and a TD in the rematch. Detroit at home went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:17, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 25:43, going 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

While the Lions were favored by 2 1/2 in the week four contest at Soldier Field, Chicago did take the win by 3 points. As for the 46 1/2 over/under, that stayed safe as both teams combined for only 31 points. As for the week 14 contest in the Motor City, the Lions were 8-point favorites but won by only 3 and the 43 1/2 over/under was untouched as they combined to score only 37 points. Detroit may be the road team but the oddsmakers like them as 3 point favorites in the Windy City and the over/under’s 41. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Chicago makes this one close but Detroit prevails and covers.

Arizona (4-5) at Houston (3-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Arizona and Houston meet at NRG Stadium in a contest between two struggling teams. Both clubs enter Sunday’s contests with losses under their belts.

Arizona lost to NFC West rival Seattle 22-16 in Glendale last Thursday night. The Cardinals trailed 15-7 at the intermission and led 22-10 with 20 seconds left in regulation before Arizona’s Andre Ellington scored from a yard out to pull to within seven. Wilson (238 yards, five sacks) and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a pair of TD passes to take the win, as Seattle outrushed Arizona 75-34, while the Cardinals’ Drew Stanton threw for 273 yards and a TD. Seattle went 3 of 13 on third down conversions at University of Phoenix Stadium and kept the ball for 30:53, while the Desert Angry Birds went 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 29:07.

Houston also lost last week, falling to the Los Angeles Rams 33-7 on the West Coast. Although they trailed 9-7 at the intermission, the Texans saw the Rams pull away from them in the second half, as Los Angeles would score the last 24 points of the contest unchallenged. Houston was outrushed by Los Angeles 104-89 (Todd Gurley led all rushers with 68 yards) and turned the ball over four times. Tom Savage threw for 221 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while the Rams’ Jarred Goff threw for 355 yards and three TDs. Houston was 4 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:29, while the Rams were 31:31 in time of possession, going 6 of 18 on third down (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Arizona and Houston have met three times and the Desert Angry Birds have won the last two contests, taking a 27-24 victory in 2013 in Glendale, while the Texans won the first meeting with Arizona, winning 30-19 in Houston in 2005. Arizona’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 38 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses last week. Houston covers the 1 1/2 in the Lone Star State and wins at home.

Los Angeles Rams (7-2) at Minnesota (7-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of contending NFC teams that could meet in the post-season as the Rams and Vikings meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Los Angeles Rams took Houston to task last Sunday, coming away 33-7 winners on the West Coast. The Rams led at the intermission, then pulled away from the Texans in the second half, as they scored the last 24 points of the contest unchallenged. Los Angeles outrushed Houston 104-89 (Todd Gurley led all rushers with 68 yards) and forced four Texans turnovers in the win. Houston’s Tom Savage threw for 221 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while the Rams’ Jarred Goff threw for 355 yards and three TDs. Houston was 4 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:29, while the Rams were 31:31 in time of possession, going 6 of 18 on third down (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Minnesota held off a late Washington rally in Landover last Sunday, taking a 38-30 win over the Redskins. Minnesota led 28-17 at the half at FedEx Field, then held off Washington in the second half, as the Redskins outscored the Vikings 13-10. Minnesota outrushed Washington 102-81 and Case Keenum threw for 304 yards and four TDs, while Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 327 yards in the contest. Minnesota went 8 of 12 on third down conversions in Landover and kept the ball for 28:54, while Washington went 5 of 14 on third down (3 of 5 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 31:06.

Including contests that were played in Bloomington and St. Louis, the Vikings lead the series 21-14-2, they have outscored the Rams 844-813 and Minnesota has won the last four contests, including a 21-18 overtime win in the Twin Cities in 2015, while the Rams’ last win came in Minneapolis, coming away 41-21 winners in 2006. The oddsmakers like the Vikings at home as 2 point favorites and the over/under for the contest at US Bank Stadium is 46. Both teams have been playing some really good football of late and it’s a chance they could meet in the post-season. Vikings make this one interesting but the Rams come away with the win and cover the 2 on the road in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Washington (4-5) at New Orleans (7-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. The first-place New Orleans Saints welcome Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins to the Big Easy for a Sunday afternoon matchup in the Superdome.

A late Washington rally in Landover last Sunday fell short, as the Redskins lost to Minnesota 38-30. Minnesota led 28-17 at the half at FedEx Field, before Washington put on their rally in the second half, outscoring the Vikings 13-10. Minnesota outrushed Washington 102-81 and Case Keenum threw for 304 yards and four TDs, while Cousins threw for 327 yards for Washington in the contest. Minnesota went 8 of 12 on third down conversions in Landover and kept the ball for 28:54, while Washington went 5 of 14 on third down (3 of 5 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 31:06.

New Orleans manhandled Buffalo 47-10 in Orchard Park last Sunday. Leading 17-3 at the intermission at New Era Stadium, the Saints ran roughshod over the Bills in the second half, outscoring Buffalo 30-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Saints RB Mark Ingram (131 yards, 3 TDs) and rookie RB Alvin Kamara (106 yards, TD) each accounted for part of the Saints rushing game, as New Orleans outrushed the struggling Bills 298-69, while Drew Brees threw for 184 yards. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 41:23, while the Bills were 2 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth and kept the pigskin for a dismal 18:37.

Washington leads the series 17-8 and they have outscored the Saints 609-480. Washington took wins in the last two meetings, including taking a 47-14 win in Landover in 2015, while New Orleans’ last win came in 2009, as the SSaints were 33-30 winners in overtime in Landover. New Orleans is favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 51. The last two weeks, Washington fans have been saying “Hell, it’s the Redskins.” This week, it’s “Hail to the Redskins.” Washington pulls the upset and takes the win in the Big Easy.

Buffalo (5-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-6), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of AFC foes meet in Tinsletown as Buffalo makes its way to the West Coast for a late afternoon contest with the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center.

Buffalo found themselves being taken to task by New Orleans, as they lost to the Saints 47-10 in Orchard Park last Sunday. The Bills trailed 17-3 at the intermission at New Era Stadium, then Saints ran roughshod over the Bills in the second half, outscoring Buffalo 30-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans easily outrushed Buffalo 298-69, as Saints RB Mark Ingram (131 yards, 3 TDs) and rookie RB Alvin Kamara (106 yards, TD) each accounted for part of the Saints rushing game, while Drew Brees threw for 184 yards. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 41:23, while the Bills were 2 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth and kept the pigskin for a dismal 18:37.

The Chargers came out on the short end of a 20-17 loss to Jacksonville at EverBank Field last Sunday. Los Angeles led 17-14 with 1:48 left in regulation after Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw an interception that would have given the Chargers the win. Los Angeles then failed to run the clock out and punted the ball back to Jacksonville, who used a 6-play, 36-yard drive that took 55 as K Josh Lambo (who played for the Chargers) connected on a 34-yard field goal with 3 seconds left.

There was more confusion than a mouse in a Burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!) in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as the Chargers were originally flagged for pass interference. That would have given Jacksonville field position at that point but Jaguars WR Marqise Lee celebrated a bit too much and drew a flag for taunting. Bortles then threw his second interception of the day and the Chargers got the ball back, with them leading by 3 at that point.

Then, after Jacksonville punted the ball to Los Angeles in overtime, the Jaguars’ A.J. Bouye would pick off Philip Rivers and return the ball to the Charger 1-yard line. Jacksonville got the ball back and that was good news for Jaguar fans. Now for the bad news… during the runback, Jacksonville’s Aaron Colvin was flagged for taunting. That moved the ball back to the Charger 17-yard line. Jacksonville then used a 4-play drive that used only five yards and 1:59 and sent Jaguar fans home happy campers as Lambo would beat his old team with a 30-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbars.

Jacksonville outrushed the Chargers 135-87 and Bortles threw for 273 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Rivers threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs to rookie RB Austin Ekeler. Los Angeles on third down went 3 of 15 and kept the ball for 31:47, while the Jaguars, who played as if they had a rabbit’s foot in their pocket, ruled the clock and kept the ball for 35:01 (including the overtime), going 5 of 18 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Jacksonville leads the series 11-5, the Jaguars have outscored the Browns 363-246 and they have won the last two meetings, including coming away with a 24-6 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while Cleveland’s last win over the Jaguars came in 2011, along the shores of Lake Erie, by a final of 14-10

Including games that were played in Los Angeles at Qualcomm Stadium and old War Memorial Stadium, the Chargers lead the series 22-10-2 and have outscored the Bills 814-565. The Chargers were winners in their last two meetings with the Bills, taking a 22-10 win in upstate New York in 2014, while the Bills’ last win over the Chargers came in 2008 in Orchard Park by a final of 23-14. The Chargers are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Both teams are looking to get back on track in the AFC and both want to get back to the playoffs. Bills circle the wagons on the West Coast and take the win, covering the 3 1/2.

Cincinnati (3-6) at Denver (3-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of struggling AFC teams look to right their respective ships in Denver as Cincinnati comes to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to face off against the Broncos.

The Bengals enter the Sunday afternoon contest in the Rockies, losing 24-20 against Tennessee last Sunday. Last week, Tennessee’s defense limited Cincinnati to 53 rushing yards in the win at Nissan Stadium, while the Titans, who tallied 180 yards on the ground, led 17-13 at the intermission in a game that saw a Bengals player get ejected for the second week in a row, when LB Vontaze Burfict was tossed for making physical contact with an official. Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for 264 yards for the Titans, despite being sacked four times, while Andy Dalton threw for 265 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR A.J. Green on one. Tennessee went 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 40:09, while the Bengals were 1 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 19:51.

The struggling Broncos trailed New England led 27-9 at the break and could never get on track last Sunday night and dropped their fifth straight contest, losing to Tom Brady and the Patriots 41 16 t Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. While Denver outrushed New England 118-99, Brady burned the Broncos for 266 yards and three TDs. The defending Super Bowl champs went 4 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:43, while the Broncos, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:17, went 8 of 15 on third down tries.

Denver leads the series 21-9, which includes contests that took place at Mile High Stadium and Riverfront Stadium, the Broncos have outscored Cincinnati 655-565 and Denver has won the last two meetings, including taking a 29-17 win last year along the shores of the Ohio River, while the Bengals took a 37-28 win at Paul Brown Stadium in 2014.

Denver led 16-14 at the break in the week three meeting at Paul Brown and took further control of things in the second half, outscoring the Bengals 14-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Cincinnati did outrush Denver 143-52, while Seimian threw for 312 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR Emmanuel Sanders on two of those tosses. For the Bengals, Dalton threw for 206 yards, while being sacked four times with an interception. The Broncos were 6 of 12 on third down in the win, keeping the ball for 27:54, while the Bengals ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:06, going 5 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth.

In the week three contest, the Bengals were 3 1/2 favorites and Denver covered, winning by 12 and both clubs covered the 41 1/2 over/under, scoring 46 points. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Rockies and the over/under’s 40. Take a pass on this one and get that Christmas shopping done.. or watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel (you can reject this reality and substitute your own). Bengals win this one on the road but expect Denver to make it closer than 2 1/2.

New England (7-2) vs. Oakland (4-5) in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s the final International Series game of the 2017 season as Oakland makes its second trip south of the border as Derek Carr and the Silver and Black travel to Mexico City for an AFC showdown with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Patriots lead the AFC East and are tied for the best record in the AFC (7-2) and have won five consecutive games, including last week’s 41-16 victory at Denver. New England led 27-9 at the break and never looked back in the Sunday night contest at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. While Denver outrushed New England 118-99, Brady burned the Broncos for 266 yards and three TDs. The defending Super Bowl champs went 4 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:43, while the Broncos, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:17, went 8 of 15 on third down tries.

Oakland led Miami 13-9 at the half in the Sunshine State, then held off a late Dolphins rally to take a 27-20 win at Hard Rock Stadium in the Sunshine State two weeks ago. Miami outrushed Oakland 86-84 in front of the home crowd and Jay Cutler threw for 311 yards with three TDs and no interceptions, while Carr threw for 300 yards. Miami went 5 of 12 on third down Sunday night (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:04, while the Raiders were 30:56 in time of possession, while going 8 of 15 on third downs.

New England holds a 16-14-1 lead in the series, that includes games that were played in Los Angeles and at Fenway Park, while the Silver and Black have outscored New England 760-700. New England won the last four meetings and took a 16-9 win in Foxboro in 2014 in their last meeting, while the Raiders’ last win came in 2002 in Oakland by a final of 27-20.

This is not the first time the Silver and Black has been in Mexico for a regular season game. They took on Houston at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on a Monday night at came away 27-20 winners on November 21. In that contest, Carr threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winning 35-yard score to wide receiver Amari Cooper with 4:43 remaining. Houston and Oakland were tied at 10-10 at the half before the Raiders pulled away in the final minutes of the contest. Carr threw for 295 yards in the contest, while the Texans outrushed Oakland 124-30 (Texans’ RB Lamar Miller led all rushers with 104 yards and a TD). Oakland was 4 of 11 on third down in the international meeting (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:33, while Houston, led by Brad Osweiler, who threw for 243, ruled the clock and kept the ball for 36:27, while going 8 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down. New England’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under is 52. New England sits as king of the AFC East mountain, while the Raiders are looking to catch up to Kansas City in the AFC West. Pats take this one South of the border but expect Oakland to make it closer than 6 1/2.

Philadelphia (8-1) at Dallas (5-4), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Wentz vs. Prescott. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Lone Star State on the Sunday night before Thanksgiving as the first-place Eagles travel to Arlington to face off against Dallas at AT&T Stadium.

Philadelphia took Denver to the woodshed two weeks ago in the City of Brotherly Love and came away 51-23 winners. The Eagles never lost focus, leading 31-9 at the half as the Broncos used Brock Osweiler under center for the slumping Trevor Siemian. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 199 yards and four TDS, while Osweiler threw for 208 yards with a TD to WR  Demaryius Thomas, while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Philly easily outrushed Denver 197-35, with newly accquired RB Jay Ajayi leading all rushers with 77 yards and a TD. Denver went 3 of 13 on third down conversions at Lincoln Financial Field (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:06, while the Eagles, who kept the ball for 29:54, was 5 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

The Ezekiel Elliott-less Cowboys were no match for the defending NFC champs, as Atlanta took Dallas and Prescott to the woodshed, coming away with a 27-7 win in the Big Peach last Sunday. Prescott (176 yards) scored the game’s first points with an 11-yard run in the first quarter but Atlanta would go on to shut out Dallas the rest of the way, scoring all of their points unchallenged. Atlanta led 10-3 at the break, then dodged a major bullet when K Mike Nugent’s 38-yard field goal try hit the crossbar and bounced harmlessly to the right, which gave Atlanta momentum to take the win. Atlanta outrushed Dallas 132-107, with Falcons RB Tevin Coleman leading all rushers with 83 yards and a TD, while Ryan connected with TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy for his two TD passes, throwing for 215 yards. It was the Falcon defense that made life miserable for Prescott, as defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks in the contest. Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:06, while Dallas was 5 of 11 third down-wise and kept the ball for 27:54 (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down). Elliott dropped his appeal Wednesday and will sit out the remaining five games, rejoining the club in week 16 when they host Seattle.

