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It’s time to get ‘Back to Football’ and NFL Network remains the go-to destination to do so, with seven live games and re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game.

NFL Network’s Week 1 preseason live schedule begins tonight when Carolina hosts Houston at 7:30 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7 p.m., during halftime of Texans-Panthers and postgame, with host Dan Hellie, David Carr and Heath Evans.

On Thursday, August 10, NFL Network’s Week 1 preseason live schedule continues with the Denver Broncos traveling to face the Chicago Bears at 8 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7 p.m., during halftime of Broncos-Bears and postgame, with Hellie, Reggie Wayne and Willie McGinest.

On Friday, August 11, NFL Network provides a doubleheader of live preseason games, starting at 7 p.m. with the New York Giants hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 10 p.m., the Kansas City Chiefs host the San Francisco 49ers (joined live in progress). Editions of NFL Total Access on air at 6:30 p.m. during halftime of Steelers-Giants and 49ers-Chiefs and following the conclusion of 49ers-Chiefs with Wayne, Kurt Warner and Cole Wright.

NFL Network’s Week 1 live schedule continues Saturday, August 12 when Dallas travels to face the Los Angeles Rams at 9 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7:30 p.m., during halftime of Cowboys-Rams and postgame with Wright, Evans, Warner and Terrell Davis.

NFL Network’s Week 1 live schedule concludes Sunday, August 13 with two games, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Indianapolis hosting Detroit. At 8 p.m., NFL Network carries the Los Angeles Chargers hosting Seattle live in the Chargers’ first game back in Los Angeles. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 1 p.m., during halftime of Lions-Colts and postgame, at 7:30 p.m., during halftime of Seahawks-Chargers and postgame, with Hellie, Wright, Evans and Davis

Additionally, NFL Network provides complete game re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game.

All NFL Network programming – including 16 LIVE preseason games and re-airs of all 64 preseason games – can also be streamed on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile) and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, Playstation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Access through Watch NFL Network is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers.

NFL Game Pass provides fans in the United States with another opportunity to watch live out-of-market preseason games, as well as other exclusive content, for $99.99 for the 2017 season. For complete information regarding NFL Game Pass, visit  http://www.NFL.com/GamePass.

***Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts***

Below is NFL Network’s Week 1 broadcast schedule.

NFL NETWORK 2017 WEEK 1 PRESEASON GAMES SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES EASTERN AND ALL GAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION)

Wednesday, August 9
Houston vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Arizona vs. Dallas, 11 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 2 a.m.
Arizona vs. Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 10
Houston vs. Carolina, 10 a.m.
Arizona vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 4 p.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 8 p.m. (LIVE)
Jacksonville vs. New England, Midnight
Minnesota vs. Buffalo, 4 a.m.

Friday, August 11
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 10 a.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 7 p.m. (LIVE)
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 10 p.m. (LIVE)
Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati, 1 a.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 4 a.m.

Saturday, August 12
Washington vs. Baltimore, 7 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 9:30 a.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, Noon
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 2:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 5 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m. (LIVE)
Oakland vs. Arizona, 1 a.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 a.m.

Sunday, August 13
Tennessee vs. New York Jets, 7 a.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 10 a.m.
Detroit vs. Indianapolis, 1:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5 p.m.
Seattle vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8 p.m. (LIVE)
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 11:30 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 2 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 14
Washington vs. Baltimore, 10 a.m.
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 8 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, Midnight
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 4 a.m.

Tuesday, August 15
Tennessee vs. New York Jets, 10 a.m..
Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 4 p.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 8 p.m.
Oakland vs. Arizona, Midnight
Detroit vs. Indianapolis, 4 a.m.

Wednesday, August 16
Minnesota vs. Buffalo, 10 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 4 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8 p.m.
Seattle vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Midnight
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 4 a.m.

Thursday, August 17
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 10 a.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 4 p.m.

(Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts)

The following broadcast teams will be calling each Week 1 matchup on NFL Network:

Game  – Play-by-Play, Analyst (Sideline)
Texans vs. Panthers – Mick Mixon, Mike Rucker (Kevin Donnalley)
Vikings vs. Bills – Rob Stone, Steve Tasker (Mike Catalana)
Falcons vs. Dolphins – Dick Stockton, Bob Griese, Nat Moore (Kim Bokamper)
Redskins vs. Ravens – Gerry Sandusky, Brian Billick (Evan Washburn)
Jaguars vs. Patriots – Dan Roche, Christian Fauria (Matt Chatham & Steve Burton)
Broncos vs. Bears – Sam Rosen, Jim Miller (Lou Canellis)
Saints vs. Browns – Mike Patrick, Solomon Wilcots (Andy Baskin)
Eagles vs. Packers – Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon (Lance Allen)
Steelers vs. Giants Bob Papa Carl Banks Howard Cross & Bruce Beck
Buccaneers vs. Bengals Brad Johansen Anthony Munoz Mike Valpredo
49ers vs. Chiefs Carter Blackburn Trent Green BJ Kissel
Titans vs. Jets Ian Eagle Greg Buttle Otis Livingston
Cowboys vs. Rams Andrew Siciliano Marshall Faulk Jill Arrington & Dani Klupenger
Raiders vs. Cardinals Dave Pasch Ron Wolfley Paul Gerke
Lions vs. Colts Don Fischer Rick Venturi Caroline Cann
Seahawks vs. Chargers  Spero Dedes Dan Fouts Alex Flanagan

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Back to work!

Back to sweating in the summer heat, learning playbooks that are so big they make “War and Peace” look like a comic book.

Back to rookies fighting for their first NFL jobs, free agents fighting to stay on an NFL roster, fighting with teammates on the field as things get heated, along with the weather.

Back to sleeping in dorms for the first time since they were in college.

It’s back to work for all 32 NFL teams. For New England, it’s the hunter now becoming the hunted, as the defending Super Bowl champs. For the other 31 teams, it’s their chance to replace them as the NFL’s king of the mountain, so to speak.

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2017 this week, starting Wednesday, July 19 as rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report.

The Arizona Cardinals, who will take on the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, August 3 on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Friday, July 21. By Saturday, July 29, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (21 of 32, 66 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017,” Saints owner Tom Benson told the Mobile Register and WKRG-TV. “This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season.”

The numbers may prove that training at home is a popular league-wide trend but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of holding camp away from their facilities.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the teams that “come together” away from home, holding camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 52nd consecutive year.

“There’s some intrinsic value to being here, some things that you can’t measure,” says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on holding training camp at St. Vincent College. Tomlin told KDKA-TV, “Those are things that I think about when I think about training camp and those are the things that make me really excited about bringing a team to an environment like this.”

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return for their 60th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEAR – NFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2000 – 10 of 31 (32%)
2001 –  9 of 31 (29%)
2002 – 10 of 32 (31%)
2003 – 14 of 32 (44%)
2004 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2005 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2006 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2007 – 16 of 32 (50%)
2008 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2009 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2013 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2014 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2015 – 21 of 32 (66%)
2016 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2017 – 21 of 32 (66%)
Overall – 295 of 574 (52%)

*Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters.

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAM – TRAINING CAMP, CITY (YEARS)
Green Bay Packers – Saint Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin (60)
Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota (52)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania (52)

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbors to the north.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate, stock up on that bug spray (the mosquitoes in the South have been known to carry off small children) and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

Soon it will be time to go to camp.

There’s no eating s’mores. There’s some swimming, no one’s singing “Kumba Ya.”

It’s almost time for football.

Soon, all 32 NFL teams will be on a practice field somewhere in America. One will be looking to defend their title. The other 31 teams will be looking to knock them off the top of the mountain.

The hunter is NOW the hunted.

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbours to the north.

Fans will get to see their teams up close and personal and make their own evaluations of their team. Some see their teams getting better from their 2016 finish and make the postseason, while other want to see if last year was a fluke.

Heat. Humidity. Bugs, Sweat. Fights with teammates. Come the Thursday after Labor Day when it gets underway in Foxboro as New England and Kansas City meet, if they make the cut, it’s worth it.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

You know who your team was going to play.

You know where your team was going to play.

As far as the when, you had to be patient and wait.

Last Thursday night, your wait was over, thanks to the National Football League. The league announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2017, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 7 in New England and concludes on Sunday, December 31 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 7 on NBC at 8:30 p.m. in Foxboro will spotlight the defending champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 p.m. when salmon and Starbucks travels to the land of beer, cheese and bratwurst as Seattle takes on Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Packers at Lambeau Field.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 10 when NFC East foes Dallas and the New York Giants square off at 8:30 p.m. in the Lone Star State at AT&T Stadium.

