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Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

ATLANTA (1-3) at Houston (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Atlanta), 82 (Houston); XM: 383 (Atlanta), 227 (Houston)

Jacksonville (2-2) at Carolina (2-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 98 (Jacksonville), 133 (Carolina); XM: 385 (Jacksonville), 228 (Carolinas)

Arizona (0-3-1) at Cincinnati (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 125 (Arizona), 134 (Cincinnati); XM: 386 (Arizona), 229 (Cincinnati)

Tampa Bay (2-2) at New Orleans (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Tampa Bay), 135 (New Orleans); XM: 387 (Tampa Bay), 230 (New Orleans)

Minnesota (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Sam Rosen, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 127 (Minnesota), 113 (New York Giants); XM: 388 (Minnesota), 231 (New York Giants)

Chicago (3-1) vs. Oakland (2-2), 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX and DirecTV 714: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Chicago), 83 (Oakland); XM: 384 (Chicago), 226 (Oak)

New York Jets (0-3) at Philadelphia (2-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 106 (New York Jets), 111 (Philadelphia); XM: 389 (New York Jets), 232 (Philadelphia)

Baltimore (2-2) at Pittsburgh (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn; SIRIUS: 103 (Baltimore), 94 (Pittsburgh); XM: 390 (Baltimore), 233 (Pittsburgh)

Buffalo (3-1) at Tennessee (2-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 121 (Buffalo), 119 (Tennessee); XM: 391 (Buffalo), 234 (Tennessee)

New England (4-0) at Washington (0-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins; SIRIUS: 146 (New England), 81 (Washington); XM: 392 (New England), 225 (Washington)

Denver (0-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Denver), 82 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 383 (Denver), 227 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Green Bay (3-1) at Dallas (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Green Bay), 83 (Dallas); XM: 384 (Green Bay), 226 (Dallas)

Indianapolis (2-2) at Kansas City (4-0), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Rod Woodson; SIRIUS: 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 225 (Indianapolis), 226 (Kansas City)

Cleveland (2-2) at San Francisco (3-0), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Amber Theoharis (field reporter); SIRIUS: 81 (Cleveland), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 225 (Cleveland), 226 (San Francisco)

Sunday and Monday officials
ATLANTA at Houston, 1 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Jacksonville at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Arizona at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Minnesota at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Chicago vs. Oakland, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London): Tony Correnete
New York Jets at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Brad Rogers
New England at Washington, 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Indianapolis at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Cleveland at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Jerome Boger

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)(BYES – Detroit and Miami)

Sunday
Favorite Spread Underdog O/U
HOUSTON – 5 Atlanta 48 1/2
Baltimore – 3 1/2 PITTSBURGH 44 1/2
Chicago – 5 1/2 OAKLAND 40 1/2 (#)
CINCINNATI – 3 Arizona 47 1/2
CAROLINA – 3 1/2 Jacksonville 41
Minnesota – 5 1/2 NEW YORK GIANTS 44
New England – 15 1/2 WASHINGTON 43 1/2
PHILADELPHIA – 13 1/2 New York Jets 44
NEW ORLEANS – 3 1/2 Tampa Bay 47
TENNESSEE – 3 Buffalo 38 1/2
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 6 1/2 Denver 44 1/2
DALLAS – 3 1/2 Green Bay 47 1/2
KANSAS CITY – 10 1/2 Indianapolis 56 1/2

Monday
Favorite Spread Underdog O/U
SAN FRANCISCO – 3 1/2 Cleveland 46 1/2

# – Game in London

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

ATLANTA at Houston, 1 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: RB Kenjon Barner Knee), P Matt Bosher (Groin), G Jamon Brown (Concussion), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: S Damontae Kazee (Illness)

Houston
OUT: C Gregory Mancz (Concussion), S Tashaun Gipson (Wrist)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Lonnie Johnson (Groin), WR Kenneth Stills (Hamstring)

Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: CB Jalen Ramsey (Back), TE Josh Oliver (Hamstring)
QUESTONABLE: DE Lerentee McCray (Oblique)

Carolina
OUT: WR Chris Hogan (Knee), CB Donte Jackson (Groin), T Greg Little (Concussion), TE Chris Manhertz (Concussion), QB Cam Netwon (Foot), G Trai Turner (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Gerald McCoy (Knee), LB Brian Burns (Wrist), S Eric Reid (Ankle)

Arizona at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: DE Zach Allen (Neck), LB Dennis Gardeck (Ankle), WR Christian Kirk (Ankle), S Charles Washington (Shoulder), T Jordan Mills (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Damiere Byrd (Hamstring), LB Terrell Suggs (Back), LB Ezekiel Turner (Hand), CB Tramaine Brock (Back), P Andy Lee (Hip), G Justin Pugh (Shoulder)

Cincinnati
OUT: T Cordy Glenn (Concussion), WR A.J. Green (Ankle), WR John Ross (Sternoclavicular), DE Kerry Wynn (Concussion)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: LB Jack Cichy (Elbow), WR Breshad Perriman (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Demar Dotson (Calf)

New Orleans
OUT: QB Drew Brees (Thumb), DE Collins Hendrickson (Neck)

Minnesota at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: CB Mackensie Alexander (Elbow), LB Kentrell Brothers (Hamstring)

New York Giants
OUT: LB Alec Ogletree (Hamstring), RB Saquon Barkley (Ankle), LB Octavious Davis (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Lorenzo Carter (Neck)

Chicago at Oakland, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London)

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Hamstring)
OUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (Concussion), G Theodore Larsen (Knee), DT Bilal Nichols (Hand), QB Mitchell Trubisky (Shoulder)
QUETIONABLE: DT Akiem Hicks (Knee)

Oakland
OUT: G Gabriel Jackson (Knee)
QUESTIONALE: DE Clelin Ferrell (Concussion), G Richie Incognito (Back), WR Jamarcus Nelson (Knee), WR Tyrell Williams (Foot), WR Dwayne Harris (Ankle)

New York Jets at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: LB Clinton Mosley (Groin), G Kelechi Osemele (Shoulder)
OUT: LB Jordan Jenkins (Calf), QB Sam Darnold (Illness)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Josh Bellamy (Shoulder), TE Daniel Brown (Ankle), WR Demaryius Thomas (Hamstring), DT Quinnen Williams (Ankle)

Philadelphia
OUT: CB Ronald Darby (Hamstring), TE Alexander Ellis (Knee), WR DeSean Jackson (Abdomen), DT Timothy Jernigan (Foot), CB Avonte Maddox (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Sidney Jones (Hamstring)

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: CB James Smith CB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
QUESTIONABLE: C Matthew Skura (Knee), DT Brandon Williams (Knee), CB Cyrus Jones (Foot)

Pittsburgh
OUT: LB Anthony Chickillo (Foot), RB Roosevelt Nix (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Vance McDonald (Shoulder), WR John Smith-Schuster (Toe), LB Vince Williams (Hamstring)

Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: TE Tyler Kroft (Ankle), LB Corey Thompson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T Attauyo Nsekhe (Ankle), QB Josh Allen (Concussion), RB Patrick DiMarco (Concussion), S Dean Marlowe (Concussion), WR Robert Foster (Groin), CB Taron Johnson (Hamstring), RB Devin Singletary (Hamstring)
TENNESSEE TITANS INJURIES

Tennessee
OUT: RB David Fluellen (Knee), G Kevin Pamphile (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Derek Wake (Hamstring)

New England at Washington, 1 p.m.

New England
QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Burkhead (Foot), S Patrick Chung Heel), Nate Ebner (Groin), WR Julian Edelman (Chest), LB Qualin Hightower (Shoulder)

Washington
OUT: TE Vernon Davis (Concussion), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Hamstring), TE Jordan Reed (Concussion), G Brandon Scherff (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Josh Norman (Knee, QB Case Keenum (Foot), WR Terry McLaurin (Hamstring), C Chase Roullier (Knee)

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

Denver
OUT: CB Bryce Callahan (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Josey Jewell (Hamstring), CB Kareem Jackson (Hamstring), T Ja’Wuan James (Knee)

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: S Nasir Adderley (Hamstring), K Mchael Badgley (Groin), RB Justin Jackson (Calf)
OUT: TE Hunter Henry (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Travis Benjamin (Hip), TE Virgil Green (Groin), WR Michael Williams (Back), LB Thomas Davis (Groin), DE Melvin Ingram (Hamstring)

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

Green Bay
DOUBTFUL: CB Kevin King (Groin)
OUT: WR Davante Adams (Toe), CB Tony Brown (Hamstring), RB Jamaal Williams (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Montravius Adams (Shoulder), T Bryan Bulaga (Shoulder), LB Oren Burks (Chest), LB Kyler Fackrell (Shoulder)

Dallas
OUT: T Tyron Smith (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T La’el Collins (Back), DE Tyrone Crawford (Hip), WR Michael Gallup (Knee), DT Antwaun Woods (Knee)

Indianapolis at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: WR Parris Campbell (Abdomen), S Clayton Geathers (Concussion), S Malik Hooker (Knee), DT Tyquan Lewis (Ankle), LB Darius Leonard (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Abdurrahman Ya-Sin (Hip), RB Marlon Mack (Ankle), LB Anthony Walker (Shoulder), WR T.Y. Hilton (Quadricep), S Rolan Milligan (Knee)

Kansas City
OUT: T Eric Fisher (Groin), LB Dorian O’Daniel (Hamstring), WR Tyreek Hill (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Damien Williams (Knee), DE Alex Okafor (Hip), WR Samuel Watkins (Shoulder)

Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Cleveland
OUT: T Kendall Lamm (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Denzel Ward (Hamstring), CB Andraez Williams (Hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (Quadricep), WR Rashard Higgins (Knee), T Chris Hubbard (Foot), S Sheldrick Redwine (Hamstring)

San Francisco

OUT: T Joe Staley (Fibula), CB James Witherspoon (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Donald Ford (Quadricep), RB Tevin Coleman (Ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather
ATLANTA at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 92 degrees
Jacksonville at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 74 degrees
Arizona at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of showers and 75 degrees
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Minnesota at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 67 degrees
Chicago vs. Oakland, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London): Mostly cloudy and 58 degrees
New York Jets at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 70 degrees
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 72 degrees
Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms and 79 degrees
New England at Washington, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 70 degrees
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 83 degrees
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 94 degrees
Indianapolis at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 62 degrees
Cleveland at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Sunny and 85 degrees

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

Once again, it’s another trip to the other side of the Atlantic. Get that passport ready… dilly, dilly!

The National Football League today announced the schedule of London Games for 2018, featuring a series of firsts, including a debut at a new stadium and three teams playing a regular-season game in London for the first time.

The 2018 London Games schedule:

Week – Date: Visiting Team vs. Home Team at Site
6 – 10/14/18: Seattle vs. Oakland at Tottenham Hotspur
7 or 8 – 10/21/18 or 10/28/18: Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium
Week 7 or 8 – 10/21/18 or 10/28/18: Tennessee vs. Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium

English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is the site of the first game of the 2018 London schedule in Week 6 on Sunday, October 14, as the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders, the home team in London for a second time, welcome the Seahawks to Tottenham for their first game in London. Tottenham’s new stadium becomes the third venue to stage a regular-season game in the United Kingdom, joining Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium.

The following two weeks, October 21 and 28, two additional teams will make their London debuts as visiting teams. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of 2017 playoff teams, while the Tennessee Titans will face the Los Angeles Chargers. The order of the games, along with all kickoff times, will be confirmed at a later date.

“We continue to be very excited by the growth of the NFL in the United Kingdom,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the New York Times, The Newark Daily News, USA Today, NFL Network and ESPN. “The fans have demonstrated outstanding support and passion for the NFL over the past 11 seasons and we look forward to some great games in London this year. A key feature of our success is playing in iconic, world-renowned venues like Wembley and Twickenham and we look forward to playing in what will be another incredible setting for NFL football at Tottenham’s new stadium.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “London is the international home of the NFL and I am really excited to welcome the world’s best American football stars and their thousands of fans from around the globe back to our city.  I’m delighted Tottenham Hotspur’s fantastic new stadium is joining the line-up of world-class sports arenas in our great city. Spurs’ new ground will stage one game in its first year of opening and in 2019 we look forward to going back to staging at least four NFL games in London. Once again, London has shown why it is the sporting capital of the world and open to the very best sports events.”

By the end of the 2018 season, the NFL will have played 24 regular-season games in London, with 29 of 32 teams having participated.

“This is another important year as we develop our plans for London and the United Kingdom,” NFL Executive Vice President of International and Events Mark Waller told USA Today and the London Times.

“By playing games on three consecutive weeks we will learn a lot, both from the fans buying tickets and attending games and from a logistics and organizational standpoint. We are very excited about playing our first game at Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium and will follow our usual pattern of playing one game in our first season at a new venue, as we did at Wembley and Twickenham in previous years. This enables us to achieve important learnings relating to the fans’ preferences, ticketing, team logistics and local transportation and infrastructure in order to create the best possible experience and environment. We will play an additional game at Tottenham in a future season, over and above the planned two per year, to make up for this.”

The NFL and Tottenham Hotspur announced in 2015 that they had reached agreement for a minimum of two games per year to be played during a 10-year partnership. The state-of-the-art stadium, due to open this summer, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that will be used for NFL games. It will also have customized features such as locker rooms, medical and media facilities and a dedicated entrance.

“This is a milestone year for the club as we look ahead to the opening of our new stadium and all that it will bring to the area of Tottenham,” said Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

“The announcement of the first game of the NFL’s 2018 London Games to take place at our new home heralds the commencement of our 10-year partnership. This is one of the cornerstones of our vision for creating a world-class sports and leisure destination that will make Tottenham a hive of activity 365 days a year and drive the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of London. The NFL will bring a whole new audience to the local area, showcase Tottenham and bring further economic and social benefits with truly global coverage and attraction.”

The NFL kicked off its series of regular-season games in London in 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on their way to winning the Super Bowl. The home of English football has now hosted 18 NFL games, with almost 1.5 million fans in attendance.

“The NFL holds huge value and importance to Wembley Stadium. We are proud to have hosted games under the arch for the past decade and to have played a key role in the growth of the sport,” said Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of the Football Association. NFL games bring people to the stadium from all over the world, provide a boost to the local economy, and are among the highlights of the Wembley events calendar. Working closely together, we have been able to share knowledge and expertise with the NFL and continue to learn a great deal from their events and the activation of their games. We are very excited to be welcoming some outstanding playoff teams to the stadium in 2018 and hope our strong partnership will continue for years to come.”

Three of the six teams playing in London in 2018 have made the playoffs this season (Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Tennessee), while two more finished the season with winning records (Seattle, Los Angeles Chargers).

All four winning teams in the NFL’s 2017 London Games went on to win their divisions: Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South), New Orleans Saints (NFC South), Los Angeles Rams (NFC West), Minnesota Vikings (NFC North).