Dallas leads the series 62-50 (including contests that were played at the Cotton Bowl, Veterans Stadium and Cowboys Stadium) and the Cowboys have outscored Philadelphia 2,428-2,237. They met twice last year as NFC East rivals and they split the two meetings, taking wins in front of their home crowds.

The first meeting took place in the Lone Star State in week eight on a Sunday night and the Cowboys needed overtime to take a 29-23 win at AT&T Stadium. Dallas trailed Philadelphia 13-10 at the break and would trail 20-10 with 6:20 left in the third quarter before they would chip away and even things up when Prescott and WR Dez Bryant connected on a 22-yard TD strike with 3:04 left in regulation, completing an 11-play, 90-yard drive that consumed 3:22 of clock.

Dallas won the toss to start overtime and got the ball and played keep-away from the Eagles in the extra period, as they would use a 12-play, 75-yard drive that burned 7:12 of clock and sent Cowboys fans home happy when Prescott and TE Jason Witten connected on a 5-yard TD pass to take the win. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 187-97, with Elliott leading all rushers with 96 yards, while Prescott threw for 287 with the two TDs. For Philadelphia, Wentz threw for 202 yards and a TD, while Darren Sproles ran for 86 yards. Dallas went 4 of 14 on third down (the Cowboys were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and they kept the ball for 33:57, which included the overtime, while the Eagles kept the ball for 33:15, while going 6 of 15 on third down tries.

That was round one.

Round two took place in the City of Brotherly Love in week 17 and if revenge was a dish best served cold, then the Eagles went back for seconds, as they were 27-13 winners at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia erased a 10-10 tie at the half and Wentz and Zach Ertz connected on a pair of TD tosses in the win. Wentz threw for 245 yards in the contest, while Prescott threw for 85 yards and a pair of interceptions. Tony Romo did make what would be his last regular season appearance in a Dallas uniform, going 3 for 4 for 29 yards and a TD. Philadelphia outrushed Dallas 114-69 and Elliott was a non-factor in the contest (he suited up but did not play). Philadelphia went 6 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth) and the Eagles held on to the ball for 35:42, while Dallas, who had already clinched the NFC East, kept the pigskin for 24:18, going 5 of 12 on third down conversions.

This one’s “DRILL WORTHY” There’s no two ways about it. (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Dallas covered the 4 1/2-point spread in the week eight contest, winning by 6 and both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under with 52 points. In the season finale on New Year’s Day, Philadelphia won by 14, allowing the Eagles to cover the 6-point spread but the two teams barely missed the 42 1/2 over/under, tallying 40 points. The Eagles are favored by 4 in Arlington and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both numbers are making a lot of sense. Philly’s atop the NFC East mountain, while the Cowboys will have to adjust to life without Ezekiel Elliott until Christmas Eve afternoon. Philly covers the 4 and wins on the road.

ATLANTA (5-4) at Seattle (6-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. They met twice last year. They meet again. It’s peach pie vs. Salmon as Atlanta travels to Seattle for a Monday night contest in the Pacific Northwest.

The defending NFC champs manhandled Dak Prescott and the Ezekiel Elliott-less Cowboys 27-7 in the Big Peach last Sunday. Prescott (176 yards) scored the game’s first points with an 11-yard run in the first quarter but Atlanta would go on to shut out Dallas the rest of the way, scoring all of their points unchallenged. Atlanta led 10-3 at the break, then dodged a major bullet when K Mike Nugent’s 38-yard field goal try hit the crossbar and bounced harmlessly to the right, which gave Atlanta momentum to take the win. Atlanta outrushed Dallas 132-107, with Falcons RB Tevin Coleman leading all rushers with 83 yards and a TD, while Ryan connected with TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy for his two TD passes, throwing for 215 yards. It was the Falcon defense that made life miserable for Prescott, as defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks in the contest. Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:06, while Dallas was 5 of 11 third down-wise and kept the ball for 27:54 (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Seattle edged Arizona 22-16 in Glendale last Thursday night. The Seahawks led 15-7 at the intermission and led 22-10 with 20 seconds left in regulation before Arizona’s Andre Ellington scored from a yard out to pull to within seven. Wilson (238 yards, five sacks) and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a pair of TD passes to take the win, as Seattle outrushed Arizona 75-34, while the Cardinals’ Drew Stanton threw for 273 yards and a TD. Seattle went 3 of 13 on third down conversions at University of Phoenix Stadium and kept the ball for 30:53, while the Desert Angry Birds went 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 29:07.

Seattle leads the series 10-5 and the Seahawks have outscored Atlanta 407-357. They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season.

Meeting number one… week six in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Atlanta saw a 24-17 lead after three quarters get away from them as Seattle rallied to take a 26-24 win at Century Link Field. Seattle led 17-3 at the break before Atlanta scored 21 third quarter points unchallenged. Ryan (335 yards) connected with WRs Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and TE Levine Toilolo to take the lead after 45 minutes of play. Christine Michael then made it 24-23 when he scored from a yard out with 4:43 left. Atlanta then blocked Stephen Hauschka’s extra point try to keep the lead but Hauschka would redeem himself by connecting on a 44-yard field goal with 1:57 left in regulation. Atlanta got the ball back and had four chances to take the road win but all four of Ryan’s pass attempts failed and Seattle would run out the clock and take the win. Seattle outrushed Atlanta 72-52 and Michael led all rushers with 64 yards, while Wilson threw for 270 yards. The Falcons on third down tries went 3 of 11 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:51, while Seattle ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 30:09, going 5 of 14 on third down.

Meeting number two… the NFC Divisional Game in the Big Peach. The Falcons got their revenge on Seattle in the next-to-last game in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit, led 19-10 at the break and came away 36-20 winners to advance to a date with Green Bay in the NFC Championship game. While Seattle did outrush Atlanta 101-99, the Falcons defense sacked Wilson (225 yards) twice (once for a safety) and picked him off three times. Ryan threw for 338 yards with three TDs, connecting with Jones, Sanu and Tevin Coleman on the strikes and the Falcons played turnover-free football in the Big Peach. Atlanta was 6 of 12 on third down conversions in the Georgia Dome and kept the ball for 33:19, while the Seahawks were 26:41 in time of possession, going 5 of 11 on third down tries.

In the week six contest in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle was favored by 6 1/2 but won by only 2. However… both teams covered the 46 over/under, tallying 50 points. Atlanta found themselves favored by 4 1/2 in the Divisional playoff game in the Big Peach and won by 16, covering the spread and both teams covered the 51 over/under with 56 points. Seattle’s favored by 3 in the rematch in the Pacific Northwest and the over/under’s 45.

On Monday nights, the Falcons are 12-27, while Seattle is 23-8. This one is worth your time to watch, so you may want to tape “Scorpion” this week (Happy is so sexy when she talks science!). The Falcons are still NFC champs and they’ll send that message to Seattle this week. Atlanta pulls the upset in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and pulls the upset, covering the 3.

 

9 weeks down.

8 to go.

Week 9 is in the books.

With the season at the halfway point, 19 teams are at the .500 mark or better. For those teams that are struggling, there’s still time. As for San Francisco and Cleveland, who have yet to win a game, they need to run the table to have any chance of a playoff spot.

We’re now into week 10. There’s a lot of football left and no playoff spots have been decided.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz each threw four touchdown passes in their teams’ victories today. Goff, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, threw four touchdown passes in the Rams’ 51-17 win at the New York Giants. Wentz, who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver. Sunday marks the first time in NFL history in which quarterbacks selected No. 1 and 2 overall in the same NFL Draft each threw four touchdown passes on the same day.

•Philadelphia defeated Denver 51-23 to improve to 8-1. It marks the fifth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 8-1 or better (1949, 1960, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous four instances. In the Super Bowl era, 91 teams have previously started 8-1 or better through the first nine games and 88 made the playoffs (96.7 percent). Of those 91 teams, 40 reached the Super Bowl (44 percent) and 22 won the Super Bowl (24.2 percent).

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw four touchdown passes in today’s win and leads the league with 23 touchdown passes. Wentz’s 23 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first nine games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Norm Van Brocklin (20) in 1960.

•New Oleans defeated Tampa Bay 30-10 to improve to 6-2. The Saints, who have won six consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other two teams to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys and 2007 New York Giants – both won the Super Bowl in that season.

Saints quarterback DREW BREES completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 263 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brees has 225 career passing touchdowns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the most in NFL history by a quarterback at a single stadium.

•The Los Angeles Rams defeated the New York Giants 51-17 in the Meadowland and recorded the team’s third victory of at least 30 points this season. The Rams are the 11th team in the Super Bowl era to post at least three wins with a margin of victory of 30+ points in the team’s first eight games of a season. Of the previous 10 teams in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat, seven advanced to the Super Bowl (70 percent).

•Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing touchdown in the Cowboys’ 28-17 win over Kansas City. Prescott has 39 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in his career and joined Cam Newton as the only players in NFL history to have at least 35 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in their first two seasons.

Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill had a 56-yard touchdown reception against Dallas, his ninth career touchdown of at least 50 yards. Hill, who was playing in his 25th career game, trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (10) for the most 50+ yard touchdowns in a player’s first 25 games to begin a career.

•Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had five catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 20-14 win at Houston. Hilton has 10 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, tied with Julio Jones for the fourth-most 150-yard receiving games in a player’s first six seasons. The only players with more such games in their first six seasons are Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth (13) and Jerry Rice (13) and Randy Moss (12).

•Tennessee safety Kevin Byard had two interceptions in the Titans’ 23-20 win over Baltimore in Nashville. Byard, who had three interceptions in the team’s last game (Week 7 at Cleveland), has recorded five interceptions in his past two games, tied for the most by an NFL player in consecutive games since the 1970 merger. The other four players to accomplish the feat since 1970 are Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes (1976), Willie Buchanon (1978), Albert Lewis (1985) and De Angelo Hall (2010).

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK NINE: SURGING SAINTS: New Orleans defeated Tampa Bay 30-10 last week to improve to 6-2.

The Saints, who have won six consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other two teams to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys and 2007 New York Giants – both won the Super Bowl in that season.

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 263 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating in the Saints’ win. Brees has 225 career passing touchdowns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the most in NFL history by a quarterback at a single stadium.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes at a single stadium in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (STADIUM – TD PASSES)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (Mercedes Benz Superdome – 225)
Tom Brady – New England (Gillette Stadium – 221)
Brett Favre – Green Bay and Minnesota (Lambeau Field – 214)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz passed for four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver in Week 9. Wentz, who leads the NFL with 23 touchdown passes, has the most passing touchdowns by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first nine games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Norm Van Brocklin (20) in 1960.

Wentz, who is 24 years old, has the fourth-most touchdown passes in his team’s first nine games of a season by a quarterback at the age of 25 or younger.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their team’s first nine games of a season at the age of 25 or younger:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON; AGE – TD PASSES IN 1ST 9 GAMES OF SEASON)
Dan Marino – Miami (1984; 23 – 27)^
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2014; 25 – 26)
Bobby Layne – Detroit (1951; 24 – 24)^
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia (2017; 24 – 23)
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (2007; 25 – 22)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Wentz is the only quarterback in NFL history at the age of 25 or younger with at least 20 touchdown passes (23) and five or fewer interceptions (five) in his team’s first nine games of a season.

STAFFORD REACHES 200: Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 26 of 33 passes (78.8 percent) for 361 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.4 passer rating in the Lions’ 30-17 win at Green Bay on Monday Night Football.

Stafford, who is 29 years old, passed for his 200th and 201st career touchdowns on Monday night and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach 200 career touchdown passes before his 30th birthday.

The quarterbacks in NFL history to reach 200 career passing touchdowns before the age of 30:

PLAYER, TEAM (AGE AT TIME OF 200TH TD PASS)
Dan Marino, Miami (28 years, 2 days)^
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (28 years, 242 days)
Brett Favre, Green Bay (29 years, 36 days)^
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (29 years, 272 days)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

AGELESS WONDER: Arizona running back Adrian Peterson had a career-high 37 carries for 159 yards in the Cardinals’ 20-10 win at San Francisco in Week 9.

Peterson, who has 19 career games with at least 150 rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric ickerson (18) and Emmitt Smith (18) for the fourth-most games with at least 150 rushing yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (25), Jim Brown (22) and Walter Payton (20) have more such games in their careers.

The players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); GAMES WITH 150+ RUSHING YARDS
Barry Sanders – Detroit; 25^
Jim Brown – Cleveland; 22^
Walter Payton – Chicago; 20^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota and Arizona; 19
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis; 18^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas; 18^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Peterson, who is 32 years old, is the third-oldest player in NFL history with at least 150 rushing yards in a game, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers John Riggins (35 years old, 165 rushing yards) and JOHN HENRY JOHNSON (34 years old, 200 rushing yards).

The oldest players with at least 150 rushing yards in a game in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (DATE; AGE – RUSHING YARDS)
John Riggins – Washington (October 14, 1984; 35 – 165)^
John Henry Johnson – Pittsburgh (October 10, 1964; 34 – 200)^
Adrian Peterson – Arizona (November 5, 2017; 32 – 159)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MATTY ICE AT 150: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 313 yards with two touchdowns in the Falcons’ Week 9 loss at Carolina.

Ryan, who played his 150th career game on Sunday, has 39,858 career passing yards, the most by a player in NFL history in his first 150 games.

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their first 150 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); PASSING YARDS
Matt Ryan – Atlanta; 39,858
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans; 39,297
Dan Marino – Miami; 39,285^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis; 39,164
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay; 38,212*
*Through 148 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Ryan’s 3,465 career completions are the second most in NFL history by a player in his first 150 career games, trailing only Drew Brees (3,494).

The quarterbacks with the most completions in their first 150 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); COMPLETIONS
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans; 3,494
Matt Ryan – Atlanta; 3,465
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis; 3,269
Carson Palmer – Cincinnati, Oakland an, Arizona; 3,196
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay; 3,162*
*Through 148 career games

CLIMBING THE LEADERBOARDS: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passed for 220 yards with two touchdowns in the team’s Week 9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Manning, who has 50,034 career passing yards in 14 seasons with the Giants, became the seventh quarterback in NFL history with at least 50,000 passing yards.

The quarterbacks with at least 50,000 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); CAREER PASSING YARDS
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver; 71,940
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota; 71,838^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans; 68,325
Tom Brady – New England; 64,123
Dan Marino – Miami; 61,361^
John Elway – Denver; 51,475^
Eli Manning – New York Giants; 50,034
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had five catches for 70 yards in the Cardinals’ 20-10 victory at San Francisco last week.

Fitzgerald, who has 14,953 career receiving yards in 14 seasons with the Cardinals, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (14,934) for the sixth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S); CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle; 22,895^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati; 15,934
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco; 15,292
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco; 15,208
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta; 15,127
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona; 14,953
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay; 14,934^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted both of his field-goal attempts, including a 53-yarder and both extra-point attempts in the Colts’ 20-14 win at Houston in Week 9.

