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Last year, there was NO pre-season because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That made it hard for coaches to evaluate talent.

This year, there’s going to be a pre-season. There’s going to be a chance for coaches and fans to evaluate talent and see where their team will be. It’ll also give fans a chance to work on those tail-gaiting skills for the regular season.

The National Football League released the 2021 pre-season schedule two weeks ago with some changes.

For openers, everyone will play three pre-season games, instead of four or five. That means that the pre-season’s going to be a little shorter but there will be a pre-season. Granted, while three games is short, it’s better than nothing.

With that, here’s the 2021 NFL Pre-Season Schedule

2021 NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Thursday, August 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas, 8 p.m. (NFL Hall of Fame Game)(FOX)

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 13
Tennessee at ATLANTA, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Denver at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cincinnati at Washington, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 21
ATLANTA at Miami, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m.
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Baltimore at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Baltimore at Washington, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Tennessee, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8 p.m.
Arizona at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05 p.m.
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 29
Cleveland at ATLANTA, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Miami at Cincinnati, 4 p.m. (CBS)
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4 p.m.
New England at New York Giants, 6 p.m.

You know who your team is playing.

You know where your team is playing.

As for the when? It’s been keeping you up at night, wondering if we have to go to Orchard Park in December or September. Will I have to wear warm weather clothing or cold weather wear in Green Bay when the Packers and Aaron Rogers host Da Bears?

And more importantly… if I’m in Jacksonville, when will I get to see Trevor Lawrence for the first time?

You’ve been patient.

You’ve been good.

You’ve guessed your team’s schedule, using the formula that was put out after the 2020 season came to an end.

Your patience is about to be rewarded.

The National Football League announced the 2021 regular season schedule. All 32 teams, including the defending Super Bowl champions in Tampa Bay, will take the field, playing 17 games instead of 16 in an 18-week schedule with each team getting a bye week.

Just make sure the cable or dish bill is paid, you make that trip to the grocery store and get the provisions and watch out for your cousin Connie…

The NFL announced its first-ever 18-week, 272-game regular-season schedule for 2021, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 9, in Tampa Bay and concludes with 16 division games in Week 18 – two on Saturday, January 8 and 14 on Sunday, January 9.

The 2021 NFL schedule, Powered by AWS, will feature each team playing 17 regular-season games and three preseason games for the first time, providing fans an extra week of regular-season action. It marks the first change to the season structure since the 1978 campaign ushered in an era of 16 regular-season and four preseason games.

The 17th game will feature teams from opposing conferences that finished in the same standing within their respective divisions the previous season. The AFC was determined to be the home conference for the 17th game in 2021.

The NFL’s 102nd season begins with the league’s annual primetime kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosts Dallas Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, September 9 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

Week 1 continues Sunday, September 12, with a double-doubleheader featuring four Sunday afternoon games in every market and intriguing matchups in both conferences. On CBS, Patrick Mahomes and the defending AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs host Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns at 4:25 p.m. in a rematch of their memorable 2020 Divisional Playoff game. On FOX, the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers travel to face the New Orleans Saints at 4:25 p.m. in a meeting of the NFC’s top two seeds from last year’s postseason. Later that day, NBC’s Sunday Night Football begins with the Los Angeles Rams hosting Chicago at 8:20 p.m. at SoFi Stadium.

Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 13, with ESPN/ABC’s Monday Night Football, featuring the Las Vegas Raiders hosting Baltimore at 8:15 p.m. at Allegiant Stadium. A year after opening, both SoFi Stadium and Allegiant Stadium are expected to welcome fans for the first time in their Week 1 primetime slates, as well as the Los Angeles Chargers’ home opener against Dallas at 4:25 p.m. on CBS in Week 2. Additionally, each stadium will take center stage in February, as Allegiant Stadium will host the 2022 Pro Bowl on Sunday, February 6 and SoFi Stadium will host Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 13.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 1-17. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 18) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

Additionally, ESPN/ABC will air two games with playoff implications on the Saturday of Week 18, January 8. These games will be selected following the conclusion of Week 17. Thursday Night Football will air exclusively on NFL Network in Weeks 2-4 and in Week 16, while FOX kicks off its Thursday night slate in Week 5.

FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) as well as the Saturday, December 25, game between Cleveland and Green Bay at 4:30 p.m. Those FOX games are slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video, beginning with the Los Angeles Rams at Seattle game on October 7.

In total, NFL Network will exclusively televise eight games (four on Thursday night, one game in London, both games in Week 15 on Saturday, December 18 and one of the December 25 games, the Indianapolis Colts travel to the desert to face off aginast Arizona at 8:15 p.m.

Kickoff times for primetime games will remain unchanged this season. Monday and Saturday night games will kick off at 8:15 ET. Sunday and Thursday night games will kick at 8:20 ET. Once again this season, all 32 clubs will have at least one nationally televised game.

A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today and other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The NFL’s International Series will return in 2021, as the schedule features two games from London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Atlanta plays host to the New York Jets in Week 5, airing exclusively on NFL Network at 9:30 a.m., while Jacksonville hosts Miami in week 6 at 9:30 a.m. on CBS as a pair of Sunshine State teams meet across the pond.

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 25. The first game will match two NFC North division rivals, as Chicago travels to Detroit to face the Lions in the Motor City at 12:30 p.m. on FOX. The late afternoon game features Las Vegas Raiders visiting Dak Prescott and Dallas at 4:30 p.m. and the Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an interconference matchup between two 2020 playoff teams, as Buffalo travels to the Big Easy to face the Saints on NBC at 8:20 p.m.

The regular season will conclude with Week 18 on Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9. For the 12th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for the final week of the season are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

For the first time ever, the NFL’s 32 teams will each play 17 games over 18 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 6 and end in Week 14.

Eleven 2021 games are rematches of the 2020 playoffs, including Kansas City hosting Buffalo at Arrowhead on Sunday Night Football in Week 5 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC, a rematch of the AFC Championship Game.

Other 2021 schedule notes:

• Fifteen games will be Super Bowl rematches.

• Aaron Rodgers, the 2020 NFL MVP and Lamar Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, are scheduled to meet for the first time in their careers when Green Bay travels to Charm City to face Baltimore Ravens in Week 15 at 1 p.m. on FOX.

• On Sunday Night Football in Week 4, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to New England 8:20 p.m. on NBC, where Brady won six Super Bowls with the Patriots. He can become the fourth quarterback in league history to defeat all 32 teams.

• The top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, are scheduled to meet in Week 16 when Jacksonville travels to the Meadowlands to play the New York Jets at 1 p.m. on CBS. If both players start, it will mark the fourth game in NFL history between rookie starting quarterbacks selected first and second overall.

• Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Christian McCaffrey and Dak Prescott are among the exciting group of stars expected to return to the field in 2021. “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-18.

Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-17, 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 or Monday nights. In Week 15, two of the five matchups designated as TBD will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

For Week 18, two Saturday games and the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 9. The schedule does not list Saturday games or a Sunday night game in Week 18 but games with playoff implications will be moved to those time slots. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and give “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime. In Week 18, two games will be played on Saturday, one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 8:15 p.m. with the remainder to be played on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. and one matchup to be played on Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. Specific dates and start times for Week 18 matchups will be determined and announced following the conclusion of Week 17.

Introduced last year and continuing in 2021, a total of 14 teams – seven each in the American and National Football Conferences – will make the postseason. The top seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3 and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6 and 7. Since 1990 – a streak of 31 consecutive seasons – at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before, including seven of the 14 playoff teams in 2020. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2021 season will feature six games, starting on Saturday, January 15. Wild Card Weekend winners join the top seeds in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 22-23. The AFC and NFC Championship Games, presented by Intuit TurboTax Live, will be played on Sunday, January 30. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 13, in Super Bowl LVI at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium (NBC), marking the first time the league’s final game is played in the Los Angeles area since Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets and 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. SiriusXM subscribers will have access to every live NFL game, as well as exclusive 24/7 talk channel coverage on SXM NFL Radio.

Fans can experience exciting NFL matchups in person by visiting their favorite team’s website, http://www.nfl.com/tickets or on any NFL licensed ticketing channel. When purchasing tickets, be sure to look for the authenticated NFL ticket logo or the NFL shield.

2021 NFL SCHEDULE (Times listed are Eastern)

2021 NFL Regular Season Schedule (All times listed are Eastern)

WEEK 1
Thursday, September 9
Dallas at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, September 12
Philadelphia at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Miami at New England, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Denver at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, September 13
Baltimore at Las Vegas, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN/ABC)

WEEK 2
Thursday, September 16
New York Giants at Washington, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, September 19
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Denver at Jacksonvile, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Dallasat Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, September 20
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 3
Thursday, September 23
Carolina at Houston, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, September 26
ATLANTA at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore at Detroit, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans at New England, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Miami at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, September 27
Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 4
Thursday, September 30
Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, October 3
Washington at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Indianapolis at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at New England, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, October 4
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 5
Thursday, October 7
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, Oct. 10
New York Jets at ATLANTA (London), 9:30 a.m. (NFLN)
Philadelphia at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Denver at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
New York Giants at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, October 11
Indianapolis at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 6
Thursday, October 14
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, October 17
Miami at Jacksonville (London), 9:30 a.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota at Carolina 1 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Cleveland, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at New England, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, October 18
Buffalo at Tennessee, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 7
Thursday, October 21
Denver at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, October 24
ATLANTA at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, October 25
New Orleans at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 8
Thursday, October 28
Green Bay at Arizona, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, October 31
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miamiat Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Rams at Houston, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New England at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, November 1
New York Giants at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 9
Thursday, November 4
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, November 7
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Denver at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Houston at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, November 8
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 10
Thursday, November 11
Baltimore at Miami, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, November 14
ATLANTA at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, November 15
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 11
Thursday, November 18
New England at ATLANTA, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, November 21
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, November 22
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 12
Thursday, November 25
Chicago at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, November 28
ATLANTA at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Cleveland at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, November 29
Seattle at Washington, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 13
Thursday, December 2
Dallas at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, December 5
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizonaat Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Denver Broncos at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, December 6
New England at Buffalo, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 14
Thursday, December 9
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Sunday, December 12
ATLANTA at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
New York Giants at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, December 13, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 15
Thursday, December 16
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)

Saturday, Dec. 18
TBD, 4:30 p.m. (NFLN)
TBD, 8:15 p.m. (NFLN)

Saturday/Sunday TBD
Carolina at Buffalo, TBD
Las Vegas at Cleveland, TBD
New England at Indianapolis, TBD
New York Jets at Miami, TBD
Washington at Philadelphia, TBD

Sunday, December 19
ATLANTA at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, December 20
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 16
Thursday, December 23
San Francisco at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Saturday, December 25
Cleveland at Green Bay, 4:30 p.m., (FOX, NFLN and AMAZON)
Indianapolis at Arizona, 8:15 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, December 26
Detroit at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Denverat Las Vegas, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, December 27
Miami at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 17
Sunday, January 2
ATLANTA at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New York Giants at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m (FOX)
Tampa Bay at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Houston at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, January 3
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 18
Saturday, January 8
TBD, 4:30 p.m (ESPN/ABC)
TBD, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN/ABC)

Sunday, January 9
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay at Detroi, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
TBD, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

It took them a little more than a week and things were moved around. But in the end, they prevailed.

Pittsburgh is still unbeaten and the 1972 Miami Dolphins (the ones that are still living) are getting a little nervous. Week 12 was finally done Wednesday afternoon in Western Pennsylvania. The Steelers once again found success.

Speaking of success… Pro Football Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi once said there is only one way to succeed in anything and that’s to give it everything.

And as the 2020 season enters December, the time to give it everything has arrived.

Week 13 kicks off with a dozen games on Sunday, all 14 playoff berths up for grabs and memories to be made. But first, the Baltimore concluded Week 12 at Pittsburgh with the Steelers prevailing 19-14. It marked the third Wednesday NFL game since 1941. On September 5, 2012, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-17, to kick off the season. And on September 22, 1948, the Los Angeles Rams opened their season with a 44-7 home win over the Detroit Lions.

DECEMBER CONTENDERS: Fifteen NFL teams turn the calendar with a record of .500 or better, including Baltimore (6-5), Kansas City (10-1) and New Orleans (9-2). Since 2017, those teams have consistently ranked among the best over the final quarter of the season.

The teams with the best regular-season records in December and January over the past three seasons:

TEAM (W-L-T, PCT)
Kansas City (12-3-0, .800)
Baltimore Ravens (12-4-0, .750)
Philadelphia (11-4-0, .733)
ATLANTA (10-4-0, .714)
New Orleans (9-4-0, .692)

Week 13 also presents playoff scenarios for either clinching divisions or clinching playoff spots. Take notes… this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!)

Week 13 Playoff Scenarios

AFC

Kansas City (10-1) vs. Denver (4-7), Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title with:

Kansas City win + Las Vegas loss or tie OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas loss

Kansas City clinches playoff berth with:

Kansas City win OR
Kansas City tie + Baltimore loss or tie + Indianapolis loss OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas tie + Baltimore loss or tie + Indianapolis tie OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas tie + Miami loss + Indianapolis loss or tie OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas tie + Miami loss + Baltimore loss or tie OR
Kansas City tie + Miami loss + Baltimore loss or tie + Indianapolis tie OR
Las Vegas loss + Baltimore loss + Indianapolis loss

Pittsburgh (11-0) vs. Washington (4-7), Monday, 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

Pittsburgh win + Cleveland loss + Pittsburgh clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Cleveland

Pittsburgh clinches playoff berth with:

Pittsburgh win or tie OR
Las Vegas loss or tie OR
Miami loss or tie OR
Indianapolis loss or tie

NFC

New Orleans (9-2) at ATLANTA (4-7), Sunday, 1 p.m.

New Orleans clinches playoff berth with:

New Orleans win + Chicago loss or tie OR
New Orleans tie + Chicago loss + Minnesota loss + San Francisco loss or tie OR
New Orleans tie + Chicago loss + Minnesota loss + Arizona loss or tie

STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH: In a battle of 8-3 teams in the AFC, Cleveland travels to meet Tennessee on Sunday. The Browns are off to their best start since they were also 8-3 in 1994, while the Titans have their best record through 11 games since they were 10-1 in 2008.

Cleveland, which boasts the league’s top rushing offense (161.4 yards per game), faces the Titans’ Derrick Henry, who leads the NFL with 1,257 rushing yards.

In fact, the contest will feature three of the NFL’s nine leading rushers, including the Browns’ Nick Chubb (719 rushing yards, tied for sixth) and Kareem Hunt (706, ninth). The Cleveland duo is on pace to become the first pair of Browns players to each top 1,000 rushing yards in the same season since Earnest Byner (1,002) and Kevin Mack (1,104) in 1985. Henry, who paced the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in 2019, seeks to become the first player to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons since Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006-07.

Last week, Henry rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-26 win at Indianapolis. Henry is the fourth player in NFL history with three games of at least 175 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (five games) and LaDainian Tomlinson (three), as well as Adrian Peterson (three). The Titans have the league’s fewest giveaways this season with five.

MAHOMES, HILL BACK IN PRIMETIME: Kansas City returns to the Show-Me State to take on the Denver Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have won 19 of their last 20 games, including the postseason.

Last week in a win at Tampa Bay, Patrick Mahomes became the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games in league annals. He completed 37 of 49 attempts (75.5 percent) for 462 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 124.7 rating in the victory.

Mahomes has five career games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (six games) as the only players with at least five such games in their first four seasons in league annals. Mahomes also has 15 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DanMarino (15 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (17 games) has more.

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Hill had 203 receiving yards in the first quarter and became the third player since 1980 with at least 200 receiving yards in a single quarter, joining Qadry Ismail (210 receiving yards in third quarter on December 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in first quarter on November 19, 2006).

Hill, who had 10 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11 of the 2018 season, is the sixth player with two career games of at least 10 receptions, 200 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Hutson and Jerry Rice, as well as Amari Cooper, Chad Johnson and Art Powell.

SAINTS, NFL TEAMS WINNING ON ROAD: Two of the league’s hottest teams meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Atlanta hosts New Orleans Sunday afternoon. New Orleans has won eight straight games while the Falcons have won four of their last six under coach Raheem Morris.

On the road, New Orleans is 4-1 this season and, over a longer stretch, is 17-3 over its last 20 road games. In a trend that started last season, road teams are winning more often. Last year, road teams were 123-132-1 (.482), the NFL’s best single-season mark since 1972 (87-90-5, .492). This year with one game remaining in Week 12, road teams are 85-90-1 (.489).
Last week at Denver, New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill rushed for two touchdowns in the Saints’ win. Hill, who had two rushing touchdowns in his first career start at quarterback in Week 11, is the second player with at least two rushing touchdowns in each of his first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era, joining Eric Hipple (1981).
New Orleans has the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense, allowing 284.9 yards per game. The Saints have allowed fewer than 10 points in three of their past four games.

HOPE FOR THE STRETCH RUN: In 15 of the past 17 seasons, at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 48 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 25 of them have done so in the past 17 years (2003-19), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006. Two teams during that span, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl after finishing in last place in their divisions the season before.

One of the teams with an opportunity to advance from last to first in its division is Miami (7-4), who hosts Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami ranks fifth in the NFL with a plus-six turnover ratio. Cornerback Xavien Howard leads the NFL with seven interceptions, while defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is tied for seventh with eight sacks.
In 14 of the past 16 seasons, at least one team with a losing record after 11 games has qualified for the playoffs. Last week, three teams – Minnesota, New England and San Francisco – each won close games to improve to 5-6 on the season.

The teams with a losing record after 11 games that advanced to the playoffs, since 2004:

YEAR – TEAM (W-L-T)
2019 – Philadelphia (5-6-0)
2018 – Philadelphia (5-6-0)
2016 – Green Bay (5-6-0)
2015 – Washington (5-6-0)
2014 – Carolina (3-7-1)
2013 – San Diego Chargers (5-6-0)
2012 – Washington (5-6-0)
2010 – Seattle (5-6-0)
2009 – New York Jets (5-6-0)
2008 – San Diego Chargers (4-7-0)
2007 – Washington (5-6-0)
2006 – Philadelphia (5-6-0)
2005 – Washington (5-6-0)
2004 – St. Louis Rams (5-6-0)

EVERY NFC WEST TEAM IN PLAYOFF HUNT: Sunday features a key NFC West matchup at State Farm Stadium when the Los Angeles Rams travel to play Arizona in Glendale.

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald has recaptured the NFL lead with 10 sacks, having reached double figures in sacks for a fourth consecutive season. In his past four games at Arizona, Donald has eight combined sacks. He also aims for his fifth in a row at State Farm Stadium with 1.5-or-more sacks.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 195 receptions against both the Rams and Seahawks. No other player in NFL history has more catches against a single opponent.

DK TOPS 1K: Second-year wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who had 10 catches for a career-high 177 yards in Seattle’s Week 12 win, has captured the NFL lead with 1,039 receiving yards. He has five games of at least 100 receiving yards this season, tied for most in the league. Metcalf and Seattle hosts the New York Giants, who’ve won three straight games, on Sunday.

Thanks in part to Metcalf’s nine touchdown receptions, the Seahawks rank third in the NFL with 31.0 points per game.
This year, the highest-scoring season on record through 12 weeks (with one game to play), the NFL already has 1,001 touchdowns, with No. 1,000 coming in Seattle’s Week 12 win at Philadelphia.

The fastest the NFL had reached 1,000 touchdowns in any previous season was Week 13, in both 2015 and 2018. The single-season league record is 1,371 touchdowns, in 2018.

The seasons with the most total points and most touchdowns scored through 12 weeks in NFL history:

YEAR – TOTAL POINTS
2020 – 8,738*
2018 – 8,502
2013 – 8,201
2016 – 8,119
2012 – 8,109

YEAR – TOUCHDOWNS
2020 – 1,001*
2018 – 980
2016 – 913
2014 – 911
2013 – 909
*One game remaining in Week 12

Leaves continue to fall, the weather’s getting a little colder, days are getting a little longer and there’s still football to be played. Nothing’s been decided as of yet, so there’s hope for some teams (unless you’re a Jets’ fan). When the 2020 NFL season ends January 3, 14 of the 32 teams will make post-season plans, while the other 18 will be on the outside looking in, clearing out lockers, hiring new coaches and prepare for the 2021 Combine and Draft. 12 weeks down. 5 weeks to go. In the craziness that is the 2020 National Football League season, there have been some pretty good games played and some that left you thinking “why are they even on the field?”

BILLS, NINERS IN ACTION MONDAY NIGHT: Two playoff hopefuls engage in an intriguing matchup Monday night when the Buffalo travels to Glendale to play San Francisco at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.

Guided by defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, San Francisco’s defense ranks fourth in the NFL in pass defense (206.5 yards allowed per game) and sixth in total defense (315.2 yards allowed per game).

Last week, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen recorded his 15th career game with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in the Bills’ win. Allen joined Cam Newton (20 games) as the only players with at least 15 games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in their first three seasons in NFL history.

DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS EVERY WEEK: Minnesota, who overcame an 11-point deficit to win last week, hosts Jacksonville on Sunday in the Twin Cities.

With one game remaining in Week 12, there have been 35 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, the most through Week 12 in NFL history.

Last week, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 115.7 rating. Cousins has 16 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a rating of 115-or-higher, surpassing Drew Brees (15 games) and Aaron Rodgers (15) for the most such games by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Four Minnesota players – Chad Bebee (seven receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown), Justin Jefferson (seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns), Bisi Johnson (seven receptions for 74 yards) and Kyle Rudolph (seven receptions for 68 yards) – each had at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in last week’s win. Before last week, only one team in NFL history – the 2012 New Orleans (Week 16) – had four players each register at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in the same game.

Jacksonville rookie running back James Robinson totaled a career-high 159 scrimmage yards (128 rushing, 31 receiving) and a rushing touchdown last week. Robinson has six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with Phillip Lindsay (six games in 2018) for the second-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Clark Gaines (seven games in 1976) has more. Robinson has 1,170 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Dominic Rhodes (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001) and Phillip Lindsay (1,278 in 2018) have more.

HERBERT WITHIN REACH OF HISTORY: When New England travels to the West Coast to meet the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert has an opportunity to reach seven 300-yard passing games and establish the NFL’s rookie record. Herbert, who passed for 316 yards and a touchdown last week, is tied with Andrew Luck, who had six such games in 2012, for the most by a rookie in NFL history.

Herbert has 3,015 passing yards this season and joined Patrick Mahomes (3,185 passing yards) as the only players in league annals with at least 3,000 passing yards in their first 10 career games. The Chargers have the league’s third-ranked offense, averaging 397.8 yards per game.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, November 29, the 12th week of the 2020 season.

Minnesota overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Carolina 28-27 in the Twin Cities, while New England overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Arizona, 20-17 in Foxboro on Sunday.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 37 of 49 attempts (75.5 percent) for 462 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 124.7 rating in the Chiefs’ 27-24 win over Tampa Bay. Mahomes is the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games in league annals.

Mahomes has five career games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (six games) as the only players with at least five such games in their first four seasons in league annals. Mahomes has 15 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (15 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (17 games) has more.

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Hill had 203 receiving yards in the first quarter and became the third player since 1980 with at least 200 receiving yards in a single quarter, joining Qadry Ismail (210 receiving yards in third quarter on December 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in first quarter on November 19, 2006).

Hill, who had 10 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11 of the 2018 season, is the sixth player with two career games of 10 receptions, 200 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Hutsoon and Jerry Rice, as well as Amari Cooper, Chad Johnson and Art Powell.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns in Week 12. Brady, who has 3,300 passing yards this season, has 18 career seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (18 seasons) for the most in NFL history.

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 115.7 rating on Sunday. Cousins has 16 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a rating of 115-or-higher, surpassing Drew Brees (15 games) and Aaron Rodgers (15) for the most such games by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Four Minnesota players – wide receivers Chad Beebe (seven receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown), Justin Jefferson (seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns) and Bisi Johnson (seven receptions for 74 yards) along with tight end Kyle Rudolph (seven receptions for 68 yards) – each had at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards on Sunday.

It marks the second time in NFL history that one team had four receivers each register at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in the same game, joining the 2012 New Orleans Saints (Week 16).

Carolina rookie safety Jeremy Chinn recorded two fumble-return touchdowns on Sunday. He is the third player in NFL history with multiple fumble-return touchdowns in a single game, joining Al Nesser (three on October 3, 1920) and Fred Evans (two on November 28, 1948).

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen recorded his 15th career game with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Allen joins Cam Newton (20 games) as the only players with at least 15 games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in their first three seasons in NFL history.

Appearing in his 10th career game, Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for 316 yards and one touchdown in Week 12. Herbert has six games with at least 300 passing yards this season, tied with Andrew Luck (six games in 2012) for the most such games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Herbert has 3,015 passing yards this season and joins Patrick Mahomes (3,185 passing yards) as the only players in league annals with at least 3,000 passing yards in their first 10 career games.

New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill rushed for two touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-3 win at Denver. Hill, who had two rushing touchdowns in his first career start at quarterback in Week 11, is the second player with at least two rushing touchdowns in each of his first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era, joining Eroc Hipple (1981).