Ticketing details will be announced by NFL UK on January 18. Anyone interested in registering their interest in attending any of the games can do so at http://www.ticketmaster.com/nfl to ensure they receive all the latest information.

Rule Britania!

Break out the fish and chips, eh, governor?

The National Football League has confirmed the dates for the two games to be played at Wembley Stadium as part of the 2017 NFL London Games series.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 on Sunday, September 24 and the Miami Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints in Week 4 on Sunday, October 1. Kickoff times will be confirmed at a later date.

For the first time, the NFL will play four regular-season games in London in 2017, with Twickenham Stadium the site of the Minnesota Vikings-Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals-Los Angeles Rams matchups. Those games will be played on October 22 and October 29 but the order has yet to be finalized.

Sales of individual game tickets for the Wembley matchups will begin on Tuesday, January 31 at 10 a.m. United Kingdom time. Full details are available at http://www.nfluk.com.

 

 

The NFL announced the four games that will take place in London next season, the first time the league will play four games – half of a home schedule of regular-season games – in the UK capital.

The 2017 London games:

Week on Date – Visiting Team vs. Home Team at Site
3 or 4 on 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 – Baltimore vs. Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium
3 or 4 on 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 – New Orelans vs. Miami at Wembley Stadium
7 or 8 on 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 – Minnesota vs. Cleveland at Twickenham Stadium
7 or 8 on 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 – Arizona vs. Los Angeles at Twickenham Stadium

The London schedule will feature consecutive games in Weeks 3 and 4 at Wembley Stadium – the home of English soccer – and Weeks 7 and 8 at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby.  The game times and dates will be finalized in conjunction with the revealing of the full 2017 NFL schedule next spring.

Three teams will play their first regular-season games in London in 2017 – the Arizona Cardinals, the visiting team against their NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham in Week 7 or 8; the Baltimore Ravens, the visiting team against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in Week 3 or 4; and the Cleveland Browns, the home team against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 or 8 at Twickenham.

The Miami Dolphins will play their fourth regular-season game in London, this time against the New Orleans Saints, who make their second appearance in a regular-season game in the UK.  The Jaguars will play a home game in London for the fifth consecutive season.

At the conclusion of the 2017 season, 26 teams will have played in London since the inception of the London Games Series in 2007.  Since that time, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK. Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent. This season, the NFL is on pace to reach a record number of unique TV viewers in the UK.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million, including close to four million avid fans.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures from Sport England showing that 40,000 people age 14 or older play regularly. American football is now an officially recognized sport in UK universities and schools.

A look at the 17 previous regular-season games played in London:

Game – Date (Stadium) Score (Attendance)
1  –  10/28/07 (Wembley) New York Giants 13, Miami 10 (81,176)
2  –  10/26/08 (Wembley) New Orleans 37 San Diego 32 (83,226)
3  –  10/25/09 (Wembley) New England 35, Tampa Bay 7 (84,254)
4  –  10/31/10 (Wembley) San Francisco 24, Denver 16 (83,941)
5  –  10/23/11 (Wembley) Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18 (76,981)
6  –  10/28/12 (Wembley) New England 45, St. Louis Rams 7 (84,004)
7  –  09/29/13 (Wembley) Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 (83,518)
8  –  10/27/13 (Wembley) San Francisco 42, Jacksonville 10 (83,559)
9  –  09/28/14 (Wembley) Miami 18, Oakland 14 (83,436)
10  –  10/26/14 (Wembley) Detroit 22, ATLANTA 21 (83,532)
11  –  11/09/14 (Wembley) Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17 (83,603)
12  –  10/04/15 (Wembley) New York Jets 27, Miami 14 (83,986)
13  –  10/25/15 (Wembley) Jacksonville 34, Buffalo 31 (84,021)
14  –  11/01/15 (Wembley) Kansas City 45, Detroit 10 (83,624)
15  –  10/02/16 (Wembley) Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27 (83,764)
16  –  10/23/16 (Twickenham) New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10 (74,121)
17  –  10/30/16 (Wembley) Washington 27, Cincinnati 27 (84,488)

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information

Indianapolis (1-2) vs. Jacksonville (0-3) in London, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London time) on CBS: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). Westwood One: Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 83 (Indianapolis), 81 (Jacksonville). XM: 226 (Indianapolis), 225 (Jacksonville).

Carolina (1-2) at Atlanta (2-1), 1 p.m. on Fox and DirecTV 709: Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Krista Pink (Field reporter).  Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 83 (Carolina), 145 (Atlanta). XM: 380 (Carolina), 225 (Atlanta).

Oakland (2-1) at Baltimore (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 121 (Oakland), 82 (Baltimore). XM: 385 (Oakland), 82 (Baltimore).

Detroit (1-2) at Chicago (0-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Detroit), 135 (Chicago). XM: 381 (Detroit), 226 (Chicago).

Tennessee (1-2) at Houston (2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 157 (Tennessee), 136 (Houston). XM: 383 (Tennessee), 230 (Houston).

Buffalo (1-2) at New England (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Buffalo), 93 (New England). XM: 382 (Buffalo), 93 (New England).

Seattle (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 81 (Seattle), 133 (New York Jets). XM: 81 (Seattle), 228 (New York Jets).

Cleveland (0-3) at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Stacy Dales (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Cleveland), 134 (Washington). XM: 384 (Cleveland), 227 (Washington).

Denver (3-0) at Tampa Bay (1-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. Westwood One: John Sadak, Jason Taylor. SIRIUS: 84 (Denver), 134 (Tampa Bay). XM: 381 (Denver), 227 (Tampa Bay).

Los Angeles (2-1) at Arizona (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Los Angeles), 145 (Arizona). XM: 382 (Los Angeles), 22 (Arizona).

New Orleans (0-3) at San Diego (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (New Orleans), 93 (San Diego). XM: 380 (New Orleans), 93 (San Diego).

Dallas (2-1) at San Francisco (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 82 (Dallas), 81 (San Francisco). XM: 82 (Dallas), 81 (San Francisco).

Kansas City (2-1) at Pittsburgh (2-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Kansas City), 81 (Pittburgh). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Kansas City), 225 (Pittsburgh).

New York Giants (2-1) at Minnesota (3-0), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (New York Giants), 81 (Minnesota). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (New York Giants), 225 (Minnesota).

Sunday and Monday Officials
Carolina at Atlanta – John Hussey
Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville in London – Walt Anderson
Oakland at Baltimore – Ed Hochuli
Detroit at Chicago – Tony Corrente
Tennessee at Houston – Clete Blakeman
Buffalo at New England – Pete Morelli
Seattle at New York Jets – Carl Cheffers
Cleveland at Washington – Jeff Triplette
Denver at Tampa Bay – Jerome Boger
Los Angeles at Arizona – Gene Steratore
New Orleans at San Diego – Walt Coleman
Dallas at San Francisco – Terry McAulay
Kansas City at Pittsburgh – Ron Torbert
New York Giants at Minnesota on Moonday – Brad Allen

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                 Spread     Underdog         O/U
Carolina                 +  3 1/2   ATLANTA          49 1/2
Indianapolis             +  2 1/2   JACKSONVILLE     49 1/2
WASHINGTON               +  8       Cleveland        45 1/2
NEW ENGLAND              +  7       Buffalo          43 1/2
Seattle                  +  2 1/2   NEW YORK JETS    40
Detroit                  +  2 1/2   CHICAGO          46 1/2
HOUSTON                  +  6 1/2   Tennessee        40
BALTIMORE                +  3 1/2   Oakland          46 1/2
Denver                   +  3       TAMPA BAY        44 1/2
Dallas                   +  3       SAN FRANCISCO    46
SAN DIEGO                +  4 1/2   New Orleans      53 1/2
ARIZONA                  +  8 1/2   Los Angeles      43
PITTSBURGH               +  5 1/2   Kansas City      47 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite                 Spread     Underdog         O/U
MINNESOTA                +  4       New York Giants  43 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: DT Vernon Butler (Ankle), T Michael Oher (Concussion), RB Jonathan Stewart (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABL:E DE Charles Johnson (Quadricep)

Atlanta
OUT: LB De’Vondre Campbell (Ankle), LB Paul Worrilow (Groin)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London)

Indianapolis
Darius Butler CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Jonotthan Harrison C Illness Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Donte Moncrief WR Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice Out
QUESTIONABLE: WR Phillip Dorsett (Ankle), T Denzelle Good (Back), T Joseph Reitz (Back)

Jacksonville
OUT: TE Benjamin Koyack (Knee), DE Jared Odrick (Tricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Daniel Skuta (Hip), TE Julius Thomas (Elbow)

Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: S Nathaniel Allen (Quadricep), T Austin Howard (Ankle), T Menelik Watson (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: C Rodney Hudson (Knee), T Matt McCants (Knee), RB Taiwan Jones (Knee)

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: CB Sheldon Price (Thigh), T Ronnie Stanley (Foot), RB Ken Dixon (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kamar Aiken (Thigh), LB Elvis Dumervil (Foot), DT Timothy Jernigan (Knee), G John Urschel (Shoulder), WR Devin Hester (Thigh), T Alexander Lewis (Concussion)

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Adairius Barnes (Ankle), TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), DE Wallace Gilberry (Abdomen), WR Marvin Jones (Hamstring),
T Riley Reiff (Ankle), DE Devin Taylor (Ankle), LB Leander Williams (Hamstring), S Tavon Wilson (Neck)

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: RB Ka’Deem Carey (Hamstring), QB Jay Cutler (Thumb), DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), RB Jeremy Langford (Ankle), LB
Danny Trevathan (Thumb), S Harold Jones-Quartey (Concussion), DE Jonathan Bullard (Toe), WR Alshon Jeffery (Hamstring), CB
Sherrick McManis (Hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (Knee), G Josh Sitton (Shoulder), LB Willie Young (Knee)

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: CB Cody Riggs (Hamstring), S Da’Norris Searcy (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Nathan Palmer (Knee), TE Delanie Walker (Hamstring)

Houston
OUT: DE J.J. Watt (Back), TE Stephen Anderson (Hamstring), RB Jonathan Grimes (Ankle), WR Braxton Miller (Hamstring), T
Duane Brown (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brian Cushing (Knee), S Quintin Demps (Hamstring)

Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: T Cyrus Kouandjio (Ankle), C Patrick Lewis (Knee), WR Gregory Salas (Groin), WR Sammy Watkins (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S Colt Anderson (Foot), TE Charles Clay (Knee), CB Ronald Darby (Hamstring), T Cordy Glenn (Ankle),  QB
Cardale Jones (Shoulder), S Jonathan Meeks (Foot), S Aaron Williams (Ankle)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: QB Jacoby Brissett (Thumb), T Marcus Cannon (Calf), G Jonathan Cooper (Foot), LB Jonathan Freeny (Shoulder), QB
Jimmy Garoppolo (Shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (Hamstring), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), CB Nelson Rowe (Ankle)

Seattle at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: RB Thomas Rawls (Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jarran Reed (Hip), TE Jimmy Graham (Knee), RB C.J. Prosise (Wrist), TE Nicholas Vannett (Ankle), LB
Michael Morgan (Hip)

New York Jets
OUT: WR Jalin Marshall (Shoulder), QB Bryce Petty (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Bruce Carter (Ankle), T Ryan Clady (Shoulder)

Cleveland at Washington, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: WR Corey Coleman (Hand), TE Seth DeValve (Knee), C Cameron Erving (Chest), QB Josh McCown (Shoulder), DE Carl Nassib (Hand), LB Nathaniel Orchard (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: CB Tramon Williams (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S Ibraheim Campbell (Hamstring), CB Joseph Haden (Groin)

Washington
OUT: CB Bashaud Breeland (Ankle), WR Joshua Doctson (Achilles), G Shawn Lauvao (Ankle), CB Dashaun Phillips (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Trent Murphy (Elbow), DE Kendall Reyes (Groin)

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

Denver
OUT: TE Virgil Green (Calf), T Donald Stephenson (Calf), LB DeMarcus Ware (Forearm)
QUESTIONABLE: S Shiloh Keo (Knee), S Justin Simmons (Hand)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE Robert Ayers (Ankle), RB Doug Martin (Hamstring), WR Cecil Shorts (Hamstring), TE Lucas Stocker (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: C Joseph Hawley (Ankle)

Los Angeles at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Los Angeles
DOUBTFUL: DE William Hayes (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Tavon Auston (Shoulder), DT Dominique Easley (Illness), CB Lamarcus Joyner (Toe), WR Kenneth Britt (Thigh)

Arizona
OUT: P Drew Butler (Calf), DT Frostee Rucker (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Justin Bethel (Foot), S Tyvon Branch (Groin), LB Kareem Martin (Knee)

New Orleans at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: T Terron Armstead (Knee), CB Delvin Breaux (Fibula), TE Josh Hill (Ankle), G Senio Kelemete (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Tyeler Davison (Shoulder), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Quadricep), LB James Laurinaitis (Quadricep), WR Willie Snead (Toe), S Kenny Vaccaro (Ankle)

San Diego
OUT: S Jahleel Addae (Collarbone), CB Brandon Flowers (Concussion), DE Joey Bosa (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: T King Dunlap (Illness), TE Antonio Gates (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), LB Jatavis Brown (Hamstring), G Orlando Franklin (Back)

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

Dallas
OUT: G La’el Collins (Toe), QB Tony Romo (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Dez Bryant (Knee), T Tyron Smith (Back), DE Jack Crawford (Shoulder), T Doug Free (Quadricep), LB
Andrew Gachkar (Neck), S Jeffery Heath (Knee), LB Mark Nzeocha (Achilles), CB Orlando Scandrick (Hamstring)

San Francisco
OUT: CB Jimmie Ward (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Garrett Celek (Back), TE Vance McDonald (Hip)

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

Kansas City
OUT: T Jah Reid (Knee), RB Charcandrick West (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Tamba Hali (Knee), RB Jamaal Charles (Knee), CB Phillip Gaines (Knee)

Pittsburgh
OUT: G Ramon Foster (Chest), CB Senquez Golson (Foot), WR Eli Rogers (Toe), LB Ryan Shazier (Knee), C Cody Wallace (Knee), S
Robert Golden (Hamstring), RB Roosevelt Nix (Back)

New York Giants at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

New York Giants
OUT: S Natneal Berhe (Concussion), T Marshall Newhouse (Calf), DT Robert Thomas (Illness), S Darian Thompson (Foot), CB
Eli Apple (Hamstring)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Groin Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Rashad Jennings RB Thumb Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Minnesota
QUESTIONABLE: DT Sharrif Floyd (Knee), TE David Morgan (Knee)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Indiapolis vs. Jacksonville in London, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London)(Partly cloudy and 60 degrees)
Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 71 degrees)
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 65 degrees)
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 82 degrees)
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 60 degrees)
Seattle at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 64 degrees)
Cleveland at Washington, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 70 degrees)
Denver at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 89 degres)
Los Angeles at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 90 degrees)
New Orleans at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 72 degrees)
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 66 degrees)
Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 64 degrees)
New York Giants at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. Monday (Game indoors)

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

 

It’s week four in the 2016 National Football League season and so far, there’s been excitement… there’s been some really good football… there’s been some not so good football… but as Chris Berman says “That’s why they play the games.”