Vinatieri, who has 2,442 career points, surpassed GARY ANDERSON (2,434) for the second-most points scored in NFL history.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); CAREER POINTS
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota; 2,544^
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis; 2,442
Gary Anderson – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota and Tennessee; 2,434
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first nine weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 12,146 yards from scrimmage, the second-highest total by rookies through Week 9 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 9 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 9*
2014 – 12,504
2017 – 12,146
2013 – 11,105
1983 – 10,829
2012 – 10,321
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in 2017:

PLAYER, TEAM (SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (1,131)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (732)
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (652)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (589)
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati (488)

Rookies have also totaled 91 touchdowns through Week 9, the second-most through the first nine weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 9 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 9*
2014 – 96
2017 – 91
1983 – 88
2013 – 85
1971 – 75
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most touchdowns in 2017:

PLAYER, TEAM (TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (7)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (6)
Corey Clement, Philadelphia (5)
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (5)
Evan Engram, New York Giants (4)
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh (4)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 10: TOP BILLING: New England head coach Bill Belichick has 269 career wins, including the postseason, in his 23-year head coaching career with the Browns and Patriots.

With a victory on Sunday night at Denver, Belichick would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Landry (270) for the third-most total wins by a head coach in NFL history.

The head coaches with the most total wins (including the postseason) in NFL history:

COACH – TEAM(S)(WINS-LOSSES-TIES, WIN PCT.)
Don Shula – Baltimore Colts and Miami (347-173-6, .666)^
George Halas – Chicago (324-151-31, .682)^
Tom Landry – Dallas (270-178-6, .603)^
Bill Belichick – Cleveland and New England (269-127-0, .679)
Curly Lambeau – Green Bay, Chicago Cardinals and Washington (229-134-22, .631)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

COMPLETE PLAYERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (3,984) and Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (3,972) enter Week 10 ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, on the NFL’s all-time completions list.

This week, Rivers and Roethlisberger can become the eighth and ninth players in NFL history to record at least 4,000 career completions. Rivers and the Chargers are at Jacksonville, while Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh travels to Indianapolis to face the Colts.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota; 6,300^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver; 6,125
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans; 6,033*
Tom Brady – New England; 5,450*
Dan Marino – Miami; 4,967^
Eli Manning – New York Giants; 4,259*
John Elway, – Denver; 4,123^
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers; 3,984*
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh; 3,972*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active

STELLAR STREAK: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who became the seventh player in NFL history with 50,000 career passing yards (50,034) in Week 9, has started 207 consecutive games.

With a start on Sunday at San Francisco, Manning would tie his brother, Peyton (208), for the second-longest streak of consecutive starts in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (297) has started more
consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive starts in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (1992-2010; 297)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (1998-2010; 208)
Eli Manning – New York Giants (2004-present; 207)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

DAK ATTACK: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 28-17 victory against Kansas City in Week 9. Prescott, who is in his second NFL season, has five career games with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.

This Sunday at Atlanta, Prescott can tie Cam Newton (six) for the most games with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a player’s first two career seasons.

The players with the most games with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in their first two seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEARS; GAMES WITH 2+ TD PASSES AND RUSH TD)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2011-12; 6)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (2016-17; 5)*
Steve Grogan, New England (1975-76; 5)
*In second season

AWESOME ADRIAN: Arizona running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 159 yards on a career-high 37 carries in the Cardinals’ 20-10 victory at San Francisco in Week 9. The performance marked Peterson’s 19th career game with at least 150 rushing yards.

On Thursday night against Seattle, Peterson can join Pro Football Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (25), Jim Brown (22) and Walter Payton (20) as the only players in NFL history with 20 career games with at least 150 rushing yards.

The players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); GAMES WITH 150+ RUSHING YARDS

Barry Sanders – Detroit; 25^
Jim Brown – Cleveland; 22^
Walter Payton – Chicago; 20^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota and Arizona; 19
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DYNAMIC DUO: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell (979 scrimmage yards) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (835) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NFL in scrimmage yards.

If Bell and Brown each reach 1,000 scrimmage yards on Sunday at Indianapolis, it would mark the seventh time in NFL history that a pair of teammates had at least 1,000 scrimmage yards each in their team’s first nine games of a season.

Bell and Brown, who also accomplished the feat in 2014, would join Indianapolis’ Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison (1999 and 2000) as the only pairs of teammates in NFL history to each record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in their team’s first nine games of a season multiple times.

The pairs of teammates in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards each in the first nine games of a season:

TEAM – SEASON (PLAYER – SCRIMMAGE YARDS; PLAYER – SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Atlanta – 2015 (Devonta Freeman – 1,141; Julio Jones – 1,029)
Pittsburgh – 2014 (Le’Veon Bell – 1,144; Antonio Brown – 1,009)
St. Louis – 2000 (Marshall Faulk – 1,326; Isaac Bruce – 1,019)^
Indianapolis – 2000 (Edgerrin James – 1,294; Marvin Harrison – 1,004)
Indianapolis – 1999 (Edgerrin James – 1,221; Marvin Harrison – 1,000)^
Dallas – 1995 (Emmitt Smith – 1,361; Michael Irvin – 1,023)^
Pittsburgh – 2017 (Le’Veon Bell – 979; Antonio Brown – 835)*
^Irvin, Smtih and Harrison are Pro Football Hall of Famers
*Through eight games

CATCHING CHRISTIAN: Carolina rookie running back Christian McCafferyY ranks third in the NFL and leads all running backs with 54 catches.

With eight catches on Monday against Miami, McCaffrey would surpass Reggie Bush (61 in 2006) for the most receptions by a rookie running back in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

The rookie running backs with the most receptions in their team’s first 10 games
of a season:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, RECEPTIONS IN TEAM’S 1ST 10 GAMES)
Reggie Bush – New Orleans (2006, 61)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (2017, 54)*
Earl Cooper, San Francisco (1980, 53)
*Through nine games

EVERY DAY EVERSON: Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen ranks third in the
NFL with 10 sacks and has recorded a sack in all eight of Minnesota’s games this
season.

With a sack on Sunday at Washington, Griffen would become the first player to record a sack in each of his team’s first nine games to start a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney (2009) and ROBERT MATHIS (2005) are the only other players to each record a sack in their team’s first eight games of a season.

The players to record a sack in each of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON; SACK IN EACH GAME TO START A SEASON)
Everson Griffen – Minnesota (2017 – 8)*
Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis (2009 – 8)
Robert Mathis – Indianapolis (2005 – 8)
*Active streak

TERRIFIC TITAN: Tennessee safety Kevin Byard, who had three interceptions in Week 7, had two interceptions in the Titans’ 23-20 victory over Baltimore in Week 9.

With an interception on Sunday against Cincinnati, Byard, who has five interceptions in the Titans’ past two games (Tennessee had a bye in Week 8), will join Jarius Byrd (2009), Albert Lewis (1985) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Kenny Easley (1984) and Mike Haynes (1976) as the only players in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) with six interceptions over a three-game span in a single season.

With two interceptions on Sunday, Byard would become the first player in the Super Bowl era with seven interceptions over a three-game span in a single season.

The players with the most interceptions over a three-game span in a single season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; WEEKS; INTERCEPTIONS IN 3-GAME SPAN
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo (2009; 6-8; 6)
Albert Lewis, Kansas City (1985; 14-16; 6)
Kenny Easley, Seattle (1984; 9-11; 6)^
Mike Haynes, New England (1976; 9-11; 6)^
Mike Haynes, New England (1976; 10-12; 6)^
Kevin Byard, Tennessee (2017; 7, 9; 5)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In two games

The second half of the NFL season is here and the race to the playoffs is in full swing.

Thirteen teams have won at least five games, led by the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles. This is the fifth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 8-1 or better (1949, 1960, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous four instances. In the Super Bowl era, 91 teams have previously started 8-1 or better through the first nine games and 88 advanced to the playoffs (96.7 percent). Of those 91 teams, 40 reached the Super Bowl (44 percent) and 22 won the Super Bowl (24.2 percent).

The Eagles (seven) and New Orleans Saints (six) currently have the longest active winning streaks in the league. New Orleans, which started the season 0-2, is the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other two teams to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys and 2007 New York Giants – both won the Super Bowl in that season.

As the season moves into the second half, it’s all still to be decided, with plenty of football left to play. So don’t count anyone out. Since 2000, 44 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, there were four such teams: Detroit (4-4), Green Bay (4-4), Miami (4-4) and Pittsburgh (4-4).

Of those 44 clubs, seven have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including both the Packers and Steelers last season. The 2001 New England Patriots reached the midway point with a 4-4 record and went on to win Super Bowl XXXVI.

Byes this week? Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia. Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh come back from their week-long vacations and join in the week 10 action.

Last week? UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH! 5-8 for the week (which is a lot better than going 0-13). For the year, 72-55. Still pretty good. There’s still a lot of football left on the docket between now and Super Bowl LII (52 for those that like Roman numerals). Week 10 got underway in the desert as Seattle defeated Arizona 22-16 last Thursday and concludes in the Tar Heel State on Monday evening as Miami travels to Charlotte to face off against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Here are Sunday and Monday’s picks for week 10.

Dallas (5-3) at ATLANTA (4-4), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. Dak Prescott vs. Matt Ryan. A pair of young guns take the field in the Big Peach as the defending NFC champs host the Dallas Cowboys in a late afternoon NFC contest. The contest will have drama on the field and off.

How, you ask?

To bring you up to speed (ICYMI)… The Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals dened Ezekiel Elliot’s request for an emergency injuction that would have allowed him to play, which means his six-game suspension is back on. A series of injunctions and restraining orders have allowed the 22-year old Elliott to play to this point but a three-judge panel decided another injunction wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys running back. The NFL Players’ Association requested an expedited appeal and the court responded later Thursday by scheduling a hearing for December 1, meaning Elliott is guaranteed to miss at least the next four games.

The NFLPA has argued a suspension would irreparably harm Elliott’s career. The NFL, however, said roughly 100 players have been suspended for approximately 500 games over the past season and a half, therefore “Elliott’s claim of irreparable injury is indistinguishable from those that could be made by 100 other players.”

Elliott is second in the NFL with 783 rushing yards and tied for the league lead with seven rushing scores. If his six-game suspension is upheld at the December 1 hearing, he would be eligible to return the field on Christmas Eve afternoon when the Cowboys, currently 5-3, face the Seahawks at home. The games that Elliott would miss are at Atlanta Sunday, home against Philadelphia on the 19th, home against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day, home against Washington on November 30th, at the Giants on December 10th and at Oakland on December 17.

The six-game suspension stems from a domestic violence allegation by Elliott’s former girlfriend in July of 2016. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell initially decided there was enough “persuasive evidence supporting” Tiffany Thompson’s allegations of domestic abuse. The union immediately appealed Goodell’s decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system and led to hard feelings between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.

That was the legal stuff.

Now back to the two teams.

Dallas earned a 28-17 victory over Kansas City last Sunday in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium). Prescott threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdown passes – both to wide receiver Cole Beasley – and added a rushing TD. Prescott joined Cam Newton as the only players in NFL history to have at least 35 touchdown passes (39) and 10 rushing touchdowns (10) in their first two seasons. Dallas led 14-10 at the intermission before the Chiefs took their only lead of the contest in the third quarter when Alex Smith and TE Travis Kelce connected on a 2-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the third quarter. Dallas then took the lead for keeps when RB Ezekiel Elliott scored from 2 yards out and Beasley caught his second TD pass, good from seven yards, to seal Kansas City’s fate. Dallas outrushed Kansas City 131-68 and went 7 of 12 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 31:17, while the Chiefs, who went 4 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:43.

Atlanta let a 10-0 first quarter lead get away from them as Carolina would take over and take the lead for keeps, taking a 20-17 win over the defending NFC champions in Charlotte last Sunday afternoon. Ryan passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss in Charlotte and played in his 150th game, has 39,858 career passing yards, the most in NFL history by a player in his first 150 games. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who caught one of the two Ryan tosses (WR Mohammed Sanu caught the other), leads the NFC with 658 receiving yards. In his career, Jones is averaging 95 receiving yards per game (8,268 yards in 87 games), the highest mark in NFL history (minimum 50 games). Carolina outrushed Atlanta 201-53, while Cam Newton threw for 137 yards and had a rushing TD in the contest. Atlanta was 4 of 12 on third down (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:08, while the Panthers kept the ball for 32:52, while going 4 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Dallas leads the series 14-10 and the Cowboys have outscored Atlanta 590-469. However…. Atlanta has won the last two meetings, including coming away 39-28 winners in the Lone Star State in 2015, while Dallas’ last win over Atlanta came in 2009 in Irving by a final of 37-21.

The oddsmakers like the Falcons as 3 point favorites in the Big Peach and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Is this one “DRILL WORTHY?” We think so. (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Both clubs were playoff teams last year. Both are looking to go back. Atlanta’s still king of the NFC until they’re knocked off and the king’s not going anywhere. Atlanta “RISES UP” and covers the 3 in the Big Peach.

Cleveland (0-8) at Detroit (4-4), 1 p,m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. One team’s looking to win their first game. The other team’s looking to return to the playoffs. Detroit hosts the winless Cleveland Browns in the Motor City at Ford Field.

Cleveland returns from their bye week after the Browns dropped a 33-16 decision to Minnesota at London’s Twickenham Stadium in Week 8. Although they trailed 13-12 at the break across the pond, Cleveland found themselves outscored 21-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. While Cleveland did outrush Minnesota 115-88, Vikings QB Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs, while rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 179 yards with three sacks. Minnesota went 6 of 16  on third downs and held on to the ball for 37:52, while the struggling Browns were 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 22:08.

Detroit led from start to finish at Green Bay and came away 30-17 winners at Lambeau Field last Monday night. The Lions led 14-3 at the break and never looked back, although the Packers outrushed Detroit 78-64 in the Monday night contest. Matthew Stafford threw for 361 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Marvin Jones on both tosses, while Brett Hundley, who is under center while Aaron Rodgers recovers from a broken collarbone, threw for 245 yards. Detroit on third down tries went 8 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 36:55, while the Packers were 2 of 9 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:05.

Including games that were played in old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Tiger Stadium and the Silverdome, the Lions lead the series 15-4, they have outscored the Browns 479-336 and Detroit has won the last three contests, taking a 31-17 win in Cleveland in 2013, while the Browns’ last win over the Lions came in 2001 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 24-14. Detroit’s favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under is 43 1/2. Cleveland will make it interesting and make it close but Detroit takes this one in the Motor City and could very well cover the 9 1/2.

New York Jets (4-5) at Tampa Bay (2-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of struggling teams square off in the Sunshine State as the New York Jets make their way to Raymond James Stadium for a meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

GangGreen returns to action in the Sunshine State after they took Buffalo to task, getting revenge on their AFC East rivals by taking a 34-21 loss to the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium last Thursday night. The Jets led 10-7 at the intermission on the Jersey Shores before pulling away in the final 30 minutes of action. Tyrod Taylor ran for one TD and threw for another, tallying 285 yards in the air but was sacked seven times. The Bills, who were outrushed by the Jets 194-63, went 6 of 16 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:30, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, led by Josh McCown’s 140 yards (with a TD pass and a rushing TD), went 6 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 33:30.

Tampa Bay lost at New Orleans 30-10 last week in the Big Easy. The Buccaneers trailed 16-3 at the break and the Saints took control of the second half, where things got somewhat chippy when Saints DB Marshon Lattimore and Tampa Bay RB Mike Evans were involved in a scuffle on the Bucs’ sideline in the third quarter. Evans would eventually be suspended for one game for his actions on the field.