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-26 win at Indianapolis. Henry is the fourth player in NFL history with three games with at least 175 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (five games) and LaDainian Tomlinson (three), as well as Adrian Peterson (three). Henry has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in eight consecutive road games, tied with Chris Johnson (eight games from 2009-10) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (10 games from 1996-97) has a longer streak.

Jacksonville rookie running back James Robinson totaled a career-high 159 scrimmage yards (128 rushing, 31 receiving) and a rushing touchdown on Sunday against Cleveland. Robinson has six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with Phillip Lindsay (six games in 2018) for the second-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Clark Gaines (seven games in 1976) has more.

Robinson has 1,170 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Dominic Rhodes (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001) and Phillip Lindsay (1,278 in 2018) have more.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 13

AAR RAID: Last week, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 211 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 132.3 passer rating, his fifth game with at least four touchdown passes this season, the most in the NFL. He leads the league with 33 touchdown passes and a 117.6 rating. With two touchdown passes on Sunday against Philadelphia, Rodgers can become the first player in NFL history to record five seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes. He also accomplished the feat in 2016 (40 touchdown passes), 2014 (38), 2012 (39) and 2011 (45).

The players with the most seasons of at least 35 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS(SEASONS WITH 35+ TD PASSES)
Tom Brady – New England (4)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (4)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (4)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (4)*
*Has 33 touchdown passes in 2020

In his 16-year career, Rodgers has totaled 50,046 passing yards and 397 touchdown passes and last week became the 11th player in league history to pass for at least 50,000 yards. With three touchdown passes on Sunday, Rodgers – appearing in his 193rd career game – can become the seventh player in NFL history to reach 400 career touchdown passes and the fastest to reach the mark.

The players to reach 400 career touchdown passes in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (GAMES TO 400 TD PASSES)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (205)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (209)
Tom Brady – New England (212)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (192)*
*Has 397 career touchdown passes

Rodgers’ top target, wide receiver Davante Adams, enters Week 13 with 11 touchdown receptions, tied for the second-most in the NFL. He has recorded at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in six consecutive games. With five receptions and a touchdown catch on Sunday against Philadelphia, Adams would become the third player with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in seven consecutive games within a single season in NFL history, joining Antonio Brown (eight games in 2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (seven games in 2007).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2018 – 8)
Terrell Owens, Dallas (2007 – 7) HOF
Davante Adams, Green Bay (2020 – 6)*
*Active streak

MAGICAL MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the league with 3,497 passing yards and ranks third with 30 touchdown passes, while only throwing two interceptions this season. He is the third player in league history to throw his 30th touchdown pass of the season before throwing his third interception, joining Tom Brady (2007) and Drew Brees (2018).

Last week, Mahomes passed for 462 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 124.7 rating, becoming the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games in league annals. With at least 325 passing yards against Denver Sunday night, Mahomes can become the fourth quarterback with at least 325 passing yards in five consecutive games in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 325 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Rich Gannon – Oakland (2002 – 6)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2011 – 5)
Kurt Warner, Arizona (2008 – 5) HOF
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (2000 – 5) HOF
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2020 – 4)*
*Active streak

TYREEK’S TOUCHDOWNS: Last week, Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns. He leads the league with 13 touchdown receptions and has recorded a touchdown in 10 of 11 games this season. With a touchdown against Denver Sunday night, Hill can become the fourth wide receiver in NFL history with a touchdown in 11 of his team’s first 12 games of a season.

The wide receivers with a touchdown in 11 of their team’s first 12 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Elroy Hirsch, Los Angeles Rams (1951 – 11) HOF
Carl Pickens, Cincinnati (1995 – 11)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1989 – 11) HOF
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City (2020 – 10)*

*Has touchdown in 10 of first 11 games this season​

Hill has recorded at least 10 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown in each of his past two games and can become the third player to do so in three consecutive games in NFL history, joining Keenan Allen (three games in 2017) and Michael Thomas (three games in 2019).

KELCE’S KINGDOM: Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce leads all tight ends with 74 catches and 978 receiving yards this season, while tying for the lead with seven touchdown receptions. Kelce, who has had at least 80 receptions in each of the past four seasons, needs six catches against Denver Sunday night to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez (eight seasons) and Jason Witten (six) as the only tight ends with five career seasons of 80-or-more receptions. Kelce would be the first tight end with at least 80 receptions in five consecutive seasons.

He also had at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons and needs 22 receiving yards to become the first tight end in league annals with five career 1,000-yard seasons.

NOT DRAFTED? NOT A PROBLEM: Jacksonville running back James Robinson leads all rookies and ranks third in the NFL with 890 rushing yards this season. With 110 rushing yards at Minnesota on Sunday, Robinson can become the fourth undrafted rookie to record 1,000 rushing yards in the common-draft era.

The undrafted rookies with the most rushing yards since 1967:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RUSHING YARDS)
Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis (2001 – 1,104)
Phillip Lindsay, Denver (2018 – 1,037)
LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay (2010 – 1,007)
James Robinson, Jacksonville (2020 – 890)*
*Entering Week 13

Robinson also leads all rookies with 1,170 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. With at least 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday, Robinson – who has six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season – can tie Clark Gaines (seven games in 1976) for the most such games by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era.

1K IN A HURRY: Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson leads all rookies with 918 receiving yards, while ranking second with both 52 receptions and six touchdown catches. With 82 receiving yards against Jacksonville on Sunday, Jefferson can become the fifth rookie to reach 1,000 receiving yards in his first 12 career games in the Super Bowl era.

The rookies with the most receiving yards in their first 12 career games in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEIVING YARDS)
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (2014 – 1,305)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (2003 – 1,032)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998 – 1,014) HOF
Marques Colston, New Orleans (2006 – 1,001)
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota (2020 – 918)*
*in 11 career games

JAMAL DOES IT ALL: Seattle safety Jamal Adams – who leads all defensive backs with 6.5 sacks this season and had 6.5 sacks in 2019 – is the first defensive back to record at least six sacks in consecutive seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. With a half sack on Sunday against the New York Giants, Adams can become the fourth defensive back to record at least seven sacks in a single season since 1982.

The defensive backs with the most sacks in a single season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SACKS)
Adrian Wilson, Arizona (2005 – 8)
Roman Harper, New Orleans (2011 – 7.5)
Dave Duerson, Chicago (1986 – 7)
Jamal Adams, Seattle (2020 – 6.5)*
Jamal Adams, New York Jets (2019 – 6.5)
LeRoy Butler, Green Bay (1996 – 6.5)
*Entering Week 13

Week 13 gets underway in the Big Peach as Atlanta and Matt Ryan host the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South showdown and ends in Charm City Tuesday night as the Ravens host Dallas. There were no byes last week and the final byes of the 2020 season go to Carolina and Tampa Bay. As for last week, 13-3… the best.week.ever. For the year… 111-46. There’s 15 games on the docket this week and the Panthers and Buccaneers return to action next week. Here are the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday picks for week 13.

New Orleans (9-2) at ATLANTA (4-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. They meet AGAIN, this time in the Peach State. New Orleans, winners of seven in a row, travel to the Big Peach for an early afternoon showdown with Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams were winners in their Sunday afternoon contests.

The Saints manhandled a short-handed Denver Broncos team that wound up using WR Kendall Hinton as a backup QB after Neil Reily, Jeff Driscoll, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien were all out because of COVID, taking down the shorthanded Broncos 31-3 Empower Field at Mile High. After a scoreless first quarter, New Orleans would take a 17-0 lead with them to the intermission, then outscored the Broncos 14-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, holding Denver to a Brad McManus field goal in the third quarter.

New Orleans out-rushed Denver 229-100 with Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs and Hill (taking over for Drew Brees) threw for 78 yards, while Hinton (1 for 9) threw for 13 yards with a sack and a pair of interceptions.

Atlanta held Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders to a pair of Daniel Carlson field goals as they came away 43-6 winners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta, using five Younghoe Koo field goals, led 16-3 at the break, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Silver and Black 27-3, with a 67-yard interception return from LB Deion Jones and a 4-yard TD toss from Ryan to WR Brandon Powell as part of that scoring frenzy.

Atlanta out-rushed Las Vegas 125-40 with Falcons RB Josh Smith leading the way with 65 yards and a TD; Ryan threw for 185 yards and a pair of TDs (including one to WR Calvin Ridley), while Carr threw for 215 yards (Carr was sacked three times, Ryan was sacked once and both men threw an interception in the contest). Atlanta was 9 for 19 on third down but had success on fourth down in their only try and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:57, while the Raiders would hold on to the pigskin for 25:03 and went 3 for 12 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

It’s a rematch of their week 11 meeting in the Big Easy that saw the Falcons let a 9-3 lead get away from them with the Saints scoring 21 points in the second half unchallenged to come away with the 24-3 win. Kamara gave the Saints the lead for good with 1:46 left before intermission on a 3-yard run. Hill would add a pair of rushing TDs in the final 30 minutes of play to take the win.

Ryan threw for 232 yards with a pair of interceptions and was ascked eight times as Atlanta was held to 52 yards rushing in the loss, while the Saints would tally 168, with Hill leading the way with 52 yards and the two TDs. Hill threw for 233 yards with no interceptions (he was sacked three times). Atlanta was a dismal 2 of 14 on third down (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and the Falcons would keep the ball for 26:19, while the Saints were rulers of the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:41, while going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 11 contest in the Big Easy, the Saints were favored by 5 and covered, winning by 15 but neither club would touch the 51 over/under, as they would combine for 33 points. The boys and girls in Vegas still like the Saints but this time by 3 with a 45 1/2 over/under. The Saints have not swept Atlanta since they did in the 2018 campaign and the Falcons are NOT interested in having that happen in their building. Atlanta RISES UP to the occasion and takes the win, covering the 3.

Indianapolis (7-4) at Houston (4-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC South foes meet in the Lone Star State as DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans host Phillip Rivers and the Indianpolis Colts at NRG Stadium.

The Colts would watch Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans come into Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday afternoon and left the Hoosier State 45-26 winners, getting some measure of revenge for a loss to the Colts earlier in the season in the Music City. Tennessee led 35-14 at the break, even though the Colts would win the second half, outscorng them 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee did manage to add insult to injury with 2:29 left when A.J. Brown recovered an onside kick, returning the ball 42 yard for a TD.

Tennessee out-rushed the Colts 229-56 with Derrick Henry leading the way with 178 yards and three TDs; Tannehill threw for 221 yards and a TD to Brown without an interception, while Rivers threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs with an interception (both men were sacked once). Indy was 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:27, while the Titans were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 35:33, while going 5 for 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Watson and the Texans ruined Thanksgving Day for the Lions last Thursday afternoon in the Motor City, first taking a 41-25 win at Ford Field, then having the Lions name offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell interim head coach after they terminated head coach Matt Patrica (Bevell will coach the team the remainder of the season). Housston led 23-14 at the intermission, then proceeded to outscore the Lions 18-11 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Detroit did manage to out-rush Houston 109-77, with Lions RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 55 yards and a pair of TDs ; Stafford threw for 295 yards and a TD to Mohammed Sanu but was sacked four times and picked off by DT J.J. Watt, who returned the interception 19 yards for a TD, while Watson threw for 318 yards and four TDs (connecting with Will Fuller on two of the tosses; Fuller would later be suspened by the NFL for violation of the league’s drug policy) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Detroit was 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:44, while the Texans held on to the pigskin for 26:16, while going 3 for 9 on third down tries.

Indianpolis leads the series 27-9 and have outscored the Texans 938-720. They met twice last year, spliting the series with each team winning at home.

Meeting nunber one took place in week seven in the Hoosier State and the Colts held off a late Texans rally to come away 30-23 winners. Indy led 14-9 at the intermission and outscored Houston 16-14 in the final 30 minutes of play, with Houston coming to within 5 with 6:38 left in the contet when Waston and Hopkins connected on a 4-yard TD toss before the Colts restored some order when they sacked Texans P Bryan Anger for a safety to seasl the deal.

Houston out-rushed the Colts 100-62, with Jacoby Brissett throwing for 326 yards and four TDs (connecting with WR Zach Pascal on two of the tosses and was sacked once but did not throw an interception, while Watson threw for 317 yards and the Hopkins TD but was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions. Houston was 4 of 12 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down and they would keep the ball for 27:08, while the Colts would keep the pigskin and rule the clock, holding the ball for 32:52, going 8 of 16 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Houston would get their revenge in week 12 in the Lone Star State and it would be the Texans breaking a 10-10 tie at the intermission at NRG Stadium to take the 20-17 win. Once again, it was the Watson-Hopkins connection, as they would hook up on a 30-yard TD toss early in the final 15 minutes, erasing a 17-13 deficit.

The Colts managed to out-rush Houston 175-99, with Indy RB Jonathan Williams leading all rushers with 104 yards and a TD, while Watson threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game-winner), while Brissett threw for 129 yards (both men were sacked once and Watson threw the game’s only interception). Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the Lone Star State (the Colts were 9 of 15, the Texans were 6 of 12) but both teams failed on fourth down (Indy was 0 of 1, Houston was 0 of 2) and time was the ally of the Colts, who held on to the ball for 33:17 to Houston’s 26:43.

Indianapolis was favored by 1 in the week seven contest in the Hoosier State and covered, winning by 3 but their 43 combined points did not cover the 47 1/2 over/under. In the week 12 Thursday night rematch in the Lone Star State, the Texans were favored by 3 1/2 but won by only 3 and the 45 1/2 over/under was untouched, as the two teams combined for 37 points. The Colts are favored by 3 1/2 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 51 1/2. The winner puts themsevles a little closer to the playoff race, while the loser will be playing keep-up. Tshe Colts win in the Lone Star State and covers the 3.

Detroit (4-7) at Chicago (5-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of struggling NFC North teams meet in the Windy City as Detroit and Matthew Stafford travels to Soldier Field to take on Chicago. Both teams lost in last week’s action and the Lions enter the contest with new leadership under the helm.

First, the Lions lost their Thanksgiving Day contest to DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans 41-25 at Ford Field, then named offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell after they terminated head coach Matt Patrica (Bevell will coach the team the remainder of the season). Detroit could never get themselves on track in their contest, trailing 23-14 at the intermission before the Texans would go on to outscore Detroit 18-11.

Detroit did manage to out-rush Houston 109-77, with Lions RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 55 yards and a pair of TDs ; Stafford threw for 295 yards and a TD to Mohammed Sanu but was sacked four times and picked off by DT J.J. Watt, who returned the interception 19 yards for a TD, while Watson threw for 318 yards and four TDs (connecting with Will Fuller on two of the tosses; Fuller would later be suspened by the NFL for violation of the league’s drug policy) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Detroit was 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:44, while the Texans held on to the pigskin for 26:16, while going 3 for 9 on third down tries.

Da Bears watched Aaron Rodgers and the Packers manhandle them 41-25 Sunday night at Lambeau Field. Chicago trailed 27-10 at the break, then watched the Packers score a pair of TDs in the third unchallenged, before out-scoring Green Bay 15-14 in the second half, pulling themselves to within 16 with 3:21 left when David Montgomery and Mitchell Trubisky connected on a 3-yard TD pass and then Trubisky and Darnell Mooney connected on the two-point conversion try.

Green Bay out-rushed Chicago 182-122, with Montgomery leading all rushers with 103 yards, while Aaron Jones would lead the Packers with 90 yards; Rodgers threw for 211 yards with four TDs, no sacks or interceptions, while Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three TDs (connecting with Allen Robinson on the other two passes), while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Green Bay went 6 of 11 on third down, 3 for 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 37:44, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 22:16, going 4 for 10 on third down 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The two NFC North clubs met in the Motor City in the season opener for both clubs and Da Bears would score 21 fourth quarter points unchallenged to come away from Ford Field with the 27-23 win. Detroit led 13-6 at the intermission and took a 23-6 into the final 15 minutes of play before Chicago would chip away at the deficit and took the lead for good with 1:54 when Trubisky and WR Anthony Miller connected on a 27-yard TD. Chicago would then hold off a late Detroit rally as a pair of Stafford passes fell incomplete.

Chicago out-rushed Detroit 149-138 in the Motor City and Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three TDs (all in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner), while Stafford threw for 257 yards and a TD to T.J. Hockerson (both Trubisky and Stafford were sacked once and Stafford threw the contest’s only interception). Chicago was 2 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:05, while the Lions would actually rule the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:55 and went 6 of 16 on third down.

In the season opener, Detroit was favored by 3 in the Motor City and Da Bears covered, winning by 4 and both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 50 points. This time, the Monsters of the Midway are favored by 3 with a 44 1/2 over/under. If nothing else, this might be entertaining to watch; otherwise, there’s that Christmas shopping you’ve been putting off for a while. Chicago covers the 3 in the Windy City and takes the win.

Jacksonville (1-10) at Minnesota (5-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Minnesota hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars at US Bank Stadium.

Cleveland held off a late Jacksonville rally last Sunday, taking a 27-25 win over the Jaguars last Sunday in the Sunshine State. Cleveland took a 17-13 lead at the intermission at TIAA Bank Field, then held off a late Jaguar rally after Jacksonville, who would outscore the Browns 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulled themselves to within two with 2:14 left when Jaguars RB James Robinson scored on a 4-yard run (the Jaguars would miss the two-point attempt that would have tied things up). Cleveland would then get the ball and run out the clock to take the win.

Cleveland outrushed Jacksonville 207-140 with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 144 yards, while Robinson tallied 128 yards (both men had a rushing TD in the contest); Mayfield threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Jarvis Landry), while Mike Glennon threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs (neither man threw an interception, Mayfield was sacked twice). Cleveland was 5 of 11 on third down tries (the Browns were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and tney would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:41, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 27:19, while going 5 of 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Minnesota rallied in the closing seconds of their contest with Carolina, coming away 28-27 winners at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings led 10-3 at the intermission, then watched the Panthers’ Jeremy Chinn score a pair of third quarter TDs unchallenged, before WR Chad Beebe and Kirk Cousins connnected on a 10-yard TD pass with 46 seconds left. Carolina then tried to reclaim the lead and win the contest on the road, getting the ball back after Minnesota’s kick went into the endzone and the Panthers would get as close as Minnesota’s 36-yard line, when Jeff Slye’s 54-yard field goal try sailed wide left.

Carolina out-rushed Minnesota 107-96 (Dalvin Cook led Minnesota with 61 yards) but Cousins would burn the Panthers for 307 yards and three TDs (two of them to Justin Jefferson, the other to Beebe for the game-winner) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 267 yards with a TD and an interception. Minnesota was 6 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:13, while the Panthers held on to the ball for 28:47, while going 6 of 14 on third down (both teams were 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 5-1, have outscored the Jaguars 161-110 and have won the last four meetings, including a 25-16 win in the Sunshine State in 2016. Jacksonville’s lone win in the series came in 2001 in the Twin Cities as the Jaguars held Minnesota to a field goal enroute to a 33-3 win. Minnesota’s favored by 10 in the Twin Cities and the over/under’s 52. Feel free to take a pass on this one and watch that “Grumpy Cat Movie” if you wish. Minnesota wins in the Twin Cities but expect the Jaguars to make this one closer than the 9 1/2.

Cleveland (8-3) at Tennessee (8-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of 8-3 teams in the playoff hunt meet in the Music City as Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns travel to Nashville to face off against Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Both teams were winners on the road in their Sunday contests.

Cleveland held off a late Jacksonville rally last Sunday, taking a 27-25 win over the Jaguars last Sunday. The Browns led 17-13 at the intermission at TIAA Bank Field, then held off a late Jaguar rally after Jacksonville, who would outscore the Browns 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulled themselves to within two with 2:14 left when Jaguars RB James Robinson scored on a 4-yard run (the Jaguars would miss the two-point attempt that would have tied things up). Cleveland would then get the ball and run out the clock to take the win.

Cleveland outrushed Jacksonville 207-140 with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 144 yards, while Robinson tallied 128 yards (both men had a rushing TD in the contest); Mayfield threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Jarvis Landry), while Mike Glennon threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs (neither man threw an interception, Mayfield was sacked twice). Cleveland was 5 of 11 on third down tries (the Browns were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and tney would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:41, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 27:19, while going 5 of 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

The Colts would watch Tannehill and the Titans come into Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday afternoon and left the Hoosier State 45-26 winners. Tennessee led 35-14 at the break, even though the Colts would win the second half, outscoing them 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play but managed to add insult to injury with 2:29 left when A.J. Brown recovered an onside kick, returning the ball 42 yardd for a TD.

Tennessee out-rushed the Colts 229-56 with Derrick Henry leading the way with 178 yards and three TDs; Tannehill threw for 221 yards and a TD to Brown without an interception, while Rivers threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs with an interception (both men were sacked once). Indy was 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:27, while the Titans were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 35:33, while going 5 for 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers, the Browns hold a 35-31 lead in the series but the Titans have outscored the Browns 1,309-1,300 and won the last three meetings in the series, including a 43-13 win along the shores of Lake Erie last year (Cleveland’s last win came in 2015 in the Buckeye State by a final of 28-14).

The two clubs meet at First Energy Stadium to open the 2019 campaign and the Titans trailed 6-3 after the end of the first quarter, led 12-3 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, using a pair of Marcus Mariota TD passes to TE Delanie Walker to seal the deal.

Tennessee out-rushed the Browns 123-102 with Henry leading all rushers with 84 yards and a TD, while Chubb led the Browns with 75 yards. Mariota threw for 248 yards and three TDs (including the two fourth quarter tosses to Walker), while Mayfield threw for 285 yards and a third-quarter TD toss to TE David Njoku. (Mariota was sacked four times, Mayfield was sacked five times and threw three interceptions). Tennessee was 2 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:18, while the Browns actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:42, while going 1 of 10 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

In the week one contest, the boys and girls in Vegas liked the Browns as 5 1/2-point favorites and the Titans would easily cover, winning by 30 and both teams took care of the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 56 points. The Titans are favored by 5 1/2 an the over/under’s 54. Both teams are trying to stay in the playoff race and for the winner, their playoff chances improve; as for the loser, a loss wouldn’t be all bad but it would make things somewhat harder. Cleveland pulls off the upset in the Music City, taking the win and covers the 5 1/2.

Las Vegas (6-5) at New York Jets (0-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFL/AFC rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Las Vegas makes its second trip to the East Coast for an early afternoon (10 a.m. in Las vegas) contest with the New York Jets. Both teams were held in check last week, taking losses in the process.

The Silver and Black struggled in Atlanta last Sunday, held to a pair of Daniel Carlson field goals as they left Atlanta on the short end of a 43-6 final at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Las Vegas trailed 16-3 at the break as the Falcons got the majority of their points thanks to five Younghoe Koo field goals, then watched Atlanta go all gas, no breaks in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Silver and Black 27-3, with a 67-yard interception return from LB Deion Jones and a 4-yard TD toss from Ryan to WR Brandon Powell as part of that scoring frenzy.

Atlanta out-rushed Las Vegas 125-40 with Falcons RB Josh Smith leading the way with 65 yards and a TD; Ryan threw for 185 yards and a pair of TDs (including one to WR Calvin Ridley), while Carr threw for 215 yards (Carr was sacked three times, Ryan was sacked once and both men threw an interception in the contest). Atlanta was 9 for 19 on third down but had success on fourth down in their only try and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:57, while the Raiders would hold on to the pigskin for 25:03 and went 3 for 12 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Miami broke a 3-3 tie against the New York Jets last Sunday at Met Life Stadium, coming away 20-3 winners to give the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! their 11th loss in a row. The Dolphins would scored their final 17 points of the contest unchallenged, taking a 13-3 lead with them to the break.

GangGreen was out-rushed by Miami 104-87 with Frank Gore leading all rushers with 74 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick, taking over for Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), haunted his former team, throwing for 257 yards and a pair of TDs without being picked off, while Sam Darnold thrw for 197 yards and had two interceptions (Fitzpatrick was sacked four time, Darnold would be sacked three times). GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down tries and they would keep the ball for 27:23, while Miami had time on their side, holding on to the pigskin for 32:37, while going 8 for 16 on third down.

Including the “Heidi” game, games played in Los Angeles and at Shea Stadium, the Silver and Black lead the series 23-18-2 and they have outscored GangGreen 1,008-952. Their last meeting? Last year in the Meadowlands and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would win 34-3 (the Raiders’ last win in the series came in Oakland in 2017 by a final of 45-20).

They met in usptate New Jersey in week 12 and GangGreen held the Raiders to a first-quarter field goal by Daniel Carlson, then went on to score all 34 of their points unchallenged, taking a 13-3 lead with them to the intermission. Neither club touched the 100-yard rushing barrier at MetLife Stadium but the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did out-rush the Raiders 88-68 with LeVeon Bell leading the way with 49 yards on the ground. Darnold threw for 315 yards and a pair of TDs without an interception, while Carr threw for 127 yards and was picked off once before being replaced by Mike Glennon, who threw for 20 yards. The Raiders were 5 of 15 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 28:30, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were rulers of time, keeping the ball for 31:30 and went 5 of 12 on third down.