For those of you wondering if there are going to be two games on the first Monday of the season, the answer is yes. Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 11 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. Minnesota hosts the New Orleans Saints at 7:10 p.m. in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Denver Broncos in the nightcap at 10:20 p.m.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

The league will have a select number of games that will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced as well, including the Seahawks at the Giants in the Meadowlands at 4:25 p.m. on CBS in Week 7 and the Vikings traveling to the Tar Heel State for a meeting with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. on CBS in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 31. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

Other contests include…

In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, September 17 in primetime  at 8:30 p.m. on NBC when they host the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

The Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7 on Sunday night, October 22 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.

Will there be football on Thanksgiving?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 23 and yes, the Lions and Cowboys are at home. The first game will be an NFC North contest in the Motor City as Detroit hosts the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field at 12:30 p.m. on FOX. As for Dallas, they are the late afternoon contest in the Lone Star State when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and the Turkey Day trifecta concludes in Landover with an NFC East contest as Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants make their way to Landover in prime time to face the Washington Redskins at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

In Week 16, NBC’s Sunday Night Football game as NFC North foe Minnesota and Green Bay meet at Lambeau as that contest will move to Saturday night, December 23 at 8:30 p.m., due to Christmas Eve and is not subject to flexible scheduling. Christmas Day will feature a doubleheader on Monday, December 25 with the Houston Texans hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime in the first game and Oakland traveling to the City of Brotherly Love, visiting the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN in primetime.

There are contests with an international flavor, so break out the fish and chips and tequila! The NFL’s international slate includes four games in London – the first time the league will play four games in the United Kingdom and one in Mexico City. On Sunday, September 24, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. with distribution to be announced at a later date(set those VCRs NOW!).

The next weekend, on Sunday, October 1, Jacksonville’s neighbor to the South, the Miami Dolphins, will host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley at 9:30 a.m. on FOX, In Week 7, it’s an NFC West matchup in Merry Ole England as the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. on FOX. The following week, the Cleveland Browns will host the Vikings at Twickenham on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFLN and the league heads back South of the Border as the Oakland Raiders take on Tom Brady and the Pats at 4:25 p.m. on CBS on Sunday, November 19 at Estadio Azteca.

The NFL has partnered with Amazon Prime this season and will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime Video) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 on Thursday, September 28 when the Packers host the Chicago Bears. NBC’s Tri-Cast package begins in Week 10 on Thursday, November 9 when the  Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals. Additionally, NFL Network will also  exclusively televise a seven-game schedule comprised of three Thursday Night Football games, three late-season Saturday contests and a Sunday morning London matchup.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 11.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 4 in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium  on NBC.

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally.

Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

For ticket information, fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/tickets.

2017 NFL SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern and subject to change)

WEEK 1 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 7
Kansas City at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, September 10
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 11
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. on ESPN
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 2 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Green Bay at ATLANTA, 8:30 p.m. on NBC
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, September 18, 2017
Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 3 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 21
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 24
ATLANTA at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London), TBD
Denver at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 25
Dallas at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 4 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 28
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 1
Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 p.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London) on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m on CBS
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 2
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 5 (Byes: ATLANTA, Denver, New Orleans and Washington)

Thursday, October 5
New England at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 8

Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 9
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 6 (Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle)

Thursday, October 12
Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 15
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England  at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 16
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 7 (Byes: Detroit and Houston)

Thursday, October 19
Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 22
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, October 23
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 8 (Byes: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Tennessee)

Thursday, October 26
Miami at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 29
ATLANTA at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on NFLN
Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 30
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 9 (Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh)

Thursday, November 2
Buffalo at New York Jets, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, November 5
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
rizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 6
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 10 (Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia)

Thursday, November 9
Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 12
Dallas at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on cBS
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 13
Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 11 (Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New York Jets, San Francisco and Tampa Bay)

Thursday, November 16
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 19
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Giants on CBS
Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Oakland in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 20, 2017
ATLANTA at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 12 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 13 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, November 30
Washington at Dallas, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

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

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

WEEK 14 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, December 7
New Orleans Saints at ATLANTA, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, December 10
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBs
Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at New York Giants, 4:@5 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 11
New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 15 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, December 14
Denver at Indianapolis, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Saturday, December 16
Chicago at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, December 17
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on cBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBs
Tennessee at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Oakland, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 18
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 16 (Byes: NONE)

Saturday, December 23
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, December 24
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOx
Miami at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, December 25
Pittsburgh at Houston, 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Oakland at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 17 (Byes: NONE)

Sunday, December 31
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
GAME TBD, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

 

 

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.

 

 

Sunday Broadcast Information (All Times Eastern)

New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 119 (New Orleans), 132 (Atlanta). XM: 230 (New Orleans), 227 (Atlanta).

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Carter Blackburn, Chris Simms. SIRIUS: 134 (Baltimore), 81 (Cincinnati). XM: 383 (Baltimore), 225 (Cincinnati).

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 112 (Jacksonville), 119 (Indianapolis). XM: 380 (Jacksonville), 230 (Indianapolis).

New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 157 (New England), 93 (Miami). XM: 232 (New England), 229 (Miami).

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 108 (Minnesota). XM: 382 (Chicago), 228 (Minnesota).

Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (Buffalo), 113 (New York Jets). XM: 381 (Buffalo), 231 (New York Jets).

Dallas at Philadelphiia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Dallas), 83 (Philadelphia). XM: 386 (Dallas), 226 (Philadelphia).

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 121 (Cleveland), 132 (Pittsburgh). XM: 384 (Cleveland), 227 (Pittsburgh).

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Carolina), 82 (Tampa Bay). XM: 387 (Carolina), 82 (Tampa Bay).

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710: Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 136 (Houston), 118 (Tennesstt). XM: 385 (Houston), 233 (Tennessee).

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Oakland), 81 (Denver). XM: 229 (Oakland), 225 (Denver).

Arizona at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 718: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 108 (Arizona), 118 (Los Angeles). XM: 228 (Arizona), 233 (Los Angeles).

Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Kansas City), 113 (San Diego). XM: 226 (Kansas City), 231 (San Diego)

Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719: Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Shannon Spake (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Seattle), 137 (San Francisco). XM: 235 (Seattle), 232 (San Francisco).

New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giants), 82 (Washington). XM: 234 (New York Giants), 82 (Washington).

Green Bay at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Green Bay), 226 (Detroit). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Green Bay), 226 (Detroit).

Sunday Officials
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. – Ronald Torbert
Batlimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. – Pete Morelli
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. – Clete Blakeman
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. – John Parry
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. – Terry McAulay
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m.- Jeff Triplette
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. – Walt Coleman
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. – John Hussey
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. – Carl Cheffers
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. – Brad Allen
Arizona at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. – Craig Wrolstad
Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. – Tony Corrente
New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m. – Gene Steratore
Green Bay at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. – Jerome Boger

Sunday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)
Favorite          Spread       Underdog         O/U
ATLANTA           –  7         New Orleans      55 1/2
TENNESSEE         –  3         Houston          40
Buffalo           –  6         NEW YORK JETS    44
CINCINNATI        –  2 1/2     Baltimore        41 1/2
INDIANPOLIS       –  4 1/2     Jacksonville     47
PHILADELPHIA      –  6         Dallas           42 1/2
MINNESOTA         –  5         Chicago          41
TAMPA BAY         –  6 1/2     Carolina         46 1/2
PITTSBURGH        –  7         Cleveland        44
New England       –  9 1/2     MIAMI            44 1/2
Arizona           –  6         LOS ANGELES      41
Kansas City       –  4 1/2     SAN DIEGO        45
Seattle           –  9 1/2     SAN FRANCISCO    43
DENVER            –  2 1/2     Oakland          42
WASHINGTON        –  8         New York Giants  44
Green Bay         –  3         DETROIT          46 1/2

Sunday Injury Report

New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: CB Kenneth Crawley (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (Foot), LB Craig Robertson (Shoulder)

Atlanta
OUT: TE Austin Hooper (Knee), WR Taylor Gabriel (Foot)

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: LB Zachary Orr (Neck), T Richard Wagner (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: T Alexander Lewis (Ankle)

Cincinnati
OUT: WR A.J. Green (Hamstring), T Cedric Ogbuehi (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: LB Vontaze Burfict (Knee), TE Tyler Kroft (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Jeremy Hill (Knee)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: DT Jordan Hill (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Allen Hurns (Hamstring), wR Neal Sterling (Concussion), RB Chris Ivory (Hamstring), WR Marqise Lee (Hip)

Indianapolis
OUT: CB Darius Butler (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: WR Donte Moncrief (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Rashaan Melvin (Knee), LB Chris Carter (Shoulder)

New England at Miami, 1 p.m.