New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 151-87 and Drew Brees threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while knocking Jameis Winston (67 yards) out of the contest with a shoulder injury. Winston is out for the contest and Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center for the Buccaneers. New Orleans was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Big Easy and kept the ball for 32:18, while Tampa Bay, who was 27:42 in time of possession, went 4 of 13 on third downs.

Including games that were played at Shea Stadium and old Tampa Stadium, GangGreen leads the series 10-1, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have outscored Tampa Bay 291-162 and GangGreen has won the last eight meetings, taking an 18-17 win in the Meadowlands in 2013, while Tampa Bay’s lone win in the series came all the way back in 1984, when the Buccaneers wore the creamsicle uniforms and came away 41-21 in the old Sombrero. The Jets are favored by 2 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under is 43 1/2. You might want to take a pass on this game (unless you’re a fan of one of these teams) and watch that “Bar Rescue” marathon on Spike (there’s nothing cooler than seeing Jon Tepper blow his stack!). Jets cover the 2 1/2 and win in the Sunshine State.

Pittsburgh (6-2) at Indianapolis (3-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Brissett vs. Roethlisberger. A pair of AFC QBs meet in the Hoosier State as the Colts host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium.

After falling to Jacksonville at home, the Steelers have won three consecutive games and are tied with New England for the best record in the AFC at 6-2. Pittsburgh had a bye last week and defeated Detroit 20-15 in Week 8. The Lions led at the half 12-10 before Pittsburgh went to work and tamed the Lions in the second half. Pittsburgh outrushed Detroit 75-71 and Ben Roethilsberger threw for 317 yards and a TD pass to rookie WR Ju Ju Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster leads all NFL rookies with 424 receiving yards, while his teammate, WR Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 57 catches and 835 receiving yards and is on pace to record his fifth consecutive season with at least 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards. Pittsburgh was 7 of 14 on third down tries in the Sunday night contest in the Motor City and kept the ball for 28:23, while the Lions were 2 of 12 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 31:37.

The Steelers lead the series 17-6 (which includes games that were played in Baltimore and at Three Rivers Stadium), they have outscored the Colts 584-393 and have won the last four meetings, including a 28-7 win in the Hoosier State last year (Indy’s last win came in 2008 in the Steel City by a final of 24-20.

The two clubs met in the Hoosier State in week 12 in a Thanksgiving night affair and the Steelers took a 21-7 lead at the half and never looked back, shutting out the Colts (who probably overate their Thanksgiving meal) in the final 30 minutes of play. LeVeon Bell ran for 120 yards and a TD, as the Steelers outrushed 148-91 and Roethlisberger threw for 221 yards and three TD strikes to WR Antonio Brown. The Steelers were 7 of 11 on third down tries at Lucas Oil Stadium and kept the ball for 28:15, while the Colts, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:45, went 8 of 15 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh covered the 3-point spread in the Thanksgiving night contest like gravy on dressing with their 21-point win but neither club covered the 53 1/2 over/under, as they combined for only 35 points. Pittsburgh’s favored again, this time by 10 and the over/under’s 45. The 44 1/2? Makes sense. The 10 point spread? Not so much. The Colts have struggled this year but they’re not 10 point bad. Pittsburgh wins in the Hoosier State but doesn’t cover the 10.

Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) at Jacksonville (5-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The Los Angeles Chargers make the 2,421-mile trip down I-10 to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Sunshine State.

The Bolts come back to action from their bye after their 21-13 loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro the weekend before. The defending Super Bowl champs led the Bolts 15-7 at the break and the two clubs played even football the rest of the contest. Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski connected for a 2-yard TD pass as the second quarter was getting underway, while Philip Rivers (212 yards) and WR Travis Benjamin connected on a 24-yard TD strike with 8:30 left in regulation. Los Angeles managed to outrush New England 157-97 (Los Angeles’ Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 132 yards and a TD), while Brady threw for 333 yards for the Pats. New England on third down was 9 of 19 on third down tries and kept the ball for 36:59, while the Chargers were 23:01 in time of possession, going 3 of 10 on third down (both teams were successful in their only fourth down tries).

Jacksonville pounced on Cincinnati last Sunday at EverBank Field, coming away 23-7 winners over the Bengals in the Sunshine STate. Jacksonville led 13-7 at the half in the Sunshine State, then shut out the Bengals in the second half. After Cincy”S A.J. Green and Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey were tossed out for fighting, the Jaguars put a final nail in the Bengals’ coffin when Jayden Mickens returned a punt 63 yards for a TD. Jacksonville, who went 12 of 18 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth) held the Bengals were held to 29 yards rushing, while the Jaguars tallied 149 and Blake Bortles threw for 259 yards with a TD and had no interceptions or sacks, while Andy Dalton threw for 136. The Bengals on third down were a somewhat dismal 1 of 8 and kept the ball for 19:46, while Jacksonville ruled the clock and kept the ball for 40:14.

Including contests that were played in San Diego, the Chargers lead the series 7-2, the Bolts have outscored Jacksonville 274-158 and the Chargers have won the last six contests in the series, including coming away 38-14 winners last year at Qualcomm, while Jacksonville’s last win came in the Sunshine State by a final of 24-17 in 2007.

The 2016 contest took place on the West Coast in week two and the Chargers led 35-0 after 45 minutes of action (San Diego led 21-0 at the intermission) before the Jaguars would score their only points in the final period. Rivers threw for 220 yards and four TDs, two of them to WR Travis Benjamin, while the Chargers outrushed Jacksonville 150-69 (San Diego’s Melvin Gordon ran for 102 of those yards with a TD), while Blake Bortles (329 yards) was sacked twice and picked off twice. throwing a pair of TDs in the contest. The Chargers were 7 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:52, while Jacksonville held the pigskin for 25:08, going 2 of 11 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The Chargers’ 24-point win allowed them to cover the 3-point spread and both teams took care of the 47 over/under, scoring 52 points. The boys and girls in vegas like the Jaguars as 4 1/2 point favorites in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 40 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Jacksonville has already surpassed their win total from last year and the Jaguars are making noise in the AFC South, while the Chargers are coming back to life in the AFC West. Jacksonville covers the 4 1/2 in north Florida and wins at home.

Minnesota (6-2) at Washington (4-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. The first-place Minnesota Vikings travel to Landover for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

The Vikings, who had a bye last week, defeated Cleveland 33-16 at London’s Twickenham Stadium in Week 8. Running back Jerick McKinnon had 122 scrimmage yards (72 receiving, 50 rushing) and a touchdown against the Browns. Minnesota led 13-12 at the break across the pond before they outscored the winless Browns 21-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. While Cleveland did outrush Minnesota 115-88, Vikings QB Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs. Minnesota went 6 of 16  on third downs and held on to the ball for 37:52, while the struggling Browns were 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 22:08.

Washington held off Seattle to come away 17-14 winners in the Pacific Northwest last week. Washington led 7-2 at the half, thanks to a 1-yard run by RB Rob Kelly after the Seahawks sacked QB Kirk Cousins (247 yards, 6 sacks) for a safety to open the scoring. Washington then held off Seattle in the final 30 minutes of action and stopped a Seattle rally in the final seconds when Wilson’s pass to TE Jimmy Graham fell incomplete. Seattle, who outrushed Washington 148-51, went 5 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:19, while the Redskins kept the ball for 27:41, going 4 of 13 on third down tries.

The series is even at 10-10 (which includes games played at RFK Stadium, Metropolitan Stadium and the Metrodome) and the Vikings have outscored Washington 500-451. Their last meeting took place last year in Landover and the ‘Skins escaped wtih a 26-20 win (Minnesota’s last win over Washington came in 2014 in the Twin Cities, when the Vikings came away 29-26 winners).

They met in week 10 at FedEx Field and the Redskins trailed 20-14 at the half before Washington scored the final 14 points of the contest unchallenged, using four Dustin Hopkins field goals to seal the deal. Washington outrushed Minnesota 128-47, while Cousins threw for 262 yards for Washington, while Bradford threw for 307 yards (both men threw a pair of TDs). The Redskins went 6 of 12 on third down conversions in the home win, keeping the ball for 29:56, while the Vikings ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 30:04, going 5 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Washington was favored by 2 and covered the spread, winning by 6 and both clubs covered the 41 1/2 with 46 points. Minnesota’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. While this one’s not “Drill Worthy,” it’s worth your time to watch. Redskins fans were singing “Hail To The Redskins” last week after their win on the West Coast. They’ll be singing “Hail to the Redskins” this week too. Washington covers the 1 1/2 and wins in Landover.

Green Bay (4-4) at Chicago (3-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Windy City as Green Bay makes its way to Soldier Field for a Sunday afternoon contest with Chicago.

Green Bay trailed from start to finish and wound up on the short end of a 30-17 loss to Detroit at Lambeau Field last Monday night. The Packers trailed 14-3 at the break in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and could never get on track, although the Packers outrushed Detroit 78-64 in the Monday night contest. Matthew Stafford threw for 361 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Marvin Jones on both tosses, while Brett Hundley, who is under center while Aaron Rodgers recovers from a broken collarbone, threw for 245 yards. Detroit on third down tries went 8 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 36:55, while the Packers were 2 of 9 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:05.

Da Bears gave New Orleans a scare, coming up short in the Big Easy as they fell to the Saints 20-12. (Chicago had a bye last week) The Saints led 14-3 at the intermission before Da Bears managed to outscore the Saints 9-6 in the last 30 minutes of play. New Orleans found themselves outrushed by Chicago 157-101 and Chicago’s Jordan Howard ran for 102 yards to lead all rushers. Brees threw for 299 yards, while Mitchell Trubisky threw for 164 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The series? Tied 93-93-6 (which includes contests that were played at Wrigley Field and in Milwaukee) and Da Bears, who were known as the Staleys prior to 1922, have outscored Green Bay 3,300-3,284. Green Bay has taken wins in six of the last eight meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Chicago’s last win over the Packers came in 2015 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst as Da Bears suprised Green Bay 17-13.)

Meeting number one… week 7 at Lambeau. Rodgers (326 yards, 3 TDS) and WR Devonte Adams connected on a pair of TDs in the 26-10 win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst. Green Bay led 6-3 at the intermission and never looked back, as they outrushed Chicago 103-69 in the first meeting. The Packers were 9 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 39:36, while Da Bears were 2 of 8 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 20:24.

Round two… the Windy City and Soldier Field… week 15. Temperature at gametime? A balmy 11 degrees with a -4 wind chill (compared to 47 degrees in Green Bay in the first meeting and that contest had a 42 wind chill). Green Bay led 27-10 at the end of three quarters before Chicago roared back in the final period to tie things up. Green Bay took it upon themselves in the frosty Chicago air in the final 79 seconds of the contest after Conner Barth tied things up with a 22-yard field goal, using all the 79 seconds they had left with a 5-play, 59-yard drive that ended with Matt Crosby connecting on a 32-yard field goal as time expired to win 30-27. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 226-95 (Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery led all rushers with 162 yards and a TD), while Rodgers threw for 252 yards, despite being sacked four times (Chicago’s Matt Barkley threw for 362 yards with a pair of TDs but was the victim of three interceptions). The Packers on third down? 3 of 10 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down), while Da Bears were 3 of 8. As far as the clock was concerned? Green Bay ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:47 (including the game-winning drive), while Chicago kept the ball for 27:13.

In the week 7 contest, played on a Thursday night, while the Packers covered the 8 1/2 point spread winning by 16, neither club covered the 45 1/2 over/under, tallying only 36 points. Green Bay was favored by 6 1/2 in the week 15 contest at Soldier Field but came away 3-point winners but both teams covered the over/under (which was 42) as they combined for 57 points. Chicago’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 37 1/2. It’s almost safe to say that both teams are in survival mode to an extent and both are better than their records show. Green Bay wins in the Windy City and covers the 3.

New Orleans (6-2) at Buffalo (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. It’s gumbo vs. chicken wings as the New Orleans Saints travel to upstate New York to face off against the Buffalo Bills.

New Orleans, who defeated Tampa Bay 30-10 last week, has won six consecutive games and are the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. Leading 16-3 at the break, the Saints took control of the second half, where things got somewhat chippy when Saints DB Marshon Lattimore and Tampa Bay RB Mike Evans were involved in a scuffle on the Bucs’ sideline in the third quarter. Evans would eventually be suspended for one game for his actions on the field.

New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 151-87 and Drew Brees threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while knocking Jameis Winston (67 yards) out of the contest with a shoulder injury. New Orleans was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Big Easy and kept the ball for 32:18, while Tampa Bay, who was 27:42 in time of possession, went 4 of 13 on third downs.

Buffalo was taken to task last Thursday night in East Rutherford, as the Jets got their revenge on their AFC East rivals by taking a 34-21 loss to the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium last Thursday night. The Jets led 10-7 at the intermission on the Jersey Shores before pulling away in the final 30 minutes of action. Tyrod Taylor ran for one TD and threw for another, tallying 285 yards in the air but was sacked seven times. The Bills, who were outrushed by the Jets 194-63, went 6 of 16 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:30, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, led by Josh McCown’s 140 yards (with a TD pass and a rushing TD), went 6 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 33:30.

New Orleans holds a 6-4 lead in the series, the Saints have outscored the Bills 236-183 and have won the last four meetings in the series, including taking a 35-17 win in the Big Easy in 2013 (Buffalo’s last win over the Saints came in 1998 in the Big Easy by a final of 45-33).

New Orleans is favored by 3 on the road and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The Saints are trying to unseat Atlanta as king of the NFC South mountain, while the Bills have been giving the NFC South problems this year. Wings beats gumbo. Bills circle the wagons and cover the 2 1/2 in upstate New York.

Cincinnati (3-5) at Tennessee (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Andy Dalton vs. Marcus Mariota. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Music City as the Tennessee Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium.

The Bengals were suprised by Jacksonville last Sunday, losing to the Jaguars 23-7 at EverBank Field. Cincinnati trailed 13-7 at the half in the Sunshine State, then found themselves shut out in the second half but it was non-football action that was the star of the show as Cincy”S A.J. Green and Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey were tossed out for fighting. Jacksonville then got its composure back and iced the game away when Jayden Mickens returned a punt 63 yards for a TD. The Bengals were held to 29 yards rushing, while the Jaguars tallied 149 and Blake Bortles threw for 259 yards with a TD and had no interceptions or sacks, while Dalton threw for 136. The Bengals on third down were a somewhat dismal 1 of 8 and kept the ball for 19:46, while Jacksonville ruled the clock and kept the ball for 40:14, going 12 of 18 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee held off Baltimore 23-20 at Nissan Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Titans led 16-6 at the half before the Ravens made it a closer contest than Titan fans would have wanted when Joe Flacco (261 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) threw a pair of fourth quarter TD passes, one to RB Javarious Allen and the other to WR Mike Wallace with 46 seconds left to play. Baltimore then tried the onside kick and the Titans recovered the ball and ran out the clock. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier rushing-wise and the Ravens barely outrushed Tennessee 73-71, while Mariota threw for 218 yards with a pair of TDs. Baltimore went 6 of 16 on third down tries but struck paydirt on fourth down, as they went 3 of 4 and the Ravens ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:22, while the Titans were 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:38.