In the week 12 contest in the Meadowlands, Oakland was favored by 3 and GangGreen easily covered, winning by 31 but the 46 over/under was untouched, as the two clubs merged for 37 points. This time, Vegas is favored by 8 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. GangGreen would love nothing more than to ruin the Raiders’ hopes for a playoff spot, while the Silver and Black want to erase the memory of their loss in the Deep South out of their minds. GangGreen makes it interesting but the Raiders “just win, baby” in upstate New Jersey and could cover the 8.

Cincinnati (2-8-1) at Miami (7-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A struggling Cincinnati Bengals team makes its way to the Sunshine State to face off against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

A Bengals rally late in their contest with the New York Giants fell short as Daniel Jones and the Giants left Paul Brown Stadium 19-17 winners last Sunday. Tied 10-10 at the intermission, the Giants would take a 13-10 lead with them into the fourth quarter thanks to a Greg Gano field goal from 40 yards out with 8:06 left in that quarter (Gano would tie things up with 21 seconds before halftime, booting a 49-yarder). Gano would add two more field goals in the fourth before the Bengals made it a 2-point contest with 2:33 left in regulation when WR Tee Higgins and backup QB Brad Allen connected on a 1-yard TD toss. Cincinnati would get the ball back with 57 seconds left at midfield when Allen was sacked and fumbled the ball, which the Giants’ Leonard Williams recovered, ending the threat.

Cincinnati was out-rushed by Big Blue 142-40 and Allen threw for 136 yards with the Higgins TD toss, while Giants QB Daniel Jones threw for 213 yards before leaving the contest with a sprained hamstring (Colt McCoy took over for him; Allen was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Jones did not throw a pick or was sacked). The Giants were 9 of 21 on third down in the Buckeye State but found perfection on fourth down, going 3 of 3 and kept the ball for 37:26, while the Bengals, keeping the pigskin for 22:34, went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Miami broke a 3-3 tie against the New York Jets last Sunday at Met Life Stadium, coming away 20-3 winners to give the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! their 11th loss in a row. The Dolphins would scored their final 17 points of the contest unchallenged, taking a 13-3 lead with them to the break.

Miami out-rushed New York 104-87 with Jets RB Frank Gore leading all rushers with 74 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick, taking over for Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), haunted his former team, throwing for 257 yards and a pair of TDs without being picked off, while Sam Darnold thrw for 197 yards and had two interceptions (Fitzpatrick was sacked four time, Darnold would be sacked three times). GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down tries and they would keep the ball for 27:23, while Miami had time on their side, holding on to the pigskin for 32:37, while going 8 for 16 on third down.

The Dolphins lead series 16-7 (which includes contests played at Riverfront Stadium and the Orange Bowl) and have outscored the Bengals 524-427. Their last meeting was last year in the Sunshine State and the Dolphins needed overtime to come away 38-35 winners (Cincinnati’s last win in the series came along the shores of the Ohio River in 2018 by a final of 27-17).

Although both teams were out of the playoff picture in their week 16 meeting at Hard Rock Stadium, the two clubs made things exciting for those in attendance. Miami led 21-3 at the break before the Bengals stormed their way back into the contest, using a pair of Andy Dalton TDs late in the final quarter (one to Tyler Eifert, the other to Tyler Boyd) to tie things up, sending the contest into overtime.

Both teams had the ball twice in the extra period but could do nothing scoring wise. The Bengals then punted the ball back to Miami with 3:19 left in overtime and the Dolphins would use all of the time remaining, using a 10-play, 51-yard drive that ended with K Jason Sanders connecting on a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Miami out-rushed Cincinnati 96-59 and Fitzpatrick threw for 419 yards, while Dalton would throw for 396 yards (both men threw four TDs, Fitzpatrick threw the game’s only interception). The Bengals were 4 of 18 on third down but 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:36, whilet the Dolphins kept the pigskin for 36:24 (including the final 3:19 of the overtime), while going 6 of 16 on third down.

In the week 16 contest in the Sunshine State, Miami was favored by 2 and covered, winning by 3. Both teams took care of the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 73 points in the late-afternoon affair. Miami’s favored by 11 1/2 in this meeting with a 42 1/2 over/under. If for no other reason, this one may be interesting to watch (if you’re a Dolphins’ fan) or hard to watch if you’re a Bengals’ fan (in which case may we suggest the “Grumpy Cat Movie?”). Granted, the Bengals are bad but not 11 1/2 points bad and they’ll make things hard for Miami. Dolphins win but expect Cincinnati to make this one closer than the 11 1/2.

Los Angeles Rams (7-4) at Arizona (6-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams head to the desert to face off against NFC West rival Arizona. The playoff-contenders lost in last week’s play.

The Rams watched San Francisco erase a 20-17 deficit late in the fourth quarter, using a pair of Robbie Gould field goals, including the game-winner as time expired to take a 23-20 win at SoFi Stadium last Sunday. The 49ers led 7-3 at the break, then saw the Rams chip away at that lead and would take it, leading 20-17 early in the final 30 minutes of play. Gould kicked his first of the two fourth quarter field goals with 3:11 left from 44 yards to tie things up at 20-20, then after the Rams punted the ball back to San Francisco with 2:10 left in regulation, he gave the 49ers the win as time expired. At first, the game-winning try was going to be a 47-yard try but CB Jaylen Ramsey jumped offside, which moved the ball five yards closer. Gould did not miss, connecting on a 42-yard try as time expired.

Los Angeles out-rushed San Francsico 126-115 with Rams RB Cam Akers leading all rushers with 84 yards and a TD. 49ers QB Nick Mullens burned the Rams for 252 yards, while Goff threw for 198 yards (both men were sacked twice, Mullens threw an interception, while Goff had a pair; 49ers WR Deebo Sanders led all recivers with 133 yards on 11 catches). San Francisco went 3 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 34:03 (including the final 2:10 of the contest), while the Rams were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:57.

Arizona and Murray watched Cam Newton and New England come away from Gillette Stadium 20-17 winners last Sunday. Arizona led 10-7 at the intermission before New England tied the contest late in the third on a 22-yard field goal by Folk, then taking the lead with 3:30 in the third on a 1-yard run by James White before the Desert Angry Birds would tie things up again, using a 1-yard run by Kenyan Drake with 8:02 left in regulation. The two clubs then traded punts and New England would get the ball back with 1:47 left and proceeded to make their way down the field, using a 7-play, 33-yard drive that used all of the 1:47 left on the clock as Folk connected on a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

Arizona out-rushed New England 138-110 and Drake led all rushers with 78 yards and a pair of TDs; Newton threw for 170 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Murray threw for 84 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. New England was 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Pats kept the ball for 25:52 (including the final 1:47 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds would actually rule the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:08, going 6 of 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis (when both teams called that city home) and Phoenix, the Rams lead the series 42-38-2, have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,652-1,560 and have won the last six meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Arizona’s last win over the Rams came in Los Angeles in 2016 by a fnal of 44-6)

Meeting number one… week 13 in the desert in Glendale. The Rams scored all 34 of their points at State Farm Stadium without a challenge to come away 34-7 winners. Los Angeles led 20-0 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the third quarter to take control of things.

Los Angeles out-rushed the Desert Angry Birds 132-74 and Todd Gurley led all rushers with 95 yards and a TD. Goff burned Arizona for 424 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Kupp, the other to TE Tyler Higbee) without being picked off, while Murray threw for 163 yards with an interception (Goff was sacked once, Murray was sacked six times). The Rams were 8 of 15 on third down (0 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:37 to Arizona’s 25:23, with the Desert Angry Birds going 2 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

The Rams completed the sweep in their week 17 contest in Los Angeles but this time, things were a little closer than Rams fans would have wanted but they would still prevail, taking a 31-24 win at the Coliseum. After leading 17-10 at the intermission, the Cardinals would tie things up in the third quarter when Murray and WR Damiere Byrd connected on a 3-yard TD toss late in the period. Los Angeles would restore order in the fourth, with Goff connecting with Higbee and WR Robert Woods before Arizona would make the contest a 7-point affair with 3:53 left in regulation when RB Kenyan Drake scored on a 1-yard run. Arizona would get the ball back with 60 seconds left and they would get as close as their 46-yard line when Byrd fumbled and the Rams recovered, ending the contest.

Los Angeles out-rushed the Desert Angry Birds 113-71 and once again, Gurley led all rushers, this time with 68 yards, with Drake leading Arizona with 60 yards and a TD; Goff threw for 319 yards and three TDs, while Murray threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (both men were sacked once, Murray threw a pair of interceptions). The Rams were 11 of 18 on third down (they went 0 for 1 on fourth down) and played keep-away with the ball, holding it for 36:58, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the pigskin for 23:02, going 5 for 10 on third down tries.

In the week 13 contest, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Rams were favored by 4 and easily covered, winning by 27. The 46 1/2 over/under stayed intact as the two clubs combined for 41 points. In the week 17 season finale on the West Coast, the Rams were favored by 7 and covered, winning by 7. This time, the two teams covered the over/under (45) with 55 combined points. This time, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Rams again, this time as 2 1/2-point favorites over the Desert Angry Birds with a 48 1/2 over/under. Both teams are chasing Seattle in the West and the winner pulls themselves a bit closer, while the loser is going to have some work to do. Rams cover the 3 and wins in the desert.

New York Giants (4-7) at Seattle (8-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of first-place teams meet in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as the New York Giants, leading the NFC East, travel to Seattle for a late-afternoon showdown with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, leading the NFC West. Both teams took wins on the road in last week’s action.

Big Blue held off a late Cincinnati rally as Daniel Jones and the Giants left Paul Brown Stadium 19-17 winners last Sunday. Tied 10-10 at the intermission, the Giants, in first place in the NFC East, would take a 13-10 lead with them into the fourth quarter thanks to a Greg Gano field goal from 40 yards out with 8:06 left in that quarter (Gano would tie things up with 21 seconds before halftime, booting a 49-yarder). Gano would add two more field goals in the fourth before the Bengals made it a 2-point contest with 2:33 left in regulation when WR Tee Higgins and backup QB Brad Allen connected on a 1-yard TD toss. Cincinnati would get the ball back with 57 seconds left at midfield when Allen was sacked and fumbled the ball, which the Giants’ Leonard Williams recovered, ending the threat.

Cincinnati was out-rushed by Big Blue 142-40 and Allen threw for 136 yards with the Higgins TD toss, while Giants QB Daniel Jones threw for 213 yards before leaving the contest with a sprained hamstring (Colt McCoy took over for him; Allen was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Jones did not throw a pick or was sacked). The Giants were 9 of 21 on third down in the Buckeye State but found perfection on fourth down, going 3 of 3 and kept the ball for 37:26, while the Bengals, keeping the pigskin for 22:34, went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Seattle held off a late Philadelpha rally last Monday night, taking a 23-17 win at Lincoln Financial Field. After a scoreless first quarter, Wilson and the Seahawks would score the first 14 points of the game unchallenged as he and WR David Moore connected on a 1 yard TD toss and RB Chris Carson would score from 16 yards out to lead by two scores before the Eagles ended Seattle’s bid for a shutout when Carson Wentz and TE Dallas Goedert connected on a 3-yard TD pass before the intermission. After Jake Elliot and Josh Myers traded field goals, the Eagles would make it a 6-point game with 12 seconds left in regulation, with Wentz connecting with Reggie Rodgers connected on a 33-yard toss, then added a two-point try thanks to Miles Sanders. Philadelphia then went for the onside kick, which Seattle recovered and the Seahawks ran out the clock to take the win.

If you were looking for a running game in this contest, it didn’t exist, because neither team breached the 100-yard barrier. However, Seattle did manage to out-rush the Eagles 76-70 and Wilson threw for 230 yards with the TD to Moore, while Wentz was sacked six times and threw an interception to go with his two TD tosses (Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle went 2 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and the Seahawks kept the ball for 32:57 to Philadelphia’s 27:03 (the Eagles were 8 for 17 on third down, 0 for 3 on fourth down.

The series? Tied 9-9 and Big Blue has outscored Seattle 398-344. However… Seattle has won the last four meetings in the series, including leaving the Meadowlands with a 24-7 win in 2017, while the Giants’ last win in the series came in 2010 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks by a final of 41-7. Seattle’s favored by 10 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and the over/under’s 47. It’s possible that these two could meet in the post-season but anything can happen. Seattle may not cover the 10 but they’ll take the win in the Pacifc Northwest.

New England (5-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-8), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. It’s clam chowder (or chowda, as they say in Boston) vs. California rolls as Cam Newton and the New England Patriots make their way to Inglewood for an afternoon contest with Josh Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium.

Newton and New England came away from Gillette Stadium 20-17 winners over Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. The Patroits trailed 10-7 at the intermission before tying the contest late in the third on a 22-yard field goal by Folk, then taking the lead with 3:30 in the third on a 1-yard run by James White before the Desert Angry Birds would tie things up again, using a 1-yard run by Kenyan Drake with 8:02 left in regulation. The two clubs then traded punts and New England would get the ball back with 1:47 left and proceeded to make their way down the field, using a 7-play, 33-yard drive that used all of the 1:47 left on the clock as Folk connected on a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

Arizona out-rushed New England 138-110 and Drake led all rushers with 78 yards and a pair of TDs; Newton threw for 170 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Murray threw for 84 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. New England was 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Pats kept the ball for 25:52 (including the final 1:47 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds would actually rule the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:08, going 6 of 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The Chargers could never really get themselves on track against Buffalo last Sunday as Los Angeles would fall to the Bills 27-17 in upstate New York at Bills Stadium. Los Angeles trailed 7-6 at the end of the first 15 minutes of play before Buffalo scored 10 second-quarter points unchallenged to lead 17-6 at the break. Los Angeles would manage to outscore Buffalo 11-10 in the final 30 minutes of action, pulling themselves to within seven before Bills K Tyler Bass connected on a 43-yard field goal to end the threat.

Buffalo out-rushed Los Angeles 172-76 with Bills RB Devin Singletary leading all rushers with 82 yards, while Austin Elker led the Chargers with 44 yards. Hebert threw for 316 yards and a TD, while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 157 yards with a TD toss to Gabriel Davis (Allen also had a rushing TD in the contest; both threw an interception, Hebert was sacked three times, Allen was sacked twice). Los Angeles was 3 of 16 on third down tries, 4 for 5 on fourth down and they would rule the clock and hold on to the ball for 30:04, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 29:56, went 4 for 9 on third down conversions.

Including games played at Fenway Park and Qualcomm Stadiums, New England leads the series 22-14-2, have outscored the Bolts 904-747 and have won the last four contests in regular season play, including a 21-13 win in Foxboro in 2017, while the Chargers’ last win in the series came in 2008 in San Diego by a final of 30-10. Don’t know the spread yet but the over/under’s 47 1/2. We’re taking the Pats to win on the West Coast.

Philadelphia (3-7-1) at Green Bay (8-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. It’s Cheesesteak vs. Bratwurst as Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles make their way to Lambeau to face off against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a late afternoon contest.

A late Philadelpha rally last Monday night against Seattle fell short, as the Seahawks and Russell Wilson left the City of Brotherly Love, taking a 23-17 win at Lincoln Financial Field with them. After a scoreless first quarter, Wilson and the Seahawks would score the first 14 points of the game unchallenged as he and WR David Moore connected on a 1 yard TD toss and RB Chris Carson would score from 16 yards out to lead by two scores before the Eagles ended Seattle’s bid for a shutout when Carson Wentz and TE Dallas Goedert connected on a 3-yard TD pass before the intermission. After Jake Elliot and Josh Myers traded field goals, the Eagles would make it a 6-point game with 12 seconds left in regulation, with Wentz connecting with Reggie Rodgers connected on a 33-yard toss, then added a two-point try thanks to Miles Sanders. Philadelphia then went for the onside kick, which Seattle recovered and the Seahawks ran out the clock to take the win.

The running game in the Monday night contest was non-existant but Seattle did manage to out-rush the Eagles 76-70 and Wilson threw for 230 yards with the TD to Moore, while Wentz was sacked six times and threw an interception to go with his two TD tosses (Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle went 2 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and the Seahawks kept the ball for 32:57 to Philadelphia’s 27:03 (the Eagles were 8 for 17 on third down, 0 for 3 on fourth down.

Rodgers and the Packers manhandled NFC NOrth rival Chicago, taking down Da Bears 41-25 Sunday night. Although Green Bay took a 27-10 lead with them to the break and scored a pair of TDs in the third unchallenged, Chicago would manage to out-score Green Bay 15-14 in the second half, pulling themselves to within 16 with 3:21 left when David Montgomery and Mitchell Trubisky connected on a 3-yard TD pass and then Trubisky and Darnell Mooney connected on the two-point conversion try.

Green Bay out-rushed Chicago 182-122, with Montgomery leading all rushers with 103 yards, while Aaron Jones would lead the Packers with 90 yards; Rodgers threw for 211 yards with four TDs, no sacks or interceptions, while Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three TDs (connecting with Allen Robinson on the other two passes), while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Green Bay went 6 of 11 on third down, 3 for 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 37:44, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 22:16, going 4 for 10 on third down 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Vegas likes the Packers as 9 1/2-point favorites at Lambeau and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Both numbers make some sense. The Eagles are trying to keep pace with the New York Football Giants in the NFC East, while the Packers want to stay on top in the NFC Central. Packers win at home but expect the Eagles to somehow make this one closer than the 9 1/2.

Green Bay leads the series 26-15, which includes games played in Milwaukee and the Packers have outscored the Eagles 857-693. Their last meeting was last year at Lambeau Field and the Eagles would leave the frozen Tundra 34-27 winners (Green Bay’s last win in the series came in the City of Brotherly Love in 2016 by a final of 27-13. They met at Lambeau in week four and the Eagles erased a 7-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, as the Eagles would go into the intermission leading 21-20. Philadelphia would then proceed to outscore Green Bay in the final 30 minutes of action by 13-7 margin with Eagles RB Jordan Howard scoring the game-winner early in the fourth, breaking a 27-27 deadlock.

Howard led all rushers with 87 yards as the Eagles out-rushed Green Bay 176-77; Rodgers threw for 422 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Jimmy Graham) and was sacked once and threw an interception (Rodgers led Green Bay rushers with 46 yards), while Wentz threw for 160 yards and three TDs (one to Howard) without a sack or interception. The Packers were 6 for 11 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and they would actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:21, while the Eagles were 5 for 9 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:39.

In the week four Thursday night contest in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, Green Bay was favored by 4 and the Eagles covered, winning by 7 and both clubs took care of the 46 over/under, tallying 51 points. This time, in the late Sunday afternoon contest, the Packers are again favored, this time by 9 with a 46 1/2 over/under. Green Bay’s looking to stay on top in the NFC North, while the Eagles are trying to maintain some order in the NFC East. Bratwurst wins out here Sunday. Packers win at Lambeau and could cover the 9 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Denver (4-7) at Kansas City (10-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of AFL/AFC West rivals meet again, this time in the Show-Me State as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs host a struggling Denver Broncos team at Arrowhead on Sunday night.

With WR Kendall Hinton as a backup QB after Neil Reily, Jeff Driscoll, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien were all out because of COVID, Denver found themselves shorthanded against New Orleans last Sunday as the Saints would wind up taking down the shorthanded Broncos 31-3 Empower Field at Mile High. After a scoreless first quarter, New Orleans took control of things, leading 17-0 at the intermission, then outscored the Broncos 14-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, holding Denver to a Brad McManus field goal in the third quarter.

New Orleans out-rushed Denver 229-100 with Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs and Hill (taking over for Drew Brees) threw for 78 yards, while Hinton (1 for 9) threw for a somewhat dismal (and that’s being kind) 13 yards with a sack and a pair of interceptions.

The defending Super Bowl champs held off a late Tampa Bay rally in the Sunshine State last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as Mahomes and the Chiefs held off Tom Brady and the Buccaneers 27-24. The Chiefs scored the first 17 points of the contest unchallenged as Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill connected on a pair of TDs passes and would take a 20-7 lead into the intermission. Tampa Bay then responded in the second half of the late-afternoon contest, outscoring the Chiefs 17-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, using a pair of Brady TD passes to Mike Evans to pull themselves to within seven with 4:10 left in the contest. Kansas City then forced Tampa Bay to burn their time outs and run out the clock to take the win.

Neither team breached the 100-yard rushing barrier in the contest that saw Brady (345 yards) and Mahomes (462 yards) combine for 807 yards in the air. Kansas City did manage to outrush Tampa Bay 87-75 and Mahomes threw three TD passes (all to Hill) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Brady threw three TDs with a pair of picks (Hill caught 13 passes for 269 yards, while TE Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 106 yards). Kansas City went 6 for 12 on third down conversions in the Sunshine State and were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 36:47, while Tampa Bay, who kept the pigskin for 23:13, went 3 for 9 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

The prime-time contest in the Show-Me State is a rematch from week seven in the Mile High City that saw the defending Super Bowl champs manhandle Denver 43-16 at Empower Field at Mile High. With game-time temperature at a balmy 14 degrees (with a 1 degree wind chill!), Kansas City led 24-9 at the intermisson, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring Denver 19-7.

Although Denver out-rushed Kansas City 177-101 (Patrick Lindsey led all rushers with 79 yards), Mahomes burned Denver for 200 yards and a TD to Hill, while Lock threw for 254 yards with a pair of interceptions (both men were sacked three times). Although they would win by 27, the Chiefs were a somewhat dismal 0 of 8 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:36, while the Broncos were actually rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 33:24, while going 5 of 14 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Kansas City covered the 9 1/2-point spread with the 27-point win in the Mile High City and both clubs covered the 45 1/2 over/under, tallying 59 points in the week seven contest. This time, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 14-point favorites at Arrowhead with a 51 over/under. The 51 makes sense, it’s the 14 point spread that’s a head-scratcher. The last time Denver swept the series with their somewhat hated AFL/AFC West rivals was the 2014 season and the teams last split the series the following year. Since then, the Chiefs have had Denver’s number, winning the last nine meetings (including the contest in the Mile High City in week seven). Granted, Denver’s bad but not 14 points bad. The Broncos will make this one close if not entertaining but as was the case in the first meeting in the Rockies, the defending champs prevail and takes the win at Arrowhead.

Washington (4-7) at Pittsburgh (11-0), 5 p.m. Monday on FOX. It’s the first of two Monday games as Washington travels to Heinz Field to face off against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. While both teams were slated to play on Thanksgiving Day, only Washington got that chance, while the Steelers had to wait until the Wednesday after Thanksgiving to play with the two clubs taking wins last week.

Washington completed their sweep of NFC East rival Dallas as the Football Team went into AT&T Stadium and left the Lone Star State 41-16 winners Thanksgiving afternoon. Washington erased an early 3-0 lead by the Cowboys with a 5-yard TD run by RB Antonio Gibson to take a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes of play. Dallas would take the lead back in the second, using a 54-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to Amari Cooper for a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. That lead would not last long, as Dustin Hopkins evened things up with a 43-yard field goal halfway through the second quarter. Washington then took the lead back for good when Alex Smtih and TE Logan Thomas connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 2:26 left before the intermission. Dallas’ Greg Zeurlein would make it a 4-point contest with 19 seconds left, booting a 32-yard field goal but it would be as close as Dallas would get to Washington, who took a 17-13 lead into the intermission.

After Zeurlein and Hopkins traded field goals in the third quarter, Washington would close out the scoring in the contest, tallying 21 fourth-quarter points unchecked, using a pair of Gibson rushing TDs and a Mike Sweat interception return to seal Dallas’ fate. Gibson led all rushers with 115 yards and the three TDs as Washington out-rushed Dallas 182-60 and Smith threw for 149 yards, while Dalton threw for 215 yards (both men threw TDs, both were sacked three times and both threw an interception). Washington went 7 for 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down and would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 35:56, while the Cowboys kept the pigskin for 24:04, went 4 of 14 on third down, 1 of 4 on fourth down (including a failed fake punt attempt in the fourth quarter).

Pittsburgh and Baltimore finally got to play Wednesday afternoon at Heinz Field. Scheduled to play Thanksgiving night, their contest was moved to Sunday because of a COVID outbreak involving the Ravens’ camp, then moved to Monday before the NFL decided to move things to Wednesday. In the somewhat chilly air at Heinz Field (gametime temperature, you ask? A balmy 36 degrees with a 27 wind chill), they finally got underway, with the Steelers prevailing 19-14.

Baltimore led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter before the Steelers went to work, using a pair of Chris Boswell field goals to take a 12-7 lead with them to the break. After a scoreless third quarter, the Steelers would expand their lead to 19-7 when Roethlisberger and WR Ju-Ju Smith-Schuester connected on a 1-yard TD toss early in the fourth. Baltimore would make things a bit closer than Steelers fans would like, as backup signal caller Trace McSorley, who took over for Robert Griffin III (who took over for Lamar Jackson – COVID), threw his first NFL TD pass, connecting with WR Marquise Brown on a 70-yard TD toss with 2:58 left in regulation. Baltimore would then try an onside kick, which Pittsburgh recoveed and the Steelers would run out the clock and take their 11th win in 11 tries.