Week four got underway in Cincinnati with the Bengals taking a 22-7 win over the Miami Dolphins and concludes in the Land of 10,000 Lakes when Eli and the New York Giants take on the unbeaten Minneosta Vikings on Monday night.

Speaking of unbeaten teams…. five are left standing (New England, Denver, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Baltimore) and four are in action this weekend. This weekend also starts the “Bye” part of an NFL teams schedule and Green Bay and Philadelphia, who both won at home last week, get to play hooky this week.

Week four also starts the first of the International Series in London as Indianapolis and Jacksonville square off at Wembley Stadium for an early Sunday morning start (9:30 a.m. Eastern, 1:30 p.m. London time) on CBS. That means if you have an early worship service, set the VCR NOW!

IT’S STILL EARLY: In the first three weeks of the 2016 season, 28 of the 32 clubs (87.5 percent) have at least one win, tied for the third-highest total in a season through three games since realignment in 2002. So for those teams that have one win or less, there’s still hope.

The most teams with at least one win through three games since 2002:

YEAR – TEAMS WITH ONE OR MORE WINS THROUGH THREE GAMES
2012 – 30
2014 – 29
2016 – 28
2015 – 28
2005 – 28

FAB FIVE: Five NFL teams – Baltimore, Denver, Minnesota, New England and Philadelphia – are undefeated through Week 3. Since 1990, 75.6 percent of teams (99 of 131) that started 3-0 made the playoffs.

Baltimore and Philadelphia are the only undefeated teams that did not make the playoffs last season. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four clubs made the playoffs that were not in the postseason the previous year.

PASS FRENZY: There were 10 300-yard passing performances in Week 3, bringing the season total of such games to 30. The 30 individual 300-yard passing games are tied for the second-most through the first three weeks of any NFL season.

The most individual 300-yard passing games through Week 3 in NFL history:

SEASON – INDIVIDUAL 300-YARD PASS. GAMES
2011 – 34
2016 – 30
2013 – 30
2012 – 26
2015 – 25

SCORES GALORE: NFL teams scored 744 points in Week 3 to bring the season total to 2,186, the third-most points scored in the first three weeks of any season in NFL history.

The most points scored through the first three weeks of an NFL season:

FIRST THREE WEEKS – TOTAL POINTS
2012 – 2,287
2015 – 2,261
2016 – 2,186
2013 – 2,171
2011 – 2,157

ROCKETING ROOKIES: Philadelphia rookie quarterback Carson Wentz passed for 301 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.9 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-3 win over Pittsburgh. Wentz has guided the Eagles to a 3-0 start and is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 attempts (102), 60 completions (66) and five touchdown passes (five) without an interception in his first three career games.

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 248 yards with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and no interceptions in the Cowboys’ 31-17 victory against Chicago on Sunday Night Football.

Wentz (102) and Prescott (99) have the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career in NFL history.

PLAYER, RECORD (COMPLETIONS-ATTEMPTS, YARDS-TD-INTERCEPTIONS; RATING
Carson Wentz, 3-0 (66-102, 769-5-0; 103.8)
Dak Prescott, 2-1 (66-99, 767-1-0; 93.3)

TERRIFIC TREVOR: Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian passed for 312 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.1 passer rating in the Broncos’ 29-17 win at Cincinnati.

Siemian became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in his first career road start.

PROLIFIC PRIOR: Cleveland wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had eight receptions for 144 yards, completed three of five passes for 35 yards and rushed for 21 yards in the Browns’ 30-24 overtime loss at Miami.

Pryor became the first player to have at least 120 receiving yards, 30 passing yards and 20 rushing yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford did it on December 6, 1959.

BOOTING THE RECORD BOOK: Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted a 52-yard field goal in the Raiders’ 17-10 win at Tennessee.

Janikowski has 53 career 50+ yard field goals and passed JASON HANSON (52) for the most in NFL history.

The players with most career 50+ yard field goals:

PLAYER – 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS
Sebastian Janikowski – 53
Jason Hanson – 52
John Kasay – 42
Morten Andersen – 40
Jason Elam – 39

As for last week, another 10-6 week. Not good… but not bad. For the season, that puts us at 31-17. Here are Sunday and Monday’s games…

Carolina (1-2) at ATLANTA (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of Southern rivals, separated by 245 miles and joined by a 4-hour drive along I-85, meet in the Big Peach as Cam Newton returns to Atlanta for a meeting with Matt Ryan and the first-place Atlanta Falcons.

Carolina lost to Minnesota 22-10 last Sunday in Charlotte. The Panthers let a 10-8 halftime lead get away from them at Bank of America Stadium as the Vikings scored their final 14 second half points unchallenged. Despite outrushing Minnesota 105-58,
Newton threw for 262 yards but was sacked eight times (including a safety that gave Minnesota their first points of the contest) and picked off three times. Minnesota took the lead for keeps when Sam Bradford and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on a 15-yard TD pass with 9:43 and a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sealed the deal for Minnesota. Carolina was 6 of 16 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 34:52, while the Vikings were 3 of 12 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 25:08.

Meanwhile, Atlanta took over first place in the NFC South with their 45-21 win over division rival New Orleans Monday night in the Big Easy. Atlanta trailed early in the contest when Saints QB Drew Brees and TE Coby Feener opened the scoring with a 2-yard TD pass. The Falcons then tied things up with a 2 yard run by Tevin Coleman with 5:21. Coleman would then give Atlanta the lead for good with a 2-yard run in the second quarter and then added another TD in the third. Atlanta’s defense also got into the scoring act, when rookie LB Deion Jones picked off Brees and returned it 90 yards for Atlanta’s final points. Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 217-115, with Falcons RB DeVonta Freeman leading the way with 152, while Ryan threw for 240 yards in the Monday night affair (Brees did manage to throw for 376 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice). Atlanta on third down conversions was 5 of 11 but struck paydirt on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 27:26, while New Orleans ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:34, going 7 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down.

Atlanta has outscored Carolina 853-830 and leads the series 25-17. The two NFC South foes split the two meetings in the 2015 campaign, with both teams taking wins at home.

First meeting… week 14 in Charlotte. Carolina manhandled Atlanta at Bank of America Stadium, shutting out the Falcons 38-0. Carolina led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back in the lopsided affair, that saw Atlanta being held to 54 yards on the ground and Ryan sacked three times. Newton threw for 265 yards and three TDs, two to WR Ted Ginn. Carolina was 6 of 12 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (0 of 1 on fourth downs) and kept the ball for 31:30, while Atlanta held on to the pigskin for 28:30, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth down tries.

Game two… week 16 in the Big Peach. Carolina tried to march their way through Atlanta like Sherman’s army with a win to keep their unbeaten record in tact. That would not be the case, as Atlanta got some major revenge on Carolina and Newton and came away 20-13 winners. Atlanta and Carolina found themselves tied at 7-7 after the first 30 minutes of action before the Falcons took the lead for keeps when Ryan and WR Julio Jones connected on a 70 yard TD pass late in the third quarter. K Sean Graham would add a pair of field goals, including a 54-yarder, to seal the deal. Although Carolina once again outrushed Atlanta 155-77, Newton (142 yards) would find himself being sacked twice by Atlanta, while Ryan threw for 306 yards in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta was much better on third down tries at 9 of 15 in the rematch in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 35:38, while Carolina, who held the ball for 24:22, was 4 of 10 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Carolina’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Carolina’s looking to knock the Falcons off the perch in the NFC South, while Atlanta’s looking to stay there. Atlanta covers the 3 and wins in the Big Peach.

Indianapolis (1-2) at Jacksonville (0-3), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on CBS. God save the queen! The NFL makes their way across the pond (aka the Atlantic Ocean) for the first of four games that will take place outside the United States. Indy and Jacksonville make the Eastward trip to Wembly Stadium for an early morning meeting in the Eastern Time Zone.

Indianapolis broke into the win column with a 26-22 over Philip Rivers and San Diego last Sunday in the Hoosier State. The Colts and Bolts were tied 13-13 at the half, then exchanged the lead like a bad Christmas gift four times in the second half before Indy took the lead for good, thanks to a 63-yard TD pass to T.J. Hilton from Andrew Luck with 77 seconds left to play in regulation. Luck barely outpass Rivers 331-330 (both were sacked twice) and both clubs did not come anywhere near the 100-yard barrier. That was the bad news. The good news? Indy outrushed San Diego 93-37 with Frank Gore leading all rushers with 82 yards and a TD. Third down conversions were nothing to write home about as San Diego was 4 of 11, while the Colts were 2 of 9 (they did find success in their only fourth down try) in the late afternoon contest. Indy ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:43, while San Diego kept it for 27:17.

Jacksonville almost broke into the win column last Sunday at EverBank Field but came up on the short end of a 19-17 loss to Baltimore. Trailing 13-7 at the break, Jacksonville did manage to outpace the Ravens and Joe Flacco 10-6 in the last half and kept things close until they would turn the ball over on downs. Blake Bortles (194 yards, three interceptions) and WR Allen Robinson connected on both of the Jacksonville TDs in the game to keep things interesting for Jacksonville fans. Baltimore outrushed Jacksonville 84-48 and went 3 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:06, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 28:54, going 6 of 16 on third down tries.

Indy leads the series 21-9, have outscored Jacksonville 746-589 and have won five of their last six meetings with Jacksonville. For the two AFC South rivals, this will be their first meeting in London and they split the two meetings last year.

Week four in the Hoosier State… the Colts managed to wipe away a 13-10 deficit at the half and came away 16-13 overtime winners. The Colts, without Andrew Luck (Matt Hasselbeck was under center and was sacked three times) tied things up with a 32-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri with 12:27 left in regulation. Vinatieri would put his right leg to good use in the overtime with a 27-yarder to send Colts fans home happy. Jacksonville did outrush Indy 142-60 (T.J. Yeldon led all rushers with 105) and Blake Bortles outpaced Hasselbeck 298-282 in the contest. Both clubs struggled on third down conversions (Jacksonville was 7 of 18, Indianapolis was 7 of 15) and the Jaguars actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:10 to the Colts’ 34:14.

The second meeting was in the Sunshine State in week 14 and this time, Jacksonville wiped out a 13-9 deficit at the intermssion at EverBank Field, coming away 51-16 winners. Jacksonville outscored the Colts 28-7 in the final 30 minutes of action on Florida’s east coast and Bortles would throw for a pair of TDs and ran for one himself. As was the case in the first contest, Jacksonville outrushed the Colts 154-95 and each team turned the ball over twice. Third downs in the second contest? Nothing major to celebrate for both fan bases… Jacksonville went 2 of 9, while Indianapolis was 4 of 16 (the Colts were 1 of 2 on fourth down, while Jacksonville was 1 of 1) and this time, it was the Colts that ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:48, while the Jaguars kept it for 29:12.

Jacksonville’s listed as the home team on the other side of the Atlantic but tell that to the Colts. They’re favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 49 1/2. If you have an early church service Sunday, this would be the time to set the vCR… like NOW. Jaguars make it close but Colts cover the 2 1/2.

Oakland (2-1) at Baltimore (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The Raiders make their way East to Charm City for a date with Joe Flacco and the unbeaten Ravens.

Oakland came away 17-10 winners over Tennessee in Nashville last Sunday. Leading 17-3 at the half at Nissan Stadium, the Raiders managed to hold off a late Titans rally when RB DeMarco Murray scored from 5 yards out with 5:51 left in the third quarter and both clubs would go scoreless in the final 15 minutes of play. Tennessee outrushed Oakland 181-123, with Murray accounting for 114 of those yards, while David Carr (249 yards, TD, interception) outpaced Marcus Mariota (214 yards, interception) with both man recording a sack. Tennessee was 2 of 12 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) in the Music City and held the ball for 30:57, while Oakland clung to the ball for 29:03, going 5 of 13 on third down.

Baltimore survived a late Jacksonville rally in the Sunshine State and came out on top 19-17 winners over the Jaguars. Baltimore led 13-7 at the break, although Jacksonville did manage to outpace the Ravens and Flacco 10-6 in the last half and kept things close until they would turn the ball over on downs. Blake Bortles (194 yards, three interceptions) and WR Allen Robinson connected on both of the Jacksonville TDs in the game to keep things interesting for Jacksonville fans. Baltimore outrushed Jacksonville 84-48 and went 3 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:06, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 28:54, going 6 of 16 on third down tries.

The Ravens lead the series 6-2 and have outscored the Silver and Black 210-130. Oakland won the last meeting with Baltimore last year on the West Coast 37-33, while the Ravens were 55-20 winners in Charm City in 2012.

In that week two contest, Baltimore and Oakland went into the half tied at 20-20 before the Raiders rallied to outscore Baltimore 17-13 in the last 30 minuntes of play, taking the lead for good with 26 seconds left when Carr and WR Seth Roberts connected on a 12-yard pass. Baltimore did manage to outrush Oakland 109-97 and Flacco outpaced Carr 384-351 in the contest. Oakland in the 4-point win was 9 of 14 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 29:34, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:26, going 4 of 11 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions.

Baltimore’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. The Raiders are a lot better than what they were so far but the Ravens are undefeated and in their nest. Raiders make it interesting but Baltimore stays unbeaten nevermore in Charm City and covers the 3 1/2.

Tennessee (1-2) at Houston (2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC South rivals with connections to their cities meet in the Lone Star State as Tennessee travels to Houston for a meeting with the J.J. Watt-less Texans.

Tennessee fell to Oakland 17-10 in Nashville last Sunday. The Titans trailed 17-3 at the half at Nissan Stadium, before starting a late rally when RB DeMarco Murray scored from 5 yards out with 5:51 left in the third quarter and both clubs would go scoreless in the final 15 minutes of play. Tennessee outrushed Oakland 181-123, with Murray accounting for 114 of those yards, while David Carr (249 yards, TD, interception) outpaced Marcus Mariota (214 yards, interception) with both man recording a sack. Tennessee was 2 of 12 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) in the Music City and held the ball for 30:57, while Oakland clung to the ball for 29:03, going 5 of 13 on third down.

Houston found themselves shutout by New Engalnd 27-0 last Thursday night in Foxboro. The Texans were outrushed by New England 185-109, with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 105 of those yards, tallying a pair of TDs in the process. Houston coughed up the ball three times (a pair of fumbles and a Brad Osweiler interception) and lost the services of Watt to a back injury. According to the Texans, KHOU-TV and the Houston Chronicle, the All-Pro defensive end could miss the rest of the season. The Texans on third down went 6 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth down tries, while New England was 4 of 14. Houston did win the battle of time, keeping the ball for 31:22 to New England’s 28:38.