Tennessee leads the series 39-33-1, including contests that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers but the Bengals have outscored Tennessee 1,693-1,687 and Cincinnati has won the last two meetings, including coming away 33-7 winners along the shores of the Ohio River in 2014, while Tennessee’s last win in the series came in 2008, with the Titans taking down the Bengals 24-7 in Cincinnati. Tennessee’s favored by 4 1/2 in the Music City and the over/under’s 40 1/2. The Titans are trying to keep Jacksonville at bay in the AFC South, while the Bengals are looking up at Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC North. Cincy bounces back from the drubbing in Jacksonville and makes sour music for the Titans in the Music City, covering the 4 1/2.

Houston (3-5) at Los Angeles Rams (6-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. The struggling Texans make their way westward to face off against the Los Angeles Rams, who are in the top spot in the NFC West.

Houston gave Indianapolis a scare before losing to the Colts 20-14 at Houston last week. On the final play of the game, which started at the Indianapolis seven-yard line, Colts linebacker Jabaal Sheard sacked Texans QB Tom Savage and forced a fumble – which was recovered by linebacker Barkevious Mingo – to seal the victory. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had five catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Houston. Indy led 10-7 at the break in the Lone Star State and then held off the late Texans rally to seal the win. Houston did manage to outrush the Colts 94-92 and Jacoby Brissett, who took over for Andrew Luck (shoulder), threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs, while Savage threw for 219 yards and a TD and was sacked twice, with the second coming at the end of the contest. Both teams were 4 of 19 on third down conversions, the Texans were 0 pf 1 on fourth down and the Colts ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:59 to Houston’s 29:01.

The Rams broke a 7-7 first quarter tie with the New York Giants in the Meadowlands last Sunday afternoon and proceeded to outscore the Giants 44-10 in the last three quarters, taking a 51-17 win in the process. Taking a 27-10 with them to the half, the Rams stepped on the gas in the second half and never looked back. Todd Gurley ran for a couple of TDs at Met Life Stadium, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 311 yards, while the Giants’ Eli Manning threw for 220 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks. The Rams outrushed New York 162-111 and went 6 of 12 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:30, while the Giants, who held the ball for 29:30, went 8 of 16 on third downs.

The Rams lead the series 2-1 (which includes one contest when the Rams were in St. Louis) and they have outscored the Texans 84-56. Los Angeles won the last meeting, which took place in the Lone Star State, as they came away 38-13 winners in 2013, while Houston’s lone win over the Rams came in 2009 in St. Louis by a final of 16-13. The oddsmakers in Vegas like the Rams as 12 point favorites and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Houston keeps this one closer than 12 but the Rams prevail in Tinsletown and takes the win on the West Coast.

New York Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (0-9), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. It’s a battle of last-place teams in wine country as the New York Giants and San Francisco meet in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium.

The Giants and Eli Manning saw the Los Angeles Rams break a 7-7 first quarter tie in the Meadowlands last Sunday afternoon and then proceed to lose 51-17 in the process. New York trailed 27-10 at the half, then watched the Rams step on the gas in the second half and never looked back. Todd Gurley ran for a couple of TDs at Met Life Stadium, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 311 yards, while Manning threw for 220 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks. The Rams outrushed New York 162-111 and went 6 of 12 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:30, while the Giants, who held the ball for 29:30, went 8 of 16 on third downs.

The winless 49ers trailed Arizona 14-3 at the half against NFC West foe Arizona and dropped a 20-10 decision to the Cardinals in Santa Clara in a contest that got chippy when Arizona’s Frostee Rucker and San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde were both ejected from the contest for fighting in the fourth quarter. Arizona outrushed San Francisco 167-63, with Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson leading all rushers with 159 yards, while Drew Stanton threw for 201 yards and a pair of TDs and San Francisco’s C.J. Bethard threw for 294 yards with a rushing TD but was sacked five times in the 10-point loss. San Francisco went 6 of 17 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:38, while the Cardinals, who ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 36:22, went 7 of 16 on third down tries.

The Giants lead the series 16-15, including contests that took place at Yankee Stadium, Keezar Stadium, the Yale Bowl and Candlestick Park, Big Blue has outscored San Francisco 619-606. New York won the last meeting with San Francisco, coming away 30-27 winners in the Meadowlands in 2015, while the 49ers’ last win also came in the Meadowlands, as they would win 16-10 in 2014. New York’s favored by 2 1/2 in wine country and the over/under’s 42. Take a pass on this one and beg your wife, girlfriend or significant other to take you on that early Christmas shopping. Your heart will thank you, the economy will thank you and so will your sanity. San Francisco breaks their losing streak at home and covers the 1 1/2.

New England (6-2) at Denver (3-5), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The defending Super Bowl champs return to the Mile High City as Tom Brady and the Pats take on the struggling Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, closing out Sunday action in week 10.

New England and Brady return to action from their bye after they downed the Los Angeles Chargers 21-13 in Foxboro the weekend before. The defending Super Bowl champs led the Bolts 15-7 at the break and the two clubs played even football the rest of the contest. Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski connected for a 2-yard TD pass as the second quarter was getting underway, while Philip Rivers (212 yards) and WR Travis Benjamin connected on a 24-yard TD strike with 8:30 left in regulation. Los Angeles managed to outrush New England 157-97 (Los Angeles’ Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 132 yards and a TD), while Brady threw for 333 yards for the Pats. New England on third down was 9 of 19 on third down tries and kept the ball for 36:59, while the Chargers were 23:01 in time of possession, going 3 of 10 on third down (both teams were successful in their only fourth down tries).

Denver spun its wheels in Philadelphia last Sunday and took a 51-23 loss out of the City of Brotherly Love last Sunday. The Broncos could never get on track last week, trailing 31-9 at the half and used Brock Osweiler under center for the slumping Trevor Siemian. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 199 yards and four TDS, while Osweiler threw for 208 yards with a TD to WR  Demaryius Thomas, while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Philly easily outrushed Denver 197-35, with newly accquired RB Jay Ajayi leading all rushers with 77 yards and a TD. Denver went 3 of 13 on third down conversions at Lincoln Financial Field (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:06, while the Eagles, who kept the ball for 29:54, was 5 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

Denver leads the series 26-21 (including games played in Boston when the Pats called Fenway Park home) and they have outscored New England 1,077-1,023. New England won the last meeting with the Broncos, taking a 16-3 win in the Mile High City last year (Denver’s last regular season win over the Pats came a year earlier, also in Denver, when the Broncos, led by Peyton Manning, beat Brady and the Pats 30-24 in overtime.

The last meeting was played in week 15 in somewhat chilly conditions at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, with a game-time temperature of 18 (wind chill? 7). New England used three Steven Gostkowski field goals and a 1-yard run by LeGarrett Blount, while holding the Broncos to a Brad McMannus first quarter field goal to take the 13-point road win. New England outrushed Denver 136-58 and Brady threw for 188 yards, while Siemian threw for 282 yards but was sacked four times (Brady was sacked twice). New England went 5 of 17 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:36, while the Broncos were 2 of 12 and held the ball for 26:24 (both teams were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

In the week 15 contest in the Rockies, the Pats covered the 3-point spread, winning by 13 but neither club covered the 44 over/under, scoring only 19 points. New England is favored by 7 1/2 on the road and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Denver’s trying to restore some order and get themselves back in the playoff hunt, even if it means being a wild card team, while the Pats are trying to stay on top of the NFL mountain. New England won’t cover the 7 1/2 but they take the win on the road.

Miami (4-4) at Carolina (6-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 10 closes out in the Tar Heel State as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers entertain the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Miami trailed Oakland 13-9 at the half last Sunday night in Miami, then rallied to keep things close before falling to the Raiders 27-20 at Hard Rock Stadium in the Sunshine State. There were two bright spots for the Dolphins. First, they outrushed Oakland 86-84 in front of the home crowd; second, Jay Cutler threw for 311 yards with three TDs and no interceptions (Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 300 yards). Miami went 5 of 12 on third down Sunday night (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:04, while the Raiders were 30:56 in time of possession, while going 8 of 15 on third downs.

Carolina erased a 10-0 first quarter deficit against Atlanta and took the lead for keeps, taking a 20-17 win over the defending NFC champions in Charlotte last Sunday afternoon. Carolina outrushed Atlanta 201-53, while Cam Newton threw for 137 yards and had a rushing TD in the contest. Atlanta, led by Matt Ryan with 313 yards and a pair of TDs, was 4 of 12 on third down (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:08, while the Panthers kept the ball for 32:52, while going 4 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Miami leads the series 4-1, the Dolphins have outscored the Panthers 103-76 and Miami won the first four meetings in the series, with their last win coming in 2009 in Charlotte by a final of 24-17, while Carolina’s lone win in the series came in 2013 in Miami by a final of 20-16.

The Dolphins on Monday nights are 41-41, while the Panthers are 9-6 under the prime time lights. Carolina’s favored by 9 and the over/under is 38 1/2. While it’s not one of the better Monday night matchups, it’s worth your time, so you might want to tape “Scorpion” this week. Miami pulls the upset in Charlotte and they’ll be finer in Carolina, taking the road win.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Atlanta), 81 (Carolina); XM: 380 (Atlanta), 81 (Carolina)

Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Denver), 82 (Philadelphia); XM: 382 (Denver), 82 (Philadelphia)

Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Indianapolis), 135 (Houston); XM: 384 (Indianapolis), 225 (Houston)

Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 146 (Cincinnati), 157 (Jacksonville); XM: 385 (Cincinnati), 228 (Jacksonville)

Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Baltimore), 132 (Tennessee); XM: 386 (Baltimore), 226 (Tennessee)

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 133 (New York Giants); XM: 383 (Los Angeles Rams), 227 (New York Giants)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Tampa Bay), 83 (New Orleans); XM: 381 (Tampa Bay), 83 (New Orleans)

Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Arizona), 81 (San Francisco); XM: 380 (Arizona), 81 (San Francisco)

Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Washington), 83 (Seattle); XM: 381 (Washington), 83 (Seattle)

Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Kansas City), 82 (Dallas); XM: 382 (Kansas City), 82 (Dallas)

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

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

Sunday and Monday Officials
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Pete Morelli
Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m.: Terry McAulay
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clete Blakeman

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Teams in Caps)

Sunday’s Games

Favorite               Spread     Underdog                  O/U
Atlanta                –  2       CAROLINA                  42 1/2
PHILADELPHIA           –  7 1/2   Denver                    42
Los Angeles Rams       –  3 1/2   NEW YORK GIANTS           42
NEW ORLEANS            –  7       Tampa Bay                 52
JACKSONVILLE           –  5 1/2   Cincinnati                39
TENNESSEE              –  3 1/2   Baltimore                 43 1/2
Arizona                –  2 1/2   SAN FRANCISCO             39 1/2
SEATTLE                –  7 1/2   Washington                45
DALLAS                 –  2 1/2   Kansas City               54
Oakland                –  3       MIAMI                     44

Monday’s Game

Favorite               Spread     Underdog                  O/U
Detroit                –  2 1/2   GREEN BAY                 43 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: LB Duke Riley (Knee)

Carolina
OUT: C Ryan Kalil (Neck), T John Theus (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: G Trai Turner (Knee), RB Foswhitt Whittaker (Ankle)

Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: RB Matt Jones (Ankle), LB John Simon (Neck), CB Quincy Wilson (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Anthony Castonzo (Knee)

Houston
OUT: LB Dylan Cole (Hamstring), DE Joel Heath (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Johnathan Joseph (Shin)

Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: WR Tyler Boyd (Knee), LB Kevin Minter (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: K Randol Bullock (Back), DE Michael Johnson (Back)

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: G Aaron Cann (Triceps), WR Marqise Lee (Knee), T Cameron Robinson (Ankle)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: CB Brent Grimes (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Christopher Baker (Ankle), WR Adam Humphries (Rib), QB Jameis Winston (Right Shoulder), DE Robert Ayers (Ankle), LB Kendell Beckwith (Knee)

New Orleans
OUT: G Lawrence Warford (Abdomen)

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

Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles Rams report no injuries

New York Giants
OUT: LB B.J. Goodson (Ankle), G Justin Pugh (Back), C Weston Richburg (Concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle), DE Kerry Wynn (Knee), LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), CB Donte Deayon (Ankle)

Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Denver
OUT: T Donald Stephenson (Calf), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Todd Davis (Ankle), G Ronald Leary (Elbow)

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: CB Ronald Darby (Ankle), TE Zach Ertz (Hamstring)

Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: WR Michael Campanaro (Shoulder), S Charles Clark (Thigh), RB Terrance West (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Nicholas Boyle (Toe), QB Joe Flacco (Concussion), C Ryan Jensen (Shoulder), TE Vincent Mayle (Concussion), CB James Smith (Achilles), WR Mike Wallace (Back), S Lardarius Webb (Concussion), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle), DT Timothy Williams (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Shoulder), DT Michael Pierce (Illness), T Ronnie Stanley (Shoulder)

Tennessee
OUT: G Quinton Spain (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Nathan Palmer (Ankle), TE Delanie Walker (Ankle)

Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
OUT: C Daniel Munyer (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brittan Golden (Groin), WR Chad Williams (Back), LB Karlos Dansby (Finger), RB Andre Ellington (Quadricep), DT Frostee Rucker (Knee)

San Francisco
OUT: WR Pierre Garcon (Neck), T Garry Gilliam (Knee), DT David Jones (Knee), DE Aaron Lynch (Calf), T Joe Staley (Eye), DE Solomon Thomas (Knee), CB K’Waun Williams (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Reuben Foster (Ribs)

Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

Washington
OUT: DE Matthew Ioannidis (Hand), G Shawn Lauvao (Stinger), TE Niles Paul (Concussion), TE Jordan Reed (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: C Spencer Long (Knee), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle), T Trent Williams (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jamison Crowder (Hamstring), CB Bashaud Breeland (Knee), RB Robert Kelley (Ankle), S Montae Nicholson (Shoulder), G Brandon Scherff (Knee), LB Martrell Spaight (Shoulder)

Seattle
OUT: Luke Joeckel (Knee), S Earl Thomas (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jeremy Lane (Thigh)
Sheldon Richardson (Oblique), S Kameron Chancellor (Ankle), RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle), LB Bobby Wagner (Hamstring), WR Tanner McEvoy (Hamstring)

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

Kansas City
OUT: LB Donald Ford (Back), WR Albert Wilson (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Justin Houston (Knee)

Dallas
OUT: CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring), K Dan Bailey (Right Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Maliek Collins (Foot), WR Cole Beasley (Concussion), WR Noah Brown (Thigh)

Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: CB David Amerson (Foot), CB Gareon Conley (Shin), CB Demetrius McCray (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Gabriel Jackson (Ankle), LB Cory James (Knee), S Karl Joseph (Groin), LB Marquel Lee (Ankle), LB Nicholas Morrow (Ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (Hamstring)

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: DE William Hayes (Hamstring), DE Orlandus Branch (Groin), G Jermon Bushrod (Hand), QB Jay Cutler (Ribs), WR DeVante Parker (Ankle)

Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. Monday

Detroit
OUT: T Gregory Robinson (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), S Don Carey (Knee)

Green Bay
OUT: LB Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: TE Martellus Bennett (Shoulder), LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), DT Quinton Dial (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Damarious Randall (Hamstring), G Lane Taylor (Ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 70 degrees
Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 64 degrees
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly cloudy and 84 degrees)
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 77 degrees
Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 76 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 30 percent chance of rain and 61 degrees)
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 61 degrees
Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 40 degrees
Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 87 degrees)
Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m.: Mostly clear and 75 degrees
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and 29 degrees

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

 

The calendar has turned.