Baltimore out-rushed the Steelers 129-68, with Griffin III leading all rushers with 68 yards before leaving the contest with a leg injury (Pittsburgh was led by Benny Snell, Jr. with 60 yards); Roethlisberger threw for 266 yards and the Smith-Schuester TD, while Griffin III threw for 33 yards with an interception by CB Joe Hayden (who returned it 14 yards for the game’s first score) and was sacked three times (McSorley threw for 77 yards). Pittsburgh went 6 of 14 on third down but struggled on fourth down, going 0 of 2 and the Steelers were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 33:39, while the Ravens held the ball for 26:21, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests that were played when Washington was in Boston and known as the Redskins, the Steelers were known as the Pirates and games played at RFK and Three Rivers Stadiums, Washington leads the series 42-33-3 and has outscored the Steelers 1,447-1,259. However… Pittsburgh has come away with wins in their last six meetings, including a 38-16 wim in Landover in 2016, while Washington’s last victory in the series came in 1991 in the Steel City by a final of 41-14. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Steelers as 8-point favorites in western Pennsylvania with a 42 over/under. Both numbers make sense and both teams are in first place in their respective divisons. While the Steelers win this one at home, expect Washington to make this one closer than the 8.

Buffalo (8-3) at San Francisco (5-6) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. It’s wings vs. Sourdough on the West Coast as first-place Buffalo, leaders of the AFC East, take on San Francisco not in Santa Clara but in Glendale at State Farm Stadium. The change of venue took place after Santa Clara County, the 49ers home base, suspended all football contact practices and games in wake of the COVID virus outbreak in California. Both teams were winners in their contests last Sunday.

The Bills circled the wagons in upstate New York last Sunday, as they held off Joe Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers 27-17 in upstate New York at Bills Stadium. The Bills led 7-6 at the end of the first 15 minutes of play, then scored 10 second-quarter points unchallenged to lead 17-6 at the break. Los Angeles would manage to outscore Buffalo 11-10 in the final 30 minutes of action, pulling themselves to within seven before Bills K Tyler Bass connected on a 43-yard field goal to end the threat.

Buffalo out-rushed Los Angeles 172-76 with Bills RB Devin Singletary leading all rushers with 82 yards, while Austin Elker led the Chargers with 44 yards. Hebert threw for 316 yards and a TD, while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 157 yards with a TD toss to Gabriel Davis (Allen also had a rushing TD in the contest; both threw an interception, Hebert was sacked three times, Allen was sacked twice). Los Angeles was 3 of 16 on third down tries, 4 for 5 on fourth down and they would rule the clock and hold on to the ball for 30:04, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 29:56, went 4 for 9 on third down conversions.

San Francisco erased a 20-17 deficit late in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, using a pair of Robbie Gould field goals, including the game-winner as time expired to take a 23-20 win at SoFi Stadium last Sunday. The 49ers led 7-3 at the break, then saw the Rams chip away at that lead and would take it, leading 20-17 early in the final 30 minutes of play. Gould kicked his first of the two fourth quarter field goals with 3:11 left from 44 yards to tie things up at 20-20, then after the Rams punted the ball back to San Francisco with 2:10 left in regulation, he gave the 49ers the win as time expired. At first, the game-winning try was going to be a 47-yard try but CB Jaylen Ramsey jumped offside, which moved the ball five yards closer. Gould did not miss, connecting on a 42-yard try as time expired.

While the Rams did out-rush San Francsico 126-115 (Los Angeles RB Cam Akers led all rushers with 84 yards and a TD), 49ers QB Nick Mullens burned the Rams for 252 yards; Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 198 yards (both men were sacked twice, Mullens threw an interception, while Goff had a pair; 49ers WR Deebo Sanders led all recivers with 133 yards on 11 catches). San Francisco went 3 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 34:03 (including the final 2:10 of the contest), while the Rams were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:57.

They’ve met 12 times, each team has picked up six wins and the 49ers have outscored the Bills 269-234. Their last meeting? 2016 in upstate New York and the Bills circled the wagons, taking a 45-16 win in Orchard Park, while San Francisco’s last iwn in the series came on the West Coast in 2012 by a final of 45-3. The Bills on Monday night? 17-26. San Francisco? 49-28 under the lights (the 49ers played two games on MNF and split the two contests). Buffalo’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 45. For the 49ers, they’re playing with house money and needs to win to keep pace with Seattle. As for the Bills, they want to stay in first place in the AFC East. Bills circle the wagons on the West Coast and takes the win, covering the 3.

Dallas (3-8) at Baltimore (6-5), 8 p.m. Tuesday on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. It’s brisket vs. crabs as Dallas makes their way to Charm City to face off against Baltimore in a Tuesday evening contest at M&T Bank Stadium. Both teams are coming off losses in their last contests.

Dallas welcomed Washington into AT&T Stadium Thanksgiving afternoon and the Football Team completed their sweep of NFC East rivals, leaving the Lone Star State 41-16 winners Thanksgiving afternoon. Washington erased an early 3-0 lead by the Cowboys with a 5-yard TD run by RB Antonio Gibson to take a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes of play. Dallas would take the lead back in the second, using a 54-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to Amari Cooper for a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. That lead would not last long, as Dustin Hopkins evened things up with a 43-yard field goal halfway through the second quarter. Washington then took the lead back for good when Alex Smtih and TE Logan Thomas connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 2:26 left before the intermission. Dallas’ Greg Zeurlein would make it a 4-point contest with 19 seconds left, booting a 32-yard field goal but it would be as close as Dallas would get to Washington, who took a 17-13 lead into the intermission.

After Zeurlein and Hopkins traded field goals in the third quarter, Washington would close out the scoring in the contest, tallying 21 fourth-quarter points unchecked, using a pair of Gibson rushing TDs and a Mike Sweat interception return to seal Dallas’ fate. Gibson led all rushers with 115 yards and the three TDs as Washington out-rushed Dallas 182-60 and Smith threw for 149 yards, while Dalton threw for 215 yards (both men threw TDs, both were sacked three times and both threw an interception). Washington went 7 for 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down and would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 35:56, while the Cowboys kept the pigskin for 24:04, went 4 of 14 on third down, 1 of 4 on fourth down (including a failed fake punt attempt in the fourth quarter).

Baltimore led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter before the Steelers went to work, using a pair of Chris Boswell field goals to take a 12-7 lead with them to the break to take the 19-14 win at Heinz Field in a contest that was moved three times becuase of COVID issues involving the Ravens. After a scoreless third quarter, the Steelers would expand their lead to 19-7 when Roethlisberger and WR Ju-Ju Smith-Schuester connected on a 1-yard TD toss early in the fourth. Baltimore would give Steelers fans a bit of a scare, as backup signal caller Trace McSorley, who took over for Robert Griffin III (who took over for Lamar Jackson – COVID), threw his first NFL TD pass, connecting with WR Marquise Brown on a 70-yard TD toss with 2:58 left in regulation. Baltimore would then try an onside kick, which Pittsburgh recoveed and the Steelers would run out the clock and take their 11th win in 11 tries.

While Baltimore did out-rush the Steelers 129-68, with Griffin III leading all rushers with 68 yards before leaving the contest with a leg injury (Pittsburgh was led by Benny Snell, Jr. with 60 yards), Roethlisberger burned the Ravens, as he threw for 266 yards and the Smith-Schuester TD, while Griffin III threw for 33 yards with an interception by CB Joe Hayden (who returned it 14 yards for the game’s first score) and was sacked three times (McSorley threw for 77 yards). Pittsburgh went 6 of 14 on third down but struggled on fourth down, going 0 of 2 and the Steelers were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 33:39, while the Ravens held the ball for 26:21, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Ravens hold a 4-1 series lead over America’s Team and the Ravens have outscored Dallas 138-90. Their last meeting was in 2016 in Arlington, as the Cowboys snapped Baltimore’s four-game win streak, taking a 27-17 win, while Baltimore’s last win the series came in 2012 in Charm City by a final of 31-29. The Ravens are favored by 7 1/2 in Charm City and the over/under’s 45. It seems that the Cowboys are spinning their wheels in the NFC West, while the Ravens are looking for a spot in the post-season party. Ravens win in Charm City and cover the 7 1/2.

The NFL’s trade deadline was Tuesday. But the trading of the league’s record for the most career touchdown passes could continue for the rest of the season.

Week eight is in the books.

Welcome to week nine. There’s still a lot of football left to play and nothing’s been decided.

For those teams that have 2 wins or fewer, there’s still hope (even for you, Jets fans). Pittsburgh remains the lone unbeaten team in the National Football League, which is kinda of making the ’72 Miami Dolphins nervous. The leaves are falling, it’s getting a bit cooler in most parts of the nation.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (561) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (560) rank first and second, respectively and could exchange the record multiple times in the same game Sunday evening when the Saints travel to the Sunshine State to meet the Buccaneers.

In one of the more exciting chases in sports history, the two quarterbacks this season have already traded the record three times – all in the past two weeks. In Week 8, Brees held the mark for 28 hours before Brady surpassed him again Monday against the Giants.

Since Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Layne surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh on September 23, 1962, nine players have held the all-time passing touchdowns mark. Baugh, who served as a key catalyst in evolving the forward pass into more of a staple of NFL offenses, became the all-time leader in 1943. Until Brees and Brady engaged in their chase, the shortest amount of time any player held the mark in the modern era was Layne, who spent one year and 356 days in the lead until Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle captured it in 1963.

The players to hold the NFL record for most career touchdown passes, since 1943:

RECORD HOLDER – TD PASSES; HELD OR SHARED RECORD, SURPASSED BY (DATE)
Sammy Baugh – 187; 18 years, 341 days, Bobby Layne (9/23/1962) HOF
Bobby Layne – 196; 1 year, 356 days, Y.A. Tittle (12/1/1963) HOF
Y.A. Tittle – 212; 2 years, 291 days, Johnny Unitas (9/18/1966) HOF
Johnny Unitas – 290; 9 years, 93 days, Fran Tarkenton (12/20/1975) HOF
Fran Tarkenton – 342; 19 years, 341 days, Dan Marino (11/26/1995) HOF
Dan Marino – 420;[ 11 years, 314 days, Brett Favre (9/30/2007) HOF
Brett Favre – 508; 7 years, 26 days, Peyton Manning (10/19/2014) HOF
Peyton Manning – 539; 5 years, 58 days, Drew Brees (12/16/2019)
Drew Brees – 558; 314 days, Tom Brady (10/25/2020)
Tom Brady – 559; 7 days, Drew Brees (11/1/2020)
Drew Brees – 560; 1 day, Tom Brady (11/2/2020)*

(Baugh, Layne, Tittle, Unitas, Tarkenton, Marino and Farve are in the Hall of Fame)

*Brady enters Week 9 as all-time leader with 561 career touchdown passes

Brady is tied for third in the NFL this season with 20 touchdown passes. He’s on pace to throw his most touchdown passes since leading the league with 50 in 2007.

Brees, meanwhile, leads all qualified passers in completion percentage (73.1) and is on pace to become the third player ever to lead the league in that category in at least four consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Len Dawson (six straight years, 1964-69) and Steve Young (four straight years, 1994-97).

SPEAKING OF LEAD CHANGES: NFL games this past weekend produced 23 lead changes, or 1.6 per game on average. Two games – narrow wins by Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay – had four lead changes. Seven of the 14 games in Week 8 were within one score on the last possession.

Minnesota, one of the teams that prevailed in a close game at Green Bay in Week 8, hosts Detroit on Sunday in the Twin Cities. Last week, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 200 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in a single game, joining Shaun Alexander (Week 4, 2002), Clinton Portis (Week 15, 2002), Fred Taylor (Week 12, 2000) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (Week 7, 2002).

COMEBACKS ARE IN STYLE: In NFL annals, 2020 is one of only two seasons in which at least one team has come back to win after erasing a deficit of at least 13 points in each of the first eight weeks. It also happened in 2015. Additionally, at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points to win in seven of the first eight weeks of the 2020 season.

There have been 26 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win, tied for the most such games through Week 8 in NFL history. Only the 1987 season (also 26 games) had as many. In three games this year, including the Broncos’ 21-point comeback win in week 8, a team has erased a deficit of at least 20 points to win. Only 2011 (five) and 1999 (four) have had more such comebacks through eight weeks.

FIRST EPISODE OF MURRAY-TAGOVAILOA ON TAP: Returning from their bye, Arizona on Sunday hosts Miami in a matchup of young quarterbacks. The Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa, who won his first career start last week, plays his first NFL road game. In Week 7, Arizona’s Kyler Murray became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, 50 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in a single game.

Miami’s defense is allowing 18.6 points per game, the fewest in the NFL this season. With 13 takeaways, the Dolphins have 1.9 takeaways per game, tied for second in the NFL behind Seattle (2.0). Cornerback Xavien Howard, tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions, is one of four Miami players with an interception this season, including defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah leads the team and ranks tied for third in the AFC with a career-best six sacks.
Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins leads the NFL in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (704).

GROUNDING OUT PAYDIRT: NFL teams have combined for 245 rushing touchdowns this season, the most through eight weeks in league history. San Francisco (14) and Arizona (12) lead the league in the category, followed by the Los Angeles Rams (11) and Minnesota (11). The NFL’s single-season record is 487 rushing touchdowns in 1979.

Rookies have scored 35 of those rushing touchdowns, led by three players with four apiece: Washington’s Antonio Gibson, Jacksonville’s James Robinson and Detroit’s DeAndre Swift.

Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (10) leads the league in rushing touchdowns, followed by the Falcons’ Todd Gurley (8) and the Titans’ Derrick Henry (8). Cook’s 10 rushing touchdowns in his first six games this season are tied for the fourth-most by a player in his first six games of a season in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (14 in 1958) and Emmitt Smith (11 in 1995) as well as Shaun Alexander (12 in 2005) had more.

In addition, NFL games are averaging 238.4 rushing yards through eight weeks this season. That’s the highest mark in 32 years, since NFL teams averaged 240.3 rushing yards per game through eight weeks in 1988. Among players who have appeared in at least four games this season, Henry leads the NFL with 110.7 rushing yards per game, followed by Cook (108.7).

MOVING BACK THE CLOCKS: Pittsburgh, the NFL’s lone undefeated team, travels to Arlington to play Dallas Sunday afternoon in a rematch of three prior Super Bowls (X, XIII, XXX).

The Steelers (7-0) are off to their best start since 1978. A franchise that has won six Super bowls, tied with New England for the most in NFL history, can achieve its best start ever with a win on Sunday.

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin, who took the reins of the Steelers in 2007, has never had a losing season. With a win on Sunday, Tomlin can tie the NFL record held by Marty Schottenheimer (14 seasons, 1984-97) by beginning his career with 14 consecutive seasons with a record of .500 or better. Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Shula (13 from 1963-75), George Allen (12 from 1966-77) and Curly Lambeau (12 from 1921-32) are the only other coaches in NFL history without a losing season over at least their first 12 years.

The Steelers have 30 sacks and 10 interceptions this season and are the fourth team since 1990 with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions in their first seven games of a season, joining Carolina (2019), Jacksonville (2017) and Kansas City (2013).

ROOKIES ARE FINDING END ZONE: Denver travels to the Deep South to meet Atlanta on Sunday in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIII, the last NFL game played in the Hall of Fame career of John Elway, now the Broncos’ president of football operations and general manager. Last week, current Broncos quarterback Drew Lock threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 1-yard strike to rookie KJ Hamler with no time remaining, to win in thrilling fashion. Hamler is one of 36 NFL rookies this season with at least one scrimmage touchdown.

CHARM CITY CONNECTIONS: Indianapolis, who played in Baltimore from 1953-83, hosts Baltimore on Sunday. The two franchises have combined for four Super Bowl titles. Rushing is deeply woven into each franchise’s DNA, and this season is no different. The Ravens enter Sunday’s game leading the NFL with 178.7 rushing yards per game while the Colts’ rushing defense ranks second in the league, allowing 79.9 yards on the ground per game.

Baltimore has scored least 20 points in 30 consecutive regular-season games, tied with Denver (30 from 2012-14) for the longest streak of regular-season games with at least 20 points in NFL history.

REID CAN SURPASS LAMBEAU: Kansas City head coach Andy Reid (229 wins) needs a victory on Sunday vs. Carolina at Arrowhead to eclipse Pro Football Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau and take sole possession of fifth place on the NFL’s all-time wins list. Since the Chiefs named Reid head coach prior to the 2013 season, he is 89-41-0 (.685) including the postseason, tied with Seattle’s Pete Carroll (89-42-1, .678) for the second-most wins in that span behind Bill Belichick (101-35-0, .743). Overall during his 22-year career, including postseason, Reid is 229-143-1 (.615).

The coaches with the most wins in league history, including postseason:

Rk – Coach (Teams) (Yrs) (W-L-T, Pct.)
1 – Don Shula (Baltimore Colts, Miami) (33) (347-173-6, .667) HOF
2 – George Halas (Chicago) (40) (324-151-31, .680) HOF
3 – Bill Belichick (Cleveland and New England) (26) (306-144-0, .686)
4 – Tom Landry (Dallas) (29) (270-178-6, .603) HOF
5 – Curly Lambeau (Green Bay, Chicago Cardinals and Washington) (33)(229-134-22, .631) HOF
5 – Andy Reid (Philadelphia and Kansas City) (22) (229-143-1, .615)

WILSON CONTINUES WINNING WAYS: Seattle’s Russell Wilson leads the Seahawks into Buffalo Sunday. Selected by the Seahawks in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 draft, Wilson has 92 wins during his nine-year career, tied with Peyton Manning for the most regular-season victories by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history. Including the postseason, Wilson has 101 career wins, tied with Tom Brady for the most victories, including the postseason, by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in league annals.

HERBERT HAS HISTORY IN SIGHT: Quarterback Justin Herbert on Sunday vs. Las Vegas can become the first rookie in NFL history to throw three-or-more touchdown passes in five consecutive games. DeShaun Watson (2017) is the only other rookie to pass for at least three touchdowns in four straight contests.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 1, the eighth week of the 2020 season.

Denver overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30, in Week 8. The 2020 season joins 2015 as the only seasons in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 13 points to win in each of the first eight weeks of a season in NFL history.

Pittsburgh overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Baltimore, 28-24, on Sunday while New Orleans also overcame a 10-point deficit to win in overtime, 26-23, against Chicago in Week 8.

The Steelers have 30 sacks and 10 interceptions this season and are the fourth team since 1990 with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions in their first seven games of a season, joining the 2019 Carolina Panthers, 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars and 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.

Baltimore has scored least 20 points in 30 consecutive regular-season games, tied with Denver (30 consecutive games from 2012-14) for the longest streak of regular-season games with at least 20 points in NFL history.

Three teams – Atlanta, Cincinnati and Minnesota – entered Week 8 with one victory and won, the first time that three teams with one-or-fewer wins in Week 8 or later earned a win in the same week since Week 10 of the 2019 season.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 416 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 144.4 rating in the Chiefs’ 35-9 win over the New York Jets in Week 8.

Mahomes has 10 career games with at least four touchdown passes and joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (12 games) as the only quarterbacks with 10 such games in their first four seasons in NFL history. Mahomes has six career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, tied with Jeff Garcia (six games) for the most by a player in his first four seasons in league annals. Mahomes has 11,727 passing yards and 97 passing touchdowns in 39 career games, both the most by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown on Sunday. Kelce has 7,075 receiving yards in 104 career games and became the second-fastest tight end to reach 7,000 receiving yards, trailing only Rob Gronkowski (100 games).

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 261 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 128.3 rating in the Seahawks’ 37-27 win against San Francisco. Wilson has 26 touchdown passes this season, trailing only Tom Brady (27 touchdown passes in 2007) for the most by a player in his team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history.

Wilson has 92 wins during his nine-year career, tied with Peyton Manning (92 wins) for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history. Including the postseason, Wilson has 101 career wins, tied with Tom Brady (101 wins) for the most wins, including the postseason, by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in league annals.

Wilson has at least 25 touchdown passes in a season for the seventh time in his career and joins Peyton Manning (nine seasons) as the only players ever with at least 25 touchdown passes in seven of their first nine seasons and he has 253 career touchdown passes and joins Peyton Manning (275 touchdown passes) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (266) as the only quarterbacks with at least 250 touchdown passes in their first nine seasons in NFL history.

Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow completed 26 of 37 attempts (70.3 percent) for 249 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 106.7 rating in the Bengals’ 31-20 win over Tennessee in Week 8. Burrow has 221 completions this season, the most completions by a player in his first eight career games in NFL history.

Burrow has at least 25 completions in six games this season, tied with Kyler Murray (six games in 2019) for the second-most such games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Only Carson Wentz (seven games in 2016) had more.

Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Hervert passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns in Week 8. Herbert joins DeShaun Watson (four consecutive games in 2017) as the only rookie quarterbacks with at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games in NFL history.

Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook registered a career-high 226 scrimmage yards (163 rushing, 63 receiving), three rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the Vikings’ 28-22 win at Green Bay in Week 8. Cook is the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 200 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in a single game, joining Shaun Alexander (Week 4, 2002), Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (Week 7, 2002), Clinton Portis (Week 15, 2002) and Fred Taylor (Week 12, 2000).

Cook has 10 rushing touchdowns in his first six games this season, tied for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns by a player in his first six games of a season in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (14 rushing touchdowns in 1958) and Emmitt Smith (11 in 1995) as well as Shaun Alexander (12 in 2005) had more.

New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara had nine receptions and 163 scrimmage yards (96 receiving, 67 rushing) in the Saints’ 26-23 overtime win at Chicago.

Kamara has 55 receptions this season and joins Matt Forte (2008-11) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-04) as the only running backs with at least 50 receptions in each of their first four seasons in league annals.

wHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK NINE

MEETINGS OF LEAGUE ELITES: The 2020 NFL season continues to be the highest scoring in league history, as the marks for total points (5,996) and touchdowns (692) are the most ever through eight weeks. The 50.4 points per game (both teams combined) is the highest total through Week 8 since 1970 while five teams are averaging at least 30 points per game, also the most at this point of a season since 1970.

Additionally, half of the league (16 teams) has a record above .500 entering Week 9. A total of 11 teams have two-or-fewer losses, tied for the second-most such teams through eight weeks in NFL history.

The seasons with the most teams with two-or-fewer losses after eight weeks in NFL history:

SEASON – TEAMS
1996 – 12
2020 – 11
1993 – 11

Three games in Week 9 will feature teams with two-or-fewer losses: 6-1 Seattle travels to face 6-2 Buffalo, Indianapolis (5-2) hosts Baltimore (5-2) and an NFC South showdown Sunday Night Football features New Orleans (5-2) and Tampa Bay (6-2).

This will mark the fifth week since 1970 in which there are at least three games between teams with two-or-fewer losses in Week 9 or later.

The weeks featuring at least three games between teams with two-or-fewer losses in Week 9 or later since 1970:

WEEK – GAMES
Week 9, 2020 – Seattle (6-1) at Buffalo (6-2), Baltimore (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2) and New Orleans (5-2) at Tampa Bay (6-2)
Week 9, 1999 – St. Louis Rams (6-1) at Detroit (5-2), Kansas City (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2) and Tennessee (6-1) at Miami (6-1)
Week 9, 1997 – Green Bay (5-2) at New England (5-2), Jacksonville (5-2) at Pittsburgh (5-2) and Minnesota (5-2) at Tampa Bay (5-2)
Week 9, 1996 – Kansas City (5-2) at Denver (6-1), San Francisco (5-2) at Houston Oilers (5-2), Carolina (5-2) at Philadelphia (5-2) and Indianapolis (5-2) at Washington (6-1)
Week 9, 1993 – Kansas City (5-1) at Miami (5-1), Detroit (5-2) at Minnesota (4-2) and Dallas (4-2) at Philadelphia (4-2)

PUTTING UP POINTS: Seattle (34.3) leads the NFL in points per game, while Pittsburgh (30.1) rank fifth. They are the only two teams in the league that have scored at least 25 points in each of their first seven games this season.

If Seattle scores at least 25 points at Buffalo and Pittsburgh scores at least 25 points at Dallas, they will become the sixth and seventh teams to score at least 25 points in each of their first eight games of a season in NFL history. This would be the first season in league annals in which two teams accomplished the feat.

The teams to score at least 25 points in the most consecutive games to begin a season in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Kansas City (2018 – 16)
Denver (2013 – 13)
New England (2015 – 9)
New England (2007 – 8)
St. Louis Rams (2000 – 8)
Pittsburgh (2020 – 7)*
Seattle (2020 – 7)*
*Active streak

MOVING ON UP: Last week, Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 262 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions in the Colts’ victory and has 1,860 passing yards and 10 touchdown passes this season. In his 17-year career, Rivers has 61,131 passing yards, the sixth-most in NFL history.

With at least 231 passing yards on Sunday against Baltimore , Rivers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) for the fifth-most passing yards all-time.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (PASSING YARDS)
Drew Brees – San Diego Chargers and New Orleans (79,314)
Tom Brady – New England and Tampa Bay (76,760)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838) HOF
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361) HOF
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis (61,131)*
*Entering Week 9

100 IN A HURRY: Last week, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes set season highs in passing yards (416) and touchdown passes (five). In 39 career games, Mahomes has 11,727 passing yards and 97 touchdown passes, both the most by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

With at least three touchdown passes in his 40th career game on Sunday against Carolina, Mahomes would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (44 games) as the fastest player to reach 100 career touchdown passes in NFL history.