The Titans may lead the series 15-13 but Houston has outscored Tennessee 640-561 and have won seven of the last eight meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Tennessee’s last win over Houston came in 2013 in the Music City by a final of 16-10).

Week eight… Houston. The Texans held Tennessee to a pair of Ryan Succop field goals, taking a 20-6 win at NRG Stadium. Even though Tennessee outrushed Houston 86-56, Watt and the Texans’ defense sacked Zach Mettenberger seven times, while Blaine Hoyer burned Tennessee for 235 yards in the air with a pair of TDs. Neither team did much in the way of third down tries (Tennessee was 1 of 12, while Houston was 4 of 15) and both failed in their only fourth down try. Tenneseee did manage to rule the clock, holding the ball for 31:08 to Houston’s 28:52.

Round two… Nashville in week 16. Houston scored all 34 points of their points unchallenged before giving up a late Titans TD to take a 34-7 win in the Music City. Houston led 17-0 at the half and never looked back, as the Texans were looking for a spot in the AFC playoff party. This time, the Texans’ rushing game got revenge as they would outrush Tennessee 128-30 and backup QB Brad Weeden threw for 200 yards and a pair of TDs, rushing for one himself. Houston, who forced three Tennessee turnovers, kept the ball for 36:13 and did a little better on third down, going 7 of 16. As for the Titans, they kept the ball for 23:47, going 4 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Houston’s favored by 6 1/2 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make a lot of sense and there’s still some resentment over the Titans leaving Houston. Tennessee, not Houston, will have a problem and even without Watt, they’ll come away with the win, although it’ll be closer than the 6 1/2.

Buffalo (1-2) at New England (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707.  It’s Rex vs. Bill. Bills vs. Pats. Four Super Bowl rings to zero. The Bills make the trip to western Massachusetts for a meeting with the Brady-less, Gronk-less Pats in Foxoboro.

Buffalo made short work of Arizona last Sunday in Orchard Park, coming away 33-18 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. Buffalo led 17-7 at intermission and never looked back, outscoring the Cardinals 16-11 in the second half. RB LeSean McCoy (TD) ran for 110 of his team’s 208 yards, while Arizona was held to 88 yards on the ground and the Buffalo defense sacked Carson Palmer (287 yards) five times with four interceptions. Arizona turned the ball over five times in the 15-point loss, going 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and keeping the ball for 34 minutes, while the Bills circled the wagons and kept the ball for 26 minutes, going 4 of 13 on third down.

New England took Houston to the woodshed 27-0 last Thursday night in Foxboro. New England outrushed Houston 185-109, with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 105 of those yards, tallying a pair of TDs in the process. Houston coughed up the ball three times (a pair of fumbles and a Brad Osweiler interception in the shutout contest. Houston was 6 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 3 on fourth down) at Gillette Stadium and kept the ball for 31:22, while the Brady-less, Gronk-less Pats were 4 of 14, keeping the ball for 28:38.

New England leads the series 68-42-1 (which includes games that were played at Fenway Park when the team was known as the Boston Patriots) and have outscored the Bills 2,458-2,059. New England’s won six of the last seven contests, including sweeping the series in 2015 (Buffalo’s last win over the Pats came in 2014 in Foxboro by a 17-9 final).

Round one… week two in upstate New York, Orchard Park, to be exact. New England led 24-13 at half and came away 40-32 winners. Buffalo did outrush New England in the first meeting 160-56 and that was the good news for Bills fans. The bad news? Brady burned Buffalo for 466 yards and three TDs, two to Josh Edelman and one to Gronkowski, while Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor was sacked eight times, throwing for 242 yards with three TDs and three interceptions. New England… 3 of 10, 0 of 2 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:57, while Buffalo held the pigskin for 30:03, going 4 of 13, 1 of 1 on third and fourth down.

Round two… week 11 in Foxboro. Second verse, same as the first. Pats took a 10-3 lead at the half and came away 20-13 winners. Once again, Buffalo managed to outrush New England 94-85 and as was the case in the first meeting, Brady (2 sacks) won the passing battle, outpacing Taylor (sack, interception) 277-233 and each team had a turnover. Third down tries in the second meeting was not much to cheer about in Foxboro. How bad was it, you ask? New England was 4 of 14, while the Bills were 3 of 15 (1 of 1 on fourth down) and this time, it was Buffalo who ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:55 to New England’s 27:05.

Pats are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. New England may be without Gronk for another week (or not) and they’ll get Brady back next week against Cleveland. They’ve done well without both of them and that trend continues. Pats may not cover the 7 but they win in Foxboro.

Cleveland (0-3) at Washington (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of struggling teams, in last place in their respective divisions, meet near the nation’s capital as the defending NFC East champs host Cleveland at FedEx Field.

The Browns saw victory snatched away from them in Miami last Sunday, blowing a chance to win in regulation when K Chris Parkey’s 46-yard field try sailed right and fell to the Dolphins 30-24 in overtime. Cleveland led 13-10 at the break before being outscored by Miami 14-11 in the final 30 minutes of regulation. Cleveland outrushed Miami 169-115 in the Sunshine State but saw their hopes of at the very least a tie go away when ‘Fins RB Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in the overtime. Cleveland was 4 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 37:22 (which includes their first possession in overtime), while Miami was 2 of 10 on third down, holding the ball for 29:12.

Washington trailed Eli and the New York Giants 21-16 at Met Life Stadium last Sunday and pulled away in the final 30 minutes of action to come away 29-27 winners, knocking the Giants from the ranks of the unbeatens. Kirk Cousins threw a pair of TD passes and K Dustin Hopkins kicked a pair of second-half field goals, including the one that gave them the lead over their NFC rivals, then held off a late Giants rally when Redskins S Su’a Cravens picked him off with 1:09 left to play. Although they were outrushed by the Giants 120-90 and Manning outpassed Cousins 350-296, Washington did manage to force three Giants turnovers on the Jersey Shores. Both teams were at 44 percent on third down tries (New York was 4 of 9, Washington was 7 of 16) but Washington did strike paydirt on fourth down, finding success in their only try and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:26 to the Giants’ 26:34.

Cleveland leads the series 33-11-1 and have outscored Washington 1,122-732. Washington took a win in the last meeting with Cleveland along the shores of Lake Erie in 2012 by a final of 38-21, while the Brown’s last win in the series came in 2004 (also on the shores of Lake Erie) by a 17-13 final. Washington’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Cleveland may be bad but they’re not 8 points bad. The Browns will make life somewhat miserable for Cousins and Washington but Washington fans will be singing “Hail to the Redskins!” instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins!” this week. Washington wins this one but don’t expect the 8 to be covered.

Detroit (1-2) at Chicago (0-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Windy City, with both coming to Soldier Field for a divisional showdown.

Detroit saw Green Bay go into their bye week, leaving Lambeau Field with a 34-27 loss to the Packers last Sunday. Although they trailed 31-10 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, Detroit rallied in the second half and outscored Aaron Rodgers (205 yards, four TDS) in the second half 17-3. Green Bay outrushed the Lions 123-50 and Packers RB Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 103. Lions QB Matthew Stafford was no slouch either, throwing for 385 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Marvin Jones twice. Both clubs did quite well on third down conversions at Lambeau (Green Bay went 5 of 10, while the Lions were 8 of 14; Detroit was 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the clock was the ally of Detroit, who kept the ball for 35:07 to Green Bay’s 24:53.

Da Bears, without Jay Cutler (thumb) were never in their meeting with Dallas last Sunday night, coming out on the short end of a 31-17 loss in Arlington. Dallas led 24-3 at the intermission at JerryWorld (aka AT&T Stadium) and never looked back. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot did his best Emmitt Smith impression, rushing for 140 of his team’s 190 yards, while holding Chicago to 73. Prescott, taking over for Tony Romo (back) for his part threw for 248 yards and a TD, connecting with All-Pro WR Dez Bryant on a 17-yard strike in the fourth quarter. Dallas was 5 of 11 on third down tries, holding the ball for 35:19, while Chicago was 2 of 10 (both teams had one try on fourth down and was successful in that try) and kept the ball for 24:41.

Da Bears lead da series 96-71-5 and have outscored Detroit 3,341-3,071 (which includes contests that took place when the Lions were in Portsmouth and known as the Spartans and the teams played at Tiger Stadium and a little place in Chicago on the corner of Waveland, Clark, Sheffield and Addison called Wrigley Field). However…. Detroit has won the last six meetings, including sweeping the series in 2015 (Chicago’s last win over the Lions came in 2012, when they swept the series that year).

Round one… the Motor City at Ford Field in week six. Chicago trailed 34-31 late in the contest before K Robbie Gould connected on a 39-yard field goal as the clock struck :00, forcing overtime against the Lions. Chicago got the ball in the overtime but did not score, allowing the Lions to win the game in the extra session. Detroit then proceeded to take advantage and a 27-yard field goal by Matt Prater sent Lions fans home happy with a 37-34 win in their pockets. Detroit rushed for 155 yards in the contest, holding Da Bears to 91 and Stafford threw for 405 yards and four TDs, one to WR Calvin Johnson (Megatron), while Cutler threw for 353 yards with an interception. Detroit went 9 of 17 on third down conversions in the first meeting (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 38:57 (including the overtime), while Chicago was 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 33:34.

Round two… Chicago… week 17… colder than brass monkeys. How cold? 31 degrees at kickoff with a 20 degree wind chill. Chicago trailed 14-0 at the half at Soldier Field and rallied in the second half but came up short, losing to Detroit 24-20. Da Bears did manage to outscore Detroit 20-10 in the final 30 minutes of play but could not come any closer. Chicago outrushed Detroit 111-67 but Cutler (245 yards) threw three interceptions and was sacked four times, while Stafford threw for 298 yards and once again connected with Johnson on a TD strike (Stafford had three TD passes). Despite the loss, Chicago did manage to prevail on third down tries, going 7 of 12 and kept the ball for 27:30, while the Lions struggled on third down, going 4 of 10 (0 of 1 on fourth down) but ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:30.

The Lions are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. These teams are somewhat bad and it’s early but those numbers make some sense. If you’re a fan of either team, by all means watch this one; otherwise, may we suggest the “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel. Chicago gets revenge in the Windy City as Da Bears come away with the win at home in the Windy City.

Seattle (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Seattle makes their way to the East Coast for an early afternoon contest with the Jets in the Meadowlands.

Seattle took San Francisco to task last Sunday in the Pacific Northwest, beating the 49ers 38-17 at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks led 24-3 at the half, although they were outscored 15-13 in the last two quarters of play in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Despite being outrushed by San Francisco 135-127, Seattle RB Christine Michael led all rushers with 106 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest between the NFC West rivals, while QB Russell Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD before leaving the contest with a knee injury. Seattle did quite well on third down tries, going 9 of 14 and kept the ball for 35:57, while the 49ers were 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth) and held the pigskin for 24:03.

The Jets found themselves on the short end of a 24-3 final in Kansas City. The Chiefs held the Jets to a Nick Folk field goal in the second quarter and shutout New York 7-0 in the final 30 minutes of play, after leading 17-3 at the intermission. Although the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did outrush Kansas City 117-72, Alex Smtih easily outpassed Ryan Fitzpatrick (six interceptions) 237-188 in the win. Kansas City forced eight Jets turnovers and was 7 of 15 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 32:05, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! held the ball for 27:55 and went 50 percent on third down tries at 7 of 14 and 50 percent on fourth down at 1 of 2.

The Seahawks lead the series 10-8, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have outscored Seattle 330-324. However… Seattle has won the last two meetings, including a 28-7 win in 2012 in the Pacific Northwest, while New York’s last win came in the Meadowlands by a 37-14 win in 2004. Seattle’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 40. This will be a good game to watch but not a great one and if you decide to beg the significant other to take you shopping, we will understand. Seattle covers the 2 1/2 in the Meadowlands and takes the win on the road.

Denver at (3-0) Tampa Bay (1-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. The defending Super Bowl champs travel to the Sunshine State for an afternoon contest with Tampa Bay.

The defending Super Bowl champs took Andy Dalton and the Bengals to task in Cincinnati, coming away 29-17 winners in southern Ohio last Sunday. Erasing a 7-3 deficit after the first 15 minutes of play, Denver led 16-14 at the half and never looked back on the road, outpacing the Bengals in the second half. Trevor Siemian threw for 312 yards and four TDs, including the clincher to WR Demaryius Thomas, whose 55-yard TD pass put the nail in the Bengals’ coffin. Although they were outrushed 143-52, Denver did make life less than comfortable for Dalton (206 yards), sacking him four times and picking him off once. Denver was 6 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the pigskin for 27:54, while Cincy kept the ball for 32:06, going 5 of 12, 0 of 1 on third and fourth down.

Tampa Bay led 20-17 at the half against Los Angeles last Sunday in the Sunshine State, only to see the sun and the lead go away, coming up on the short end of a 37-32 loss to the Rams at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs would be outscored in the second half 20-17 and then had to endure a lighting delay that stopped the contest for almost an hour. Jameis Winston did manage to throw for 405 yards and three TDs in the contest and that was the good news. The bad news was that the Rams 137-83 and Rams LB Todd Gurley led all rushers with 85 yards and a pair of TDs. Tampa Bay (8 of 16 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down) ruled the clock and held the ball for 33:36, while the Rams were 6 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 26:24.

Denver leads the series 6-2, has outscored Tampa Bay 182-122 and won the last three meetings, including a 2012 win in the Mile High City by a 31-23 final, while Tampa Bay’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 1999 by a 13-10 count. Denver’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Tampa Bay’s pretty good for a 1-2 team but Denver’s the defending Super Bowl champs and they’re unbeaten. Denver’s staying unbeaten as they cover the 3 and take the win on the road.

Los Angeles (2-1) at Arizona (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. The first-place Los Angeles Rams travel to the desert for a NFC West meeting with the Arizona Cardinals in the great indoors of University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Rams picked up their first road win as the LA Rams 37-32 over Tampa Bay last Sunday. Tampa Bay led 20-17 at the intermission before rallying in the second half, outscoring the Buccaneers 20-12 in the second half. The Rams not only came away winners, they sat through a lighting delay along Florida’s West Coast that lasted almost an hour. Los Angeles outrushed Tampa Bay 137-83 and Todd Gurley showed no signs of slowing down from his rookie campaign, leading all rushers with 87 yards and a pair of TDs in the Sunshine State. Case Keenum threw for 190 yards and a pair of TDs, even though he was outpaced by Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, who threw for 405 yards and three TDs. Each club turned the ball over twice and Tampa Bay ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:36, going 8 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while the Rams kept the ball for 26:24, going 6 of 13 on third down tries.

Trailing 17-7 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds fell to Buffalo 33-18 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. The Cardinals were outscored 16-11 in the second half and Bills RB LeSean McCoy (TD) ran for 110 of his team’s 208 yards, while Arizona was held to 88 yards on the ground and the Buffalo defense sacked Carson Palmer (287 yards) five times with four interceptions. Arizona turned the ball over five times in the 15-point loss, going 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and keeping the ball for 34 minutes, while the Bills circled the wagons and kept the ball for 26 minutes, going 4 of 13 on third down.