New England
OUT: WR Danny Amendola (Ankle), CB Cyrus Jones (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: WR Malcolm Mitchell (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), QB Tom Brady (Thigh), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), WR Matthew Slater (Foot)

Miami
OUT: QB Ryan Tannehill (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: LB Jelani Jenkins (Knee), CB Byron Maxwell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Mario Williams (Ankle), RB Jay Ajayi (Shoulder), LB Spencer Paysinger (Knee)

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: LB Leonard Floyd (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Deon Bush (Ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (Shoulder), LB Willie Young (Knee), CB Bryce Callahan (Hamstring), QB David Fales (Thumb), CB Cre’von LeBlanc (Knee), T Bobby Massie (Toe), CB Tracy Porter (Knee)

Minnesota
OUT: RB Adrian Peterson (Knee), S Andrew Sendejo (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: G Alexander Boone (Back), WR Stefon Diggs (Hip), WR Laquon Treadwell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Charles Johnson (Knee)

Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: CB Stephon Gilmore (Concussion), T Cordy Glenn (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Kyle Williams (Back), LB Preston Brown (Foot), TE Charles Clay (Knee), G John Miller (Hip), WR Sammy Watkins (Foot)

New York Jets
OUT: RB Matt Forte (Knee), LB Lorenzo Mauldin (Ankle), DT Stephen McLendon (Hamstring), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: CB Nicholas Marshall (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Robby Anderson (Hamstring), WR Brandon Marshall (Hip), RB Bilal Powell (Knee), RB Brandon Wilds (Hamstring), CB Juston Burris (Knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (Back), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle)

Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (Groin), DT Tyrone Crawford (Shoulder), LB Justin Durant (Elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (Back), DT Terrell McClain (Ankle), T Tyron Smith (Knee), DT Cedric Thornton (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Anthony Brown (Concussion), G Ronald Leary (Back), DE Randy Gregory (Abdomen), DE Jack Crawford (Foot), LB Sean Lee (Knee)

Philadelphia
DOUBTFUL: G Allen Barbre (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jordan Matthews (Ankle), G Isaac Seumalo (Ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (Ankle)

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: CB Clarence Caldwell (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cameron Johnson (Groin), CB Joseph Haden (Neck), RB Randy Johnson (Ankle)

Pittsburgh
OUT: S Robert Golden (Ankle), DE Stephon Tuitt (Knee), TE Ladarius Green (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Anthony Chickillo (Ankle), TE Xavier Grimble (Ribs)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: QB Derek Anderson (Illness), DE Charles Johnson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Greg Olsen (Elbow), RB Jonathan Stewart (Foot), QB Cam Newton QB (Shoulder)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE William Gholston (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: T Gosder Cherilus (Groin), CB Vernon Hargreaves (Abdomen)

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Houston
OUT: DE Jadeveon Clowney (Elbow), LB Lamar Miller (Ankle), RB Jay Prosch (Ankle), LB John Simon (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brian Cushing (Ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (Ribs, Shoulder, Illness)

Tennessee
Jason McCourty CB Chest Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Core Muscle), S Natneal Berhe (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jerell Adams (Shoulder), LB B.J. Goodson (Concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (Back)

Washington
OUT: S Su’a Cravens (Upper Arm), CB Quinton Dunbar (Concussion), T Vinston Painter (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Christopher Baker (Ankle), LB William Compton (Knee), RB Robert Kelley (Knee), LB Patrick Kerrigan (Elbow), G Spencer Long (Ankle), LB Trent Murphy (Foot), TE Jordan Reed (Shoulder), LB Martrell Spaight (Shoulder)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: QB Derek Carr (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: S Karl Joseph (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: G Kelechi Osemele (Ankle), WR Amari Cooper (Shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (Ankle), WR Andre Holmes (Shoulder),
DT Stacy McGee (Groin), RB Jalen Richard (Shoulder), LB Perry Riley (Hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (Hamstring)

Denver
OUT: TE Alexander Derby (Concussion), S Terrell Ward (Concussion), LB DeMarcus Ware (Back), CB Kayvon Webster (Concussion),
DE Derek Wolfe (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brandon Marshall (Hamstring)

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

Arizona
OUT: T DeMarcus Humphries (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (Illness), CB Marcus Cooper (Back), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Ankle)

Los Angeles
OUT: CB Craig Mager (Shoulder), RB Melvin Gordon (Hip)
DOUBTFUL: T King Dunlap (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Orlando Franklin (Shoulder), LB Denzel Perryman (Knee), WR Jeremy Butler (Ankle), C Matthew Slauson (Foot)

Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: LB Justin Houston (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Gaines (Knee), LB Tamba Hali (Knee), RB Spencer Ware (Rib)

San Diego
OUT: CB Craig Mager (Shoulder), RB Melvin Gordon (Hip)
DOUBTFUL: T King Dunlap (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Orlando Franklin (Shoulder), LB Denzel Perryman (Knee), WR Jeremy Butler (Ankle), C Matthew Slauson (Foot)

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

Seattle
OUT: RB C.J. Prosise (Shoulder)

San Francisco
OUT: C Marcus Martin (Ankle), G Andrew Tiller (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Dontae Johnson (Groin), T Joe Staley (Hamstring)

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

Green Bay
OUT: RB James Starks (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Randall Cobb (Ankle), LB Jayrone Elliott (Hand), CB Damarious Randall (Shoulder), LB Joe Thomas (Back), C Joesph Tretter (Knee)

Detroit
OUT: RB Theo Riddick (Wrist)
DOUBTFUL: C Travis Swanson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Andre Roberts (Shoulder), LB DeAndre Levy (Knee), CB Darius Slay (Hamstring)

Sunday Weather
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. (Game indoors)
Batlimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 44 degrees)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 79 degrees)
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 44 degrees)
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 47 degrees)
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (Mostly sunny and 39 degrees)
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Partly Cloudy and 80 degrees)
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 53 degrees)
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (Mostly sunny and 51 degrees)
Arizona at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 59 degrees)
Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 58 degrees)
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 52 degrees)
New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 48 degrees)
Green Bay at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. (Game indoors)

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

The end is near for 20 teams that will not make the post-season party. For the 12 teams (the four division winners and the two wild card teams in the NFC and AFC), their week is just getting underway after Sunday’s action and for the third straight season, the final game of the season (game number 256) is for all the marbles. It’s winner-takes-it-all, loser goes home as Green Bay travels to the Motor City for a prime time contest with the Detroit Lions.

ICYMI: In the NFC, Dallas beat Detroit 42-21 Monday night in Arlington, which allowed them to secure the NFC East and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs on Thursday night due to the New York Giants’ loss.

Atlanta defeated Carolina 33-16, locked up the NFC South, which allowed them to lock the top spot up with Tampa Bay’s loss at New Orleans.

The New York Giants may have lost on Thursday night at Philadelphia but they punched their ticket to the playoff party after the New Orleans Saints beat Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon in the Big Easy.

The Houston Texans defeated Cincinnati Saturday night, allowing them to clinch the AFC South.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North with a win over Baltimore Sunday afternoon.

The Kansas City Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with a win after Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Miami Dolphins, who defeated Buffalo 34-31 in overtime, clinched a playoff berth after Denver lost t0 Kansas City Sunday  night. For the Dolphins, it is their first playoff berth since 2008.

•The New England Patroits defeated the New York Jets 41-3 to improve to 13-2 on the season. The Patriots have six seasons with at least 13 victories in franchise history, tying the Denver Broncos for the second-most 13+ win seasons in NFL history. The San Francisco 49ers (nine) are the only franchise with more 13+ win seasons.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recorded his 200th career regular-season victory with New England, becoming the fifth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins with a franchise, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay).

•Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns for a 121.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ 33-16 victory at Carolina. Ryan connected on touchdown passes to tight ends Joshua Perkins and D.J. Tialavea – the first career TD catch for each player – and has thrown a touchdown pass to 13 different players this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.

Carolina tight end Greg Olseon had six catches for 59 yards against Atlanta. Olsen, who has 1,051 receiving yards this season, is the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

•Miami running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 206 yards – including 75 yards on the team’s game-winning drive in overtime – and one touchdown in the Dolphins’ 34-31 OT victory at Buffalo. Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh and 214 yards in Week 7 vs. the Bills, is the fourth player in NFL history to record three games with at least 200 rushing yards in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Earl Campbell (four in 1980) and O.J. Simpson (three in 1973) and Tiki Barber (three in 2005).