The fastest players to reach 100 career touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES)
Dan Marino, Miami (44) HOF
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (50) HOF
Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Coltes (53) HOF
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (39)*
*Has 97 touchdown passes

Last week marked Mahomes’ 18th career game with at least three touchdown passes. With three touchdown passes against Carolina, Mahomes would also surpass Marino (18 games) for the most games with at least three touchdown passes in a player’s first 40 career games in NFL history.

AMONG THE GREATS: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson leads the league with 26 touchdown passes this season, trailing only TOM BRADY (27 touchdown passes in 2007) for the most by a player through his team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history. Wilson, currently in his ninth season, has 253 career touchdown passes and has had at least 30 touchdown passes in each of the past three seasons.

With at least four touchdown passes on Sunday at Buffalo, Wilson would join Drew Brees (nine consecutive seasons) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (five consecutive seasons) as the only players with 30-or-more touchdown passes in at least four consecutive seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (9; 2008-16)
Brett Favre, Green Bay (5; 1994-98) HOF
Russell Wilson, Seattle (3; 2017-19)*
*Has 26 touchdown passes in 2020

PAIR OF PLAYMAKERS: Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray leads all quarterbacks with 437 rushing yards this season, while Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson ranks second (411). This marks the first time in league history that two quarterbacks each have at least 400 rushing yards entering Week 9.

Last season, Murray joined Cam Netwon (2011) as the only rookie quarterbacks to record at least 3,500 passing yards (3,722) and 500 rushing yards (544) in NFL history. With at least 63 rushing yards on Sunday against Miami, Murray will become the fourth quarterback to rush for at least 500 yards in each of his first two seasons in NFL history, joining Josh Allen (2018-19), Jackson (2018-19) and Newton (2011-12).

With at least 89 rushing yards on Sunday at Indianapolis, Jackson will join Newton (first five seasons) as the only quarterbacks to rush for at least 500 yards in each of their first three seasons.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Entering Week 9, New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara leads the NFL with 987 scrimmage yards (556 receiving, 431 rushing). He also leads all running backs in receiving yards and receptions (55).

With at least 69 rushing yards at Tampa Bay Sunday night, Kamara can become the first player with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons in NFL history.

He will also become the sixth running back with four-or-more consecutive seasons with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era.

The running backs with the most consecutive seasons with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER – TEAMS (SEASONS)
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis Rams (5; 1998-2002) HOF
Lydell Mitchell – Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers (5; 1974-78)
Charlie Garner – San Francisco and Oakland Raiders (4; 1999-2002)
Thurman Thomas – Buffalo (4; 1989-92) HOF
Brian Westbrook – Philadelphia (4; 2004-07)
Alvin Kamara – New Orleans (3; 2017-19)*
*Has 556 receiving yards and 431 rushing yards in 2020

HOPKINS CATCHING HISTORY: Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the NFL with 57 receptions and 704 receiving yards this season. Hopkins, who will be 28 years and 155 days old on Sunday, has 689 receptions for 9,306 yards in his eight-year career.

With at least 11 receptions against Miami, Hopkins will surpass current teammate Larry Fitzgerald (29 years, 23 days) as the youngest player to reach 700 career receptions in NFL history. Hopkins will also become the fifth player to reach 700 receptions in his first eight seasons in league annals.

The youngest players to reach 700 career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (AGE)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (29 years, 23 days)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (29 years, 129 days)
Brandon Marshall – Denver, Miami and Chicago (29 years, 267 days)
DeAndre Hopkins – Houston and Arizona (28 years, 155 days)*
*On Sunday

The players with at least 700 receptions in their first eight seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (RECEPTIONS)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (759) HOF
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (733)
Torry Holt – St. Louis Rams (712)
Brandon Marshall – Denver, Miami and Chicago (712)
DeAndre Hopkins – Houston and Arizona (689)*
*In eighth season

With at least 96 receiving yards, Hopkins can join Gary Clark (1985-92) as the only players with at least 50 receptions and 800 receiving yards in each of their first eight seasons in NFL history.

Byes last week? Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville and Washington. This week’s byes? Cincinnati, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia. Last week was pretty good (8-6) and for the season, that’s 75-44. Week nine got underway in Santa Clara as the Packers manhandled San Francisco Thursday night in Santa Clara and ends in upstate New Jersey as the Patriots and Jets square off Monday night. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week nine.

Denver (3-4) at ATLANTA (2-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Sunday afternoon action gets underway in the Big Peach as Denver travels to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. Both teams enter the early afternoon contest with wins under their belts.

Denver rallied from a 6-point deficit in the Mile High City, coming away with a 31-30 last-second win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High last Sunday afternoon. The Broncos used a 14-play, 81-yard drive that would use the remaining 2:30 of time left on the clock and sent their fans home happy campers when rookie WR K.J. Hamler and QB Drew Lock connected on a 1-yard TD toss as the clock struck :00.

Trailing 14-3 at the intermission, Denver, outscoring the Chargers 28-16 in the final 30 minutes of play, was out-rushed by the Chargers 210-108 with Patrick Lindsay leading the Broncos with 83 yards and a TD, while Chargers RB Justin Jackson led all rushers with 89 yards; Lock threw for 248 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner (Lock was sacked twice and threw an interception), while Justin Hebert threw for 278 yard with three TDs, a pair of sacks and two interceptions. Denver went 5 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 24:07 (including the final 2:50 of the contest), while the Chargers were 7 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:53.

Atlanta got their revenge on Carolina in Charlotte two Thurdays ago, coming away 25-17 winners at Bank of America Stadium. The Falcons led 16-14 at the break after trailing 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, then pulled away from Carolina in the ifnal 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Panthers 9-3 in the final 30 minutes of play.

While Carolina out-rushed Atlanta 147-131, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and had a rushing TD of his own (Ryan was sacked twice and threw an interception, WR Julio Jones led all recievers with 137 yards on seven catches), while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 176 yards and a TD with three sacks and an interception. Atlanta was 3 of 9 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 36:30, while the Panthers kept the pigskin for 23:30, going 2 of 10 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

Denver leads the series 8-6 and have outscored the Falcons 378-335. Atlanta has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 23-16 win in the Mile High City in 2016, while Denver’s last win over the Falcons came in the Big Peach in 2008 by a final of 24-20. Atlanta’s favored by 4 in the Big Peach with a 50 over/under. While this one’s nowhere near being “Drill Worthy!,” itll be entertaining. Atlanta wins before their bye week in the Big Peach and covers the 4.

Seattle (6-1) at Buffalo (6-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Salmon and Starbucks meets wings as a pair of a first-place teams meet in upstate New York. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks travel to Orchard Park for an early afternoon (10 a.m. Seattle time) start against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Both teams were winners at home last Sunday.

Seattle, in first place in the NFC West, manhandled divisional rival San Francisco 37-27 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks Sunday. The 49ers, who lost the services of Jimmy Garappolo (ankle) and TE George Kittle (broken leg) in the NFC West showdown, as Seattle took a 13-7 at the break, then outpaced the 49ers 24-20 in the last 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field.

Seattle out-rushed San Francisco 101-52 and Garoppolo threw for 84 yards with an interception before being replaced by Nick Mullins (238 yards, TD), while Wilson burned the 49ers for 269 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR D.J. Metcalf on two of the tosses (Metcalf led all recievers with 161 yards on 12 catches). The 49ers were 6 of 13 on third down (San Francisco was 2 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:02, while the Seahawks were rulers of time, holding the pigskin for 30:58, while going 9 of 15 on third down conversions.

Buffalo held off a late New England rally in Orchard Park last Sunday, coming away 24-21 winners. The Bills led Cam Newton and the Patriots 7-6 at the break, then floored the gas in the second half 17-15, then forced a Newton fumble inside Buffalo’s 20-yard line to seal the win.

The Bills BARELY outrushed New England 190-188 in upstate New York, overcoming a 102-yard day by Damien Harris (Harris had a rushing TD), with Allen throwing for 154 yards, while Newton threw for 174 yards (Newton was sacked twice, Allen was sacked once and threw the game’s only interception). New England went 5 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 30:46, while the Bills kept the pigskin for 29:14, going 5 for 13 on third down tries (neither club had a fourth down attempt).

The Seahawks lead the series 8-5, has outscored the Bills 326-311 and have won the last two meetings, including a 31-25 win i the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2016, while Buffalo’s last win in the series came in upstate New York in 2008 by a final of 34-10. Seattle’s favored by 3 1/2 in upstate New York and the over/under’s 54 1/2. Both numbers make a ton of sense. Buffalo keeps it close in upstate New York but Seattle takes the win in Orchard Park.

Baltimore (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of 5-2 teams meet in the Hoosier State as Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens make their way to Lucas Oil Stadium for a showdown with Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Ravens let a 17-7 lead against Pittsburgh get away from them at M&T Bank Stadium get away from them and had a fourth quarter rally fall short as the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger came away with the 28-24 win in Charm City. The Ravens led by 10 at the break before the Steelers, picking up their seventh win in a row, scored 14 third-quarter points unchallenged before the Ravens took the lead back with 11:56 left in the contest when Jackson and WR Marquise Brown connected on a 3-yard TD toss. Pittsburgh then found a way to get themselves back on track, using an 8-play, 80-yard drive that used 4:27 of clock, reclaiming the lead for keeps when Roethlisberger and rookie WR Chase Claypool hooked on an 8-yard TD toss.

Baltimore had one last chance to knock Pittsburgh out of the ranks of the unbeatens and with 52 seconds left in regulation, the Ravens got the ball back at their 37-yard line and got themselves as far as Pittsburgh’s 23-yard, where two Jackson passes that would have given Baltimore the win were incomplete. Baltimore out-rushed the Steelers 265-48 with Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins leading all rushers with 113 yards on 15 carries; Jackson threw for 208 yards, while Roethlisberger threw for 182 yards (Roethlisberger was sacked twice, Jackson was sacked four times and threw a pair of interceptions; both qb’s threw a pair of TDs). Baltimore went 8 of 15 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:22 (including the final 52 seconds of the contest), while Pittsburgh kept the pigskin for 24:38, going 3 of 9 on third down.

Rivers and the Colts manhandled Detroit and Matthew Stafford 41-21 at Ford Field. The Colts erased a 7-0 first quarter Lions lead by scoring 20 second quarter points unfettered, leading by 13 at the break. Rivers and the Colts would go on a scoring spree in the second half, outscoring Detroit 21-14 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Indianapolis out-rushed the Lions 119-29 with Colts RB Jordan Wilkins leading all rushers with 89 yards and a TD; Rivers threw for 262 yards and three TDs (two of them to RB Nyheim Hines) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Stafford threw for 336 yards and three TDs of his own (tw going to WR Marvin Jones Jr.; Lions WR Marvin Hall led all recievers with 113 yards; Stafford was sacked five times and threw an interception, while Rivers was sacked three times). Both clubs were 7 of 14 on third down; on fourth down, the Colts were 1 of 1 on fourth down and were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 37:46, while the Lions, keeping the pigskin for 22:14, went 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Colts lead series 8-4 and Indy has outscored Baltimore 288-233. Baltimore won the last meeting, which took place in Charm City, coming away 23-16 winners in 2017, while the Colts’ last win in the series came in the Hoosier State in 2014 as the Colts would leave Lucas Oil Stadium 20-13 winners. Baltimore’s favored by 2 in the Hoosier State and the over/under’s 46. Both teams are looking to have a shot at the post-season. The Ravens would love nothing more than to erase the memory of the close loss at home to the Steelers. As for the Colts? They want to keep pace with Tennessee in the AFC South. Ravens win this one in the Hoosier State and covers the 2.

Houston (1-6) at Jacksonville (1-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They meet again, this time in the Sunshine State and this time, they both come off losses and byes. Houston travels to north Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Houston returns to action after their 35-20 loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at NRG Stadium two Sundays ago. The Packers scored the first 21 points of the contest unchallenged, taking that 21-0 lead with them to the intermission.

Neither the Packers or Texans breached the 100-yard barrier but Green Bay did manage to out-rush Houston 96-79 with Rodgers throwing for 283 yards with four TDs (two of them to DaVonta Adams) without a sack or interception, while DeShaun Watson threw for 309 yards and a pair of TDs and was sacked three times but had no interceptions. The Packers were 7 of 12 on third down tries in the Lone Star State and held on to the ball for 28:54, while the Texans were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:06, going 6 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Jacksonville also returns from a bye from last week and also comes off a loss, as the Los Angeles Chargers manhandled the Jaguars 39-29 at SoFi Stadium two Sundays ago. Leading 16-14 at the intermission on the West Coast, the Chargers outscored Jacksonville 23-15 in the final 30 minutes of play to take the win.

Even though Jacksonville would out-rush the Bolts 140-135 (Jacksonville RB James Robinson led all rushers with 119 yards and a TD), Chargers QB Justin Hebert threw for 347 yards and three TDs with a sack, while Minshew threw for 173 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Robinson) and was sacked five times (neither man threw an interception; Chargers WR Keenan Allen led all recievers with 125 yards). The Chargers went 6 of 14 on third down conversions and had time on their hands, holding the ball for 34:31, while the Jaguars kept the pigskin for 25:29, going 6 of 15 on third down and 1 of 4 on fourth down.

It’s a rematch of their week five meeting in the Lone Star State with Watson and the Texans coming away from NRG Stadium 30-14 winners. Houston led 10-7 at the intermission after a scoreless first quarter, then pulled away from the Jagaurs, outscoring Jacksonville 20-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Jacksonville found themselves out-rushed 129-75 with Texans RB David Johnson leading the way with 96 yards. Watson threw for 359 yards with three TDs and a pair of interceptions (Watson was sacked once), while Minshew threw for 301 with a pair of TDs and was sacked three times. Both teams were .500 on third down tries (Houston was 5 of 10, Jacksonville was 8 of 16); Houston went 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 28:01, while Jacksonville actually ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 31:59, going 1 of 3 on fourth down.

Houston was favored by 5 in their week five meeting in the Lone Star State, the contest that gave interim head Romeo Crennell his first win and the Texans covered, winning by 16 but the two clubs did not cover the 54 over/under, tallying 44 points. Houston’s favored again, this time by 7 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 50 1/2. History has a way of repeating itself and the winner gets to stay out of the AFC South basement. Houston may not cover the 7 but they take the win in the Sunshine State.

Carolina (3-5) at Kansas City (7-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. It’s a battle of BBQ as Carolina travels to Arrowhead for a meeting with the defending Super Bowl champs.

Panther fans watched Atlanta get their revenge in Charlotte two Thurdays ago, as Atlanta would come away 25-17 winners at Bank of America Stadium. Trailing 16-14 at the break after the Panthers led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, Carolina watched as the Falcons pulled away in the ifnal 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Panthers 9-3 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Even though Carolina out-rushed Atlanta 147-131, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and had a rushing TD of his own (Ryan was sacked twice and threw an interception, WR Julio Jones led all recievers with 137 yards on seven catches), while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 176 yards and a TD with three sacks and an interception. Atlanta was 3 of 9 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 36:30, while the Panthers kept the pigskin for 23:30, going 2 of 10 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

The defending Super Bowl champs had their way with the New York Jets at Arrowhead last Sunday, as Mahomes and the Chiefs came away 35-9 winners. Kansas City led 21-9 at the intermission in the Show-Me State, then scored their final 14 points of the contest unchallenged.

While GangGreen out-rushed Kansas City 93-50, Mahomes burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 416 yards and five TDs, connecting with Tyreek Hill for two of the passes and TE Travis Kelce (Kelce led all recievers with 109 yards on eight catches), while Sam Darnold threw for 133 yards with a sack (neither Mahomes or Darnold had an interception). The Chiefs were 7 of 13 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:30, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for 28:30, going 2 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The defending Super Bowl champs lead the series 4-2 but Carolina has outscored Kansas City 128-114. Kansas City has won the last two meetings, including a 20-17 win in the Tar Heel State in 2016, while Carolina’s last win over the Chiefs came in Charlotte in 2008, as the Panthers shut out Kansas City 34-0. The Chiefs are favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under’s 52 1/2. The 52 1/2? Makes sense. The 10 1/2? Not so much sense. Granted, the Panthers are struggling but they’re not 10 1/2 points bad. Carolina’ll make this one somewhat interesting but the champs prevail at Arrowhead, taking the win in the Show-Me State.

Detroit (3-4) at Minnesota (2-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. NFC North rivals Detroit and Minnesota, trying to avoid the division cellar meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes Sunday afternoon. The Lions come in with a home loss under their belts, while the Vikings return to US Bank Stadium with a road win under their belts.

Detroit and Matthew Stafford were taken to task by Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts 41-21 at Ford Field. The Colts erased a 7-0 first quarter Lions lead by scoring 20 second quarter points unfettered to trail by 13 at the break. Rivers and the Colts would go on a scoring spree in the second half, outscoring Detroit 21-14 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Indianapolis out-rushed the Lions 119-29 with Colts RB Jordan Wilkins leading all rushers with 89 yards and a TD; Rivers threw for 262 yards and three TDs (two of them to RB Nyheim Hines) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Stafford threw for 336 yards and three TDs of his own (tw going to WR Marvin Jones Jr.; Lions WR Marvin Hall led all recievers with 113 yards; Stafford was sacked five times and threw an interception, while Rivers was sacked three times). Both clubs were 7 of 14 on third down; on fourth down, the Colts were 1 of 1 on fourth down and were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 37:46, while the Lions, keeping the pigskin for 22:14, went 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Vikings erased a 14-14 tie at Lambeau Field against NFC North rival Green Bay, scoring their final 14 points in the third quarter unchallenged, holding on to take a 28-22 win in the land of cheese, beer and bratwurst. It would be the Dalvin Cook vs. DeVonta Freeman show as the two men would account for all the scoring for both teams (Cook with three rushing TDs and a TD pass, Freeman with three TD passes) in the contest that was played in somewhat windy conditions (NW 23 mph) with a gametime temperature of 34 with a wind chill of 22. Green Bay would rally to make it a 6-point contest with 2:42 left on Adams’ third TD catch of the afternoon and the two-point conversion. Green Bay would then stop the Vikings from running away with the contest, getting ball back with 47 seconds left after a Minnesota punt. The Packer would get themselves as close as Minnesota’s 41-yard line before Rodgers was sacked by DE D.J. Wonnum with 12 seconds left. Rodgers then fumbled the ball and LB Eric Wilson recoved the fumble. After a review, the call on the field stood and the Vikings got their revenge from their week one loss to the Packers in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota out-rushed Green Bay 173-109 and Cook led all rushers with 160 and the three ground TDs; Rodgers threw for 291 yards and the three TD tosses to Adams, while Cousins threw for 160 yards and the TD toss to Cook (both men were sacked once and neither threw an interception). Green Bay went 5 of 11 on third down (the Packers were 3 of 5 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:12, including the final 48 seconds of the contest; as for the Vikings, they would keep the ball for 27:48, going 4 of 8 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 76-39-2 (which includes contests that were played at Metropolitan Stadium, Tiger Stadium, the Metrodome and the Pontiac Silverdome), have outscored the Lions 2,545-2,154 and have won the last five meetings, including sweeping last year’s series, both played in the Great Indoors (Detroit’s last win came in 2017 in the Twin Cities by a final of 14-7).

Meeting number one… week seven in the Motor City and the Vikings broke a 21-21 tie at the intermission to take the 42-30 win at Ford Field. Minnesota used a pair of Cousins TD passes and a rushing score by Dalvin Cook to take control of the final 30 minutes of play. Minnesota out-rushed Detroit 166-81 and Cook led all rushers with a pair of TDs and 142 yards on the ground. Cousins would throw for 337 yards, while Stafford threw for 364 yards (both men threw four TDs, Stafford was sacked twice and threw the contest’s only interception). Minnesota went 6 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball to themselves for 32:10, while the Lions, who held on to the pigskin for 27:50, went 6 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

For the Vikings, it was second verse, same as the first. Minnesota completed the sweep at home at US Bank Stadium, taking a 20-7 win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in week 14. Minnesota scored the first 17 points of the contest unchallenged, taking a 17-0 lead to the intermission, with Detroit’s only points coming in the fourth quarter when Golladay and backup QB David Blough connected on a 10-yard TD toss late in the final quarter. Minnesota again out-rushed Detriot, this time by a 120-70 margin and once agian, Cook led all rushers with 62 yards and a TD; Cousins threw for 242 yards and a TD without an interception (he was sacked once), while Blough, who took over for the injured Stafford, threw for 205 yards and the Golladay TD; Blough was sacked five times and was picked off twice. Minnesota was 5 of 14 on third down (the Vikings were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Vikings ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:42, while the Lions held on to the pigskin for 26:18, going 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week seven contest in the Motor City, Minnesota covered the 1-point spread with their 12 -point win and both teams covered the 45 1/2 over/under, tallying 72 points. Minnesota covered the 14 1/2-point spread in the week 14 contest in the Twin Cities, winning by 13 but the 42 1/2 over/under was safe, as both teams tallied only 27 points. In this meeting, the Vikings are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Both numbers sound reasonable and both teams are looking to dig their way out of the NFC North cellar. Minnesota wins in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and covers the spread in the Twin Cities.

Chicago (5-3) at Tennessee (5-2), 1 o.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of contenders meet in the Music City as Chicago travels to Nashville to face off against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Both teams took losses in their Sunday contests last week.

Chicago took New Orleans and Drew Brees to overtime, only to see the Saints leave Soldier Field 26-23 winners Sunday afternoon in the Windy City. Da Bears led 13-10 at the break, only to see the Saints use a pair of Wil Lutz field goals in the third qoarter to lead by 3. Chicago would eventually make their way back to even, using a 3-yard TD pass from Nick Foles to WR Darnell Mooney and a Carlos Santos field goal to send the contest into overtime. New Orleans would win the toss to start the overtime and got themselves as far as Chicago’s 45-yard line, punting the ball back to Da Bears.

Chicago then had their chance to end the game but got only as far as their 27-yard line, where they would punt the ball back to the Saints. It would be the last time that Chicago would see the ball, as the Saints went on a 7-play, 52-yard drive that used 2:12 of clock and ending as Lutz (who missed a 27-yard try early in the contest, hitting the upright) would connect on a 35-yard try to end the contest.

New Orleans out-rushed Chicago 122-96 with Bears RB David Montgomery leading all rushers with 89 yards, while the Saints were paced by Alvin Kamara with 67. Foles threw for 272 yards, while Brees threw for 280 yards (Foles was sacked five times, Brees was sacked once, each man threw a pair of TDs and Foles threw the contest’s only interception). Chicago went 5 of 15 on third down tries at Soldier Field, keeping the ball for 33:09, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 35:15, going 2 of 13 on third down (both teams were 2 of 3 on fourth down).

The Titans found themselves being taken to task by Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals 31-20 at Paul Brown Stadium. Tennessee trailed 17-3 at the intermission and could never really get themselves on track, as the Bengals owned the fourth quarter, outscoring Tennessee 14-13.

Although Tennessee out-rushed the Bengals 218-118 with Titans RB Derrick Henry leading all rushers with 112 yards and a TD, Burrow burned the Titans for 249 yards without a sack or interception, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 233 yards with a sack and an interception (both men threw a pair of TDs). Tennessee went 5 of 9 on third down tries and the Titans kept the ball for 24:03, while the Bengals were ball-hogs, keeping the pigskin to themselves for 35:57, going 10 of 15 on third down (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

They’ve met 12 times and including contests played at Wrigley Field and in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and the series is even 6-6 with the Titans outscoring Da Bears 272-259. Tennessee won the last meeting, a 27-21 victory at Soldier Field in 2016, while Chicago’s last win came in Nashville in 2012 as Da Bears prevailed 51-20. Tennessee’s favored by 5 1/2 in the Music City and the over/under’s 46 1/2. These are two pretty good teams and could make the post-season party. Chicago pulls the upset in Nashville and takes the win but expect the Titans to make things closer than 5 1/2.

New York Giants (1-7) at Washington (2-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. They meet again. Washington, in second place in a somewhat weak NFC East, hosts the New York Giants at FedEx Field in a week six rematch in Maryland.

Tampa Bay erased a 14-6 deficit against the New York Giants in the Meadowlands Monday night, coming away 25-23 winners at Met Life Stadium. The Buccaneers would go on to outscore Big Blue 19-9 in the final 30 minutes of play, with the Giants pulling themselves to within 2 with 28 seconds left when WR Golden Tate and QB Daniel Jones connecting on a 19-yard TD toss, before Tampa Bay held off a late Giants rally in the closing seconds of the contest.

While the Giants did out-rush Tampa Bay 101-81, Brady burned the Giants for 279 yards, throwing TD passes to Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski (Brady was sacked twice without an interception), while Jones threw for 256 yards with a pair of TDs (including the one to Tate) with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. Tampa Bay went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Bucs kept the ball for 30:10, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 29:50, went 4 of 11 on third down, 2 for 2 on fourth down.