The Desert Angry Birds lead the series 37-35-2 (which includes games that took place when the Rams were in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis and the Cardinals were in St. Louis) but the Rams have outscored Arizona 1,447-1,434. They spilt last year’s contests with each club winning in the other team’s park.

Meeting number one … week four in Glendale and the Rams came away 24-22 winners in the desert. The Rams led 10-9 at the break and then held off Arizona in the final 30 minutes of action at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gurley accounted for 146 of his team’s 164 yards of rushing, while the Cards ran for 113. In the first meeting, it was Nick Foles, not Keenum, under center, as he threw for 171 yards and three TDs, while Carson Palmer was sacked four times, even though he threw for 352 yards in the 2-point loss. Arizona, who turned the ball over three times, went 2 of 11 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 33:13, while the Rams were 5 of 13 third-down wise, keeping the ball for 26:47.

Round two… St. Louis in week 13 and this time, the Desert Angry Birds got their revenge, holding St. Louis to 3 points in the second quarter and came away 27-3 winners. Arizona led 10-0 at the break and never looked back or was really threatened by the Rams, who were held to 66 rushing yards, while the Cardinals tallied 175. Palmer outpaced Foles again, throwing for 356 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked twice. Arizona went 7 of 16 on third down tries in the second meeting (0 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 39:47, while the Rams were 1 of 12, 1 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 20:13.

Arizona’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. This could be an interesting affair to watch and the Rams are trying to go above .500, while the Desert Angry Birds are trying to reach the .500 mark. Desert Angry birds prevail at home, even though they might not cover the 8 1/2.

New Orleans (0-3) at San Diego (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of teams in the basements of their respective divsions with one thing in common (Drew Brees) meet on the Left Coast, as the current Saints and their current signal caller make the trip west for a meeting with the team that drafted him at Qualcomm.

New Orleans fell to 0-3 45-21 win over division rival Atlanta Monday night in the Big Easy. The Saints led early in the contest when Saints QB Drew Brees and TE Coby Feener opened the scoring with a 2-yard TD pass. The Falcons then tied things up with a 2 yard run by Tevin Coleman with 5:21. Coleman would then give Atlanta the lead for good with a 2-yard run in the second quarter and then added another TD in the third. Atlanta would add insult to injury when rookie LB Deion Jones picked off Brees and returned it 90 yards for Atlanta’s final points. Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 217-115, with Falcons RB DeVonta Freeman leading the way with 152. Brees outpassed , while Ryan threw for 240 yards in the Monday night affair (Brees did manage to throw for 376 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice). Atlanta on third down conversions was 5 of 11 but struck paydirt on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 27:26, while New Orleans ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:34, going 7 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down.

San Diego also lost last week, falling to Indianapolis 26-22 in the Hoosier State. Tied 13-13 at the half, the Colts and Chargers saw the lead change four times in the second half before Indy took the lead for good with a 63-yard TD pass to T.J. Hilton from Andrew Luck with 77 seconds left to play in regulation. Philip Rivers threw for 330 yards in the great indoors of Lucas Oil Stadium, while Luck threw for 331 yards and the one TD pass in the contest (both were sacked twice). Neither club breached the 100 yard barrier, although Indy did outrush San Diego 93-37 (Frank Gore led all rushers with 82 yards and a TD) and as far as third down conversions went, it was anything but a thing of beauty. San Diego was 4 of 11, while the Colts were 2 of 9 (they did find success in their only fourth down try) in the late afternoon contest. Indy ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:43, while San Diego kept it for 27:17.

Although the Chargers lead the series 7-4 and have outscored New Orleans 289-199, the Saints have come away winners in their last two contests, including a 31-24 win in the Big Easy in 2012, while San Diego’s last win came on the Left Coast in 2004 by a final of 43-17.

San Diego’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 53 1/2. You may want to skip this one and watch that “Law and Order:SVU” marathon on USA (that Olivia Benson’s really cute, especially when she’s slapping the cuffs on someone!). Chargers make this one interesting but Saints break into the win column and cover the 4 1/2 in the process.

Dallas (2-1) at San Francisco (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. A pair of old NFC rivals meet in Wine Country as Dallas, coming off a huge win at home, travels to Santa Clara for a contest with the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

Dak Prescott and Dallas made short work of Chicago last Sunday night in the Lone Star State, coming away 31-17 winners over Da Bears in Arlington. Dallas led 24-3 at the intermission at JerryWorld (aka AT&T Stadium) and never looked back. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot did his best Emmitt Smith impression, rushing for 140 of his team’s 190 yards, while holding Chicago to 73. Prescott, taking over for Tony Romo (back) for his part threw for 248 yards and a TD, connecting with All-Pro WR Dez Bryant on a 17-yard strike in the fourth quarter. Dallas was 5 of 11 on third down tries, holding the ball for 35:19, while Chicago was 2 of 10 (both teams had one try on fourth down and was successful in that try) and kept the ball for 24:41.

San Francisco found themselves being taken task last Sunday in the Pacific Northwest, falling to NFC West foe Seattle 38-17 at CenturyLink Field. Although they did outscore Seattle 15-13 in the second half, San Francisco trailed 24-3 after the first 30 minutes of play in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. San Francisco outrushed Seattle 135-127 and that was the good news for 49ers fans. The bad news? Seattle RB Christine Michael led all rushers with 106 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest between the NFC West rivals, while QB Russell Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD before leaving the contest with a knee injury. Seattle did quite well on third down tries, going 9 of 14 and kept the ball for 35:57, while the 49ers were 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth) and held the pigskin for 24:03.

San Francisco lead the series 15-11-1, have outscored the Cowboys 724-617 and won the last meeting with Dallas 28-17 in the Lone Star State in 2014, while Dallas’ last win over San Francisco came in 2011 at old Candlestick Park by a final of 27-24 in overtime. Dallas is favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46. Dak Prescott’s good but he’s no Tony Romo. The 3? Makes sense. The 46? It’s a bit on the high side but that’s why they play the games. San Francisco pulls off the upset at home and covers the 3.

Kansas City (2-1) at Pittsburgh (2-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s a pair of AFC contenders meeting in the Steel City as Kansas City travels to Pittsburgh for a key Sunday night contest at Heinz Field.

Kansas City took GangGreen to the woodshed at Arrowhead last Sunday and beat the Jets 24-3. The Chiefs held the Jets to a Nick Folk field goal in the second quarter and shutout New York 7-0 in the final 30 minutes of play, after leading 17-3 at the intermission. Although the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did outrush Kansas City 117-72, Alex Smtih easily outpassed Ryan Fitzpatrick (six interceptions) 237-188 in the win. Kansas City forced eight Jets turnovers and was 7 of 15 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 32:05, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! held the ball for 27:55 and went 50 percent on third down tries at 7 of 14 and 50 percent on fourth down at 1 of 2.

Pittsburgh was held to a 40-yard field goal by Chris Boswell in the second quarter as they fell to cross-state rival Philadelphia 34-3 last Sunday afternoon in the city of Brotherly Love. The Steelers trailed 17-3 at the half and were shutout in the second half as the Eagles scored their last 17 points of the third quarter unchallenged. The Eagles held Pittsburgh to 29 yards rushing and ran for 125 yards in the win. Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz threw for 301 yarrds and a pair of TDs without an interception, while Roethlisberger (four sacks, interception) threw for 257 yards. Pittsburgh was 4 of 11 on third down tries (0 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:04, while the Eagles were 4 of 10, keeping the ball for 34:56.

Pittsburgh holds a 20-10 lead in the series and they have outscored Kansas City 701-549. They met last year in the great Midwest and the Chiefs came away 23-13 winners at Arrowhead (Pittsburgh’s last win over the Chiefs came in 2014 in the Steel City by a final of 20-12).

Kansas City broke a 3-3 first quarter tie and took a 9-3 lead to the locker room with them at half, thanks to a pair of Cairo Santos field goals in the second. The Chiefs would outscore Pittsburgh 14-10 in the second half to take the win at Arrowhead. It was the battle of the running backs in that contest, as Charcandrick West (110, TD) and Le’Veon Bell (121) each ran for over 100 yards for their respective teams (Pittsburgh ran for 147, while Kansas City ran for 138). Kansas City was 9 of 16 on third down conversions and held the ball for 32:26, while the Steelers, who held the ball for 27:34, went 2 of 10 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions.

Pittsburgh’s a 5 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 47 1/2. It’s Sunday night and these two are pretty decent teams that made the post-season last year. With that, this one’s “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

There’s a good chance these two teams could meet in the post-season. But let’s worry about the regular season. Kansas City’s feeling pretty good about themselves after beating the Jets, while the Steelers would like to erase the bad taste of the loss to Philadelphia last week. It’s going to be a lot closer than the 5 1/2 but in the end, Pittsburgh prevails at home and they could very well cover the 5 1/2.

New York Giants (2-0) at Minnesota (3-0), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week four ends in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as the unbeaten Vikings host the New York Giants, looking for revenge after they were tagged with a loss last week in the Meadowlands.

The Giants fell from the ranks of the unbeatens and let a 21-16 lead over Washington at Met Life Stadium get away from them last Sunday as the Redskins pulled away in the final 30 minutes of action to come away on the short end of a 29-27 decision. The Giants held Washington to 90 yards on the ground, while rushing for 120 yards of their own and Manning did throw or 350 yards and a TD to rookie WR Sterling Shepherd, he also threw three interceptions, including one to S Su’a Cravens that stopped their final drive. Both teams were at 44 percent on third down tries (New York was 4 of 9, Washington was 7 of 16) but Washington did strike paydirt on fourth down, finding success in their only try and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:26 to the Giants’ 26:34.

Minnesota rallied on the road and came away 22-10 winners last Sunday in Charlotte. Carolina and Cam Newton led 10-8 at halftime before the Purple Gang tallied their final 14 second half points unchallenged. Although they were outrushed by Carolina 105-58, Newton threw for 262 yards, with three interceptions and sacked eight times (including a safety that gave Minnesota their first points of the contest) and picked off three times. Minnesota took the lead for keeps when Sam Bradford and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on a 15-yard TD pass with 9:43 and a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sealed the deal for Minnesota. Carolina was 6 of 16 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 34:52, while the Vikings were 3 of 12 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 25:08.

Minnesota leads the series 14-10, have outscored the Giants 578-449 and won the last meeting between the clubs, when they pulled off the trick last year in the Land of 10,000 Lakes by a 49-17 final. (the Giants’ last win in the series caome in 2013 in the Meadowlands by a final of 23-7) Minnesota’s favored by 4 and the over/under is 43 1/2. Records on Monday night, you ask? Minnesota’s 26-30 and lost their only contest in 2015 under the lights, while the Giants 23-36-1 (1-1 in their MNF contests last year). This could be one of the better Monday night contests this year, so it would be a good idea to tape “2 Broke Girls,” “Scorpion” and “Dancing With The Stars” this week. Giants make it interesting but Vikings cover the 4 and win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

And then there were five.

Five teams with unblemished records remain atop the NFL mountain.

Four of those teams (Cincinnati, Denver, Carolina and New England) flexed their muscles on the road to stay unbeaten, while Green Bay held off a late San Diego rally at Lambeau to win over the Chargers. Carolina, Denver and New England survived scares, while the Bengals took Buffalo to the woodshed in upstate New York.

Speaking of blemishes, Detroit became the LAST winless team as they took Chicago to overtime at Ford Field before winning in overtime 37-34. while Atlanta became the first unbeaten team to lose last Thursday night with their 10-point loss to NFC South rival New Orleans.

There’s still a lot of football left on the docket and Thanksgiving’s not even here yet. There is also one Super Bowl rematch this week, as New Orleans travels to Indy to face off against the Colts (Super Bowl XLIV).

The National Football League also makes a trip back across the Big Pond (the Atlantic, for your geography junkies) as Buffalo and Jacksonville play an early game in the Eastern time zone in London’s Wembly Stadium. You might want to set your VCRs if you go to the 9:30 mass Sunday morning.

RODGER THAT: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 255 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 107.7 passer rating in the Packers’ 27-20 win over the Chargers, as he reached 30,000 career passing yards. He got to the mark in 3,652 attempts, the fewest needed to reach 30,000 passing yards in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas held the previous record at 3,695 attempts.

Rodgers reached 30,000 passing yards in his 116th career game, the fourth-fewest games of any player to reach the milestone. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (114), Kurt Warner (114) and Peyton Manning (115) reached 30,000 yards in fewer games. Rodgers’ 116 games include seven contests at the beginning of his career in which he appeared in relief of Brett Farve in a backup role from 2005 to 2007.

The players to reach 30,000 passing yards in the fewest attempts and games played:

PLAYER – NO. OF ATTEMPTS TO REACH 30,000 PASS YARDS
Aaron Rodgers – 3,652
Johnny Unitas – 3,695
Steve Young – 3,716
Kurt Warner – 3,749

PLAYER – NO. OF GAMES TO REACH 30,000 PASS YARDS
Kurt Warner – 114
Dan Marino – 114
Peyton Manning – 115
Aaron Rodgers – 116
Drew Brees – 120

Close games were again the order of the week as 47 of NFL games in the 2015 campaign (51.6%) have been decided by 7 or fewer points.

RED ZONE SCORING

Close games are the norm in the NFL so making the most of your possessions is key. This is especially true when getting into the red zone.

This season, 47 games have been decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the second-most through the first six weeks of a season in NFL history. So the ability to score points – especially inside your opponent’s 20-yard line – is what can separate wins and losses.

​“It’s something we spent a ton of time on this offseason in OTA’s, minicamp and training camp,” says Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer on the team’s red zone execution. “It’s something that’s a focal point of the offense. Being able to run the ball is key because it makes it a lot more difficult to defend down there.”

Six teams have scored at least 110 points in the red zone. Those six clubs – Cincinnati (152 points), Arizona (146), New England (137), Atlanta (120), Green Bay (116) and the New York Jets (110) – have a combined record of 30-4 (.882).

TEAM – RED ZONE POINTS. RECORD
Cincinnati – 152, 6-0
Arizona – 146, 4-2
New England – 137, 5-0
Atlanta – 120, 5-1
Green Bay – 116, 6-0
New York Jets – 110, 4-1
TOTAL: 30-4 (.882)

While coming away with points on any red zone trip is important, teams emphasize the ability to score touchdowns.

“The four-point differential between a touchdown and a field goal is critical in the National Football League,” says NFL Network analyst and former NFL fullback Michael Robinson. “It’s all about inches. The competition is that close.”

Six teams have scored a touchdown on more than two-thirds of their red zone possessions – Pittsburgh (75.0 percent), New England (73.9), the New York Jets (73.7), Atlanta (72.7), Cincinnati (71.4) and Arizona (69.2) – and have combined for a 28-6 (.824) record.