The leaves are changing color and falling.

It’s getting a little cooler in some parts of the country and Thanksgiving will be upon us before you know it.

Week 9 is here. Get that mulled pumpkin spice cider ready.

November has arrived and the NFL season enters its second half. At the midpoint, there are nine teams with a .700 or better winning percentage, led by the 7-1 (.875) Philadelphia Eagles. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, nearly 97 percent (60 of 62, 96.8 percent) of the previous teams to start 7-1 or better advanced to the postseason.

Through the first eight weeks, 16 teams have a winning record. Two divisions – AFC East (New England 6-2, Buffalo 5-2, Miami 4-3) and NFC South (New Orleans 5-2, Carolina 5-3, Atlanta 4-3) – each have three teams with a winning record.

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

Since 2000, 44 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, there were four such teams: Detroit (4-4), Green Bay (4-4), Miami (4-4) and Pittsburgh (4-4).

Of those 44 clubs, seven have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including both the Packers and Steelers last season. The 2001 New England Patriots reached the midway point with a 4-4 record and went on to win Super Bowl XXXVI.

SEVEN FROM LAST SUNDAY

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for a franchise-record 452 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Seahawks’ 41-38 win over Houston. Wilson, in his sixth season, has seven career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (10) and Brett Farve (nine) have more such games in a player’s first six seasons.

Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns against Seattle. Watson has thrown at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

Watson has 16 touchdown passes in his past four games, the most in league annals by a rookie in any four-game span.

This season, Watson has 19 passing touchdowns, the most ever by a rookie in his first seven games of a season. Watson has also passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (18 from 1998-1999) for the most passing touchdowns by a player in his first seven career games.

•New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 23 of 28 passes (82.1 percent) for 299 yards in the Saints’ 20-12 win over Chicago. Brees has 6,011 career completions and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (6,300) and PEYTON MANNING (6,125) as the only players in NFL history with at least 6,000 completions.

Brees reached the milestone in his 240th career game and is the fastest in NFL history to accomplish the feat (Manning, 259 games and Favre, 286).

•New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 333 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Patriots’ 21-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Brady, who has played his entire career with the Patriots, has 44 games with at least 300 passing yards and no interceptions. That ties him with Drew Brees (44 with New Orleans) for the most such games with a single team in NFL history.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 33-10 win over San Francisco. Wentz has thrown 19 touchdown passes this season, the most by a quarterback in franchise history through the team’s first eight games. The previous mark of 17 touchdown passes was shared by Pro Football Hall of Famer Norm Van Brocklin (1960) and NORM SNEAD (1967).

•Buffalo running back Le Sean Mcoy COY rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Bills’ 34-14 win over Oakland. Over the past five seasons, McCoy has eight games with at least 150 rushing yards, the most in the NFL during that span.

•Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 33-19 win at Washington. Elliott, who played in his 22nd career game, has 21 rushing touchdowns and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders and Billy Sims for the third-fastest to reach 20 career rushing touchdowns since the 1970 merger. Only Hall of Famers Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson (20 games) reached 20 career rushing touchdowns in fewer games since the merger.

•Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers had a sack and forced fumble in the Panthers’ 17-3 win at Tampa Bay. Peppers has 151 career sacks and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen recorded one sack in the Vikings’ 33-16 win over Cleveland at London’s Twickenham Stadium in the fourth and final 2017 London Series game in the United Kingdom. Griffen, who has 10 sacks and has recorded at least one sack in each of the Vikings’ eight games this season, is the third player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games of a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. He joins Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney (2009) and Robert Mathis (2005) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa had a sack in the team’s loss at New England. Bosa has 19 sacks in 20 career games, the most sacks by a player in his first 20 games to begin a career since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 8

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first eight weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 10,980 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 8 since 1970.​

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 8 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 8*
2017 – 10,980
2014 – 10,977
2013 – 9,399
1983 – 9,139
1971 – 8,920
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in 2017:

PLAYER, TEAM (SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (1,070)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (732)
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (500)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (495)
Tarik Cohen, Chicago (462)

Rookies have also totaled 79 touchdowns through Week 8, tied for the most through the first eight weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 8 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 8*
2017 – 79
2014 – 79
1983 – 73
2013 – 71
1971 – 66
1984 – 63
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most touchdowns in 2017:

PLAYER, TEAM (TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (7)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (6)
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh (4)
Many tied with 3

UNMATCHED: Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 402 yards with four touchdowns and added 67 rushing yards in the team’s Week 8 loss at Seattle.

Watson is the first player in NFL history to register at least 400 passing yards, four touchdown passes and 50 rushing yards in a single game.

Watson, who is tied for the league lead with 19 touchdown passes, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (18) for the most passing touchdowns by a player in his first seven career games.

The players with the most passing touchdowns in their first seven career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (TD PASSES)
Deshaun Watson, Houston (19)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (18)^
George Ratterman, New York Yanks (16)
Mark Rypien, Washington (16)
Dan Marino, Miami (15)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Watson, who is the first rookie in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games, has the most touchdown passes by a rookie in his first seven games.

The rookies with the most touchdown passes in his first seven games:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TD PASSES)
Deshaun Watson, Houston (2017 – 19)
Dan Marino, Miami (1983 – 15)^
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee (2015 – 13)
Greg Cook, Cincinnati (1969 – 13)
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay (2013 – 11)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004 – 11)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RAINING OFFENSE IN SEATTLE: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 452 yards with four touchdowns and Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson threw for 402 yards with four touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 41-38 win over the Texans in Week 8.

The game marked the sixth time in NFL history that opposing quarterbacks each passed for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in the same game.

The games with opposing quarterbacks passing for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns:

DATE: PLAYER – TEAM (YDS, TDS); PLAYER – TEAM (YDS, TDS)
10/29/17: Russell Wilson – Seattle (452, 4); DeShaun Watson – Houston (402, 4)
11/3/13: Tom Brady – New England (432, 4); Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (400, 4)
10/6/13: Peyton Manning – Denver (414, 4); Tony Romo – Dallas (506, 5)
1/1/12: Matt Flynn – Green Bay (480, 6); Matthew Stafford – Detroit (520, 5)
9/4/94: Dan Marino – Miami (473, 5); Drew Bledsoe – New England (421, 4)
9/21/86: Ken O’Brien – New York Jets (479 – 4); Dan Marino – Miami (448, 6)

COMPLETE PERFORMANCE: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 23 of 28 passes (82.1 percent) for 299 yards in the Saints’ 20-12 win over Chicago last week.

Brees, who has 6,011 career completions, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (6,300) and Peyton Manning (6,125) as the only players in NFL history with at least 6,000 completions.

Brees reached the milestone in his 240th career game and is the fastest in NFL history to accomplish the feat (Manning, 259 games and Favre, 286).

The players with the most completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CAREER COMPLETIONS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (6,300)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (6,125)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (6,011)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore totaled 101 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 19 receiving) in the Colts’ Week 8 loss at Cincinnati.

Gore, who has 17,015 career scrimmage yards, became the ninth player in NFL history to record at least 17,000 scrimmage yards. The other eight players to accomplish the feat are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (23,540) ^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (21,579)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (21,264)^
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis, St. Louis (19,154)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (18,456)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (18,190)^
Marcus Allen – Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City (17,654)^
Curtis Martin – New England and New York Jets (17,430)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (17,015)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SACK MASTERS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers had a sack and forced fumble in the Panthers’ 17-3 win at Tampa Bay last week.

Peppers, who has 151 career sacks, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since the individual sack because an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo and Washington (200)^
Reggie White – Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina (198)^
Kevin Greene – Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (151)
Chris Doleman – Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco (150.5)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen registered one sack in the Vikings’ 33-16 win over Cleveland at Twickenham Stadium in London in Week 8.

Griffen, who is tied for second in the NFL with 10 sacks and has recorded at least one sack in all eight of Minnesota’s games this season, became the third player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players to record at least one sack in each of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)

Everson Griffen, Minnesota (2017)
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis (2009)
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis (2005)

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa had a sack in the team’s Week 8 loss at New England.

Bosa, who is tied for second in the AFC with 8.5 sacks, has 19 sacks in 20 career games, the most sacks by a player in his first 20 games to begin a career since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SACKS)
Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers – 19
Aldon Smith, San Francisco – 18.5
Clay Matthews, Green Bay – 17.0
John Abraham, New York Jets – 16.5
Von Miller, Denver – 16.5
Leslie O’Neal, San Diego – 16.5

STILL KICKING: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all three of his field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts in the Colts’ Week 8 loss at Cincinnati.

Vinatieri, who has 56 points this season, is tied with Gary Anderson (2,434) for the second-most points scored in NFL history.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER POINTS)
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota (2,544)^
Adam Vinatieri -New England and Indianapolis (2,434)
Gary Anderson – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota and Tennessee (2,434)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 9

WATSON’S WIZARDRY: Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson became the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards (402), four touchdown passes (four) and 50 rushing yards (67) in a single game in the Texans’ Week 8 loss at Seattle.

Watson has passed for at least three touchdowns and recorded a 100+ passer rating in four consecutive games, the longest streak by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. On Sunday, Watson can become the fifth different quarterback in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes and a 100+ passer rating in five consecutive games.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and a 100+ rating in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON(S) – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 3+ TD PASSES & 100+ RATING)
Tom Brady, New England (2007 – 8)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2004 – 8)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2015 – 5)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2012-13 – 5)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2012 – 5)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2011 -5)
Deshaun Watson, Houston (2017- 4)*

*Active streak

DYNAMIC DUO: Houston wide receivers De Andre Hopkins (224 yards, one touchdown) and Will Fuller V (125 yards, two touchdowns) each had at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in Week 8.

Fuller and Hopkins are tied for the NFL lead with seven touchdown receptions each this season. With a touchdown catch by both players against Indianapolis on Sunday, Fuller and Hopkins would become the third pair of teammates in NFL history with at least eight touchdown catches each in their team’s first eight games of a season.

The pairs of teammates with at least eight touchdown catches each in their team’s first eight games of a season:

SEASON – TEAM (PLAYER – TD CATCHES; PLAYER – TD CATCHES)
2013 – Denver (Wes Welker – 9; Julius Thomas – 8)
1959 – Baltimore Colts (Raymond Berry – 8; Jim Mutscheller – 8)
2017 – Houston (Will Fuller V – 7; DeAndre Hopkins – 7)*
*Through seven games

With three combined touchdown catches on Sunday, Fuller and Hopkins, who have 14 total touchdown receptions this season, would tie for the second-most combined touchdown catches by a pair of teammates through their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

The pairs of teammates with the most combined touchdown catches in their team’s first eight games of a season:

SEASON – TEAM (PLAYER – TDS; PLAYER – TDS / COMBINED TD CATCHES)
1942 – Green Bay (Don Hutson – 14; Andy Uram – 4 / 18)
2013 – Denver (Wes Welker – 9; Julius Thomas – 8 / 17)
2007 – New England (Randy Moss – 11; Wes Welker – 6 / 17)
1961 – Houston Oilers (Bill Groman – 11, Charley Hennigan – 6 / 17)
2017 – Houston (Will Fuller V – 7; DeAndre Hopkins – 7 / 14)*
*Through seven games

PETERSON GAINS GROUND: Arizona running back Adrian Peterson has 11,983 rushing yards and 99 rushing touchdowns in 11 career seasons.

With 17 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown at San Francisco on Sunday, Peterson would become the seventh player in NFL history with at least 12,000 career rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns. All six of the players with at least 12,000 rushing yards and 100 touchdown runs are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with at least 12,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RUSHING YARDS/RUSHING TDS)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (18,355/164)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (16,726/110)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (13,684/145)^
Jim Brown – Cleveland (12,312/106)^
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis (12,279/100)^
Marcus Allen – Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City (12,243/123)^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (11,983/99)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

JAGUARS ON THE PROWL: The Jacksonville Jaguars, led by defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue (2.5 sacks) and Calais Campbell (two), recorded 10 sacks in the team’s 27-0 win at Indianapolis in Week 7. Jacksonville enters Week 9 following a bye last week.

With seven sacks on Sunday against Cincinnati, Jacksonville, who leads the NFL with 33 sacks and ties for third in the league with 10 interceptions, would become the second team in the Super Bowl era with at least 40 sacks and 10 interceptions in its first eight games of a season. The 1967 Oakland Raiders, who advanced to Super Bowl II, are the only other team to accomplish the feat in the Super Bowl era.

The teams with at least 40 sacks and 10 interceptions in its first eight games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM – SEASON (SACKS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Oakland – 1967 (52/14)
Jacksonville – 2017 (33/10)*
*Through seven games

LANDMARK FOR LANDRY: Miami wide receiver Jarvis Landry ranks second in the NFL with 50 catches this season.

With five catches against Oakland on Sunday Night Football, Landry, who has 338 receptions since entering the league in 2014, would surpass Anquan Boldin (342) for the most catches by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 4 SEASONS)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (342)
Jarvis Landry, Miami (338)*
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (330)
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (329)
Brandon Marshall, Denver (327)
*In fourth season

DOMINANT DEMARCUS: Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence recorded a sack in the Cowboys’ 33-19 win at Washington in Week 8.

Lawrence, who leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks, has recorded a sack in all seven of Dallas’ games this season. With a sack against Kansas City on Sunday, Lawrence would become the fourth player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Minnesota’s EVERSON GRIFFEN, who is on a bye in Week 9, has recorded at least one sack in each of the Vikings’ first eight games of the 2017 season.

The players to record a sack in each of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM – SEASON
Everson Griffen, Minnesota – 2017^
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis – 2009
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis – 2005
Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas – 2017*
*Has sack in each of first seven games
^Has bye in Week 9 (Active streak)

SOARING EAGLE: Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz passed for two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 33-10 victory over San Francisco last week in the City of Brother Love.

With 26 completions against Denver on Sunday, Wentz, who has 540 completions in 24 career games, would surpass MATTHEW STAFFORD (565) for the most completions in NFL history by a quarterback in their first 25 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most completions in their first 25 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (COMPLETIONS IN 1ST 25 GAMES)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (565)
Marc Bulger, St. Louis (553)
Derek Carr, Oakland (551)
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (540)*
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (537)
*Through 24 career games

Week 9 got underway Thursday night in the Jersey Meadowlands with an AFC East matchup as the New York Jets got revenge on Buffalo, taking down the Bills 34-21 and the week concludes with a pair of primetime contests as the Miami Dolphins hosts the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and Detroit visits Green Bay in a key NFC North showdown at Lambeau Field on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Last week was pretty good. We went 9-4 and for the year, 73-47.

Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Tennessee come back from their bye weeks, while Chicago, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh will take the weekend off.

There’s still a lot of football left. There are teams that are still in the hunt and even San Francisco and Cleveland, both at 0-8, still have a chance. Week eight’s in the books. Here are the picks for week 9.