Ajayi has 420 rushing yards in two games against Buffalo this season, the fourth-highest rushing total against one team in a single season, trailing Jamal Lewis (500 vs. Cleveland in 2003), Simpson (469 vs. New England in 1973) and La Dainian Tomlinson (430 vs. Oakland in 2003).

•Arizona running back David Johnson had 136 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 41 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 34-31 win at Seattle. Johnson has scored multiple touchdowns in 11 career games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James for the most such games in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

With 136 scrimmage yards in the win, Johnson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15) as the only players in NFL history to record 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in a single season. He also extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to start a season to 15 games.

Johnson has 1,233 rushing yards and 841 receiving yards this season and is the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk(1998-2000), Le’Veon Bell (2014) and Steven Jackson (2006).

•Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns for a 136.6 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-25 victory over Minnesota. Rodgers, who has 4,128 passing yards this season, has six career seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (five) for the most in franchise history.

Rodgers added 13 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the victory, bringing his career rushing total to 2,502 yards. Rodgers, who has 36,527 career passing yards, joins Pro Football Hall of Famers John Elway (51,475 passing, 3,407 rushing) and Fran Tarkenton (47,003 passing, 3,674 rushing) and Donovan McNabb (37,276 passing, 3,469 rushing) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in a career.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson had nine catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Minnesota. Nelson, who has 14 touchdown receptions this season, has three seasons with at least 13 touchdown catches in his career and puts himself in some pretty good company, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison for the fourth-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (eight), Terrell Owens (seven) and Randy Moss (six) have more such seasons in NFL history.

•Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 270 yards with one touchdown and rushed for two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 41-21 win at Chicago. This season, Cousins has passed for a franchise-record 4,630 yards and has four rushing touchdowns. He is the second player in NFL history (Aaron Rodgers, 2008-09) to have at least 4,000 passing yards and four or more rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

When the 2017 season starts, three teams (Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Buffalo) will have new coaches. Jeff Fisher was let go by the Rams December 12th after their loss to Atlanta in Los Angeles, Gus Bradley and the Jaguars parted ways December 4th and Rex Ryan was given his walking papers by the Buffalo Bills Tuesday.

In case you haven’t heard, all the games this weekend are rematches, so there are no secrets unhid. For the teams that won the first time, it’s a chance to let the other team know that the first time was not a fluke; for the losers, it’s not only a chance to get revenge, it’s a chance to ruin a season in the process.

As for last week… another 10-6 (six weeks in a row with double digit wins). Not bad. It wasn’t nice but it wasn’t naughty. For the year, we’re 163-75.

As was the case last week, every game on the docket this week 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 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

It’s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, January 1. All 16 games are division contests. And with one week to go, there are still 14 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

The schedule is set for Week 17, culminating with the final game of the 2016 regular season (game number 256) to determine the NFC North winner. On Sunday night in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the Detroit Lions (9-6) will host the Green Bay Packers (9-6) at Ford Field with the division title on the line. And depending on the results of Sunday’s earlier games, the loser of this contest could be out of the playoff picture entirely.

The playoff teams in the AFC are locked in – New England (13-2), Oakland (12-3), Kansas City (11-4), Pittsburgh (10-5), Miami (10-5) and Houston (9-6) – although there’s still plenty to play for in Week 17.

The Patriots, who have won the AFC East and earned a first-round bye, can secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or an Oakland loss. The Raiders can earn the No. 1 seed with a win and a New England loss. Oakland can lock up the AFC West and a first-round bye with a win or a loss by Kansas City. The Chiefs can take the AFC West division title and earn a first-round bye with a win and an Oakland loss.

Three AFC division winners have been determined: New England (AFC East), Pittsburgh (AFC North) and Houston (AFC South). The Steelers have won the AFC North and locked up the No. 3 seed. The Texans, who have clinched the AFC South, will enter the postseason as the No. 4 seed. The AFC West winner (Oakland or Kansas City) will earn a first-round bye and the Raiders still have a shot to claim home-field advantage.

The Dolphins have secured a Wild Card berth. The runner-up in the AFC West (Kansas City or Oakland) will qualify for the postseason as a Wild Card entrant.

In the NFC, three of the four NFC division winners have been determined: Dallas (NFC East), Atlanta (NFC South) and Seattle (NFC West). The Cowboys (13-2) have secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Falcons (10-5) can earn the Number 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win or losses by both Seattle and Detroit. The Seahawks (9-5-1) can lock up the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and an Atlanta loss.

The NFC North winner will be determined on Sunday night when Detroit (9-6) hosts Green Bay (9-6) at Ford Field. The Lions can also claim the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and losses by both Atlanta and Seattle.

The New York Giants have clinched a Wild Card berth and are locked in as the No. 5 seed. The final NFC playoff spot comes down to the NFC North runner-up (Detroit or Green Bay), Washington (8-6-1) and Tampa Bay (8-7).

RACE TO 5,000: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (4,858), Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (4,630) and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (4,613) are the NFL’s top three passing yardage leaders this season.

Brees, Cousins and Ryan can each reach 5,000 yards passing on Sunday and would become the second trio of quarterbacks to reach 5,000 passing yards in the same season, joining Brees (5,476), Tom Brady (5,235) and Matthew Stafford (5,038) who all accomplished the feat in 2011.

The quarterbacks with 5,000 passing yards in a season:

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – 2013 (Denver – 5,477)
Drew Brees – 2011 (New Orleans – 5,476)
Tom Brady – 2011 (New England – 5,235)
Drew Brees – 2012 (New Orleans – 5,177)
Drew Brees – 2013 (New Orleans – 5,162)
Dan Marino – 1984 (Miami – 5,084)^
Drew Brees – 2008 (New Orleans – 5,069)
Matthew Stafford – 2011 (Detroit – 5,038)
Drew Brees – 2016 (New Orleans – 4,858)*
Kirk Cousins – 2016 (Washington – 4,630)*
Matt Ryan – 2016 (Atlanta – 4,613)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who has recorded four of the NFL’s eight 5,000-yard passing seasons, is the only quarterback in league history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons.

BRADY BARELY BLEMISHED: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has passed for 25 touchdowns with two interceptions and leads the NFL with a 12.5 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.

With three touchdowns and no interceptions at Miami on Sunday, Brady would have the highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns).

The highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratios in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns):

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM, TOUCHDOWN PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS; TD/INT RATIO)
Nick Foles – 2013 (Philadelphia, 27/2; 13.5)
Tom Brady – 2016 (New England, 25/2; 12.5)*
Tom Brady – 2010 (New England, 36/4; 9.0)
Aaron Rodgers – 2014 (Green Bay, 38/5; 7.6)
Aaron Rodgers – 2011 (Green Bay, 45/6; 7.5)
*Through Week 16

ZOOMING ZEKE: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

With 69 rushing yards at Philadelphia on Sunday, Elliott would become the second rookie in NFL history with 1,700 rushing yards in a season. Elliott needs 178 rushing yards against the Eagles to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808) as the NFL’s all-time rookie rushing leader.

The rookies with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 1,808)^
George Rogers, 1981 (New Orleans – 1,674)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,631)*
Alfred Morris, 2012 (Washington – 1,613)
Ottis Anderson, 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,605)
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 1,553)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,994 yards from scrimmage (1,631 rushing, 363 receiving), the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history.

With six scrimmage yards on Sunday, Elliott would become the third rookie in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999).

The rookies with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM, SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 2,212)^
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 2,139)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,994)*
Doug Martin, 2012 (Tampa Bay – 1,926)
Billy Sims, 1980 (Detroit – 1,924)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAK DAZZLES: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott leads all rookie quarterbacks with 3,630 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes and a 105.6 passer rating this season while helping guide the Cowboys to a 13-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

With a victory at Philadelphia on Sunday, Prescott would record his 14th win as a starting quarterback, passing Ben Roethlisberger (13 in 2004) for the most by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott (23) needs four touchdown passes on Sunday to surpass Peyton Manning (26) and Russell Wilson (26) for the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

The most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Russell Wilson, 2012 (Seattle – 26)
Peyton Manning, 1998 (Indianapolis – 26)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 23)*
Andrew Luck, 2012 (Indianapolis – 23)
*Through 15 games

Prescott has thrown only four interceptions in 451 passing attempts this season and ranks third among qualifying quarterbacks with a 0.9 interception percentage, trailing only Tom Brady (0.5 percent) and Sam Bradford (0.8 percent).

Prescott is on pace to record the lowest interception percentage by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts).