TEAM: RED ZONE POSSESSIONS/RED ZONE TDs, TD PERCENTAGE (RECORD)
Pittsburgh: 16/12, 75.0 (4-2)
New England: 23/17, 73.9 (5-0)
New York Jets: 19/14, 73.7 (4-1)
Atlanta: 22/16, 72.7 (5-1)
Cincinnati: 28/20, 71.4 (6-0)
Arizona: 26/18, 69.2 (4-2)
TOTAL: 28-6 (.824)

“When we have our opportunities, we have to capitalize in the red zone,” says Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, whose 62 touchdown catches inside the red zone are the most among active wide receivers. He told the Arizona Republic, “We have to make sure we don’t turn the football over. When we have opportunities to score touchdowns, we want to put seven points on the board instead of three. The margin of error is a lot less down there in the red zone.”

The active players with the most receiving touchdowns and rushing touchdowns inside the red zone:

PLAYER – RECEIVING TDs
Antonio Gates – 77
Larry Fitzgerald – 62
Brandon Marshall – 51
Marques Colston – 47
Rob Gronkowski – 45

PLAYER – RUSHING TDs
Adrian Peterson – 65
Marshawn Lynch – 62
Frank Gore – 52
Arian Foster – 48
Matt Forté – 35

In the NFL, all 16 games on the schedule are critical. But those four division games take on added significance.

“It’s going to turn around pretty quick with these Jets,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after the Patriots’ 34-27 win at Indianapolis on Sunday night. “We’re playing for first place this week, so we need everybody ready to go.”

The NFL’s Week 7 schedule, which features five division games, kicked off with an NFC West battle between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football.

DIVISION / GAME – DATE and TIME and NETWORK
NFC North / Minnesota at Detroit – Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m. on FOX
AFC East / New York Jets at New England – Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m. on CBS
AFC West / Oakland at San Diego – Sunday, October 25 at 4:05 p.m. on CBS
NFC East / Dallas at New York Giants – Sunday, October 25 at 4:25 p.m. on FOX

“I think the significance of your divisional games is well-known and well-stated,” says Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, whose team will host NFC East rival Dallas this Sunday. “I think the excitement of playing within the division is always there.”

The undefeated New England Patriots (5-0) will host the New York Jets (4-1) at 1:00 PM on Sunday afternoon in a crucial AFC East contest. The two club’s combined winning percentage of .900 is the second-highest heading into a game featuring these two teams this late in the season. In 2004, both teams were undefeated coming into their Week 7 meeting in New England, which the Patriots won by a score of 13-7 en route to a 14-2 record and Super Bowl XXXIX title.

“You’ve got to win divisional games to get into the playoffs,” says Jets wide receiver Eric Decker. “Everyone knows New England’s the champions. They’re undefeated right now. They’ve played good football. It’s going to be a challenge for us.”

​No team has proven more adept at winning division games in recent years than New England, which has an NFL-best 25-6 (.806) record in division games over the past five seasons.

The teams with the best division records over the past five seasons (since 2010):

TEAM: DIVISION RECORD (PCT), OVERALL RECORD (PCT)
New England: 25-6-0 (.806), 68-17-0 (.800)
Green Bay: 24-6-1 (.790), 62-23-1 (.727)
Indianapolis: 25-8-0 (.758), 48-38-0 (.558)
Denver: 23-9-0 (.719), 56-30-0 (.651)
Pittsburgh: 20-11-0 (.645), 55-31-0 (.640)

The Patriots’ sustained run of success in and out of the division begins with the head coach-quarterback combination of Belichick and TOM BRADY. Brady has won more division titles than any other starting quarterback in NFL history (12) and Belichick’s .669 career winning percentage against division opponent ranks fourth among NFL head coaches since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (minimum 60 games). Belichick’s 85 division wins rank fifth during that span and he leads active head coaches in both categories.

The head coaches with the highest winning percentage against division opponents since 1970 (minimum 60 games):

HEAD COACH: TEAM(S), (W-L-T, PCT.)
George Allen: Los Angeles Rams and Washington (42-18-2, .700)
Bud Grant: Minnesota (69-31-1, .688)
Tom Landry: Dallas (101-46-0, .687)
Bill Belichick: Cleveland and New England (85-42-0, .669)
Marty Schottenheimer: Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego and Washington (95-51-0, .651)
Note: Ties prior to 1972 not included in winning percentage.

The head coaches with the most wins against division opponents since 1970:

HEAD COACH: TEAM(S) (WINS VS. DIVISION OPPONENTS)
Don Shula: Miami (132)
Tom Landry: Dallas (101)
Dan Reeves: Atlanta, Denver and New York Giants (95)
Marty Schottenheimer: Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego and Washington (95)
Bill Belichick: Cleveland and New England (85)

For the Jets and Patriots, this week’s game is critical to obtaining an early edge in the AFC East. But it can also help build confidence for the rematch to follow on December 27, when they meet in upstate New Jersey in week 16, with the AFC East Title on the line.

“You know ultimately at the end of the day, coming down the stretch you’re going to have to beat those teams in your division,” says NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP quarterback Kurt Warner. “To go in and beat them early, gain that confidence, get a lead on them, becomes so important. At the end of the day, you just have to win your division. Anytime you can gain that confidence or that edge over those teams, especially early in the season, it’s huge.”

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: The 2015 International Series resumes in Week 7 with a matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills at London’s Wembley Stadium in the first-ever global live stream of an NFL game.

The NFL and Yahoo! Inc. partnered to deliver the first ever live stream of an NFL game to a global audience on a digital platform. The game will be shown worldwide on a digital platform across devices for free (yahoo.com/nflstream).

This is the second of three games to be played in London this season. In the first game on October 4, the New York Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-14. The third game, which will also be played at Wembley, features the Kansas City Chiefs against the Detroit Lions in Week 8 (November 1st).

The 12 regular-season games played at Wembley Stadium:

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

PLAY 60: There have been many memorable comeback victories in the NFL so far this season – and it’s only October. Through the first six weeks, 27 of 91 games (29.7 percent) have been decided by a fourth-quarter comeback victory. That puts the 2015 season on pace for the second-highest percentage of games with a fourth-quarter comeback victory since 1970.

The seasons with the highest percentage of fourth-quarter comeback wins since 1970:

SEASON – GAMES (FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACK WINS, PERCENTAGE)
1989 – 224 (70, 31.3)
2013 – 256 (69, 27.0)
2001 – 248 (67, 27.0)
1982 – 126 (33, 26.2)
2008 – 256 (67, 26.2)
2015 –  91 (27, 29.7)*

*Through Week 6

6-0 STARTS: Three teams – Cincinnati, Denver and Green Bay – have reached the 6-0 mark this season and each team has a bye in Week 7. Carolina (5-0) and New England (5-0) aim to join that list this week, as the Panthers host Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football and the Patriots face the New York Jets. In the event you were wondering, the NFL record for the most 6-0 teams in a single season is four, which was set in 2009.

TOM TERRIFIC: New England’s Tom Brady needs 43 passing yards Sunday against the New York Jets to become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach 55,000 career passing yards.

In 15 seasons, Brady has 54,957 career passing yards.

The NFL players with the most career passing yards:

PLAYER, YEARS (PASSING YARDS)
Brett Favre, 1991-2010 (71,838)
Peyton Manning, 1998-present (71,215)*
Dan Marino, 1983-1999 (61,361)
Drew Brees, 2001-present (57,649)*
Tom Brady, 2000-present (54,957)*
*Active

MATTY ICE: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has 29,917 passing yards in 116 career starts since entering the NFL in 2008.

With 83 passing yards against Tennessee on Sunday, Ryan would reach 30,000 passing yards in his 117th career game and would surpass Drew Brees as the fifth-fastest quarterback to reach the milestone.

The quarterbacks to reach 30,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL
history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 30,000 PASS YARDS
Dan Marino – Miami; 114
Kurt Warner – St. Louis, New York Giants and Arizona: 114
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis: 115
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay: 116
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans: 120
Matt Ryan – Atlanta: 116*
*29,917 passing yards; will play 117th career game on Sunday

ENCORE, ENCORE!: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for at least 350 yards in three consecutive games, including a single-game team record 503 yards last week. Rivers is one of 17 quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for 500 yards and of those 17, Tom Brady threw for the most yards (423) in the game following his 500-yard performance (September 18, 2011).

With at least 350 yards against Oakland on Sunday, Rivers would surpass New Orleans’ Drew Brees (349) for the second-most passing yards following a 500-yard performance
in NFL history.

​The quarterbacks who have passed for 500 yards in a single game and had the most passing yards the following week:

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (YARDS, OPPONENT, DATE; YARDS NEXT GAME, OPPONENT, DATE)
Tom Brady, New England (517, Miami, 9/12/11; 423, San Diego, 9/18/11)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (510, Cincinnati, 11/19/06; 349, Atlanta, 11/26/06)
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (522, Indianapolis, 10/26/14; 340, Baltimore, 11/2/14)
Matt Schaub – Houston Texans (527, Jacksonville, 11/18/12; 315, Detroit, 11/22/12)
Warren Moon – Houston Oilers (527, Kansas City, 12/16/90; 288, Cincinnati, 12/23/90)
Eli Manning – New York Giants (510, Tampa Bay, 9/16/12; 288, Carolina, 9/20/12)
Philip Rivers – San Diego (503, Green Bay, 10/18/15, ???, Oakland, 10/25/15)

RUNNING ROOKIE: St. Louis rookie running back Todd Gurley and the Rams are coming off their bye in Week 6. Gurley rushed for 146 yards (Week 4) and 159 (Week 5) in his first two career starts.

With at least 140 rushing yards on Sunday against Cleveland, Gurley would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) as the only rookies in NFL history with 140+ rushing yards in three consecutive games.

GREAT TEXAN: Houston wide receiver De Andre Hopkins had 10 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns last week after recording 11 catches for 169 yards in Week 5.

With 10+ catches and 100+ receiving yards on Sunday against Miami, Hopkins would become the fourth player in NFL history with 10+ receptions and 100+ receiving yards in three consecutive games. Detroit’s Calvin Johnson had four such games in 2012 (Week 13-16).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 10+ catches and 100+ receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – YEAR, TEAM (MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 10+ RECEPTIONS & 100+ REC. YARDS)
Calvin Johnson – 2012, Detroit (4)
Andre Johnson – 2008, Houston (3)
Brett Perriman – 1995, Detroit (3)
DeAndre Hopkins – 2015, Houston (2)*
*Active

CHARLES IN CHARGE: In Week 5, Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson recorded two interceptions against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, bringing his career total to 64.

With an interception against San Diego on Sunday, Woodson would tie Ken Riley
(65) for the fifth-most career interceptions in NFL history. Pro Football Hall
of Famer Paul Krause has the most career INTs with 81.

The players with the most career interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER: TEAM(S) – MOST CAREER INTERCEPTIONS
Paul Krause: Washington and Minnesota – 81^
Emlen Tunnell: New York Giants and Green Bay – 79^
Rod Woodson: Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Baltimore, Oakland – 71^
Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane: Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit – 68^
Ken Riley: New England – 65
Charles Woodson: Oakland and Green Bay – 64*
Ed Reed: Baltimore, Houston and New York Jets – 64

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Woodson (11) also is tied for the second-most interception-return touchdowns in NFL history and with one INT-TD on Sunday, he would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (12) for the most in NFL history.

As for last week, not bad at 10-4, which makes us 63-27.

The seventh week of the 2015 National Football League season got underway in the wine valley of northern California as Seattle and San Francisco met in Santa Clara Thursday evening and ends in the desert as Arizona hosts Baltimore on Monday night. Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay return to action this week from their byes, while Da Bears, Cincinnati, Denver and Green Bay have some time off from action on the gridiron.

Here are this week’s Sunday and Monday picks.

Buffalo (3-2) at Jacksonville (1-4), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London), Yahoo! Sports Nationwide (CBS in Buffalo and Jacksonville) It’s Buffalo wings meeting fish and chips as the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars meet in the second game in London. Both teams enter the contest, which will be an early morning start in the Eastern time zone, with losses under their belts.

Buffalo trailed Cincinnati 17-14 at the half at Orchard Park before the Bengals pulled away in the final 30 minutes of play in upstate New York to fall 34-21. Both teams managed to rush for 112 yards in the contest but the Bengals managed to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Bills 17-3 in the second half. The Bengals were 7 of 12 on third down tries, while Buffalo was 5 of 13 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down and both teams kept the ball for 30 minutes.

Jacksonville also found its way to the loss column last Sunday and like the Bills, lost at home, falling to Houston 31-20. Although they trailed 10-7 at the break, the Jaguars’ wheels came off in the second half, as Houston outscored them 21-13 in the final 30 minutes of action. Although Blake Bortles threw three TD passes in the contest, he was also sacked three times and picked off three times as well and the north Florida contest itself was a low-rushing affair, as neither team breached the 100-yard barrier (Houston ran for 95, Jacksonville ran for 83). Houston went 7 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions at EverBank Field, while Jacksonville was 5 of 15 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions. The clock was the ally of Houston, who kept the ball for 30:02 to Jacksonville’s 29:58.

The Bills lead the series 7-5, have outscored Jacksonville 255-244 and have won the last two contests, including taking a 27-20 win in Jacksonville in 2013. Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in upstate New York, along the shores of Lake Erie in 2010 by a final of 36-26. Even though they’re across the Big Pond (the Atlantic Ocean), the Jaguars are favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 42. Both numbers make a great deal of sense. Both clubs are better than their records and this one will hopefully be over by the time most of America returns from church. That means you might want to tape this one if you go to the early services. Jacksonville makes it interesting but Buffalo circles the wagons and wins on the other side of the Atlantic.

ATLANTA (5-1) at Tennessee (1-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 707. A once-beaten Atlanta team travels to Music City to sqaure off against Jake Mariotta and the Tennesee Titans.

Atlanta fell from the ranks of the unbeatens last Thursday night against New Orleans, losing to the Saints 31-21. Although the Falcons trailed 14-7 at the half, New Orleans and Drew Brees managed to run away in the second half to take the win in the Big Easy. Atlanta did manage to outrush the Saints 150-81 (RB DeVonta Freeman ran for 100 of those yards) while Ryan threw a pair of TD passes (one to WR Roddy White) but was sacked five times in the game (Brees threw for 312 yards in the win). Atlanta was 3 of 12 on third down (3 of 4 on fourth down), keeping the ball for 27:30, while the Saints were 8 of 16 (1 of 1 on fourth down) on third down tries, holding the ball for 32:30.

Tennessee fell behind quickly against Miami and interim head Dan Campbell, losing to the Dolphins 38-10 in the Music City, trailing 17-3 at halftime. Mariotta was sacked five times and picked off twice before leaving the contest with a knee injury, while the Titans were held to 63 rushing yards and allowed Miami to rack up 180 (Lamar Miller accounted for 113 of those yards with a TD). Tennessee was a somewhat dismal 2 of 10 on third down conversions at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:07, while the ‘Fins were 5 of 9 third down-wise and held on to the pigskin for 31:53.