Washington manhandled Dallas 25-3 at FedEx Field two Sundays ago, knocking backup QB Andy Dalton out of the contest in the process two Sundays ago. Washington held the Cowboys to a Greg Zeurlein field goal late in the first quarter as tthey would score their remaining 16 points of the contest unchallenged, taking a 22-3 lead at the break.

Dallas was held to 82 yards of rushing, while Washington ran roughshod over the Cowboys, tallying 208 yards with RB Antonio Gibson leading the way with 128 yards and a TD (Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott had 45 of Dallas’ yards). Andy Dalton threw for 75 yards with an interception and three sacks before leaving the contest with a concussion; DiNucci finsihed the contest, throwing for 35 yards and had three sacks; Washington’s Kyle Allen threw for 194 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down tries in Landover; Dallas went 3 of 12 and kept the ball for 23:36, while Washington wound up being ball hogs, keeping the pigskin for 36:24 and went 9 of 15 on third down.

The Sunday afternoon contest at FedEx Field is a rematch of their meeting in the Meadowlands in week six, a contest in which the Giants held off Washington 20-19 at Met Life Stadium. Big Blue led 13-10 at the intermission and took that 3-point lead into the fourth quarter after the two clubs played a scoreless third. Washington would make it a 1-point affair with 36 seconds left when WR Cam Sims and QB Kirk Allen connected on a 22-yard TD strike. Washington then went for two, hoping to tie the contest up and send it into overtime and the try for two failed, then went for the onside kick, which the Giants recovered.

Big Blue out-rushed Washington 132-86 and Jones led all rushers with 74 yards on the ground. Allen threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs (Allen was sacked three times), while Jones threw for 112 with a TD and a sack (both men were picked off once). The Giants were 7 of 11 on third down tries at Met Life Stadium and kept the ball for 26:30, while Washington actually ruled the clock, holding on the ball for 33:30, going 8 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week six contest, where the Giants picked up their first win of the season, the Giants were favored by 6 1/2 and would win by only one and both teams missed the 42 1/2 over/under by 3. Washington’s favored by 3 in the rematch and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams are chasing Philadephia (who has a bye this week) in the NFC East and the winner puts themselves a little closer. Washington gets revenge from their loss along the Jersey shores and takes the win in Maryland.

Las Vegas (4-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Set the records aside. Even though one team has changed states, it’s still a pair of AFL/AFC West rivals that aren’t crazy about each other and don’t expect any friend requests on Facebook. The Raiders and Chargers meet at SoFi Stadium in a late afternoon AFC West affair.

The Silver and Black broke a 6-6 tie at the end of the third quarter, scoring 10 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take the 16-6 win over Cleveland last Sunday. Las Vegas led 6-3 at the break before Browns K Chris Parkey tied the contest with a 38-yard field halfway through the third quarter. It would be the last time the Browns would score as the Raiders’ Hunter Renfrow scored the contest’s only TD on a 4-yard pass from Derek Carr to take the lead for good.

The Raiders out-rushed Cleveland 208-101 with RB Josh Jacbos leading the way with 128 yards; Carr threw for 112 yards and a pair of sacks, while Baker Mayfield threw for 122 yards with no sacks (neither man had an interception in the contest). The Raiders were 8 of 14 on third down, holding the ball for 37:43, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 22:17, going 3 for 10 on third down (both clubs were 2 of 2 on fourth down).

Once again, the Chargers blew a lead later as Denver rallied from a 6-point deficit in the Mile High City, coming away with a 31-30 last-second win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High last Sunday afternoon. The Broncos used a 14-play, 81-yard drive that would use the remaining 2:30 of time left on the clock and sent their fans home happy campers when rookie WR K.J. Hamler and QB Drew Lock connected on a 1-yard TD toss as the clock struck :00.

Trailing 14-3 at the intermission, Denver, outscoring the Chargers 28-16 in the final 30 minutes of play, was out-rushed by the Chargers 210-108 with Patrick Lindsay leading the Broncos with 83 yards and a TD, while Chargers RB Justin Jackson led all rushers with 89 yards; Lock threw for 248 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner (Lock was sacked twice and threw an interception), while Justin Hebert threw for 278 yard with three TDs, a pair of sacks and two interceptions. Denver went 5 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 24:07 (including the final 2:50 of the contest), while the Chargers were 7 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:53.

Including games played in Los Angeles and San Diego, the Raiders lead the series 64-54-2 and have outscored the 2,613-2,596. The Silver and Black swept last year’s series, taking both wins on the West Coast (the Chargers’ last win in the series came in 2018, when they left the Black Hole with a 20-6 win; the Chargers swept the series that year.).

The first meeting took place in Oakland in week 10 and the Raiders held off the Chargers 26-24 at the Coliseum. The Silver and Black led 17-14 at the intermission, then held off a late Chargers rally that saw Los Angeles pull themselves to within 2 with 62 seconds left when Josh Jacobs scored on a 18-yard run but missed the extra point. The Chargers then went for an onside kick, which the Raiders recovered and Oaklahd would run out the clock to take the win.

The Chargers out-rushed Oakland 146-78, with Los Angeles RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 108 yards and a TD; Philip Rivers threw for 207 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times and picked off three times, while Carr threw for 218 yards with a TD and three sacks. The Chargers were 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and they would actually rule the clock, holding on to the ball for 34:10, while the Raiders, keeping the pigskin for 25:50, went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

They met again in southern California in week 16 and the Raiders completed the sweep, holding off another Charger rally and leaving Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson 24-17 winners. Again, the Silver and Black led at the half (14-7) and as was the case in Oakland, they held off a late Los Angeles rally to take the win.
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Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but the Raiders managed to out-rush the Chargers 99-19 with RB DeAndre Washington leading the way with 85 yards and TD; Carr threw for 291 yards and a TD to Hunter Renfrow with three sacks, while Rivers threw for 279 yards with one sack (neither man threw an interception). Both clubs were 1 for 1 on fourth down; the Raiders were 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 33:24, while the Chargers were 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 26:36.

In the week 10 contest in northern California, the Chargers were favored by 1 1/1 in the Thursday night contest and the Raiders would BARELY cover, winning by 2 and both clubs took care of the 48 1/2 over/under, combining for 50 points. As for the week 16 contest in Carson? The Chargers were again favored, this time by 5 and once again, the Raiders covered, winning by 7 but neither team covered the 47 over/under, tallying 41 points. This time, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Chargers at home as 1 1/2-point favorites with a 53 over/under. Both teams are trying to catch and pass Kansas City in the AFC West (the Raiders have the tie-breaker with the Chiefs, while the Chiefs beat the Chargers). Raiders cover the 1 1/2 and takes the win on the road.

Miami (4-3) at Arizona (5-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of young arms meet in the desert as rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins take on Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. Both teams were winners at home in their last contests.

Miami got four TDs four different ways against the Los Angeles Rams as they manhandled Los Angeles 28-17 at Hard Rock Stadium last Sunday. The Dolphins, leading 28-10 at the intermission, used a 3-yard TD pass from Tagovailoa (his first of his career) to DeVante Parker, a 78-yard fumble return by LB Andrew Van Ginkel, an 88-yard punt return by Jakeem Grant and a 1-yard TD run by Myles Gaskin to complete their scoring BINGO card.

Even though the Rams out-rushed Miami 131-55, Tagovailoa threw for only 93 yards with the TD, while Jared Goff threw for 355 yards and a TD to WR Robert Woods (Woods also had a rushing TD, Cooper Kupp led all recievers with 110 yards on 11 catches; Goff had a pair of interceptions). Miami went 3 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 23:31, while the Rams ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 36:29, going 7 of 17 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Seattle let a 27-17 lead at the intermission against Arizona get away from them as the Desert Angry Birds stormed back at home in Glendale and took a 37-34 overtime win at State Farm Stadium. Seattle took that 10-point lead with them two Sundays ago to the intermission in the Sunday night contest, only to watch the Cardinals chip away at the lead, tying things up with :00 left when K Zane Gonzalez connected on a 44-yard field goal.

Each team then got the ball twice in the overtime and Seattle’s luck would change for the worst when Russell Wilson was picked off by Isaiah Simmons, ending the Seahawk drive. Arizona got the ball back with 57 seconds and made their way down the field to Seattle’s 30. After burning a time out and throwing an incompletion, Gonzalez sent Cardinals fans home happy, spliting the uprights with a 48-yard field goal to take the win with 15 seconds left in the extra period.

Seattle out-rushed Arizona 200-159, with Wilson leading all rushers with 84 yards (Arizona was led by QB Kyler Murray with 67 yards and a rushing TD). wilson threw for 388 yards, Murray threw for 360 (Wilson threw three interceptions, while Murray threw a pick; both men threw three TD passes, Wilson connecting with Tyler Lockett on all three tosses). Seattle was 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 39:32, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the pigskin for 30:13, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Miami leads the series 9-3, which includes games played in St. Louis, Phoenix and the Orange Bowl and the ‘Fins have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 326-200. Miami won the last meeting, which took place in the Sunshine State in 2016 by a final of 26-23, while Arizona needed overtime against the Dolphins to come away 24-21 winners in Glendale in 2012. Arizona’s favored by 4 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams could very well make the post-season party. Miami will make it closer than the 4 1/2 but the Desert Angry Birds prevail in Glendale.

Pittsburgh (7-0) at Dallas (2-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. Pittsburgh vs. Dallas. Two teams going in opposite directions meet in Arlington in a late Sunday afternoon contest. The Steelers, still the only unbeaten team, squares off against a struggling Dallas team that has lost two road contests in a row.

Pittsburgh held off a late Baltimore rally at M&T Bank Stadium as the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger came away with the 28-24 win in Charm City. The Ravens led by 10 (17-7) at the break before the Steelers, picking up their seventh win in a row, scored 14 third-quarter points unchallenged before the Ravens took the lead back with 11:56 left in the contest when Jackson and WR Marquise Brown connected on a 3-yard TD toss. Pittsburgh then found a way to get themselves back on track, using an 8-play, 80-yard drive that used 4:27 of clock, reclaiming the lead for keeps when Roethlisberger and rookie WR Chase Claypool hooked on an 8-yard TD toss.

Baltimore had one last chance to knock Pittsburgh out of the ranks of the unbeatens and with 52 seconds left in regulation, the Ravens got the ball back at their 37-yard line and got themselves as far as Pittsburgh’s 23-yard, where two Jackson passes that would have given Baltimore the win were incomplete. Baltimore out-rushed the Steelers 265-48 with Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins leading all rushers with 113 yards on 15 carries; Jackson threw for 208 yards, while Roethlisberger threw for 182 yards (Roethlisberger was sacked twice, Jackson was sacked four times and threw a pair of interceptions; both qb’s threw a pair of TDs). Baltimore went 8 of 15 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:22 (including the final 52 seconds of the contest), while Pittsburgh kept the pigskin for 24:38, going 3 of 9 on third down.

Dallas let a 9-7 lead at Philadelhia get away from them as the Eagles would score 16 seocnd half points unthreatened to give the Cowboys their second loss in a row, with Dallas falling 23-9 at Lincoln Financial Field. All of the Cowboys’ points came on three Greg Zeurlein field goals in the Sunday night contest in the City of Brotherly Love before the Eagles, in first place in the NFC East, would take control of things in the final 30 minutes of play, using a safety late in the contest when LS Louis-Philippe Ladouceur fumbled the ball out of bounds in end zone to seal Dallas’ fate.

Dallas somehow managed to out-rush Philadelphia 133-119 and backup QB Ben DiNucci, taking over for Andy Dalton (concussion, COVID), threw for 180 yards, while Carson Wentz threw for 123 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of interceptions (both qbs were sacked four times). Dallas was 4 of 16 on third down conversions in the Sunday night contest (the Cowboys were 2 of 4 on fourth down) and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:50, while the Eagles kept the ball for 27:10, going 3 of 8 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series (which includes games played at the Cotton Bowl, Arling Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium) 16-13, have outscored the Steelers 664-595 and have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 35-30 win in the Steel City in 2016, while Pittsburgh’s win came at Heinz Field in 2008 by a final of 20-13. Vegas likes the Steelers as 13 1/2 point favorites in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 42. The 42? Makes sense, as both teams could pass the over/under. The 13 1/2 is a bit steep. Dallas is bad but not 13 1/2 points bad. The Cowboys will make things interesting in the late afternoon contest but the Steelers keep rolling along, taking the win in Arlington.

New Orleans (5-2) at Tampa Bay (6-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Brees. Brady. They meet again and this time, it’s in the Sunshine State. The first-place Buccaneers host New Orleans in a Sunday prime time contest at Raymond James Stadium. Both teams were winners on the road in last week’s action.

Chicago took New Orleans and Drew Brees to overtime, only to see the Saints leave Soldier Field 26-23 winners Sunday afternoon in the Windy City. New Orleans trailed Chicago 13-10 at the break, then put a pair of Wil Lutz field goals in the third qoarter to use to lead by 3. Chicago would eventually make their way back to even, using a 3-yard TD pass from Nick Foles to WR Darnell Mooney and a Carlos Santos field goal to send the contest into overtime. New Orleans would win the toss to start the overtime and got themselves as far as Chicago’s 45-yard line, punting the ball back to Da Bears.

Chicago then had their chance to end the game but got only as far as their 27-yard line, where they would punt the ball back to the Saints. It would be the last time that Chicago would see the ball, as the Saints went on a 7-play, 52-yard drive that used 2:12 of clock and ending as Lutz (who missed a 27-yard try early in the contest, hitting the upright) would connect on a 35-yard try to end the contest.

New Orleans out-rushed Chicago 122-96 with Bears RB David Montgomery leading all rushers with 89 yards, while the Saints were paced by Alvin Kamara with 67. Foles threw for 272 yards, while Brees threw for 280 yards (Foles was sacked five times, Brees was sacked once, each man threw a pair of TDs and Foles threw the contest’s only interception). Chicago went 5 of 15 on third down tries at Soldier Field, keeping the ball for 33:09, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 35:15, going 2 of 13 on third down (both teams were 2 of 3 on fourth down).

Tampa Bay erased a 14-6 deficit against the New York Giants in the Meadowlands Monday night, coming away 25-23 winners at Met Life Stadium. The Buccaneers would go on to outscore the Giants 19-9 in the final 30 minutes of play, with the Giants pulling themselves to within 2 with 28 seconds left when WR Golden Tate and QB Daniel Jones connecting on a 19-yard TD toss, before Tampa Bay held off a late Giants rally in the closing seconds of the contest.

While the Giants did out-rush Tampa Bay 101-81, Brady burned the Giants for 279 yards, throwing TD passes to Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski (Brady was sacked twice without an interception), while Jones threw for 256 yards with a pair of TDs (including the one to Tate) with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. Tampa Bay went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Bucs kept the ball for 30:10, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 29:50, went 4 of 11 on third down, 2 for 2 on fourth down.

It’s a week one rematch with the Saints prevailing 34-23 in the Big Easy. Brady and the Bucs took the lead early, then watched New Orleans take control of things in the second quarter, scoring 24 points in the period unchallenged to take the lead for keeps, leading 24-7 at the intermission.

Tampa Bay out-rushed New Orleans 86-82; Brady (239 yards, three sacks, two interceptions) and Brees (160 yards, sack) each threw a pair of TDs in the season opener. Tampa Bay was 5 for 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 28:37, while the Saints were rulers of time and held on to the ball for 31:23, going 5 of 15 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

In the week one meeting in the Big Easy, the Saints would win by 11, allowing them to cover the 4-point spread and the two teams covered the 49 1/2 over/under with 57 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like Tampa Bay, making them 5 1/2 point favorites with a 52 over/under. Because it’s Brady and Brees and there’s a chance that one of these guys could set another record, we’re going to make this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 61 last June and dates a 45-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal 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?”)

Tampa Bay hangs on to first place in the NFC South, while the Saints are a half-game back in the same division. The winner will keep control of first place, while the loser will have a bigger hill to climb. Tampa Bay looks for revenge from their loss in the Big Easy in week one, while the Saints are looking to prove that the first time was not a fluke. Tampa Bay gets revenge as the Buccaneers cover the 5 1/2 and takes the win in the Sunshine State.

New England (2-5) at New York Jets (0-8), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of struggling AFC East/AFL teams meet in upstate New Jersey as New England travels to Met Life Stadium for a prime time showdown with the New York Jets. Both clubs took losses on the road in last week’s action.

New England watched their hopes of beating Buffalo slip out of Cam Newton’s hands as the Bills held off a late New England rally in Orchard Park last Sunday, coming away 24-21 winners. The Patriots trailed 7-6 at the break, then watched the Bills floor the gas in the second half 17-15, forcing a Newton fumble inside Buffalo’s 20-yard line to seal the win.

Buffalo was out-rushed New England 190-188 in upstate New York, as the Bills overcame a 102-yard day by Damien Harris (Harris had a rushing TD), with Buffalo QB Josh Allen throwing for 154 yards, while Newton threw for 174 yards (Newton was sacked twice, Allen was sacked once and threw the game’s only interception). New England went 5 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 30:46, while the Bills kept the pigskin for 29:14, going 5 for 13 on third down tries (neither club had a fourth down attempt).

GangGreen was manhandled by the defending Super Bowl champs, as Kansas City had their way with them at Arrowhead last Sunday, coming away 35-9 winners. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! trailed 21-9 at the intermission in the Show-Me State, then watched as the Chiefs scored their final 14 points of the contest unchallenged.

While GangGreen out-rushed Kansas City 93-50, Patrick Mahomes burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 416 yards and five TDs, connecting with Tyreek Hill for two of the passes and TE Travis Kelce (Kelce led all recievers with 109 yards on eight catches), while Sam Darnold threw for 133 yards with a sack (neither Mahomes or Darnold had an interception). The Chiefs were 7 of 13 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:30, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for 28:30, going 2 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Including games played in Birmingham, Alabama, Fenway Park, Shea Stadium, Schaffer Stadium and Met Life Stadium, the Patriots lead the series 65-53-1, have outscored GangGreen 2,757-2,423 and have won the last eight contests in the series, including a sweep of their two meetings last year (the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! last win in the series came in 2015 in the Meadowlands, taking a 26-20 overtime win).

Their first meeting was week three and Brady and New England held the New York Jets to a pair of second-half TDs at Foxboro as the Pats would take GangGreen to the woodshed 30-14 at Gillette Stadium. Brady and the Patriots led 20-0 at the intermission and never looked back in their AFC East opener.

New England grounded the Jets’ rushing game, holding them to to a season-low 36 yards, while the Pats would rush for 68 and Brady threw for 306 yards wtih a pair of TDs and no sacks or interceptions, while Luke Falk, the third QB of the season for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! threw for 98 yards with five sacks and an interception. New England went 6 of 15 on third down conversions in Foxboro and kept the ball for 35:14, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 0 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Brady and the Patriots took advantage of six New York Jets turnovers (two fumbles, four interceptions), dooming their AFC East rivals in their week seven meeting as New England manhandled the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 33-0 at Met Life Stadium to complete the series sweep. Brady and the Patriots scored all of their points in the contest unchallenged and GangGreen could never get themselves on track, as New England led 24-0 at the break.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! out-rushed New England 81-74 with LeVeon Bell leading the way with 70 yards and came close to scoring twice but Sam Darnold (86 yards, sack) threw two of his four interceptions, while Brady threw for 249 yards and a TD (Brady threw an interception) in the lopsided loss. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were a dismal 2 of 13 on third down tries in upstate New Jersey (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:33, while the Patriots ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 38:27, went 7 of 16 on third down tries, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

New England on Monday night? 26-25. The Patriots played one Monday night game last year and took a win in that contest, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are 22-33 with GangGreen playing twice and taking losses in both contests.

In the week four contest in Foxboro, the Patriots were HUGE favorites at 22 1/2 but wound up winning by 16. The two teams did cover the 43 1/2 over/under, tallying 44 points. New England in their week seven Monday night meeting in the Meadowlands was favored by 9 1/2 and the Patriots’ 33-point shutout win allowed them to easily cover the spread but again, the two teams missed the 42 1/2 over/under, as New England tallied all 33 points. In the Monday night contest in the Meadowlands, the Patriots are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. These two teams have struggled this season and we wouldn’t blame you if you watched “All Rise” and “Bull” Monday night; now, if you’re a fan of either team, by all means watch. Pats win in the Meadowlands and cover the 7.

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

Denver (3-4) at ATLANTA (2-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Denver), 98 (ATLANTA); XM: 387 (Denver), 228 (ATLANTA)

Seattle (6-1) at Buffalo (6-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Seattle), 82 (Buffalo); XM: 385 (Seattle), 227 (Buffalo)

Baltimore (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Baltimore), 99 (Indianapolis); XM: 388 (Baltimore), 229 (Indianapolis)

Houston (1-6) at Jacksonville (1-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 111 (Houston), 113 (Jacksonville); XM: 389 (Houston), 230 (Jacksonville)

Carolina (3-5) at Kansas City (7-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Carolina), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 384 (Carolina), 225 (Kansas City)

Detroit (3-4) at Minnesota (2-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 81 (Detroit), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 226 (Detroit), 225 (Minnesota)

Chicago (5-3) at Tennessee (5-2), 1 o.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Chicago ), 106 (Tennessee); XM: 233 (Chicago ), 231 (Tennessee)

New York Giants (1-7) at Washington (2-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 146 (New York Giants), 132 (Washington); XM: 390 (New York Giants), 232 (Washington)

Las Vegas (4-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Las Vegas), 83 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 384 (Las Vegas), 225 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Miami (4-3) at Arizona (5-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Miami), 81 (Arizona); XM: 386 (Miami ), 226 (Arizona)

Pittsburgh (7-0) at Dallas (2-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Dallas); XM: 385 (Pittsburgh), 227 (Dallas)

New Orleans (5-2) at Tampa Bay (6-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Derek Rackley; SIRIUS: 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Tampa Bay); XM: 226 (New Orleans), 225 (Tampa Bay), 88 (National)

New England (2-5) at New York Jets (0-8), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Ron Jaworski; SIRIUS: 81 (New England), 83 (New York Jets); XM: 226 (New England), 225 New York Jets), 88 (National)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Denver (3-4) at ATLANTA (2-6), 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Seattle (6-1) at Buffalo (6-2), 1 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Baltimore (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2), 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Houston (1-5) at Jacksonville (1-5), 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Carolina (3-5) at Kansas City (7-1), 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Detroit (3-4) at Minnesota (2-5), 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Chicago (5-3) at Tennessee (5-2), 1 o.m.: Ronald Torbert
New York Giants (1-7) at Washington (2-5), 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
xLas Vegas (4-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-5), 4:05 p.m.: Brad Rogers
Miami (4-3) at Arizona (5-2), 4:25 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Pittsburgh (7-0) at Dallas (2-6), 4:25 p.m.: Tony Corrente
New Orleans (5-2) at Tampa Bay (6-2), 8:20 p.m.: John Hussey
New England (2-5) at New York Jets (0-8), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Alex Kemp

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams listed in CAPS)

Sunday
ATLANTA – 4 vs. Denver (50)
Seattle – 3 1/2 at BUFFALO (54 1/2)
TENNESSEE – 5 1/2 vs. Chicago (46 1/2)
MINNESOTA – 4 vs. Detroit (52 1/2)
Baltimore – 2 1/2 at INDIANAPOLIS (46)
KANSAS CITY – 10 1/2 vs. Carolina (52 1/2)
Houston – 7 at JACKSONVILLE (50 1/2)
WASHINGTON – 3 vs. New York Giants (41 1/2)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 1 1/2 vs. Las Vegas (53)
Pittsburgh – 13 1/2 at DALLAS (42)
ARIZONA – 4 1/2 vs. Miami (48)
TAMPA BAY – 5 1/2 vs. New Orleans (52)

Monday
New England – 7 at NEW YORK JETS (42 1/2)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Denver (3-4) at ATLANTA (2-6), 1 p.m.

Denver
OUT: CB A.J. Bouye (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bryce Callahan (ankle), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot), S Trey Marshall (illness), WR Tim Patrick (hamstring), TE Nick Vannett (foot)

ATLANTA
OUT: DE Dante Fowler (hamstring), DE Takkarist McKinley (groin, illness), CB Jordan Miller (oblique)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Calvin Ridley (foot)

Seattle (6-1) at Buffalo (6-2), 1 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: S Ugochukwu Amadi (hamstring), RB Chris Carson (foot), CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion, hamstring), RB Carlos Hyde (hamstring), G Mike Iupati (back), DE Benson Mayowa (ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), C Mitch Morse (concussion), CB Josh Norman (hamstring), RB T.J. Yeldon (back)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Vernon Butler (groin), T Cody Ford (knee), DE Darryl Johnson (knee), TE Dawson Knox (calf)

Baltimore (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2), 1 p.m.

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: RB Mark Ingram (ankle), WR Chris Moore (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Devin Duvernay (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (back)

Indianapolis
OUT: WR Ashton Dulin (knee)
DOUBTFUL: WR T.Y. Hilton (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee), WR Marcus Johnson (knee)

Houston (1-5) at Jacksonville (1-5), 1 p.m.