The rookie quarterbacks with the lowest interception percentages in NFL history (minimum 200 attempts):

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – PASSING ATTEMPTS/INTERCEPTIONS, INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 451/4, 0.9)*
Robert Griffin III, 2012 (Washington – 393/5, 1.3)
Nick Foles, 2012 (Philadelphia – 265/5, 1.9)
Charlie Batch, 1998 (Detroit – 303/6, 2.0)
Derek Carr, 2014 (Oakland – 599/12, 2.0)
*Through 15 games

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards with four touchdown passes for a 136.6 passer rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Packers’ 38-25 win vs. Minnesota last week. Rodgers leads the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns this season. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees ranks second in the league with 35 touchdown passes in 2016.

With four touchdown passes at Detroit on Sunday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (1984, 1986), Peyton Manning (2004, 2013) and Brees (2011, 2012).

With five touchdown passes at Atlanta on Sunday, Brees can become the first quarterback in NFL history with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes.

The quarterbacks with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons:

PLAYER (SEASONS, (TEAM(S); SEASONS WITH 40+ TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning, (2004 and 2013, Indianapolis and Denver; 2)
Drew Brees (2011 and 2012, New Orleans; 2)*
Dan Marino (1984 and 1986, Miami; 2)^
Aaron Rodgers (2011, Green Bay; 1)**
*Has 35 touchdown passes through 15 games
**Has 36 touchdown passes through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GOOD COMPANY: Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson had 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 16.

Nelson, who has 91 catches for 1,191 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions this season, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter (1995), Jerry Rice (1995) and Marvin Harrison (2001) and Randy Moss (2003).

The players with at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a season:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RECEPTIONS/REC. YARDS; TD CATCHES)
Randy Moss, 2003 (Minnesota – 111/1,632;17)
Marvin Harrison, 2001 (Indianapolis – 109/1,524;15)^
Cris Carter, 1995 (Minnesota – 122/1,371; 17)^
Jerry Rice, 1995 (San Francisco – 1.848; 15)^
Jordy Nelson, 2016 (Green Bay – 91/1,191; 14)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROCKING RAIDER: Just catch the ball, baby! Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper has 78 catches for 1,110 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season.

With one touchdown catch on Sunday at Denver, Cooper would become the third player in NFL history to have at least 70 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of his first two career seasons, joining Odell Beckham, Jr. (2014-2015) and Marques Colston (2006-2007).

The players with at least 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of their first two seasons:

PLAYER, SEASONS (TEAM, SEASONS WITH 70+ CATCHES, 1,000+ REC. YARDS AND 5+ TD CATCHES IN FIRST 2 YEARS)
Odell Beckham Jr., 2014-2015 (New York Giants, 2)
Marques Colston, 2006-2007 (New Orleans, 2)
Amari Cooper, 2015-2016 (Oakland, 1)*
*Through 15 games

RINGING THE BELL: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell ranks third in the NFL with 1,884 yards from scrimmage (1,268 rushing, 616 receiving) this season, despite only appearing in 12 games.

With 116 yards from scrimmage against Cleveland on Sunday, Bell, who had 2,215 scrimmage yards in 2014, can become the seventh player in NFL history to record multiple seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in his first four career seasons.

The most seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in a player’s first four seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS WITH 2,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN FIRST 4 YEARS)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles (3)^
Terrell Davis, Denver (2)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (2)
Larry Johnson, Kansas City (2)
Ray Rice, Baltimore (2)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (2)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (1)*
*Has 1,884 scrimmage yards through Week 16
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Bell leads the NFL with a 157.0 scrimmage yards per game average in 2016, the third-highest single-season average in NFL history.

The highest single-season scrimmage yards per game averages in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – SCRIMMAGE YARDS PER GAME AVERAGE)
Priest Holmes, 2002 (Kansas City – 163.4)
O.J. Simpson, 1975 (Buffalo – 160.2)^
Le’Veon Bell, 2016 (Pittsburgh – 157.0)*
Chris Johnson, 2009 (Tennessee – 156.8)
Marshall Faulk, 2000 (St. Louis – 156.4)^
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CATCH IT LIKE BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. JR. had 11 catches for 150 yards in the Giants’ Week 16 loss to Philadelphia, his 19th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tying Randy Moss (19) for the most by a player in his first three seasons.

With 100 receiving yards at Washington on Sunday, Beckham would become the only player in NFL history with 20 career games of at least 100 receiving yards in his first three seasons.

The most 100-yard receiving games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER (SEASONS, TEAM; 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES IN FIRST 3 SEASONS)
Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-2016, New York Giants; 19)*
Randy Moss (1998-2000, Minnesota; 19)
T.Y. Hilton (2012-2014, Indianapolis; 16)
John Jefferson (1978-1980, San Diego; 16)
Bill Groman (1960-1962, Houston; 16)
Harlon Hill (1954-1956, Chicago; 16)
*Through 15 games in third season

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 70 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 16, tied for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.

Four teams – Houston, Miami, Pittsburgh and San Francisco – were victorious in Week 16 after trailing in the fourth quarter. The Texans and Steelers both overcame fourth quarter deficits for the second consecutive week. Houston and Pittsburgh pulled their comebacks at home, allowing them to win their division titles, while Miami’s comeback was on the road, which gave them a playoff spot.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER IN SINGLE SEASON
2016 – 70
1989 – 70
2013 – 69
2015 – 67
2008 – 67
2001 – 67

WORST TO FIRST: The last shall be first. The Dallas Cowboys (13-2), who defeated Detroit 42-21 on Monday Night Football, clinched the NFC East division and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON: TEAM (RECORD, PRIOR SEASON RECORD)
2003: Carolina (11-5, 7-9)
2003: Kansas City (13-3, 8-8)*
2004: Atlanta (11-5, 5-11)
2004: San Diego (12-4, 4-12)*
2005: Chicago (11-5, 5-11)
2005: New York Giants (11-5, 6-10)*
2005: Tampa Bay (11-5, 5-11)
2006: Baltimore (13-3, 6-10)*
2006: New Orleans (10-6, 3-13)
2006: Philadelphia (10-6, 6-10)
2007: Tampa Bay (9-7, 4-12)
2008: Miami (11-5, 1-15)
2009: New Orleans (13-3, 8-8)**
2010: Kansas City (10-6, 4-12)
2011: Denver (8-8, 4-12)
2011: Houston (10-6, 6-10)*
2012: Washington (10-6, 5-11)
2013: Carolina (12-4, 7-9)*
2013: Philadelphia (10-6, 4-12)
2015: Washington (9-7, 4-12)
2016: Dallas (13-2, 4-12)
* Tied for last place
** Won Super Bowl

HISTORIC WINNERS: The Green Bay Packers defeated Minnesota 38-25 on Saturday at Lambeau Field. The win marked the Packers’ 217th victory at Lambeau Field, the most home wins by any franchise at one stadium in NFL history. Green Bay surpassed Chicago, which had 216 victories at Wrigley Field.

The most home wins by a franchise at one stadium:

TEAM – VENUE, WINS
Green Bay Packers – Lambeau Field, 217
Chicago Bears – Wrigley Field, 216

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Baltimore 31-27 on Sunday, clinching the AFC North division title. The victory marked the 600th regular-season victory in franchise history, joining Chicago (744), Green Bay (729) and the New York Giants (683) as the only teams in NFL history to reach 600 regular-season wins.

The teams with the most regular-season victories in NFL history:

TEAM (WINS-LOSSES-TIES)
Chicago Bears (744-567-42)
Green Bay Packers (729-553-37)
New York Giants (683-572-33)
Pittsburgh Steelers (600-535-20)

New England defeated the New York Jets 41-3 on Saturday, marking Bill Belichick’s 200th regular-season win as head coach of the Patriots.

Belichick joins Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay) as the only head coaches to win 200 regular-season games with one team.

The head coaches with 200 regular-season wins with one franchise:

HEAD COACH – TEAM (WINS)
George Halas – Chicago (318)^
Don Shula – Miami (257)^
Tom Landry – Dallas (250)^
Curly Lambeau – Green Bay (209)^
Bill Belichick – New England (200)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FRANCHISE CONNECTIONS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, in the Packers’ 38-25 win over Minnesota at Lambeau.

Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 59 touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and ANTONIO FREEMAN (57) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning four-yard score to wide receiver Antonio Brown with nine seconds remaining in the Steelers’ 31-27 win over Baltimore.

Roethlisberger and Brown have combined for 50 touchdown passes, putting them in some pretty good company, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann (49) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to receiver in team history.