Including contests that were played when the Titans were in Houston and known as the Oilers, Tennessee leads the series 7-6 but Atlanta leads in scoring 321-306. Atlanta won the last meeting in the Big Peach in 2011 by a final of 23-17, while the Titans’ last win in the series came in 2007 in the Music City by a 20-13 count in 2007. Atlanta’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 48. Matt Ryan and the Falcons are in somewhat of a bad mood and the Titans better duck and cover. Falcons get back on track in the Music City and covers the 5 1/2.

Minnesota (3-2) at Detroit (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 705. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Motor City as Detroit hosts Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Both teams are looking to chase idle Green Bay and both teams won at home last week.

The Purple Gang led Kansas City at home in the Twin Cities 13-0 after 45 minutes of play and then held off a late Chiefs rally to take a 16-10 win at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but Minnesota did manage to outrush the struggling Chiefs 84-57 and Bridgwater, inspite of being picked off twice and sacked twice, he did throw for 249 yards and a TD in the 6-point win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Third down conversions were nothing to write home about as the Chiefs were 3 of 12 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:53, while the Vikings were 6 of 17 on third down but found success in their only fourth down try and held the ball for 33:07.

The Lions finally found their way into the win column last Sunday against Chicago but needed overtime to do it, taking a 37-34 win. Detroit trailed 31-27 with 21 seconds left in regulation when Matthew Stafford and Megatron (aka Calvin Johnson) connected on a 6-yard TD pass to give them a brief 34-31 lead and we mean briefly, because Da Bears’ Robbie Gould connected on a 29-yard field goal as the clock struck :00. Chicago then won the toss in overtime but could not score, allowing Detroit to march down the field and the Lions would send their fans home happy when Matt Prater connected on his third field goal of the day, a 29-yarder with 2:29 left in overtime. Stafford threw for 405 yards and four TDs and the Lions outrushed Chicago 155-91 in the overtime affair, while Jay Cutler threw for 353 yards. Although they turned the ball over three times, Detroit was proficient on third down conversions, going 9 of 17 (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 38:57 (including the overtime). Da Bears? 6 of 14 on third down and they kept the ball in hibernation for 33:34.

Minnesota leads the series with the Lions 69-36-2 (which includes contests that were played at Tiger Stadium, Metropolitan Stadium, the Pontiac Silverdome and the Metrodome) and they have outscored Detroit 1,312-1,989. Detroit, however, has won three of the last four meetings in the series, including sweeping contests played last year (Minnesota’s last win in the series came in the Twin Cities, when they came away 14-13 winners in 2013).

The first meeting between the two clubs in 2014 took place in week six in Minneapolis at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota and Detroit held the Purple Gang to a fourth quarter field goal, taking a 17-3 win in the process. The Lions led from start to finish and carried a 10-0 lead to the locker room at the half with them. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked eight times in the contest and was picked off three times, while the Lions outrushed Minnesota 100-69. Megatron (Johnson) was not a factor in the first meeting but he was not needed. Third down tries for both clubs was an issue and not in a good way (Detroit was 1 of 13; Minnesota was not much better, going 3 of 14). Both teams also had their issues on fourth down tries (Detroit was 1 of 2, Minnesota was 0 of 1) and time was the ally of Detroit, who kept the ball for 32:21 to Minnesota’s 27:39.

The second meeting was in the great indoors of Ford Field in the Motor City in week 15 and while the contest was a lot closer than the first meeting, Detroit still prevailed, taking a 16-14 win. The Lions trailed 14-10 at the break and then shut out the Vikings in the second half to take the 2-point win. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the second contest (Detroit did manage to outrush Minnesota 80-76) and Bridgewater was sacked four times with two picks. Again, third down was a big issue, as the Vikings were 4 of 11 (1 of 2 on fourth) and kept the ball for 34:43, while Detroit kept it for 25:17, while going 2 of 11 on third down tries.

Minnesota was favored by 1 1/2 in week six at home in the Twin Cities and the Lions covered the spread, winning by 14. That was the good news. The bad news? Both clubs fell well short of the 43 1/2 over/under, scoring only 20 point. Detroit in the week 16 contest covered the 4 1/2 point spread, winning by 6 but the 47 1/2 over/under was safe (both teams combined for 30). Minnesota’s favored by 1 and the over/under’s a whopping 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are trying to catch Green Bay and with that, there can be only one winner. This one’s worth the time to watch, even if it’s not “DRILL WORTHY.” Vikings cover the 1 and win in the Motor City.

New Orleans (2-3) at Indianapolis (3-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 706. A pair of former Super Bowl foes meet in the Hoosier State this Sunday as Andrew Luck and the Colts host the Saints and Drew Brees.

New Orleans knocked Atlanta from the ranks of the unbeatens last Thursday night against New Orleans, taking the Falcons 31-21. New Orleans led 14-7 at the half, before they and Drew Brees managed to run away in the second half to take the win in the Big Easy. The Saints were outrushed by the Falcons 150-81 (with Atlanta RB DeVonta Freeman running for 100 of those yards) while Ryan threw a pair of TD passes, including one to WR Roddy White but New Orleans managed to sack him five times in the game (Brees threw for 312 yards in the win). The Saints won the battle of third down tries in the Thursday night contest in the Big Easy, going 8 of 16 (1 of 1 on fourth down and won the battle of the clock, keeping the ball for 32:30, while Atlanta was 3 of 12 on third down (3 of 4 on fourth down), keeping the ball for 27:30.

Indy led New England 21-20 at the half and had the defending Super Bowl champions on the ropes before the Pats rallied to take a 34-27 win at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday night. New England outscored the Colts in the second half 14-13 and held off a late Indy rally that would have made the contest closer. Indy outrushed New England 120-116 and both Luck and Tom Brady threw three TD passes in the contest (Luck was sacked three times, Brady sacked twice). Third down tries in the Sunday night affair were not a thing of beauty for either club (New England was 5 of 12, the Colts were 7 of 16) but both clubs did reasonably well on fourth down (the Pats were successful in their only try, while the Colts went 1 of 3) and the Colts did manage to rule the clock, holding the ball for 32:32 to New England’s 27:28.

New Orleans leads the series 6-5 and have outscored Indy 251-244. The Saints won the last regular season meeting with the Colts in 2011 in the Big Easy by a final of 62-7, while Indy won in 2007 in the Hoosier State with Peyton Manning at the helm.

It was Super Bowl XLIV at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Land Shark Stadium in 2009 that gave the Saints their only Super Bowl when they beat the Colts and Manning 31-17, with Drew Brees being named MVP. The Colts let a 10-6 lead at halftime get away from them as the Saints would outscore them 25-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. The Colts are a 6 1/2 favorite and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Both numbers make sense. The Saints have won two of their last three games and would like to win two in a row, while the Colts would love nothing more than to send New Orleans back to reality. Indy may not cover the 6 1/2 but they win back home again in Indiana.

Pittsburgh (4-2) at Kansas City (1-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A 4-2 Pittsburgh Steelers team coming off a huge win at home travels to Kansas City to take on the struggling Chiefs at Arrowhead.

The Steelers erased a 10-3 deficit at the half against Arizona at Heinz Field and pull away to take a 25-13 victory at Heinz Field last Sunday. Pittsburgh outrushed Arizona 141-55 and Landry Jones, who came in for Michael Vick (who was in for Ben Roethlisberger) threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs, even though he was outpaced by Carson Palmer’s 421 yards in the air (Palmer was picked off twice). Arizona was 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and held on to the ball for 31:09, while Pittsburgh kept the pigskin for 28:51 and was 3 of 12 on third down tries.

Kansas City trailed Minnesota in the Twin Cities 13-0 after 45 minutes of play and then rallied but fell short as they lost to the Vikings 16-10 win at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. As far as a rush game was concerned, it was nothing to write home about as neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but Minnesota did manage to outrush the struggling Chiefs 84-57 and Bridgwater, inspite of being picked off twice and sacked twice, he did throw for 249 yards and a TD in the 6-point win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Third down conversions were nothing to write home about as the Chiefs were 3 of 12 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:53, while the Vikings were 6 of 17 on third down but found success in their only fourth down try and held the ball for 33:07.

Pittsburgh holds a 20-9 lead in the series, have outscored Kansas City 688-526 and have won the last three meetings, including a 20-12 win in the Steel City last year. The Steelers are favored by 1 and the over/under is 40 1/2. The Steelers are looking to keep pace with the Bengals in the AFC North, while the Chiefs in the AFC West are trying to keep their heads above water. Pittsburgh covers the 1 and wins in Kansas City.

Houston (2-3) at Miami (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710. A pair of 2-3 teams meet in the Sunshine State as Miami hosts Houston at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Landshark Stadiun.

For Houston, their trip down I-10 eastward to Jacksonville was successful as they manhandled Jacksonville 31-20. Houston led 10-7 at the break, then proceeded to blow the Jaguars’ wheels off their bus in the second half, as Houston outscored them 21-13 in the final 30 minutes of action. Houston’s Blake Hoyer threw three TDs in the contest without an interception, while Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles also threw three TD passes in the contest but was also sacked three times and picked off three times as well and the north Florida contest itself was a low-rushing affair, as neither team breached the 100-yard barrier (Houston ran for 95, Jacksonville ran for 83). Houston went 7 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions at EverBank Field, while Jacksonville was 5 of 15 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions. The clock was the ally of Houston, who kept the ball for 30:02 to Jacksonville’s 29:58.

Miami under interim head Dan Campbell, took a 17-3 lead at the half against Tennessee and gave Campbell his first win, taking down Tennessee 38-10 in the Music City. Miami led 17-3 at halftime, while sacking Jake Mariotta (219 yards) five times and picked off twice before he left the contest, holding Tennessee to 63 rushing yards, while rushing for 180 (Lamar Miller accounted for 113 of those yards with a TD) and Ryan Tannehill threw for 266 yards with a pair of TDs. Tennessee was a somewhat dismal 2 of 10 on third down conversions at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:07, while the ‘Fins were 5 of 9 third down-wise and held on to the pigskin for 31:53.

They’ve met seven times and the Texans have won all seven meetings, outscoring Miami 169-125. The last meeting took place in 2012 and Houston came away 30-10 winners in the Lone Star State in 2012. Miami’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. Miami’s looking to make it two in a row under Dan Campbell, while breaking their streak against Houston in the process. Houston’ll make it closer than the 5 1/2 but Miami prevails at home in South Beach.

New York Jets (4-1) at New England (5-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 711. The defending Super Bowl champions host a much improved New York Jets team in Foxboro in an AFC East contest in western Massachusetts.

GangGreen scored 17 third quarter points against Washington unchallenged and erased a 13-10 halftime deficit in the process to win 34-20. Curtis Ivory ran for 146 of New York’s 221 yards and WR Brandon Marshall caught seven passes for 111 yards and a TD, while the Jets’ defense held Washington to 34 yards on the day. GangGreen was 50 percent on third down tries at 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 32:39, while Washington was 5 of 15 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 27:21.

New England trailed Indy 21-20 at the half and the defending Super Bowl champions were on the ropes before the Pats rallied to take a 34-27 win at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday night. The Pats under Brady outscored Andrew Luck and the Colts in the second half 14-13 and held off a late Indy rally that would have made the contest closer. Indy outrushed New England 120-116 and both Luck and Tom Brady threw three TD passes in the contest (Luck was sacked three times, Brady sacked twice). Third down tries in the Sunday night affair were nothing to write home about for either club (New England was 5 of 12, the Colts were 7 of 16) but both clubs did reasonably well on fourth down (the Pats were successful in their only try, while the Colts went 1 of 3) and the Colts did manage to rule the clock, holding the ball for 32:32 to New England’s 27:28.

New England leads the series 56-52-1, have outscored the Jets 2,466-2,301 (which includes contests that were played at Fenway Park and Shea Stadium) and have won seven of the last eight meetings, including sweeping the season series in 2014 (GangGreen’s last win over the Pats came in 2013, when they took a 30-27 win in overtime in the Meadowlands).

Meeting number one took place in week seven in Foxboro and GangGreen threw everything at Brady and the Pats but it would be New England taking a 27-25 win at Gillette Stadium. New England led 17-12 at the half before the Jets rallied to make things a bit close for Pats fans, pulling to within 2 with 2:31 left to play when QB Geno Smith and TE Jeff Cumberland connected on a 10 yard TD pass. GangGreen would then try an onside kick, which failed and allowed New England to take the ball. New England would then go three and out and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would march down the field and K Nick Folk would try a 58-yard field goal that was blocked as time expired. GangGreen outrushed New England 218-63 (Curtis Ivory accounted for 107 of those yards with a TD) but Brady (3 TDs) would outpass Smith 261-226 in the contest. New York was 9 of 16 on third down tries and kept the ball for 40:54, while the Pats kept it for 19:06 and was 6 of 13 on third downs.

Contest number two… week 16 in the Meadowlands and once again, another close contest but once again, another Pats win, this time a 17-16 victory in upstate New Jersey. The Pats trailed 10-7 at the half before getting their ducks in a row in the second half. Once again, the Pats were outrushed by GangGreen 116-85 and Brady was sacked four times and held to 182 yards in the air. In the second meeting, both teams had problems with third down tries (New England was 6 of 13, New York was 5 of 13) and the clock was the ally of the Jets again, who kept the ball for 32:21 to New England’s 27:39.

In the week seven contest on a Thursday night in Foxboro, New England was favored by 9 1/2 but won by only 2. That was the bad news. The good news? Both teams managed to pass the 45 over/under by scoring 52 points. In the week 16 contest in upstate New Jersey, New England was favored by 10 but won by 1 and as for the over/under of 47 1/2? Both teams scored only 33 points, which meant that it was safe and sound. When you actually stop and think about it, this one is “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 56 last June and dates a 41-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 Sunday’s matchup at Gillette, the Pats are favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 49. The 49 makes sense… the 9 1/2 sounds a bit on the high side. After all, the Jets have almost matched their win total for last year under Rex Ryan, while the Pats looked a little flat (pardon the pun) and were almost taken out of the ranks of the unbeatens. It’ll be closer than the 9 1/2 but New England prevails at home.

Cleveland (2-4) at St. Louis (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. It’s a pair of somewhat struggling teams meeting along the shores of the Mississippi River as St. Louis hosts the Cleveland Browns in the great indoors.