Houston
OUT: LB Kyle Emanuel (concussion)

Jacksonville
OUT: LB Dakota Allen (ankle), QB Gardner Minshew (right thumb), RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Shaquille Quarterman (knee)

Carolina (3-5) at Kansas City (7-1), 1 p.m.

Carolina
DOUBTFUL: T Russell Okung (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jeremy Chinn (knee), DE Marquis Haynes (shoulder), DT Zach Kerr (toe)

Kansas City
OUT: T Mitchell Schwartz (back)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Frank Clark (knee), WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring)

Detroit (3-4) at Minnesota (2-5), 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: WR Jamal Agnew (ribs), WR Kenny Golladay (hip), S Tracy Walker (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: G Joe Dahl (back), LB Christian Jones (knee), CB Darryl Roberts (hip, groin), T Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot)

Minnesota
OUT: CB Cameron Dantzler (concussion), CB Mark Fields (chest), CB Holton Hill (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Harrison Hand (hamstring)

Chicago (5-3) at Tennessee (5-2), 1 o.m.

Chicago
OUT: DT John Jenkins (ankle), C Sam Mustipher (knee), DT Roy Robertson-Harris (shoulder), QB Mitchell Trubisky (right shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Cole Kmet (groin)

Tennessee
OUT: WR Adam Humphries (concussion), P Brett Kern (wrist)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), CB Tye Smith (shoulder)

New York Giants (1-7) at Washington (2-5), 1 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: RB Devonta Freeman (ankle), CB Ryan Lewis (hamstring)

Washington
DOUBTFUL: T Geron Christian (knee), WR Dontrelle Inman (hamstring)

Las Vegas (4-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-5), 4:05 p.m.

Las Vegas
OUT: DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), DE Arden Key (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jeff Heath (hip), RB Josh Jacobs (knee, illness), T Kolton Miller (ankle), CB Trayvon Mullen (hamstring)

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: DE Joey Bosa (concussion), RB Troymaine Pope (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (hamstring), CB Brandon Facyson (illness), CB Casey Hayward (not injury related), DE Isaac Rochell (neck), G Trai Turner (groin)

Miami (4-3) at Arizona (5-2), 4:25 p.m.

Miami
OUT: RB Matt Breida (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jamal Perry (foot)

Arizona
OUT: RB Kenyan Drake (ankle), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring), LB Ezekiel Turner (toe)

Pittsburgh (7-0) at Dallas (2-6), 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: DE Tyson Alualu (knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Mike Hilton (shoulder), G Stefen Wisniewski (pectoral)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Vance McDonald (illness)

Dallas
OUT: P Chris Jones (abdomen)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring), DE Aldon Smith (knee), LB Joe Thomas (wrist)

New Orleans (5-2) at Tampa Bay (6-2), 8:20 p.m.

New Orleans
QUESTIONABLE: WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring)

Tampa Bay
OUT: G Ali Marpet (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Chris Godwin (finger)

New England (2-5) at New York Jets (0-8), 8:15 p.m. Monday

New England
OUT: WR N’Keal Harry (concussion), RB J.J. Taylor (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin), LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), DT Carl Davis (concussion), S Cody Davis (calf), S Kyle Dugger (ankle), K Nick Folk (back), CB Stephon Gilmore (knee), DT Lawrence Guy (shoulder, elbow and knee), RB Damien Harris (ankle), TE Ryan Izzo (hamstring), CB J.C. Jackson (knee), TE Dalton Keene (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), DE John Simon (elbow), T Joe Thuney (ankle), DE Deatrich Wise (knee, hand), T Isaiah Wynn (ankle)

New York Jets

OUT: LB Blake Cashman (hamstring), TE Trevon Wesco (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: QB Sam Darnold (right shoulder), K Sam Ficken (right groin), WR Vyncint Smith (groin), DT Quinnen Williams (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G Josh Andrews (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (groin), DE John Franklin (knee), C Connor McGovern (knee), DT Nathan Shepherd (back)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Denver (3-4) at ATLANTA (2-6), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, cloudy and 71 degrees
Seattle (6-1) at Buffalo (6-2), 1 p.m.: Sunny and 67 degrees
Baltimore (5-2) at Indianapolis (5-2), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 75 degrees
Houston (1-5) at Jacksonville (1-5), 1 p.m.: Overcast and 79 degrees
Carolina (3-5) at Kansas City (7-1), 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 70 degrees
Detroit (3-4) at Minnesota (2-5), 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Chicago (5-3) at Tennessee (5-2), 1 p.m.: Sunny and 78 degrees
New York Giants (1-7) at Washington (2-5), 1 p.m.: Sunny and 70 degrees
Las Vegas (4-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-5), 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors
Miami (4-3) at Arizona (5-2), 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, Mostly cloudy and 62 degrees
Pittsburgh (7-0) at Dallas (2-6), 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 76 degrees
New Orleans (5-2) at Tampa Bay (6-2), 8:20 p.m.: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 76 degrees
New England (2-5) at New York Jets (0-8), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Clear and 60 degrees

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

The NFL announced a flex-scheduling change for Week 10 on Sunday, November 15.

The Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game will move from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. on FOX.

The following is the updated Week 10 schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, November 12
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. FOX, NFL Network and Amazon

Sunday, November 15
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Miami, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at New England, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 16
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 10 Byes: ATLANTA, Dallas, Kansas City and New York Jets

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Pittsburgh), 132 (Baltimore); XM: 386 (Pittsburgh), 228 (Baltimore)

New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (New England), 81 (Buffalo); XM: 384 (New England), 226 (Buffalo)

Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 119 (Tennessee), 146 (Cincinnati); XM: 387 (Tennessee), 229 (Cincinnati)

Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Las Vegas), 121 (Cleveland); XM: 388 (Las Vegas), 230 (Cleveland)

Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady (field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Indianapolis), 108 (Detroit); XM: 389 (Indianapolis), 231 (Detroit)

Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Minnesota), 133 (Green Bay); XM: 383 (Minnesota), 227 (Green Bay)

New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (New York Jets), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 385 (New York Jets), 225 (Kansas City)

Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 94 (Los Angeles Rams), 111 (Miami); XM: 390 (Los Angeles Rams), 231 (Miami)

Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Greg Gumbel. Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Denver); XM: 384 (Los Angeles Chargers), 226 (Denver)

New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (New Orleans), 83 (Chicago); XM: 385 (New Orleans), 225 (Chicago)

San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (San Francisco), 133 (Seattle); XM: 383 (San Francisco), 227 (Seattle)

Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker: SIRIUS: 81 (Dallas), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 226 (Dallas), 225 (Philadelphia), 88 (National)

Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Ron Jaworksi; SIRIUS: 81 (Tampa Bay), 83 (New York Giants); XM: 226 (Tampa Bay), 225 (New York Giants), 88 (National)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m.: Scott Novak
Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m.: Land Clark
Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m.: Tony Corrente
San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Brad Rogers

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday
BALTIMORE – 3 1/2 vs. Pitttsburgh (47)
BUFFALO – 3 1/2 vs. New England (43)
Tennessee – 5 1/2 at CINCINNATI (55)
CLEVELAND – 2 1/2 vs. Las Vegas (53 1/2)
Indianapolis – 3 at DETROIT (50)
GREEN BAY – 6 1/2 vs. Minnesota (54 1/2)
KANSAS CITY – 19 1/2 vs. New York Jets (45 1/2)
Los Angeles Rams – 4 at MIAMI (45 1/2)
Los Angeles Chargers – 3 at DENVER (44 1/2)
New Orleans – 4 at CHICAGO (45)
SEATTLE – 3 vs. San Francisco (54)
PHILADELPHIA – 9 vs. Dallas (43)

Monday
Tampa Bay – 10 1/2 at NEW YORK GIANTS (43)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: S Jordan Dangerfield (quadricep), LB Ulysees Gilbert (back), DE Chris Wormley (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mike Hilton (shoulder), FB Derek Watt (hamstring)

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: RB Mark Ingram (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Anthony Levine (abdomen), CB Jimmy Smith (achilles)

New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m.

New England
OUT: DT Carl Davis (concussion), WR Julian Edelman (knee), WR N’Keal Harry (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Kyle Dugger (ankle), CB Stephon Gilmore (knee), DT Lawrence Guy (ankle), RB Damien Harris (ankle), T Justin Herron (ankle), CB J.C. Jackson (knee), TE Dalton Keene (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), DE John Simon (shoulder), T Joe Thuney (ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: T Cody Ford (knee), CB Josh Norman (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Vernon Butler (groin), DE Jerry Hughes (foot), S Micah Hyde (concussion), DT Quinton Jefferson (knee), CB Cameron Lewis (wrist), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), G Brian Winters (knee)

Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Dane Cruikshank (groin), CB Kristian Fulton (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: C Daniel Munyer (hand), CB Tye Smith (shoulder)

Cincinnati
OUT: T Bobby Hart (knee), C Trey Hopkins (concussion), RB Joe Mixon (foot), T Jonah Williams (stinger)
DOUBTFUL: WR John Ross (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Darius Phillips (knee)

Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m.

Las Vegas
DOUBTFUL: DE Arden Key (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Bryan Edwards (foot, ankle)

Cleveland
OUT: TE Austin Hooper (abdomen), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), G Wyatt Teller (calf)

Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee), C Ryan Kelly (knee)

Detroit
QUESTIONABLE: T Taylor Decker (shoulder), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (not injury related), CB Darryl Roberts (groin, hip), CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring)

Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: CB Holton Hill (foot), CB Mike Hughes (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Dan Chisena (hip), RB Dalvin Cook (groin)

Green Bay
OUT: RB Aaron Jones (calf), CB Kevin King (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: T David Bakhtiari (chest), K Mason Crosby (left calf, back), RB Tyler Ervin (wrist), S Raven Greene (oblique), DT Tyler Lancaster (shoulder), QB John Lovett (knee), S Darnell Savage (quadricep)

New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: LB Blake Cashman (hamstring), S Bradley McDougald (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: WR Jamison Crowder (groin), K Sam Ficken (right groin)
QUESTIONABLE: G Josh Andrews (shoulder), RB Frank Gore (not injury related, hand), LB Jordan Jenkins (ribs, shoulder), T Conor McDermott (illness)

Kansas City
OUT: T Mitchell Schwartz (back), WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
QUESTIONABLE: TE Tyler Higbee (hand)

Miami
OUT: CB Jamal Perry (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Adam Shaheen (shoulder)

Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m.

Los Angeles
OUT: G Trai Turner (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (back), T Storm Norton (knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs)

Denver
OUT: TE Andrew Beck (hamstring), WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep), TE Jake Butt (hamstring), T Demar Dotson (not injury related), RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion), WR Tim Patrick (hamstring), G Austin Schlottmann (not injury related)

New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m.

Mew Orlans
OUT: WR Marquez Callaway (ankle), G Nick Easton (elbow), WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring)

Chicago
OUT: C Cody Whitehair (calf)
DOUBTFUL: WR Allen Robinson (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Eddie Jackson (knee), LB Khalil Mack (ankle), S Sherrick McManis (hamstring), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (quadricep)

San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring), RB Jeffery Wilson (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: LB Kwon Alexander (ankle), WR Richie James (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Kentavius Street (illness), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

Seattle
OUT: CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion, hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: S Ugochukwu Amadi (hamstring), RB Carlos Hyde (hamstring), G Mike Iupati (back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jamal Adams (groin), RB Chris Carson (foot), RB Travis Homer (knee), DE Benson Mayowa (ankle), CB Ryan Neal (hamstring)

Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m.

Dallas
DOUBTFUL: QB Andy Dalton (concussion)

Philadelphia
OUT: T Jack Driscoll (ankle), CB Craig James (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery (calf), CB Cre’von LeBlanc (quadricep), RB Miles Sanders (knee)

Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday

Tampa Bay
OUT: WR Chris Godwin (finger)

New York Giants
OUT: S Adrian Colbert (shoulder), RB Devonta Freeman (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR C.J. Board (concussion)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 54 degrees
New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of rain and 43 degrees
Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 46 degrees
Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m.: Windy and overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and 45 degrees
Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m.: Overcast, windy and 36 degrees
New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m.: Sunny and 48 degrees
Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and 86 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 63 degrees
New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy, windy and 37 degrees
San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 56 degrees
Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m.: Part;y cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain and 48 degrees
Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Clear and 40 degrees

Broadcast Information, Officials and Injury Report courtesy the National Football Leauge, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Detroit), 132 (Atlanta); XM: 386 (Detroit), 228 (Atlanta)

Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 111 (Cleveland), 121 (Cincinnati); XM: 388 (Cleveland), 230 (Cincinnati)

Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Green Bay), 133 (Houston); XM: 383 (Green Bay), 227 (Houston)

Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Carolina), 83 (New Orleans); XM: 384 (Carolina), 225 (New Orleans)

Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Buffalo), 81 (New York Jets); XM: 385 (Buffalo), 226 (New York Jets)

Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 705: an Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Pittsburgh), 146 (Tennessee); XM: 387 (Pittsburgh), 229 (Tennessee)

Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: oe Davis, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Dallas), 108 (Washington); XM: 389 (Dallas), 231 (Washington)

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV xxx: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); vSIRIUS: 81 (Tampa Bay), 83 (Las Vegas); XM: 226 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Las Vegas)

Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m, on CBS and DirecTV 713: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Kansas City), 133 (Denver); XM: 383 (Kansas City), 227 (Denver)

San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (San Francisco), 83 (New England); XM: 384 (San Francisco), 225 (New England)

Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Jacksonville), 81 (Los Angales Chargers); XM: 385 (Jacksonville), 226 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Seattle), 106 (Arizona); XM: 390 (Seattle), 232 (Arizona); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson

Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 81 (Chicago), 83 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 226 (Chicago), 225 (Los Angeles Rams), 88 (National)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m.: Land Clark
Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.: Craig Wroslstad
Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m.: Scott Novak
Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Brad Rogers
Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m.: John Hussey
Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Bill Vinovich

Sunday and Monday Odds (home team in CAPS)

Sunday
ATLANTA – 2 1/2 vs. Detroit (55)
Cleveland – 3 1/2 at CINCINNATI (50 1/2)
WASHINGTON – 1 vs. Dallas (46)
NEW ORLEANS – 7 1/2 vs. Carolina (51)
Buffalo – 12 at NEW YORK JETS (45 1/2)
Green Bay – 3 1/2 at HOUSTON (57)
TENNESSEE – 1 1/2 vs. Pittsburgh (50 1/2)
Tampa Bay – 4 at LAS VEGAS (53)
NEW ENGLAND – 2 vs. San Francisco (43 1/2)
Kansas City – 9 1/2 at DENVER (45 1/2)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 8 vs. Jacksonville (49)
Seattle – 3 1/2 at ARIZONA (56)

Monday
LOS ANGELES RAMS – 6 vs. Chicago (45)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report
Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring)

ATLANTA
QUESTIONABLE: DE Takkarist McKinley (groin)

Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: TE Austin Hooper (illness), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), G Wyatt Teller (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Karl Joseph (hamstring), DT Sheldon Richardson (achilles)

Cincinnati
OUT: CB William Jackson (concussion), RB Joe Mixon (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Ross (illness), S Shawn Williams (hamstring)

Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: RB Tyler Ervin (wrist), DT Tyler Lancaster (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: T David Bakhtiari (chest), CB Kevin King (quadricep), S Darnell Savage (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Montravius Adams (foot), RB Aaron Jones (calf), C Corey Linsley (back), LB Preston Smith (shoulder), TE Robert Tonyan (ankle)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion), LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring)

Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.

Carolina
QUESTIONABLE: CB Eli Apple (hamstring), CB Donte Jackson (toe), G John Miller (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (knee)

New Orleans
OUT: G Nick Easton (concussion), WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S J.T. Gray (hamstring)

Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: WR John Brown (knee), LB Tyrel Dodson (hamstring), T Cody Ford (knee), TE Dawson Knox (calf), CB Josh Norman (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Cameron Lewis (wrist), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), CB Tre’Davious White (back)

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: K Sam Ficken (right groin), G Alex Lewis (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (groin), QB Sam Darnold (right shoulder), T Chuma Edoga (calf), T George Fant (knee)

Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: CB Mike Hilton (shoulder), FB Derek Watt (hamstring)

Tennessee – Tennessee reports no injureis

Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: T Brandon Knight (knee), G Zack Martin (concussion)

Washington
OUT: T Saahdiq Charles (knee), WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (hamstring), DE James Smith-Williams (concussion), WR Isaiah Wright (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T Geron Christian (knee)

Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:05 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: TE Tyler Eifert (neck), LB Myles Jack (ankle), S Jarrod Wilson (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G A.J. Cann (shoulder)

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: G Trai Turner (groin)
DOUBTFUL: T Storm Norton (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (back), WR K.J. Hill (hip), RB Justin Jackson (knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs)

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay
QUESTIONABLE: S Andrew Adams (hamstring)

Las Vegas
OUT: WR Bryan Edwards (foot, ankle), CB Keisean Nixon (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Maliek Collins (shoulder), DE Carl Nassib (toe)

Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: DE Taco Charlton (knee), DE Alex Okafor (hamstring), T Mitchell Schwartz (back), WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring)

Denver
OUT: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep), WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Andrew Beck (hamstring), TE Jake Butt (hamstring), G Dalton Risner (shoulder)

San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m.

San Francsico
OUT: LB Kwon Alexander (ankle), RB Raheem Mostert (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (groin), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trent Williams (ankle), RB Jeffery Wilson (calf)

New England
OUT: DT Carl Davis (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Adam Butler (elbow), S Kyle Dugger (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), DE Derek Rivers (back)

Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: S Jamal Adams (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Iupati (back)

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), LB Kylie Fitts (hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (foot), WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (foot), DT Jordan Phillips (foot)

Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday

Chicago
OUT: S Sherrick McManis (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Deon Bush (hamstring), T Rashaad Coward (finger), LB Khalil Mack (back), CB Buster Skrine (ankle), T Jason Spriggs (thumb, back)

Los Angeles Rams
QUESTIONABLE: TE Tyler Higbee (hand)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, cloudy and 70 degrees
Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 50 degrees
Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly cloudy and 74 degrees
Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 52 degrees
Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 60 degrees
Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and 48 degrees
Jacksonville () at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors
Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors
Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow and 19 degrees
San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 51 degrees
Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open; clear and 81 degrees
Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Game indoors

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

Three teams remain unbeaten (Seattle, Pittsburgh and Tennessee).

Two teams picked up their first win of the 2020 campaign (Atlanta and New York Giants).

One team (New York Jets) is searching for their first win.

Welcome to week seven. If nothing else, this has been a somewhat interesting season and it’s going to get even more interesting.

The Week 7 NFL menu showcases a historic showdown in Music City, a two-decade-old rivalry renewing in Las Vegas and a pair of defensive headliners squaring off on Monday Night Football. Still hungry?

Don’t worry. With the high volume of close, competitive games and the number of exciting young players making significant contributions on a weekly basis, there’s certain to be something for every NFL palate this week.

CLASH OF NFL TITANS IN NASHVILLE SUNDAY: Two of the NFL’s three remaining undefeated teams square off Sunday when Pittsburgh travels to meet Tennessee in Nashville. It’s only the sixth contest in the Super Bowl era and just the eighth overall NFL game, matching teams that have at least five wins and zero losses.

The games between teams with at least five wins and zero losses​ in NFL history:

DATE: MATCHUP (RESULT)
October 25, 2020: Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0) (???)
November 1, 2015: Green Bay (6-0) at Denver (6-0)(Denver 29-10)*
November 4, 2007: New England (8-0) at Indianapolis (7-0)(New England 24-20)+
October 14, 2007: New England (5-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-0)(New England 48-27)+
October 24, 2004: New York Jets (5-0) at New England (5-0)(New England 13-7)*
October 28, 1973: Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (6-0)(Minnesota 10-9)+
November 4, 1923: Canton Bulldogs (5-0) at Chicago Cardinals (5-0)(Canton 7-3)*
November 13, 1921: Akron Pros (7-0) at Buffalo All-Americans (6-0)(Tie 0-0)
*Won Super Bowl/league championship
+Advanced to Super Bowl

Pittsburgh is off to its best start since opening 7-0 in 1978 en route to a Super Bowl XIII victory. Tennessee has authored the second-best start in franchise history, behind its 10-0 record to open the 2008 season.

The Titans (422.0 yards per game) rank second in the NFL in total offense while the Steelers (285.2 yards allowed per game) rank second in the NFL in total defense.

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill (364 passing yards) and running back Derrick Henry (212 rushing yards) combined last week to make Tennessee the first team in NFL history to have a player eclipse 350 passing yards and another rush for at least 200 yards in the same game.

Henry, who also recorded 211 rushing yards in Week 17 of the 2019 season and 238 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the first player to record a game with at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 at home against Cleveland and joined the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season. Ten Steelers this season have at least one sack, led by Bud Dupree (five) and T.J. Watt (4.5), tied for second and fourth, respectively, in the AFC. Seven Steelers have at least one interception, led by Steven Nelson (two), tied for third in the conference.

Ball security has been a hallmark of each team’s early season success. The Titans rank second in the NFL with three giveaways, while the Steelers (four) rank tied for third. Including postseason, Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has gone 321 consecutive touches (304 carries, 17 receptions) without a fumble. Pittsburgh running back James Conner has gone 198 consecutive touches (157 carries, 41 receptions) without a fumble. Tennessee is tied for the league lead with a plus-six turnover ratio. Pittsburgh (plus-five) is tied for fourth.

Tannehill (113.5) and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (109.1) rank second and fourth, respectively, in AFC passer rating. Roethlisberger has won 13 of his past 19 starts, while Tannehill has won 12 of his past 15, including playoffs.

OLD RIVALS MEET IN LAS VEGAS: Sunday Night Football rekindles a 19-year-old rivalry that started in the 2001 Divisional playoffs. When Las Vegas hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday, Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden and Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady will meet for the third time in their careers.

The most memorable meeting was the first, on January 19, 2002, a snowy evening at Foxboro Stadium, where Brady rallied his Patriots to a 16-13 overtime win over the Raiders to earn his first career playoff win en route to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. One year later, Gruden won his own Super Bowl after joining the Buccaneers in a unique trade, leading Tampa Bay to victory over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Fast forward nearly two decades and Gruden is back guiding the Raiders and Brady is the field general of Gruden’s former team, the Buccaneers. And while those two may have changed teams, the Buccaneers defense as it was in the early 21st Century is again dominating the NFL.

Tampa Bay’s defense, guided by coordinator Todd Bowles, leads the NFL in fewest total yards allowed per game (282.0), fewest total yards allowed per play (4.6), fewest rushing yards allowed per game (64.3) and fewest first downs allowed per game (16.8), while tying for second in the league with 11 total takeaways. Last week, the Buccaneers held the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, Green Bay, to 10 points.

Depending on the amount of touchdown passes thrown earlier in the day by all-time leader Drew Brees (556), Brady (555) on Sunday night could leave the field for the first time as the NFL’s career leader in that category.

Brady last week helped the Buccaneers overcome a 10-point deficit in their win over the Packers. In the NFL this season, there have been 19 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, tied with the 2011 season (19 games) for the most such games through Week 6 in league history.

There have been six games that have featured a team overcoming a deficit of at least 17 points to win this season, the second-most such games through Week 6 in a single season in NFL history. Only the 2011 season (seven games) had more.

MONSTERS OF THE COMEBACK: NFC North-leading Chicago (5-1) has registered two of their five wins by overcoming deficits of at least 16 points (a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in Week 1 and a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit in Week 3). Thanks in part to Chicago, 2020 marks the first year in which at least one NFL team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points to win in each of the first six weeks of a season. The Bears also earned a tough road win at Carolina last week, one of eight NFL games in Week 6 within one score in the fourth quarter.

The Bears travel from one coast to the other this week when they play at the Los Angeles Rams Monday night. The matchup features stalwarts on each defense that have combined to account for three of the last four Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year awards, the Rams’ Aaron Donald (2017-18) and the Bears’ Khalil Mack (2016 with the Raiders).

Donald, Mack and Arizona’s Chandler Jones are the NFL’s only three players with at least 65 sacks and 17-or-more forced fumbles since 2014, when Donald and Mack entered the league eight selections apart in the first round of the NFL Draft. Donald leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks this year while Mack leads the Bears with 4.5. Chicago leads the NFL this season in red-zone defense, allowing touchdowns on just 36.4 percent of opponent drives inside the 20-yard line. And if the game is within one score in the fourth quarter – like 62 of 91 NFL games (68.1 percent) so far this season – that defense will be tested by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who leads the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating (141.1).

MAHOMES MEETS LOCK IN DENVER: Last week, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, appearing in his 37th career game, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 90 career touchdown passes, surpassing the previous mark held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (40 games). Mahomes returns on Sunday to Denver, where he made his first NFL start at the end of the 2017 season. Denver quarterback Drew Lock, who guided the Broncos to a win at New England last week, is 5-3 in his career as a starting quarterback.

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce needs 65 receiving yards to become the third tight end in NFL history with at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first eight seasons, joining Rob Gronkowski (7,179) and Antonio Gates (7,005). Kelce has 6,935 receiving yards in 102 career games.