Roethlisberger has 301 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (300) for the ninth-most touchdown passes in NFL history. Roethlisberger is the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 career touchdowns.

The quarterbacks with 300 career touchdown passes:

PLAYER- TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning – 539
Brett Favre – 508^
Drew Brees – 463*
Tom Brady – 453*
Dan Marino – 420^
Fran Tarkenton – 342^
Eli Manning – 320*
Philip Rivers – 312*
Ben Roethlisberger – 301*
John Elway – 300^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

POSH PASSERS: Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had two touchdown catches and his first career touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ 42-21 victory against Detroit.

Bryant, who has 67 career receiving touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in franchise history, is the fifth player in NFL history with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game.

The players with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES, TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Dez Bryant, Dallas (12/26/2016 – 2, 1)
David Patten, New England (10/21/2001 – 2, 1)
Keith Lincoln, San Diego (11/7/1965 – 2, 1)
Don Hutson, Green Bay (10/31/1943 – 2, 1)
Johnny McNally, Pittsburgh (10/17/1937 – 2, 1)

Kansas City defensive tackle Dontari Poe threw a two-yard touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ 33-10 win against Denver.

Poe, who has 1.5 sacks this season, is the first player with a touchdown pass and a sack in the same season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles passed for 325 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 38-17 win against Tennessee. Bortles, who threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marqise Lee, also had a 20-yard touchdown reception from Lee in the victory.

Bortles and Lee became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 20 yards to each other in the same game.

Playoff Scenarios (take notes… this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show!)

AFC

CLINCHED:
New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye;
Pittsburgh – AFC North division title
Houston – AFC South division title
Oakland – playoff berth
Kansas City – playoff berth
Miami – playoff berth

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), Sunday, 1 p.m.

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.New England win or tie OR
2.Oakland loss or tie

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Oakland win or tie OR
2.Kansas City loss or tie

Oakland clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.OAK win + NE loss

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Kansas City win + Oakland loss

NFC

CLINCHED:
Dallas – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs
Atlanta – NFC South division title
Seattle – NFC West division title
New York Giants – playoff berth

Atlanta (10-5) vs. New Orleans (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Atlanta win OR
2.Atlanta tie + Seattle loss or tie OR
3.Seattle loss + Detroit loss or tie OR
4.Seattle tie + Detroit loss

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Seattle win + Atlanta loss or tie OR
2.Seattle tie + Atlanta loss + Green Bay/Detroit

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Detroit win

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Detroit win + Seattle loss or tie + Atlanta loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Detroit tie OR
2.Washington loss or tie

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Green Bay win or tie

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington loss OR
2.Washington tie + Tampa Bay win + Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

(Note: Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay if one of the following teams win or tie: Seattle, Houston, Jacksonville, Philadelphia. Green Bay has already clinched strength of schedule tiebreaker over Tampa Bay in this scenario.)

Washington (8-6-1) vs. New York Giants (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Washington clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington win + Green Bay-Detroit game does not end in a tie OR
2.Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay loss or tie

Tampa Bay (8-7) vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Tampa Bay win + Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay

(Note: Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay if all of the following teams win: Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Francisco)

So with that being said, there’s football to be played. Here are the games of week 17.

New Orleans (7-8) at ATLANTA (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. It’s a week three rematch in the Big Peach as the Atlanta Falcons play their final regular season game in the Georgia Dome before moving next door to Mercedes Benz Stadium as they host the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees in a late afternoon contest in the Big Peach.

With their playoff hopes damaged by Atlanta’s win over Carolina Saturday, the Saints put a dent in Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes, taking 31-24 in the Big Easy over the Buccaneers. New Orleans led 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon before Tampa Bay pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

Atlanta took control of the NFC South with a 33-16 win over Carolina last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The Falcons were never threatened by Cam Newton and the Panthers, leading from start to finish and took a 20-3 lead to the intermission with them. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

The two NFC South foes met in the Big Easy in week three on a Monday night in the Superdome and the Falcons manhandled New Orleans 45-32. Atlanta broke a 7-7 first quarter tie and led 28-17 at the intermission and never looked back. The Falcons outrushed New Orleans 217-115 (Freeman led all rushers with 152 yards) and Coleman ran for three TDs in the Big Easy. Brees threw for 376 yards and three TDs, while Ryan tallied 240 yards with a pair of TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest).

New Orleans was a 3-point favorite in the Monday night meeting, which marked the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the Superdome after Katrina almost took the city off the map. The over/under was 54 in that contest, which Atlanta won by 13 and both teams covered the over/under with 67 points. Atlanta’s favored by 7 in the final regular season game for the Georgia Dome and the over/under’s 55 1/2. Atlanta is already in the post-season, winning the NFC South last Saturday at Carolina. They would like to have the number two seed in the post-season party, while the Saints would like to ruin the party for the Falcons. Atlanta’s swept the Saints before, doing the deed in 2014. History has a way of repeating itself and it’s favoring the Falcons. New Orleans is not going quietly into the good night and will give Atlanta problems but the Falcons take this one at home in the Big Peach and could cover the 7.

Baltimore (8-7) at Cincinnati (5-9-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. With really nothing to play for, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals meet along the shores of the Ohio River in a week 12 rematch. Both teams enter the season finale with losses under their belts.

Baltimore let a 27-24 lead at Pittsburgh get away from them as the Steelers took a 31-27 win to take the AFC North title and eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

The Bengals saw their chance to damage Houston’s playoff hopes go away faster than a Christmas snowflake, as they fell to the Texans 12-10 Christmas Eve.  Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, then took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, both defenses acted Scrooge-like, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

They met in week 12 in Charm City and the Ravens came away 16-12 winners. Baltimore led 16-3 at the half but Cincinnati managed to outscore the Ravens 11-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulling to within four when P Scott Koch ran out of the endzone to burn time off the clock in the fourth. Baltimore outrushed the Bengals 92-62 and Joe Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Dalton had 283 (both men threw a TD pass; Dalton was sacked three times, Flacco sacked twice).

Baltimore and Cincinnati met in Charm City in week 12 and the Ravens were 19-14 winners. Leading 16-3 at the half, Baltimore managed to hold off the Bengals in the final 30 minutes of play, as Cincinnati outscored the Ravens 11-3. Neither club came close to the 100-yard rushing barrier but Baltimore did manage to outrush their guests 92-64. Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 283 (each threw a TD pass in the contest, with Flacco throwing the contest’s only interception).

In the week 12 contest, the Ravens were 4 1/2 point favorites in Charm City and the over/under was 40 1/2. While the Ravens did win by 5, allowing them to cover the spread, the over/under stayed safe as both teams only scored 33 points. This time, the Bengals are a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams know that when this contest ends, their season ends. The Ravens had chances to put Pittsburgh away and didn’t, while the Bengals struggled and stumbled out of the gate. At least the Bengals will get some revenge this week. Cincy covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Jacksonville (3-12) at Indianapolis (7-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The Colts close out the 2016 campaign in the Hoosier State as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville took Tennessee to task at home at EverBank Stadium, taking a 38-17 win over the Titans last Saturday in the Sunshine State. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and eventually knocked Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD) out of the contest after he broke his tibia. Jacksonville outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

The Colts fell to Oakland Saturday afternoon in northern California Saturday, dropping a 33-25 decision to the Raiders. Indy trailed 19-7 at the break but rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

They met in London at Wembley Stadium in week four and Luck and the Colts fell 30-27 on the other side of the Atlantic. Jacksonville led 17-6 at the half before the Colts rallied to outscore the Jaguars 21-13 in the second half. Jacksonville outrushed the Colts 136-94 and Blake Bortles threw for 207 yards and three sacks, while Luck threw for 234 yards and six sacks (each man threw a pair of TDs).

In the week four affair across the Big Pond, the Colts were favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 49 1/2. Both teams took care of the over/under, scoring 57 points, while Jacksonville covered the spread with their 3-point win. Indy’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 47. Both numbers make sense, considering that both clubs are not going to the playoffs this year. Jacksonville’s trying to pull the sweep in the series, which they haven’t done since 2011. The Colts are trying to finish .500 for the second straight season. Colts cover the 4 and take the win back home again in Indiana.

Chicago (3-12) at Minnesota (7-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as the Vikings close out 2016 when they host Da Bears at US Bank Stadium. Both NFC North teams took losses last Saturday.