ATLANTA (4-3) at Carolina (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. They’re separated by 245 miles up I-85. They are the last two NFC team to play in the Super Bowl. They’re in the same division and they meet again. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons travel to Charlotte for a Sunday afternoon contest with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

Atlanta broke their three game losing streak against the AFC East as they came away 25-20 winners over the New York Jets at rainy Met Life Stadium last SUnday. The defending NFC champs trailed 17-13 at the break and took the lead for keeps in the early part of the final quarter when Ryan (254 yards, 2 TDs, 2 fumbles) and WR Mohammed Sanu connected on a 6-yard TD pass to lead 22-17. Atlanta then went for the two-point conversion but Ryan fumbled the snap and the Jets recovered but could not convert on defense. Carson Catanzaro made things closer for the Jets when he connected on a 46-yard field goal (Catanzaro had missed from 46 and 48 yards earlier in the contest).

Atlanta would then restore some order when Matt Bryant booted a 29-yard fieid goal with 5:19. After the Falcons punted the ball back to New York after the 2-minute warning, the Jets had one last chance to make the Falcons 0-4 against the AFC East, starting their final drive at their 4-yard line. GangGreen would get as far as their 38-yard line with no time outs and one second left on the clock. The Jets were then penalized for a false start, which required a 10-second runoff. With that, the Jets lost the contest.

Josh McCown threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs against Atlanta, who outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 140-43 (Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 82 yards rushing). Atlanta went 5 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:19, while the Jets ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:41, going 5 of 15 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Carolina held Tampa Bay to a 41-yard field goal by Patrick Murray in the thrid quarter as they took the Buccaneers to task 17-3 at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday. The Panthers led 10-0 at the break and rushed for 100 yards, held Tampa Bay to 85 yards rushing, while Newton threw for 154 yards and a TD, as the Carolina defense sacked Jameis Winston (210 yards) three times and picked him off twice. Carolina went 8 of 17 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:11, while the Bucs kept the ball for 27:49, going 2 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Falcons lead the series 27-17, have outscored Carolina 934-879 and have won the last three meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Carolina’s last win came in Charlotte in 2015, when they manhandled the Falcons 38-0).

The first meeting took place in the Big Peach in week four and the Falcons took a 48-33 win in the Georgia Dome’s final season. Atlanta led 17-10  at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Panthers 31-23 in the final 30 minutes of action. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 98-49 and Ryan threw for 503 yards and four TDs, while Newton threw for 165 yards in the loss. Atlanta went 8 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:49, while Carolina kept the pigskin for 26:11, going 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Round two… week 16 in the Tar Heel State on Christmas Eve afternoon. The Falcons completed the sweep in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium, coming away 33-16 winners to clinch the NFC South title. Even though the teams played even football in the second half, Atlanta led 20-3 at the break and never looked back. Atlanta outrushed the Panthers 152-119 and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198. Atlanta in the contest went 6 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 32:45, while the Panthers, who kept the ball for 27:15, went 4 of 15 on third down and 3 of 4 on fourth down.

Carolina was favored by 3 1/2 in the week four affair in the Peach State and the Falcons covered the spread, winning by 15 and both clubs easily covered the 49 1/2 over/under, tallying 81 points. In the second contest in Charlotte, Atlanta won by 17, allowing them to cover the 3 1/2 point spread but the 53 over/under was safe and sound, as both clubs scored only 39 points. The defending NFC champs are favored by 2 in Charlotte and the over/under’s 42 1/2. There have been times when the Panthers and Falcons have played some decent football and both teams went to the last two Super Bowls enroute to winning the NFC South. Carolina would like to break their three-game losing streak to the Falcons. Atlanta? They’d like to make it four in a row in the series. Atlanta covers the 2 and takes the win on the road.

Denver (3-4) at Philadelphia (7-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The first-place Eagles host Denver at Lincoln Financial Field, as both teams enter the Sudnay afternoon contest in the City of Brotherly Love in opposite directions.

Denver dropped their fourth straight contest, falling to Kansas City 29-19 at Arrowhead last Monday night. The stuggling Broncos trailed 17-3 at the half before making a contest of it in the second half, outscoring the Chiefs 16-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Denver outrushed the Chiefs 177-79 and held rookie RB Kareem Hunt to 46 but was done in by Alex Smith, who threw for 202 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce, while Trevor Siemian (who struggled throughout the contest and Brock Oswelier will be under center this Sunday) threw for 198 yards with three sacks and three interceptions. Denver went 5 of 12 on third down conversions at Arrowhead (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:23, while the Chiefs kept the ball for 28:37 and went 2 of 12 on third down.

The Eagles manhandled San Francisco 37-10 at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. Philly led 17-0 at the intermisson and never looked back, holding the winless 49ers in check. Philadelphia outrushed San Francisco 112-94 and Wentz threw for 211 yards and a pair of TDs, while teammate Jalen Mills returned an interception 37 yards for a TD. The Eagles were 4 of 14 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:57, while the 49ers were 27:03 in time of possession, going 3 of 15 on third down tries.

Philly leads the series 7-5 and the Broncos have outscored the Eagles 296-250. Denver won the last meeting with Philadelphia in the Mile High City in 2013, taking a 52-20 win, while the Eagles’ last win over Denver came in 2009 in the City of Brotherly Love by a final of 30-27. The oddsmakers like the Eagles as 7 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 42. The Eagles are ruling the roost in the NFC East, while the Broncos are trying to catch up to Kansas City in the AFC West. Philly wins this one but expect the Broncos to make it closer than 7 points in the City of Brotherly Love.

Indianapolis (2-6) at Houston (3-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC South teams trying to stay out of the division cellar meet in Houston as the Texans host the Andrew Luck-less Colts at NRG Stadium.

The Colts dropped a 24-23 decsion to Cincinnati last week as quarterback Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes to lead the offense. Indy let a 23-17 lead in the fourth quarter, as defensive end Carlos Dunlap had a 16-yard interception-return touchdown to help put the Bengals ahead for good. The Colts outrushed Cincinnati 115-58 and led 13-10 at the half before the Bengals took control at home in the second half. Dalton threw for 243 yards in the contest, while Jacoby Brissett threw for 233 yards and a pair of TDs of his own (Dalton was sacked three times, while Brissett was sacked twice). The Colts were 8 of 16 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:13, while the Bengals went 4 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:47.

Seattle TE Jimmy Graham broke the hearts of Texans fans when he caught an 18-yard TD pass from Wilson with 21 seconds left in the contest to take a 41-38 win over Houston last Sunday in the Pacific Northwest. Trailing 38-34 with 1:39 left in regulation, the Seahawks (tied for first in the NFC West), used a 3-play, 80-yard drive that used 79 seconds of clock to take the lead for keeps. Seattle would then go on to hold off a late Houston drive that would have given the Texans the road win. Houston outrushed Seattle 142-33 and Wilson (452) and rookie QB DeShaun Waston (402) threw for over 400 yards and four TDs each in the contest. Houston suffered another loss later this week when Watson tore an ACL during practice and will be out for the remainder of the season. With Watson’s year done, the Texans will look to Tom Savage to try and salvage their season. As for last week’s contest in the Pacifc Northwest, Seattle went 5 of 12 on third down tries at Century Link Field, keeping the ball for 29:38, while the Texans, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:22, went 2 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

While the Colts lead the series 23-7 and have outscored the Texans 791-592, Houston has come away with wins in the last three meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Indy’s last win over Houston came in 2015, when they were 27-20 victors in the Lone Star State).

Meeting number one… week six at NRG Stadium on a Sunday night. Houston erased a 13-3 deficit at the break and came away 26-23 overtime winners over the Colts. Houston trailed 23-16 with 49 seconds left when Brock Osweiler and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz connected on a 26-yard pass to tie things up and send the game into overtime. The Colts won the toss in the extra period but could not score in their first attempt with the ball. The Texans took advantage of the Colts’ misfortune and used a 6-play, 52-yard drive that consumed 3:20 of clock and sent their fans home with the win when Nick Novak sent a 33-yard field goal try through the uprights. Indy outrushed Houston 161-159 and the contest’s star running backs did not disappoint, as the Colts’ Frank Gore ran for 106 yards, while Houston’s Lamar Miller ran for 149. Osweiler threw for 269 yards and a pair of TDs, including the one that tied the contest up, while Andrew Luck threw for 252 yards and a TD, while he was sacked three times. The Colts were 5 of 13 on third down conversions, went 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 36:33, while the Texans were 5 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 30:17.

The Texans completed the sweep in the Hoosier State, taking a 22-17 win in week 14. Houston led 13-3 at the half, then held off Indianapolis in the final 30 minutes of play. Houston outrushed the Colts 185-83, with Miller leading the way with 107 yards and a TD, while Osweiler threw for 147 and Luck threw for 276 yards and a pair of TDs (one to T.Y. Hilton) but was picked off twice. Third down tries? Houston was 5 of 14 and the Texans kept the ball for 36:05, while the Colts were 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third down, possessing the ball for 23:55.

The Texans covered the 3-point spread in the first meeting in week six, covering the spread with the 3-point win and both teams took care of the 46 over/under, tallying 49 points. The Colts were favored by 6 in the week 14 contest in the Hoosier State and the Texans won by 5, barely missing the spread. As for the 47 over/under? It was untouched, as both teams combined for only 39 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Texans as a 7 point favorite and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Granted, the Colts are struggling but they’re not 12 1/2 points bad. If nothing else, this one might be entertainig to watch. Texans may not cover the 12 1/2 but they do win in the Lone Star State.

Cincinnati (3-4) at Jacksonville (4-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of contending teams meet in North Florida as Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Jacksonville for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Jaguars at Ever Bank Field.

The Bengals defeated Indianapolis 24-23 last week as quarterback Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes to lead the offense.
With Cincinnati trailing 23-17 in the fourth quarter, defensive end Carlos Dunlap had a 16-yard interception-return touchdown to help put the Bengals ahead for good. It marked the second fourth-quarter game-winning interception-return touchdown in team history (Ken Riley, October 23, 1983). The Colts outrushed Cincinnati 115-58 and led 13-10 at the half before the Bengals took control at home in the second half. Dalton threw for 243 yards in the contest, while Jacoby Brissett threw for 233 yards and a pair of TDs of his own (Dalton was sacked three times, while Brissett was sacked twice). The Colts were 8 of 16 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:13, while the Bengals went 4 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:47.

The Jaguars, who had a bye last week, are coming off a 27-0 win at Indianapolis in Week 7. Led by defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue (2.5 sacks) and Calais Campbell (two), the Jaguars recorded 10 sacks against the Colts. Jacksonville scored all their points in the contest at Lucas Oil Stadium unchallenged and led 20-0 at the intermission and never looked back. The Jaguars easily outrushed the Colts 188-69, with RB T.J. Yeldon leading the way with 122 yards and a TD in the shutout win. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 330 yards and a TD, while Jacoby Brissett threw for 200 yards for the Colts but was sacked 10 times. Jacksonville was 8 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:47, while the Colts went 5 of 15 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down and held the ball for 27:13.

Jacksonville leads the series 11-9 and the Jaguars have outscored the Bengals 446-371 in those 20 meetings. However… the Bengals have been king of the jungle of late, winning the last four meetings, including taking a 33-23 win in Cincy in 2014, while Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State, taking a 23-20 win in 2005.

Jacksonville’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 39. It’s cats vs. cats and the litter box will get a little crowded. Cincinnati takes the win in the Sunshine State and covers the 5 1/2.

Baltimore (4-4) at Tennessee (4-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC contenders meet in the Music City as Tennessee hosts the Baltimore Ravens at Nissan Stadium.

The Ravens manhandled Miami 40-0 last Thursday evening in Charm City. Baltimore led 20-0 at the half and never looked back. The Ravens outrushed Miami 174-45, with Baltimore RB Andrew Collins leading the way with 113 yards on the ground. Flacco threw for 101 yards and a TD before leaving the game with a concussion, while Matt Moore threw for 176 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Ravens were 3 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:14, while the Dolphins were 28:46 in time of possession and went 4 of 15 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The Titans return to action this week after their bye and are coming off a 12-9 overtime win at Cleveland two weeks ago. Tennessee led 6-3 at the intermission in the all-field goal contest before Cleveland’s Zavier Gonzalez ties the contest with 47 seconds left on a 54-yard field goal. The Browns and Titans trade possessions in the overtime and Cleveland gets the ball back a second time but could not score in their possession of the ball. The Browns then punted the ball back to the Titans, who made the most of their opportunity, as they would use a 7-play, 20-yard drive that used 4:02 of clock and left Cleveland with the win when Tennessee K Ryan Succop connected on a 47-yard field goal. Neither team breached the 100-yard rushing barrier and Tennessee would outrush Cleveland 80-66, while Mariotta would throw for 203 yards, while rookie QB DeShon Kizer threw for 114 yards and a pair of interceptions. Tennessee went 5 of 17 on third downs (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 35:23 (including the game-winning drive), while the Browns, who have yet to win in the 2017 campaign, were 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down, with Cleveland keeping the ball for 32:42.

They’ve met 18 times and the series is dead even at 9-9 and the Ravens have outscored Tennessee 331-301. Baltimore took the win at home in the last meeting, taking a 21-7 win in Charm City in 2014, while the Titans were 26-13 winners in the Music City in 2011. The Titans are favored by 3 1/2 in the Music City and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Tennessee covers the 3 1/2 and takes the win at home.

Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of teams going in opposite directions meet in upstate New Jersey as the Rams travel to Met Life Stadium for a Sunday afternoon contest with the struggling New York Giants. Both teams are coming into the Sunday contest off bye weeks.

The Rams return from their bye week after they manhandled Arizona 33-0 in London. Los Angeles led 23-0 at the intermission and they would score their final 10 points against Arizona unchallenged, as the Desert Angry Birds could never get on track after that. Todd Gurley ran for 106 yards and a TD on the other side of the Atlantic, while the Rams outrushed Arizona 197-25. The Rams’ Jarred Goff threw for 235 yards and a TD, while Carson Palmer threw for 122 yards with a sack and an interception before being knocked out of the contest with a broken left hand. Arizona went 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Desert Angry Birds kept the ball for 20:59, while the Rams went 13 of 19 on third down tries in merry olde England, keeping the ball for 39:01.

The Giants are also coming off a bye week themselves, dropping a 24-7 decision at home against Seattle two Sundays ago in the Meadowlands. The Giants let a 7-3 lead at the half get away from them as the Seahawks would score their final 21 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. Seattle outrushed the Giants 104-46 and Wilson threw for 334 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Doug Baldwin on one of the tosses, while Manning threw for 134 yards for the Giants.

The Rams lead the series 25-16, which includes games that were played in Cleveland, St. Louis and Yankee Stadium and Los Angeles has outscored Big Blue 937-781. The Giants have come away winners in the last seven contests, including taking a 17-10 win in London last year (the Rams’ last win in the series came in 2001, when they were 15-14 winners in St. Louis.