Cleveland makes its way to the Gateway City after their 26-23 overtime loss to Denver last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. The Browns led briefly 20-16 with 8:07 when Karlos Dansby picked off Peyton Manning, returning the interception 35 yards for a TD. Denver would take the lead back when Manning and WR Emmanuel Sanders connected on a 75-yard pass with 7:53 left in regulation. Cleveland would not be outdone and sent the contest into the extra period when rookie K Travis Coons drilled a 26-yard field goal with 90 seconds left in regulation. Cleveland would win the toss in overtime but could not produce a score, allowing the Broncos to march down the field and Denver took advantage, ending the contest at the 4:56 mark of overtime when Brandon McManus connected on a 34-yard field goal to end the game. Denver’s Ronnie Hillman was responsible for 111 of his team’s 152 yards, while the Browns as a team ran for 109 in the overtime affair and while Cleveland did manage to pick off Manning three times, Browns QB Josh McCown was sacked four times and picked off twice. Cleveland was 6 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 33:20, while Denver kept the pigskin for 36:44, while going 4 of 18 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

St. Louis trailed Green Bay 14-10 at Lambeau two weeks ago but then crashed and burned as the Packers scored their final 10 points of the contest unchallenged to lose 24-10. Although rookie RB Todd Gurley rushed for 159 yards and the Rams managed to outrush Green Bay 191-86, Nick Foles was the victim of four sacks and a pair of interceptions, while St. Louis picked off Aaron Rodgers twice (his first interception at home since the 2012 season). The Rams were 5 of 18 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down conversions) and held the ball for 33:43, while the Packers were 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball in the land of beer, cheese and bratwurst for 26:17.

Including contests that were played when the Rams were in Los Angeles before heading to St. Louis, the Rams lead the series  10-9 and have barely outscored the Browns 427-420. St. Louis’ last win in the series came along the shores of Lake Erie in 2011, squeaking by with a 13-12 win, while Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2007 in St. Louis, a 27-20 decision. The Rams are favored in the great indoors by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. This might be a game to avoid (unless you like one or both teams) and watch that “Bar Rescue” marathon on “Spike” (even John Taffer would yell at these guys!). St. Louis covers the 5 1/2 and wins at home.

Tampa Bay (2-3) at Washington (2-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A pair of 2-3 teams, looking to reach the .500 mark meet in Landover as the Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.

Tampa Bay held off another instate rival two weeks ago at home at Raymond James Stadium, with the Bucs stopping Jacksonville 38-31 two Sundays ago. In the second battle of Sunshine State teams, Tampa Bay led 20-14 at the half and then held off Jacksonville in the final 30 minutes of play and outrushed Jacksonville 183-55 and sacked Jaguars QB Blake Bortles six times, while Jameis Winston threw for 209 yards and a TD without an interception (Doug Martin ran for 123 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest). Tampa Bay went 5 of 11 on third down conversions and held the ball for 34:41, while the Jaguars kept the pigskin for 25:19 and went 2 of 8 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

Washington led the New York Jets 13-10 at the half before GangGreen scored 17 third quarter points against the ‘Skins unchallenged, erasing that lead and fell to the Jets 34-20. Washington was held to a somewhat dismal 34 yards on the ground, while New York’s Curtis Ivory ran for 146 of New York’s 221 yards and WR Brandon Marshall caught seven passes for 111 yards and a TD. GangGreen was 50 percent on third down tries at 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 32:39, while Washington was 5 of 15 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 27:21.

Tampa Bay leads the series with the Redskins 10-9, has outscored Washington 371-334 and won the meeting the two teams had last year in Landover 27-7 (Washington’s last win in the series came in 2012 in the Sunshine State by a final of 24-22).
They met in Landover in week 11 and Tampa Bay led 13-7 at the half, shutting out Washington in the final 30 minutes of action at FedEx Field and held Washington to a 30-yard TD pass from Robert Griffin III to Roy Helu with 11 seconds left in the second quarter. Although they were outrushed by Washington 155-48, Tampa Bay did manage to sack Griffin six times and pick him off twice (the Bucs forced three turnovers). Neither club did anything to make their fan base happy on third down tries (Tampa Bay was 3 of 10, while Washington was 4 of 13 but did find success in their only fourth down conversion) and the clock was the ally of Washington at 34:11 to Tampa Bay’s 25:49.

In the week 11 contest in the Washington suburb, Washington was favored by 7 and Tampa Bay won by 20, allowing them to cover the spread (neither team reached the 46 over/under, scoring only 34 points). The Redskins are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. These teams have been up and down of late and while Tampa Bay is looking up at Carolina and Atlanta in the NFC South, Washington’s having to deal with the Eagles and Giants in the NFC East. Will Washington fans sing “Hail to the Redskins!” or will they say “Hell, it’s the Redskins!” this week? Hail, hail, the gang’s all here. Washington covers the 4 in Landover and takes the win at FedEx Field.

Oakland (2-3) at San Diego (2-4), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. They’ve been rivals in the same state since JFK was in the Oval Office, they’re separated by 492 miles and they meet in southern Cali as the Chargers and Raiders square off for the 111th time.

Oakland returns from their bye week after their 16-10 loss to Denver two Sundays ago. The Silver and Black led Peyton and the Broncos 7-3 at the half after a scoreless first quarter before Denver went to work, outscoring Oakland 13-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. Derek Carr was sacked four times and intercepted once in the 6-point loss, while the Oakland defense picked Manning off twice. Neither club came anywhere near the 100-yard barrier in the meeting in northern California (Denver ran for 43, Oakland ran for 65) and neither club breached the 50 percent mark on third down conversions (Denver 2 of 13, Oakland 7 of 16, with the Raiders going 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the clock was the ally of Oakland at 34:09 to Denver’s 25:51.

Philip Rivers set a San Diego record for passing yardage against Green Bay at Lambeau but the Chargers’ rally fell short as they fell to the Packers 27-20 in the land of beer, bratwurst and cheese. Rivers threw for 503 yards, outpassing Aaron Rodgers’ 255 (each threw a pair of TDs) but the Packers outrushed San Diego 133-60 in the 7-point loss. San Diego on third down conversions was at 50 percent (9 of 18), 1 of 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 38 minutes, while the Packers held the pigskin for 22 minutes, while going 3 of 9 on third down tries.

Oakland leads the series 58-50-2, which includes games that were played when both teams called Los Angeles home and the Silver and Black leads in scoring 2,408-2,366. San Diego (however) has won three of the last four meetings with the Raiders, including sweeping the series in 2014 (Oakland’s last win in the series came in 2013, when they took a 27-17 win in Oakland).

San Diego won the first meeting in northern California in week six 31-28 in Oakland. The Bolts and Raiders were tied 14-14 at the half and then rallied to score the final 10 points of the game, thanks to a 30-yard field goal by Nick Novak with 5:52 left to play and then took the lead for keeps with 1:56 left in regulation when Branden Oliver scored on a 1-yard run. Oliver accounted for 101 of his team’s 116 yards, outrushing Oakland by two (114) and Philip Rivers (3) and Derek Carr (4) combined for seven TD passes in the contest. Both clubs did well on third down conversions in the first meeting (San Diego was 8 of 14 and 0 of 1 on fourth down, while Oakland was 8 of 13) and the clock favored San Diego at 37:02 to Oakland’s 22:58.

Round two in San Diego, week 11. The Raiders make the 492-mile, 7-hour trip down I-5 to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium and it was another close contest but once again, the Bolts prevailed in front of the home crowd, taking a 13-6 win. San Diego led 10-3 at the half, but Oakland kept the contest close in the second half to make things a bit more interesting. The only TD in the contest came early as San Diego’s Malcom Floyd scored on a 22-yard pass from Rivers and it was the kickers that took over, as Novak and Sebastian Janikowski each kicked a pair of field goals in the contest. The Bolts outrushed the Raiders 120-71 and both Rivers and Carr were sacked twice in the affair. Third down tries? Not anything to cheer about as the Raiders were 3 of 15 (1 of 1 on fourth down) and they managed to keep the ball for 25:14, while San Diego held the pigskin for 34:46, while going 4 of 15 on third down.

In the week six contest, San Diego’s 7-point win allowed them to cover the 7-point spread and both clubs covered the 43 over/under by 10 (53 points). The Chargers did win the week 11 contest downstate but won by only 7, meaning they missed the 10-point spread and each team combined for only 19 points, far short of the 44 1/2 over/under. The Chargers are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 47. They’re not bad teams but they have been known at times to play that way (to paraphrase Jessica Rabbit). Chargers erase the loss at Green Bay from their mouths and take this one at home, even though they may not cover the 6 1/2.

Dallas (2-3) at New York Giants (3-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. They meet again and this time, the meeting’s in upstate New Jersey. Big Blue looks for revenge on the Romo-less, Bryant-less Cowboys, while Dallas wants to put the Giants in their rear view mirror once and for all.

Dallas comes out of their bye week and into the second meeting with the Giants with a 30-9 loss to Tom Brady and NeW England under their belts. Held to a pair of Dan Bailey field goals, Dallas was barely outrushed 109-100 and Brady outpaced Brad Weeden 275-188, with Brady throwing a pair of TDs, while Weeden threw an interception and was sacked three times. Dallas was 4 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries and kept the ball for a whopping 33:12, while the defending Super Bowl champs only needed to keep the pigskin for 26:48 and went 3 of 10 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The Giants led briefly in Philadelphia last Monday night when Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a 13-yard TD pass to open the scoring in their contest with the Eagles. That would be all they would get in the contest, as the Eagles scored their 27 points in their 20-point win unchalleged to fall 27-7. New York was held to 81 yards rushing, while the Eagles ran for 155 (with RB DeMarco Murray accounting for 109 and a TD) in prime time at Lincoln Financial Field. Manning was picked off twice in the game, one a return for a TD by CB Nolan Carroll and the Eagles forced three turnovers on the night. The Giants were 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 29:30, while Philly was 6 of 16 on third down, holding the ball for 30:30.

They met in week one in the Lone Star State and the Giants saw victory taken away from them by Dallas as the Cowboys rallied to take a 27-26 win in Arlington. Dallas trailed 26-20 with seven seconds left when Tony Romo and TE Jason Witten connected on a 11-yard TD pass to send the home crowd happy. Big Blue did outrush Dallas 99-80 but Romo did manage to outpass Manning 356-193 with three TDs, including the game winner. Dallas was 6 of 11 on third down tries in the Sunday night affair in week one and held the ball for 37:10, while the Giants were 6 of 14, keeping the pigskin for 22:50. Dallas was favored by 6 in the Lone Star State but won by a single point but both teams managed to cover the 51 over/under by 2 points (53). The late afternoon affair in upstate New Jersey has the Giants as 4 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 48. The Giants have been playing some decent football under Tom Coghlin’s leadership but not great football, while the Cowboys’ window of opportunity is closing before their eyes and they may not get Romo and or Bryant back before Thanksgiving. Giants get their revenge on Dallas from the week one failure in the Lone Star State and wins at home in upstate New Jersey.

Philadelphia (3-3) at Carolina (5-0), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s Philly cheesesteak vs. Carolina BBQ as the Eagles travel down South to the Tar Heel State for a Sunday night matchup with Cam Newton and the first-place Panthers.

Philadelphia erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit against the Giants last Monday night and scored all of their 27 points unchallenged to win 27-7. New York led briefly in Philadelphia last Monday night when Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a 13-yard TD pass to open the scoring in their contest with the Eagles. The Eagles then got off the deck and went to work on the G-Men, shutting them down and out the rest of the contest. The Eagles ran for 155 yards (with RB DeMarco Murray accounting for 109 of those yards and a TD), while they held New York to 81 yards rushing at Lincoln Financial Field. Manning was picked off twice in the game, one a return for a TD by CB Nolan Carroll and the Eagles forced three turnovers on the night. The Giants were 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 29:30, while Philly was 6 of 16 on third down, holding the ball for 30:30.

Carolina trailed 20-14 after three quarters and then rallied as the Cam Newton-led Panthers outscored Seattle 13-3 in the final 15 minutes of action in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks. Carolina outrushed Seattle 135-115 and Newton threw for 269 yards and a pair of TDs, while rushing for a TD himself early in the contest. Neither club did much on third down tries (Carolina was 4 of 11 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 32:12, while the Seahawks were 4 of 14 and kept the pigskin for 27:48.

Philly leads the series 6-2, have outscored Carolina 214-151 and won the last meeting between the clubs last year in the City of Brotherly Love by a final of 45-21 (Carolina’s last victory over the EGG-UHLS came in 2012, also in Philly as the Panthers prevailed 30-22.) They met in week 10 at Lincoln Financial Field and the Eagles took a 31-7 lead with them to the intermission, allowing only a pair of Cam Newton TD passes to Kelvin Benjamin in the fourth quarter to seal the Panthers’ fate. Although they outrushed Philly 102-37, Newton would find himself being sacked nine times in the contest and the Eagles’ defense forced five Carolina turnovers. Carolina was 10 of 20 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 38:05 to Philly’s 21:55 (the Eagles were 5 of 15) and both teams failed to convert on fourth down, each going 0 of 1.

In the week 10 Monday night contest, the Eagles covered the 6-point spread, winning by 24 and both clubs had no problems covering the over/under of 48, combining for 66 points. If you can have one game that’s “DRILL WORTHY,” then there’s no reason that you can’t have two (see the New York Jets-New England game for instructions). The Panthers are 3-point favorites and the over/under’s 47. The Eagles are a somewhat decent team and their offense seems to be back on track, while the Panthers almost used up all nine of their lives last Sunday in the Pacific Northwest. Carolina’s finer at home in the Tar Heel State and covers the 3 in Charlotte.

Baltimore (1-5) at Arizona (3-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday night on ESPN. Week seven closes out in the desert in a battle of birds as the Ravens fly westward to take on the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale.

Baltimore trailed San Francisco 16-6 at the half in Santa Clara last Sunday afternoon and rallied in the second half to make it a close contest but fell to the 49ers 25-20. The Ravens outrushed San Francisco 77-65, while Joe Flacco threw for a pair of TDs but was picked off twice.  The 49ers were 5 of 13 on third down tries in the 5-point win and kept the ball for 26:53, while the Ravens were 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:07.

The Desert Angry Birds let a 10-3 lead at the half against Pittsburgh get away from them as the Steelers would go on to take a 25-13 victory at Heinz Field. Arizona was held to 55 yards rushing, while Pittsburgh ran for 141 and Landry Jones, who came in for Michael Vick (who was in for Ben Roethlisberger) threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs, even though he was outpaced by Carson Palmer’s 421 yards in the air (Palmer was picked off twice). Arizona was 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and held on to the ball for 31:09, while Pittsburgh kept the pigskin for 28:51 and was 3 of 12 on third down tries.

They’ve met only five times and the Ravens lead the series 4-1, have won the last four contests and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 108-91 (Arizona won the first meeting in the series in Charm City in 1997 16-13, while the Ravens’ last win in the series took place in 2011 in Charm City by a final of 30-27).

On Monday night, the Ravens are 10-9, while the Desert Angry Birds are 7-15-1 (both teams played on Monday night in 2014 and both took wins under their wings). The Desert Angry Birds are favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Arizona’s trying to get their ducks in a row, while the Ravens are looking to right their ship. Baltimore will make it close but the Desert Angry Birds will raise Arizona to victory and takes the win in Glendale.