Chicago found themselves being manhandled by Washington 41-21 at Soldier Field. The Redskins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

The Vikings saw their playoff hopes come to a crashing end in Green Bay as Minnesota fell to the Packers 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Minnesota and Chicago met in the Windy City in week eight and Da Bears were 20-10 winners at Solider Field. Chicago led 13-3 at the intermission and the two teams played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Howard ran for 153 yards in the contest with a TD as Da Bears outrushed Minnesota 158-57. Jay Cutler, who was under center at the time before later injuring the thumb on his throwing hand, threw for 252 yards and a TD, while Bradford was sacked five times while throwing for 228 yards.

In the week eight Monday night affair in the Windy City, Minnesota was favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under was 41. Chicago covered the spread with their 10-point primetime win but neither club reached the 41 over/under, scoring 30 points. Minnesota’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 41. If you choose to take a pass on this one, we’ll understand. Vikings cover the 5 and win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Buffalo (7-8) at New York Jets (4-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of New York state teams meet in New Jersey as the Bills and Jets meet at MetLife Stadium.

Buffalo saw Miami take a playoff spot last Saturday in Orchard Park, falling to the Dolphins 34-31 in overtime. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

GangGreen was manhandled by Tom Brady and the Pats in Foxboro last Saturday afternoon, losing to the Pats 41-3. New England led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

The Bills and Jets squared off in Orchard Park in week two and GangGreen came away 37-31 winners on a Thursday night. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! led 20-7 at the intermission in Orchard Park and held off the Bills in the second half (Buffalo outscored New York 21-17 in the final 30 minutes of play). The Bills pulled to within seven with 1:17 left in the contest when RB Mike Gillislee caught an 18-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to make it 37-31. Buffalo then tried an onside kick, which GangGreen recovered. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ran out the clock and took the road win in upstate New York. New York outrushed Buffalo 123-86 and the Jets’ Matt Forte led all rushers with 100 yards and three TDs. Taylor threw for 297 and three TDS, while Fitzpatrick threw for 374 yards and a TD.

In the week two contest in upstate New York, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 1 and they covered the spread with the 6-point win. The over/under of 40? Buffalo and GangGreen covered that as well, combining for 68 points. Buffalo’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44. These two are not bad teams, they just play that way at times, to paraphrase Jessica Rabbit. Buffalo gets revenge on the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in upstate New Jersey and finishes .500 with the win.

Dallas (13-2) at Philadelphia (6-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz, Round II. The NFL’s young guns meet in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Cowboys, who have locked up the top seed in the NFC, travel to Philly for a meeting with the Eagles.

Dallas rallied to beat Detroit 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. The Lions led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

The Eagles stopped Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 21-13 at the half in the City of Brotherly Love and held Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

They met in the Lone Star State in week eight and the Cowboys needed overtime to come away 29-23 winners. Dallas trailed 13- 10 at the half in Arlington in the Sunday night contest before they rallied to tie the contest up when Bryant and Prescott connected on a 22 yard TD pass with 3:04 left. Prescott would strike again, sending Cowboy fans home happy when he and Witten connected on a 5 yard strike with 7:48 left in the extra period. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 187-97 and Prescott threw for 278 yards and the two TDs, while Wentz threw for 202 yards and a TD, while being sacked three times.

In the week eight contest, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. Dallas won by 6, allowing the spread to be covered and the 52 total points covered the over/under. Dallas is favored by 6 in the season finale and the over/under 42 1/2. This could be a blowout, this could be a shootout. The Eagles are playing with house money and would like to knock the Cowboys off kilter in the run to the post-season. It could be closer than 6 but Dallas take the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cleveland (1-14) at Pittsburgh (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A Cleveland Browns team, fresh off their first win of the 2016 campaign, travels to the Steel City for a meeting with Ben Roethilsberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

After 14 tries to get into the win column, Browns fans could finally hold their heads up high as they held off the San Diego Chargers 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. Cleveland, who broke a 17-game losing streak (they lost the last three games of the 2016 season) led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. There was one small problem… Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concussion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

The Steelers rallied from a three-point deficit against Baltimore and took a 31-27 win over the Ravens to take the AFC North title and eliminate Baltimore from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

Pittsburgh, with its playoff hopes on the line at Heinz Field, found a way to fight back and they did, with Ben Roethlisberger using eight pass plays and spiking the ball twice to give the Steelers the lead back for keeps with 9 seconds left when Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on a four-yard TD pass. Baltimore would eventually get the ball back with 9 seconds left but the Steelers put the halt on Baltimore’s bid for the win and the AFC North title. LeVeon Bell ran for 122 yards and a TD, while the Steelers ran for 127 (Baltimore ran for 122) and Roethlisberger threw for 279 yards with three TDs (including the game winner) while Joe Flacco threw for 262.

The Steelers were 24-9 winners in the first meeting in week 11 along the shores of Lake Erie. Pittsburgh led 14-0 at the intermission and never had any problems with the Browns in the contest, holding the Browns to 33 yards rushing, while Bell ran for 146 of Pittsburgh’s yards and a TD. Roethlisberger threw for 167 yards, while Kessler (128) and Josh McCown (118) combined for 246 yards in the lopsided contest.

The Steelers were favored by 9 (they won by 15) and the over/under was 49 (that number stayed safe as both clubs mustered only 33 points. Pittsburgh’s favored again, this time by 7 and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Steelers have already punched their playoff tickets, while the Browns are trying to make it two in a row. Sorry, Cleveland fans, your dreams are about to come crashing down. Steelers cover the 7 and win at Heinz.

Carolina (6-9) at Tampa Bay (8-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of former Heisman winners meet in the Sunshine State as Carolina and Cam Newton lead a struggling Carolina Panthers team into Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium for a New Year’s Day meeting with Jameis Winston on Florida’s west coast.

Carolina saw their playoff hopes melt away as they fell to Atlanta 33-16 last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The defending NFC champs struggled from the start, trailing 20-3 at the half and could never get on track. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

Tampa Bay, still clinging on to a playoff bid, saw their hopes of winning the South come to an end as they fell to New Orleans 31-24 in the Big Easy. The Bucs trailed 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon and pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Drew Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

They met in week five in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium on a Monday night and the Panthers, who did not have Newton’s services (concussion) and Tampa Bay broke a 14-14 tie late in the contest as Aguayo connected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired to take a 17-14 win over the Panthers. Aguayo kicked a pair of field goals in the first half for a 6-0 lead going into the half before Carolina, thanks to a pair of Cameron Artis-Payne, scoring on a pair of TDs in the third quarter, gave the home team the lead. That lead would not last very long as Winston and WR Mike Evans connected on a 26-yard TD pass with 4:27 left in the third. After a Carolina punt, the Bucs got the ball back with 1:49 left to play in regulation. Tampa Bay then proceeded to use all of the 1:49 that was given to them and made the most of it, as Aguayo kicked the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Winston threw for 219 yards and the one TD, while Dave Anderson, stepping in for Newton, threw for 278 yards but was picked off twice. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 136-113, while the Bucs’ Josh Rodgers led all rushers with 101.

In the week five contest in the Tar Heel State, Carolina was favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 44 1/2. Both numbers were never threatened as Tampa Bay won by 3 and the two clubs combined to score 31 points. Tampa Bay’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Carolina’s already out of the playoff picture. Tampa Bay’s trying to get in but they would need a lot of help. Panthers at least get revenge for the loss in the Tar Heel State and take the win in Tampa and covers the 3.

Houston (9-6) at Tennessee (8-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710. Houston and Tennessee close out their 2016 season in the Music City.

Houston won the AFC South last Saturday evening at NRG Stadium as they held off the Cincinnati Bengals 12-10. Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, it was more naughty than nice, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

Tennessee suffered a pair of losses last Saturday against Jacksonville in north Florida. First, Tennessee was taken to task at EverBank Stadium, falling 38-17 to the Jaguars. Then, they lost the services of QB Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD), who broke his tibia and will be out for 4-6 months. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and took complete control afterward, as they outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

They met in week four in the Lone Star State and the Texans were 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. The Texans led 20-17 at the half and then proceeded to shut down the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee did outrush Houston 124-115, while Osweiler threw for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mariota threw for 202 yards with a sack and an interception.

Houston covered the 6 1/2 spread with their seven point win in the Lone Star State and both teams covered the 40 over/under with 47 points. This time, the Titans are a 3 point favorite in the Music City and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make sense. Sorry, Tennessee, as the commerical once said. Houston sweeps the series and takes this one on the road, covering the 3 as they make their way to the post-season.