The London contest took place in week seven and the two teams were tied at 10-10 at the half and that status stayed that way through the end of the third quarter before Robert Jennings gave the Giants the lead for good with a 1-yard run with 9:23 left in regulation. It wasn’t much of a rushing contest at Twickenham, as neither club broke the 100-yard barrier (the Rams somehow mamanged to outrush New York 74-36). Case Keenum threw for 291 yards but was picked off four times and sacked three times, while Manning threw for 196 yards. The Giants were 4 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 24:57, while the Rams ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 35:03, going 9 of 19, 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Giants covered the 3-point spread, winning by 7 in the week seven contest on the other side of the Atlantic but neither club covered the 44 over/under, combining for only 27 points. The Rams are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 42. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Rams have been on top of the NFC West mountain for a while, while the Giants have spun their heels in the NFC East. Eli and the Giants will throw everything at Los Angeles Sunday but the Rams come away from Met Life with the win and covers the 3 1/2.

Tampa Bay (2-5) at New Orleans (5-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Jameis Winston vs. Drew Brees. A pair of NFC South rivals meet in the Big Easy as the Saints host Tampa Bay at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tampa Bay was held to a 41-yard field goal by Patrick Murray in the thrid quarter as the Buccaneers were taken to task 17-3 at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday. Tampa Bay trailed 10-0 at the break and was held to 85 yards rushing (Carolina ran for 100), while Newton threw for 154 yards and a TD, as the Carolina defense sacked Winston (210 yards) three times and picked him off twice. Carolina went 8 of 17 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:11, while the Bucs kept the ball for 27:49, going 2 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

New Orleans survived a 20-12 scare from Chicago in the Big Easy last Sunday afternoon. The Saints led 14-3 at the intermission before Da Bears managed to outscore the Saints 9-6 in the last 30 minutes of play. New Orleans found themselves outrushed by Chicago 157-101 and Chicago’s Jordan Howard ran for 102 yards to lead all rushers. Brees threw for 299 yards, while Mitchell Trubisky threw for 164 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints lead the series 31-19 and have outscored Tampa Bay 1,094-924. They split the two contests last year, with each team taking wins at home.

First meeting, you ask? It took place in Tampa in week 14 and the Bucs came away 16-11 winners at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay led 13-8 at the intermission and never looked back. Tampa Bay outrushed New Orleans 104-46 and Winston threw for 184 yards, while Brees threw for 257 yards and three interceptions. Tampa Bay went 6 of 13 on third down tries and the Bucs ruled the clock and held the ball for 33:15, while the Saints were 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the pigskin for 26:45.

Meeting number two… two weeks later in the Big Easy. Atlanta had clinched the NFC South earlier that day, knocking both teams out of the playoff picture and New Orleans got their revenge on Tampa Bay, taking a 31-24 win over the Buccaneers in week 16. New Orleans led 13-7 at the half and then the contest turned into a slugfest, as the Saints outscored Tampa Bay 18-17 in the last 30 minutes of play. The Bucs would make it a 3-point contest with 2 let when Ruben Aguayo connected on a 35-yard field goal try to make the contest close. New Orleans outrushed the Bucs 123-89 and Brees threw for 299 yards and a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of interceptions. (Both were sacked twice in the contest) Tampa Bay on third down tries in the Christmas Eve afternoon contest went 7 of 12 and kept the ball for 28:24, while the Saints were somewhat Grinch-like with the pigskin, keeping it for 31:36, going 5 of 12 on third down tries.

Tampa Bay won by five in the week 14 contest in the Sunshine State, allowing them to cover the 2 1/2-point spread but both clubs came nowhere close to the 51 1/2 over/under, as they could only muster 27 points. In the week 16 contest on Christmas Eve afternoon, New Orleans covered the 3-point spread, winning by 5 and the two teams covered the 53 over/under, scoring 55 points. The Saints are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 52. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are looking to replace Atlanta as king of the NFC South mountain and in case you’re wondering, the last time Tampa Bay won in the Big Easy was in 2015, when they left 26-19 winners. History has a way of repeating itself and Tampa Bay makes history, pulling the upset, even though things could be a lot closer than the 7.

Arizona (3-4) at San Francisco (0-8), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of NFC West teams near the division cellar meet in wine country as Arizona travels to Santa Clara for a Sunday afternoon contest with the San Francisco 49ers in a week four rematch.

Arizona comes back from their bye week off their 33-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in London. The Rams led 23-0 at the intermission and the Desert Angry Birds could never get on track after that. Todd Gurley ran for 106 yards and a TD on the other side of the Atlantic, while the Rams outrushed Arizona 197-25. The Rams’ Jarred Goff threw for 235 yards and a TD, while Carson Palmer threw for 122 yards with a sack and an interception before being knocked out of the contest with a broken left hand. Arizona went 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Desert Angry Birds kept the ball for 20:59, while the Rams went 13 of 19 on third down tries in merry olde England, keeping the ball for 39:01.

San Francisco remained winless as they were taken to the woodshed by Philadelphia 37-10 at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. Philly led 17-0 at the intermisson and never looked back, holding the winless 49ers in check. Philadelphia outrushed San Francisco 112-94 and Wentz threw for 211 yards and a pair of TDs, while teammate Jalen Mills returned an interception 37 yards for a TD. The Eagles were 4 of 14 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:57, while the 49ers were 27:03 in time of possession, going 3 of 15 on third down tries.

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

Arizona was favored by 7 in the week four contest but would win by only 3 and the 44 over/under was safe, as both teams combined for only 33 points. This time, the Desert Angry Birds are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 39. If you’re a fan of either team, by all means watch this one; otherwise, you might want to watch that “Law & Order: SVU” marathon on USA. (there’s nothing more sexier than seeing Olivia Benson question a suspect!) Arizona pulls off the sweep and takes the win in Wine Country, covering the 2 1/2.

Washington (3-4) at Seattle (5-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Cousins vs. Wilson. A pair of quality QBs meet in the Pacific Northwest as Washington faces off agianst the Seattle Seahawks.

Washington dropped below the .500 mark as they fell to NFC East rival Dallas 33-19 win in Landover last Sunday. The Cowboy defense did most of the damage, as Dallas defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford blocked a field goal – which was returned 86 yards by cornerback Orlando Scandrick to set up a touchdown – and also recorded a sack and forced fumble. Washington trailed 14-13 at the intermission in Landover and then saw Dallas restore order in the second half, outscoring Washington 19-6 in the final two quarters. Ezekiel Elliott, who may have played his last game for a while (serving a six-game suspension), led all rushers with 150 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs, while the Cowboys outrushed Washington 169-49 at Fed Ex Field and Prescott threw for 143 yards, while Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and a TD with four sacks and an interception. Dallas on third down tries in the NFC East contest went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 33:19, while the Redskins were 26:41 in time of possession, going 4 of 13 on third down tries (both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Seattle TE Jimmy Graham sent Seahawks fans home happy campers when he caught an 18-yard TD pass from Wilson with 21 seconds left in the contest to take a 41-38 win over Houston last Sunday in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Trailing 38-34 with 1:39 left in regulation, the Seahawks (tied for first in the NFC West), used a 3-play, 80-yard drive that used 79 seconds of clock to take the lead for keeps. Seattle would then go on to hold off a late Houston drive that would have given the Texans the road win. Houston outrushed Seattle 142-33 and Wilson (452) and rookie QB DeShaun Waston (402) threw for over 400 yards and four TDs each in the contest. Seattle went 5 of 12 on third down tries at Century Link Field, keeping the ball for 29:38, while the Texans, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:22, went 2 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Washington leads the series 11-5 and the Redskins have outscored Seattle 311-249. They last met in 2014 at Landover and the Seahawks were 27-17 winners, while Washington’s last win came on the West Coast in 2011 by a final of 23-17. Seattle’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Seattle may not cover the 7 1/2 but they’ll win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Kansas City (6-2) at Dallas (4-3), 4:25 p.m. and CBS and DirecTV 714. The first-place Kansas City Chiefs travel to Arlington to face off against the Dallas Cowboys, who will have the services of RB Ezekiel Elliott. Last week, a federal court sided with the NFL and ruled that Elliott would have to sit out six games for a domestic violence case last year. Then, Elliott was given a brief adminstrative stay, which means that until the courts make another ruling, he is still eligible. Elliott was granted a brief administrative stay by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Friday morning. Last week Judge Katherine Failla denied Elliott a preliminary injunction to his six-game suspension, the punishment handed down by the NFL due to domestic abuse allegations.

Elliott was previously granted a temporary restraining order from the suspension based on questions over fundamental fairness and irreparable harm. WFAA sports reporter Mike Leslie said that the Friday stay isn’t granted based on the merits of the case but on a “we need time to review this” basis by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kansas City gave Denver their fourth straight contest, beating the Broncos 29-19 at Arrowhead last Monday night. The first-place Chiefs led 17-3 at the half before Denver made a contest of it in the second half, outscoring the Chiefs 16-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Although Denver outrushed the Chiefs 177-79 and the Broncos held rookie RB Kareem Hunt to 46 yards of his own, Chiefs QB Alex Smith threw for 202 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce, while Trevor Siemian threw for 198 yards with three sacks and three interceptions. Denver went 5 of 12 on third down conversions at Arrowhead (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:23, while the Chiefs kept the ball for 28:37 and went 2 of 12 on third down.

Dallas has won two consecutive games, including last week’s 33-19 win at Washington. Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford blocked a field goal – which was returned 86 yards by cornerback Orlando Scandrick to set up a touchdown – and also recorded a sack and forced fumble. The Cowboys led 14-13 at the intermission in Landover and then proceeded to restore order in the second half, outscoring Washington 19-6 in the final two quarters. Elliott led all rushers with 150 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs, while the Cowboys outrushed Washington 169-49 at Fed Ex Field and Prescott threw for 143 yards, while Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and a TD with four sacks and an interception. Dallas on third down tries in the NFC East contest went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 33:19, while the Redskins were 26:41 in time of possession, going 4 of 13 on third down tries (both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Dallas holds a 6-4 lead in the series and they’ve outscored the Chiefs 258-214. Kansas City won the last contest at Arrowhead in 2013, coming away 17-16 winners, while Dallas’ last win over the Chiefs came in 2009, with the Cowboys needing overtime to take a 26-20 at Arrowhead.

Dallas is favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under is 54. This one’s pretty much “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

It’s possible that these two teams could very well reach the post-season. Will they meet in the Twin Cities come Super Bowl time? Hard to say. These two teams have a lot of football on their plates. Cowboys cover the 1 and wins in the Lone Star State.

Oakland (3-5) at Miami (4-3), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week nine Sunday action concludes in the Sunshine State as the Miami Dolphins host the Oakland Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium. Both teams are coming into the contest with road losses under their belts.

Oakland let a 7-0 first quarter lead at Oakland get away from them last Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park and came out on the short end of a 34-14 loss in upstate New York. Trailing 14-7 at the break, the Silver and Black saw the Bills take control from that point onward, as Buffalo outrushed the Silver and Black 166-54, with RB LeSean McCoy leading the way with 151 yards and a TD. Buffalo, forcing four Oakland turnovers in the win, went 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 35:37, while the Raider were 3 of 10, 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:23.

Miami found themselves on the short end of a 40-0 loss to Baltimore last Thursday evening in Charm City. Miami could never get themselves on track and trailed the Ravens 20-0 at the half. Miami was outrushed by the Ravens 174-45, with Baltimore RB Andrew Collins leading the way with 113 yards on the ground. Flacco threw for 101 yards and a TD before leaving the game with a concussion, while Miami’s Matt Moore threw for 176 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Ravens were 3 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:14, while the Dolphins were 28:46 in time of possession and went 4 of 15 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Including games that were played in the Orange Bowl and Los Angeles, the series is even at 16-16-1, the Dolphins have outscored Oakland 682-659 and Miami has won the last five meetings, including taking a 38-14 win in London in 2014, while the Silver and Black’s last win in the series came in 2007 in Miami by a final of 35-17. Oakland’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44. Oakland will make this one close but Miami takes the win at home, covering the 3.

Detroit (3-4) at Green Bay (4-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of NFC North foes close out the action in week nine as Detroit and Green Bay meet at Lambeau Field.

Detroit let a 12-10 lead against Pittsburgh get away from them as the Steelers roared back at Ford Field to take the 25-20 win last Sunday night in the Motor City. Pittsburgh outrushed Detroit 75-71, while Matthew Stafford threw for 423 yards and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 317 yards, connecting with rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on a TD strike.

Green Bay comes back from their bye week after the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers let a 14-7 lead against New Orleans get away from them and dropped a 26-17 decision to the Saints at Lambeau Field. Green Bay outrushed New Orleans 181-161 and it was a running back’s game that afternoon, as Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (131 yards) and New Orleans’ Mark Ingram (105 yards) each broke the 100-yard barrier with each man scoring a TD. Brett Hundley, who took over for Rodgers (broken collarbone), threw for 87 yards but was no match for Drew Brees, who threw for 331 yards and a TD (Brees threw a pair of interceptions).

Including contests that took place in Portsmouth prior to 1934, when the Lions were known as the Spartans and games played in Milwaukee, Tiger Stadium and the Silverdome, the Packers lead the series 98-68-7, have outscored the Lions 3,686-3,165 and have won the last three meetings, including sweeping the season series last year (Detroit’s last win came at Lambeau Field in 2015 by a final of 18-16 for their first road win in the series since the Clinton adminstration).

Meeting number one took place in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst in week 3 and the Packers were 34-27 winners in that meeting. Green Bay led 31-10 at the break and then it became a slugfest in the final 30 minutes of play, with Detroit outscoring Green Bay 17-3. The Packers outrushed Detroit 123-50, with Eddie Lacy leading all rushers with 103 yards. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four TDs, connecting with Jordy Nelson on two of those passes, while Stafford threw for 385 yards with three TDs. Both teams did quite well on third down tries in the first meeting, as Green Bay was 5 of 10 and Detroit was 8 of 14 (the Lions were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Lions ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:07 to Green Bay’s 24:53.

Meeting number two… Ford Field in the Motor City in Week 17. It was a “winner-take-all” affair in Detroit and the Packers came away 31-24 winners on the road. Detroit led 14-10 at the half before the Packers took over and outscored Detroit 21-10 at the break. The Lions made it a 7-point game with 13 left when Anquan Boldin and Stafford connected on a 35-yard TD pass. Detroit then went for the onside kick (which failed), Green Bay recovered the ball and ran out the clock to complete the sweep. Green Bay outrushed Detroit 153-76, Rodgers threw for 300 yards and four TDs, while Stafford threw for 347 yards and a pair of TDs (the TD pass to Boldin was the second). The Packers did well again on third down conversions, going 7 of 13 and kept the ball for 34:09, while the Lions, who held on to the ball for 25:51, went 5 of 12 on third down.

Green Bay barely missed the 7 1/2-point spread, winning by 7 and both teams combined for 61 points, covering the 48 over/under in the week 3 contest. In the week 17 contest in Detroit, Green Bay covered the 3-point spread, winning by 7 and as was the case in the first meeting, both teams covered the spread (which was 46 1/2) by tallying 55 points.

The Lions on Monday nights carry a 14-17-1 record into the contest (they were 0-1 in their one MNF contest last year), while the Packers are 31-31-1 and won their only game in prime time last year. Detroit’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under is 43 1/2. If nothing else, this could be an interesting game to watch, so it would be a good idea to tape “Scorpion” this week. Green Bay makes it four in a row in the series and pulls off the upset and wins at home in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, covering the 2 1/2.