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel to the Sunshine State to face off against a much improved Miami Dolphins team in a week two rematch at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Pats manhandled a helpless New York Jets club in Foxboro last Saturday, shooting down the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! Pats 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. The Brady-led Pats led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

Miami took their spot in the AFC playoffs, needing a pair of Andrew Franks field goals to take a take a 34-31 overtime win over Buffalo in upstate New York last Saturday. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

New England and Miami met in Foxboro in week two and the Pats came away 31-24 winners at Gillette Stadium. LeGarrett Blount ran for 123 yards and a TD (New England outrushed the ‘Fins 161-70), while Jimmy Garafalo threw for 234 yards and three TDs (two to Danny Amendola) while taking over for a suspended Brady. Ryan Tannehill threw for 389 yards and a pair of TDs (Tannehill also had a pair of interceptions).

In the week two affair in southern Massachusetts, the Pats won by 7, allowing them to cover the 6 1/2 point spread and the 55 combined points allowed both teams to cover the 41 1/2 over/under. New England’s favored by 9 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both teams know they’re going to play more football when this one is over. New England has been known to self-destruct in the latter part of the schedule after clinching the division. That’s not going to be the case. Miami will make it closer than 9 1/2 but New England prevails and takes the win on the road.

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. With nothing on the line, aside from possible seeding for their guests, Denver hosts the Oakland Raiders in a late-afternoon AFC West rematch in the Mile High City.

Oakland took a 33-25 decision over the Colts last Sunday in northern California. The Silver and Black led 19-7 at the break before the Colts rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

Denver found themselves eliminated from the post-season after their 33-10 loss at Kansas City Sunday night. Kansas City took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). Kansas City then added insult to injury when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smith threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

Denver lost to Oakland 30-20 in northern California in week nine. The Raiders led the first meeting 20-10 at the half and the two clubs played even football the rest of the way. The Broncos were outrushed 218-33, with Oakland’s Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 114 yards and three TDs. Carr threw for 184 for the Silver and Black, while Siemian threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of interceptions and a pair of sacks.

The Raiders were 1 point underdogs in the week nine contest (Oakland won by 10) and the two teams combined for 50 points, allowing them to cover the 43 1/2 over/under. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 42. It hasn’t been a good season for Denver and they would love to make the Raiders a wild card team. Broncos get their revenge from the week nine loss and covers the 2 1/2.

Arizona (6-8-1) at Los Angeles (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 718. The Desert Angry Birds trek their way to the West Coast for a meeting with the Los Angeles Rams in Tinseltown.

The Desert Angry Birds came away 34-31 winners at Seattle in the final seconds when Chris Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

Los Angeles let a 14-7 halftime at the Coliseum get away from them as they would eventually fall to San Francisco 22-21. The 49ers took the lead for keeps when QB Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck pay-dirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 left to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They squared off in the desert in week four and the Rams were 17-13 winners at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona and Los Angeles entered the halftime tied at 10-10 before the Cardinals took the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Catanzaro as the third quarter came to an end. Los Angeles’ Brian Quick eventually gave the Rams the lead for keeps when he and Case Keenum connected on a 4-yard TD pass with 2:36 left to win the contest. Arizona outrushed the Rams 118-41 and Carson Palmer threw for 288 yards with a TD and three sacks, while Keenum threw for 266.

The Desert Angry Birds were favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under was 43. Los Angeles won by 4, meaning they missed the spread and as for the 43 over/under? It went untouched, as both teams joined to score 30 points. Arizona’s favored by 6 in Tinsletown and the over/under’s 41. Feel free to take a pass on this one and watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel. Trust us, you’ll be better for it. Arizona wins this one and covers the 6.

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. After knocking the defending champs out of the post-season, Kansas City travels westerward to southern California for a AFC West showdown that could decide the winner of the divison.

The Chiefs eliminated Denver from the post-season after their 33-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champs last Sunday night at Arrowhead. Kansas City led from start to finish and took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). The Chiefs sealed Denver’s fate in the contest when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks for a living, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smtih threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

San Diego fans saw their frustrations come full circle last Saturday in Cleveland as the Chargers gave Cleveland their first win of the season, falling 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. The Browns broke a 17-game losing streak, led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concusssion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

They met in the Show-Me State to open the season and the Chiefs came away 33-27 overtime winners over the Bolts. San Diego led the Chiefs 21-3 at the half at Arrowhead before Kansas City roared back to life in the final 30 minutes of play to tie the contest up and took the win with 9:53 left in overtime when Smith (2 TDs) dashed in from 2 yards out. While the Chargers outrushed Kansas City 155-83, Smith outpaced Rivers 363-243 (Rivers threw a TD in the overtime contest).

The Chiefs were favored by 7 and the over/under was 44 1/2. The bad news for the Chiefs was they barely missed the spread by 1. The good news? Both teams covered the over/under with the 60 combined points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 4 1/2 point favorites at Qualcomm and the over/under’s 45. San Diego fans will be put out of their misery Sunday. Chiefs complete the series sweep in Cali and covers the 4 1/2.

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719. Seattle makes their way down I-5, traveling 839 miles south for a Sunday afternoon contest with NFC West foe San Francisco in Santa Clara.

Seattle lost to Arizona 34-31 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Startbucks last Saturday afternoon in the final seconds when Cardinals’ K Chris Catanzaro booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

San Francisco rallied from a 14-7 deficit at halftime in Los Angeles to beat the Rams 22-21 at the Coliseum. The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck paydirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 lef to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They met in the Pacific Northwest in week three and Seattle took a 37-18 win over the 49ers. Seattle led 24-3 at the half before the 49ers roared back and outscored Seattle in the last 30 minutes of play 15-13. Seahawks RB Christine Michael (106 yards) scored the first two TDs of the contest and Seattle went from there (San Francisco outrushed Seattle 135-127). San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde was no slouch himself, rushing for 103 yards and scored the last two TDs of the contest. Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD for Seattle, while Blaine Gabbard threw for 119 yards with an interception.

Seattle’s 19-point win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks allowed them to cover the 9 1/2 point spread and both teams covered the 40 1/2 over/under with 55 points. Seattle’s favored again, this time by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. The 49ers are a bad team but they’re not 9 1/2 bad. The Seahawks prevail but expect this one to be a lot closer than the first meeting.

New York Giants (10-5) at Washington (8-6-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. A pair of NFC East teams, one knowing they’re in the post-season, the other hoping to be part of the post-season meet in Maryland as Washington hosts the New York Giants at at FedEx Field in a late Sunday afternoon contest.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 fell to Philadelphia last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led from start to finish and took a 21-13 lead with them to the half in the City of Brotherly Love, holding Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

Washington took care of Chicago 41-21 at Soldier Field last Saturday. The ‘Skins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

New York looks to avenge a 29-27 week three loss to the Redskins in the Meadowlands. Big Blue let a 27-26 lead with 7:53 left to play in regulation get away from them as Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicked his fifth field goal of the contest to give them the lead. Washington then held off a late Giants rally as rookie CB Su’a Cravens picked off Manning, giving the Redskins the ball back and allowing them to run out the clock and take the road win. New York outrushed Washington 120-90 at MetLife Stadium and Manning threw for 350 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Cousins threw for 296 yards and a pair of TDs.

In the week three contest in upstate New Jersey, the Giants were favored by 4 1/2 and Washington won by 2, meaning they missed the spread. The good news was that both teams covered the 46 1/2 over/under, scoring a combined 56 points. Washington’s favored by 8 in the rematch in Maryland and the over/under’s a whopping 44. The Giants already know they’re in the post-season party. Washington wants to join the party and they need to win and get some help. “Hail to the Redskins?” It could happen. Washington may not cover the 8 but they complete the sweep in Maryland.

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Game number 256. For all the marbles. The winner? NFC North champs. The loser? They could be a wild card team or out of the playoff picture altogether. Green Bay travels to the Motor City for an NFC North prime time contest at Ford Field.

Green Bay took Minnesota to task last Saturday as they eliminated the Vikings from playoff contention 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Detroit fell to Dallas 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. Detroit led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Dak Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

Green Bay and Detroit met in week three at Lambeau and the Packers came away 34-27 winners in upstate Wisconsin. Despite being outscored by the Lions 17-3 in the last 30 minutes of play, Green Bay led 31-10 at halftime. Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 103 yards, while the Packers outrushed Detroit 123-50 in the contest. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four TDs (two to Nelson), while Stafford threw for 385 yards with three TDs.

Green Bay was a 7 1/2 point favorite at Lambeau and the over/under was 48. Although the Pack barely missed the spread, they did manage to cover the over/under by combining for 61 points. Green Bay’s favored again, this time by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. This one’s for all the marbles. The winner’s in. The losers is either going to be in and play next week or their next game’s in 2017. It’ll be closer than the 3 but Green Bay takes the win in the Motor City.