CLUTCH ROOKIES: The Justin Herbert story adds another chapter this week when the Los Angeles Chargers hosts Jacksonville. The Chargers’ rookie quarterback leads qualified NFL passers in a key metric, third-down passer rating (150.9), significantly ahead of the next-best mark, Patrick Mahomes (136.0). Herbert also leads NFL rookies with an overall 107.1 passer rating.

The other starter in the Chiefs’ backfield, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, leads all NFL players with 682 scrimmage yards (505 rushing, 177 receiving) and ranks second in the NFL with 505 rushing yards, trailing only Derrick Henry (588). Edwards-Helaire ran for a season-high 161 yards to help the Chiefs beat Buffalo in Week 6.

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his first five career games, tied with Martavis Bryant (2014), Willie Gault (1983), Calvin Ridley (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

Rookie wide receiver Ceedee Lamb, whose Dallas Cowboys travels to Landover to play Washington, is tied for the NFL lead in third-down receptions (12). Overall, Lamb leads NFL rookies with 36 receptions and looks to extend his NFL record this week by catching at least five passes in a seventh consecutive game to open a career.

SEAHAWKS, CARDINALS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD SUNDAY: Seattle, 5-0 and off to their best start in franchise history, comes off a bye with a stiff road test at Arizona (4-2) on Sunday.

Seattle in games after its bye under head coach Pete Carroll has an NFC best 7-3 record since he took the reins of the team in 2010. In the NFL, only Baltimore’s John Harbaugh (8-2) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (8-3) have better records after the bye in that span.

Quarterback Russell Wilson in games after a bye has a 6-1 career record, the NFL’s best mark by a starting quarterback since he entered the league in 2013 (minimum four starts). Wilson, who leads the NFL this year with 19 touchdown passes, needs four on Sunday to become the third quarterback in NFL history with at least 250 touchdown passes in his first nine seasons. Wilson, who would join Peyton Manning (275) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (266), has 246 touchdown passes in 133 career games.

The Seahawks have a four-year winning streak in games after a bye. Their last loss was Week 10 of the 2015 season to the Cardinals, in Seattle, 39-32. In that contest, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 receptions for 130 yards.
Fitzgerald, who has 1,399 career receptions in 256 games, needs one reception on Sunday to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,549) as the only players in NFL history with 1,400 career catches.

Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (100.2) and Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf (99.2) are the NFL’s top players, respectively, in receiving yards per game this season.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 18, the sixth week of the 2020 season.

Indianapolis overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat Cincinnati, 31-27, in Week 6. Indianapolis is the first team to overcome a deficit of at least 21 points to win in the regular season since Week 1 of the 2016 season (Kansas City trailed 24-3 and defeated the San Diego Chargers, 33-27, in overtime).

The 2020 season is the first season in NFL history in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points and won in each of the first six weeks of the season.

Tampa Bay overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Green Bay, 38-10, on Sunday. There have been 19 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, tied with the 2011 (19 games) and 1987 (19) seasons for the most such games through Week 6 in NFL history.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for two touchdowns with a 104.9 rating while tight end Rob Gronkowski had 78 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ Week 6 win.

Including the postseason, Brady and Gronkowski have connected for 91 touchdowns, surpassing Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (90 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history. Only Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (114 touchdowns) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92) had more.

Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns, his 30th career game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, in the Colts’ Week 6 win.

Rivers is the sixth player to reach 30 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history, joining Drew Brees (67), Tom Brady (51), Peyton Manning (46), Aaron Rodgers (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (33).

Colts tight end Trey Burton had two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) in Week 6. He is the fourth tight end since 2000 with both a receiving and rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Eric Ebron (Week 10, 2018), Coby Fleener (Week 6, 2016) and Rob Gronkowski (Week 13, 2011).

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns, running back Derrick Henry totaled a career-high 264 scrimmage yards (212 rushing, 52 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns, including a 94-yard touchdown run, and tight end Anthony Firsker had 113 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 42-36 overtime win over Houston.

Tennessee is the third team to have a 300-yard passer, 200-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same regular-season game in league annals, joining Cleveland (September 16, 2007) and Kansas City (January 1, 2006).

Henry, who also recorded 211 rushing yards in Week 17 of the 2019 season and 238 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the first player to record a game with at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

Henry, who also had a 99-yard touchdown run in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the fifth player in league annals with multiple career rushing touchdowns of at least 90 yards, joining Ahmah Green (two), Bo Jackson (two), Chris Johnson (two) and Lamar Miller (two).

Henry has five career rushing touchdowns of at least 70 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (five) and O.J. SIMPSON (five) for the third-most in NFL history. Only Chris Johnson (seven) and Adrian Peterson (seven) have more.

Appearing in his fifth career game, Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool registered a rushing touchdown in the Steelers’ 38-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Claypool has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his first five career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998), Martavis Bryant (2014), Willie Gault (1983) and Calvin Ridley (2018) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 and joined the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season.

Denver kicker Brandon McManus converted all six of his field goal attempts, including field goals of 52 and 54 yards, in the Broncos’ 18-12 win at New England in Week 6.

McManus has six career games with at least two 50-yard field goals, tied with Justin Tucker (six) for the most such games in NFL history.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK SEVEN

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Through the first six weeks of the 2020 NFL season, rookies are making immediate impacts around the league.

Entering Week 7, Kansas City running back Clyde Edward-Helaire leads the NFL in scrimmage yards (682) and ranks second in rushing yards (505). Pittsburgh wide receiver Chase Claypool ties for fifth in the NFL with six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing), while Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson ranks fifth in the league with 537 receiving yards.

Including Jefferson, four rookie wide receivers have at least 300 receiving yards this season [Dallas’ Ceedee Lamb (497), Cincinnati’s Tee Higgins (339) and Claypool (335)], tied with the 2013 and 1986 seasons for the most though Week 6 since 1970.

Overall, rookies have combined for a total of 8,509 scrimmage yards in 2020. With at least 1,305 combined scrimmage yards in Week 7, 2020 will surpass the 2017 season (9,813) for the most combined scrimmage yards by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (not including the 1987 season with replacement players).

The seasons with the most combined scrimmage yards by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (not including 1987):

SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS
2017 – 9,813
2018 – 9,239
2014 – 9,027
2020 – 8,509*
2019 – 8,253
*Through Week 6

YOUNG SLINGERS: In addition to rookie backs and receivers taking the league by storm, rookie quarterbacks are also finding success early in their careers. Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow ranks second in the NFL in completions (160) and eighth in passing yards (1,617). Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert ranks ninth among qualified passers with a 107.1 passer rating through his first four career starts.

If Burrow reaches the 300-yard passing mark at Cleveland on Sunday, he will become the fourth rookie quarterback with at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL history.

The rookies with the most 300-yard passing games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2012 – 6)
Daniel Jones – New York Giants (2019 – 5)
Kyler Murray – Arizona (2019 – 5)
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati (2020 – 4)*
*Entering Week 7

Herbert needs at least three touchdown passes on Sunday against Jacksonville to join DeShaun Watson (four consecutive games in 2017) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes in three consecutive games. Herbert threw three touchdown passes in Week 4 and four touchdown passes in Week 5.​

With at least 250 passing yards, Herbert can join Patrick Mahomes as the only players in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards in each of their first five career games. Mahomes had at least 250 passing yards in each of his first 10 games.

FEELING 100: Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr enters Week 7 leading all qualified passers in completion percentage (73.1), while ranking second in passer rating (115.9). In 99 career starts, Carr has 24,235 passing yards, 2,248 completions and 154 touchdown passes, all the most in Raiders franchise history.

With at least 15 completions against Tampa Bay on Sunday night, Carr will surpass Tony Romo (2,262 completions) for the second-most career completions by a player through his first 100 starts in NFL history. Only Matthew Stafford (2,410) has more.

The players with the most career completions through their first 100 starts in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (COMPLETIONS)
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (2,410)
Tony Romo – Dallas (2,262)
Derek Carr – Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2,248)*
*Expected to make his 100th career start on Sunday night

HISTORIC CONNECTION: Last week, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski connected for their first touchdown as members of the Buccaneers. It marked the 91st touchdown connection in their careers, including the postseason, surpassing Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (90 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history.

With another touchdown pass from Brady to Gronkowski at Las Vegas Sunday night, the pair will tie the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92 touchdowns) for the second-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history, including the postseason. Only Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (114) have more.

The quarterback-receiver pairings with the most touchdowns in NFL history, including the postseason:

QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER (TOUCHDOWNS)

Peyton Manning/Marvin Harrison (114)HOF
Steve Young/Jerry Rice (92)HOF
Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski (91)

(Harrison, Young and Rice and in Hall of Fame)

SECOND-YEAR SURGE: Through five games, Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is averaging 99.2 receiving yards per game, the second-highest mark in the league this season and has recorded at least 90 receiving yards in each game.

With at least 90 receiving yards on Sunday at Arizona, Metcalf will become the fifth player to record at least 90 receiving yards in each of his team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.

The players with at least 90 receiving yards in the most consecutive games to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, GAMES)
Michael Irvin – Dallas (1995, 9) HOF
Dwight Clark – San Francisco (1982 – 8)
Adam Thielen – Minnesota (2018 – 8)
Charley Hennigan – Houston Oilers (1961 – 7)
D.K. Metcalf – Seattle (2020 – 5)*
*Active streak

125 IN 35: Last week, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones recorded eight receptions for 137 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, his 34th-career game with at least 125 receiving yards.

With at least 125 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit, Jones will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (35 games) for the second-most games with at least 125 receiving yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (49) has more such games.

The players with the most career games with at least 125 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (GAMES)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (49)HOF
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland and New England (35)HOF
Julio Jones – ATLANTA (34)

A FANTASTIC FIRST 50: In four games this season, San Francisco tight end George Kittle has totaled 30 receptions for 380 yards, ranking third and second among tight ends, respectively. In 49 career games, Kittle has 246 receptions for 3,325 receptions.

With at least 112 receiving yards on Sunday at New England, Kittle will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (3,436 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a tight end through his first 50 career games in NFL history.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS)
Mike Ditka – Chicago (3,436)HOF
Kellen Winslow Sr.- San Diego Chargers (3,420)HOF
George Kittle – San Francisco (3,325)*
*Appearing in 50th game on Sunday

With at least three receptions on Sunday, Kittle will surpass Kellen Winslow Jr. (248 receptions) for the third-most receptions by a tight end through his first 50 career games in NFL history. Only Jordan Reed (266) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. (262) have more.

The tight ends with the most receptions in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (RECEPTIONS)
Jordan Reed – Washington (266)
Kellen Winslow Sr. – San Diego Chargers (262)HOF
Kellen Winslow Jr. – Cleveland and Tampa Bay (248)
George Kittle – San Francisco (246)*

*Appearing in 50th game on Sunday

As for last week? 8-6. Not bad. For the season? 58-33. There’s still a lot of football left on the docket and in the words of ESPN’s Chris Berman, “that’s why they play the games!” In case you missed it, there’s been a change in the schedule for this week. The Tampa Bay/Las Vegas game, which was scheduled to be in prime time Sunday night, has been moved to Sunday afternoon and the Seattle/Arizona game, which was to be a 4:25 p.m. start, will be the NBC Sunday night game.

Week seven began in the City of Brotherly Love as the Eagles squeaked by the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night and ends in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Rams hosts Da Bears Monday night. Byes this Week? Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami and Minnesota. Seattle, New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Chargers return to action from their break. Having said that, here are the picks for Sunday and Monday in week seven.

Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A pair of sub-.500 teams meet in the Big Peach as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons hosts Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Both teams were road winners in last week’s play.

Stafford and the Lions were 36-16 winners over Jacksonville in the Sunshine State last Sunday. Detroit led 17-3 at the half, then proceeded to tale control of things at TIAA Bank Stadium, outscoring the Jaguars 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of play. The Lions held Jacksonville to 44 yards of rushing, while tallying 180 of their own, with rookie RB DeAndre Swift leading everyone with 116 yards and a pair of TDs and teammate Adrian Peterson chipping with 40 yards and a TD of his own. Stafford threw for 233 yards and a TD (Kenny Golloday led all recievers with 105 yards), while Gardner Minshew III threw for 243 and a TD (Minshew was sacked once, both Minshew and Stafford threw an interception in the contest). Detroit was 3 of 12 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:57, while the Jaguars were 24:03 in time of possession, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Atlanta ended their five-game losing streak under interim head coach Raheem Morris in the Twin Cities last Sunday, leaving US Bank Stadium with the 40-23 win. The Falcons scored the first 23 points of the contest uncontested, taking a 20-0 lead with them to the break in the process.

Atlanta out-rushed Minnesota 99-32 with Falcons RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 47 yards. Ryan threw for 371 yards and four TDs (connecting with Julio Jones on two; Calvin Ridley and TE Hayden Hurst had the other two catches), while Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 343 yards with three TDs but also threw three interceptions (two of them leading to Atlanta scoring drives) and was sacked once (Ryan was sacked twice but threw no interceptions).

The Falcons were 9 of 17 on third down tries in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Atlanta was perfect on fourth down, going 3 of 3) and they ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 40:07, while the Vikings, who kept the pigskin for 19:53, went 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Detroit leads the series (which includes games played at Fulton County Stadium, Tiger Stadium, the Georgia Dome, Ford Field and the Silverdome) 24-13 and have outscored the Falcons 829-774. Detroit’s last win over the Falcons did not come in North America; instead, the two teams traveled to London and the Lions were 22-21 winners at Wembley Stadium in 2014, while Atlanta would get revenge on the Lions in the Motor City in 2017, taking down the Lions 30-26. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Falcons as 2 1/2 point favorites in the Big Peach with a 55 over/under. Both teams are better than their records and both are looking to catch Chicago and New Orleans in the NFC North and South, respectively. Atlanta finished strong last year on a four-game winning streak. Could the Falcons be starting a new streak? Their fan base hopes so. Falcons rise up in the Big Peach and covers the 2 1/2 with a win at home.

Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow, Round 2. It’s Round 2 of the Buckeye State series as the Browns make their way south to face off against Cincinnati along the banks of the Ohio River. Both teams took losses on the road in last week’s action.

Cleveland was held to a second quarter TD by WR Richard Higgins as the Steelers took the Browns to task 38-7 last Sunday at Heinz Field. The Browns trailed 24-7 at the intermission, then watched Pittsburgh take control of things in the second half, scoring their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. The Steelers held Cleveland to 75 yards of rushing, while tallying 129, with James Conner leading all rushers with 101 yards and a TD and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 162 yards and a TD, despite being sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw for 119 yards and the Higgins TD but was picked off twice and sacked four times. Cleveland was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down tries (the Browns were not much better on fourth down, going 0 of 3) and they would keep the ball for 25:54, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:06, going 5 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Bengals let a 24-21 lead at Indianapolis get away from them as Philip Rivers and the Colts stormed back in the second half to come away 31-27 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Colts scored 10 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take the win in the Hoosier State, using a 14-yard TD toss from Rivers to TE Jack Doyle and a 40-yard field goal from rookie K Rodrigo Blankenship to seal the deal.

Cincinnati out-rushed the Colts 98-59, with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 54 yards and a TD (Jonathan Taylor lead the Colts with 60 yards. Rivers threw for 371 yards and three TDs, while Burrow threw for 313 yards (Burrow was sacked twice, Rivers was sacked once and each man threw an interception). The Colts were 7 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 25:32, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:28, going 8 of 17 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The contest along the shores of the Ohio River is a rematch of a week two contest that saw the Browns hold off their AFC North and instate rival 35-30 at First Energy Field. Leading 21-13 at the intermission along the shores of Lake Erie, the Browns would hold off a late Cincinnat rally in the fourth quarter, when the Bengals made it a five-point contest with 43 seconds left when Herbert and WR Travis Boyd connected on a 9-yard TD strike.

Cleveland out-rushed Cincinnati 215-68 with Nick Chubb leading all rushers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs (Cincinnati was led by Joe Mixon with 46 yards on the ground). Mayfield threw for 219 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Odell Beckham, Jr.) with an interception but no sacks, while Hebert threw for 316 yards and three TDs (connecting with Mixon and Boyd on two) and was sacked three times without an interception.

Cleveland was 5 of 8 on third down (the Browns were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:21, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:39, while going 8 of 18 on third down, 5 of 5 on fourth down. In the week two contest in Cleveland, the Browns were favored by 7 1/2 in the Thursday night contest but would win by only five. The two clubs did managed to cover the 46 over/under, tallying 65 points. Vegas likes the Browns again, this time as a 3-point road favorite with a 50 1/2 over/under. For the Bengals, it’s trying to keep their heads (and paws) above water. For the Browns, it’s a chance to put themselves a bit closer to the post-season. Cleveland rocks… and they win in Cincinnati, covering the 3.

Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay limp into Houston to face off against DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans in the Lone Star State at NRG Stadium. Both teams lost on the road in their contests last week.

Green Bay took a 10-0 lead against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, only to see that lead vanish as the Bucs scored 38 points unchallenged to take a 38-10 win at home. The Packers, knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens, led 10-0 before the wheels would come off the bus, as Tampa Bay CB Jamel Dean picked off Rodgers and returned it 32 yards for a TD. Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones II gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with a 2-yard TD run and from that point, things went from bad to worse for the Packers.

Jones ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bucs out-rushed Green Bay 158-94 in the late afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Brady threw for 166 yards and a pair of TDs (one to favorite target TE Ron Gronkowski), while Rodgers threw for 160 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Green Bay on third down was 7 of 17, while the Bucs were 5 of 12 and the clock was the ally of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:37 to Tampa Bay’s 28:23.

Houston watched Tennessee rally late from a 7-point deficit against Houston as the Titans would take a 42-36 overtime win over the Texans last Sunday. Tennessee led 21-10 at the intermission before the Texans would rally and lead 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation when Brandon Cooks and DeShaun Watson conected on a 1-yard TD toss (Houston went for two and did not make the conversion) before the home team rallied with four seconds left when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connected on a 7-yard TD toss to tie the contest at 36-36.

Tennessee would win the toss to start overtime and they made sure that the Texans would never see the ball again, as they used 6 plays, chewed up 82 yards of field and used 3:30 of clock with Derrick Henry sending Titans fans home happy with a 5-yard TD run, his second of the day.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 263-92 and Henry led all rushers with 212 yards and the two scores (including the game-winner); Tannehill threw for 364 yards with an interception, while Watson threw for 335 yards (Tannehill threw the contest’s only interception; both men were sacked twice and both threw four TDs). Both clubs did well on third down conversions; Houston was 7 of 14 (the Texans were 3 of 3 on fourth down), while the Titans were 6 of 10 and time was the ally of the Titans, who held on to the ball for 31:50 to Houston’s 31:40.

The Packers lead the series 3-1, they’ve outscored the Texans 100-74 and have won the last two meetings in the brief series, including a 21-13 win at Lambeau Field in 2016, while Houston’s lone win in the series also came at Lambeau Field in 2008 by a final of 24-21. Green Bay’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. The Texans are looking for their first win at home, while the Packers look to wash the stench of losing at Tampa Bay off. Scrub-a-dub-dub. Packers cover the 3 1/2 in Houston and wins on the road.

Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.:n FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC South rivals meet in the Big Easy as Teddy Bridgewater returns to New Orleans to face off against Drew Brees and the Saints.

A Carolina rally at home at Bank of America Stadium fell short last Sunday as the Panthers came out on the short end of a 23-16 loss to Chicago. Carolina trailed 13-6 at halftime and would pull themselves to within 7 with 7:46 left in the contest on a 48-yard field goal by Jeff Slye. Carolina would get the ball back with 92 seconds left when Teddy Bridgewater’s first down pass attempt was picked off by Bears CB DeAndre Houston-Carson, ending the drive.

Carolina out-rushed Da Bears 112-63 and Bridgewater threw for 216 yards with four sacks and two interceptions (including the one that ended the Carolina rally), while Nick Foles threw for 198 yards with a TD toss to TE Cole Kmet (Foles threw an interception but was not sacked). Carolina was 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Panthers kept the ball for 31:06, while Chicago, who kept the ball for 28:54, went 7 of 14 on third down tries.

The Saints come back to action after their bye and their 30-27 overtime win over Justin Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers i in the Big Easy two weeks ago. The Bolts led 20-10 at the intermission before the Saints would rally in the fnal 30 minutes of regulation, tying things up with 52 seconds left when backup QB Taysom Hill scored on a 9-yard run. New Orleans would get the ball to start the overtime and used a 9-play, 48-yard drive that would use 4:52 of clock with Wil Lutz connecting on a 36 yard field goal with 5:08 left in the overtime.

The Chargers, needing to either tie things up with a field goal or a TD to win the contest, got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff at their 25-yard line. With some help from a roughing the passer penalty on the Saints, the Chargers would get as close as their own 44-yard line, where four Herbert passes fell incomplete and the Saints took the win. While the Chargers out-rushed the Saints 111-95, Brees threw for 325 yards and a TD, while Hebert threw for 264 yards and four TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest and was sacked twice, while Hebert was sacked three times). New Orleans was 5 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:01, while the Chargers held on to the pigskin for 30:42 and went 8 of 17 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The series? Tied 25-25, with the Saints outscoring Carolina 1,115-1,097. New Orleans swept the series last year, taking wins in the Big Easy and in the Tar Heel State (Carolina’s last win over the Saints came in 2018 in the Big Easy by a final of 33-14).

Their first meeting? Week 12 in the Big Easy and the two teams went at it back and forth and it would be Wil Lutz sending Saints fans home happy with a 34-31 win in the final seconds. Leading 17-15 at the intermission, the Saints would watch Carolina chip away at the lead, using a 4-yard TD run by Christian McCaffrey and a D.J. Moore TD pass from Allen to even things up before the Saints used an 11-play, 65-yard drive that used the remaining 1:56 of the contest with Lutz connecting on the 33-yard field goal try as time expired.

While Carolina out-rushed New Orleans 121-118, Brees burned the Panthers for 311 yards, while Allen threw for 256 yards (both men threw three TDs, Allen was sacked four times, while Brees was sacked twice and threw the contest’s only interception). Carolina was 5 of 13 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and they would rule the clock and held on to the ball for 31:33, while the Saints were 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the pigskin for 28:27, including the final 1:56 of the contest.

The Saints completed the series sweep in Charlotte, taking a 42-10 win in the season finale. New Orleans led 28-3 at the break and held Carolina in check in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans out-rushed Carolina 115-41 and Brees threw for 253 yards with three TDs, while Allen threw for 295 with an interception (Allen was sacked once, Brees did not have a sack or interception). New Orleans went 4 for 11 on third down and kept the ball for 35:40, while Carolina kept the pigskin for 24:20, going 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest in the Big Easy, the Saints were favored by 9 1/2 but won by three. Both teams did cover the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 65 points. New Orleans covered the 13-point spread in the week 17 finale, winning by 32 and both teams took covered the 46 over/under with 52 points. The Saints are favored by 7 1/2 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. The Saints are trying to repeat as NFC South champs, while the Panthers want to stop that train at the station. Carolina pulls off the upset, taking the win in the Big Easy but expect things to be closer than 7 1/2.

Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They met in week one in upstate New York. This time, Buffalo shuffles its way to upstate New Jersey to face off against the New York J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, who are searching for their first win. Both teams lost their contests in last week’s action.

Buffalo kept Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions close at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, before Kansas City pulled away and left upstate New York 26-17 winners last Monday. Trailing 13-10 at the intermission, Kansas City went on to outscore the Bills 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Kansas City out-rushed the Bills 245-84 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 161 yards in the make-up contest. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Travis Kelce with one sack, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 122 yards with a pair of TDs and the only interception in the contest.

The Chiefs were 9 of 14 on third down tries (the defending Super Bowl champs were perfect on fourth down in their only try) and they would lay claim to the ball for 37:45, while the Bills, who held on the pigskin for 22:15, went 4 of 9 on third down tries.

GangGreen would find themselves shutout in Miami 24-0 at Hard Rock Stadium last Sunday. The Dolphins scored all of their points unchecked, taking a 21-0 lead at the intermission. Even though the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! out-rushed Miami 115-110, Joe Flacco (taking over for Sam Darnold) threw for 186 yards with three sacks and an interception, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 191 yards and three TDs (Fitzpatrick was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions). Neither the Dolphins or Jets breached the 50 percent mark on third down (GangGreen was 2 of 17, 2 of 2 on fourth down; Miami was 1 of 9) and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:55 to Miami’s 28:05.

It’s a rematch from week one in upstate New York as the Bills circled the wagons in Orchard Park, taking a 27-17 win. Buffalo led 14-3 at the break, although GangGreen would outscore the Bills 14-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Allen led all rushers with 57 yards as the Bills out-rushed GangGreen 98-52, with Allen throwing for 312 yards and a pair of TDs, while Darnold threw for 215 yards and a TD toss to Jamison Crowder (both Allen and Darnold were sacked three times and Darnold threw the contest’s only interception). Buffalo was 7 of 14 on third down but struck gold on fourth down, going 1 of 1, keeping the ball hostage for 41:16, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for a mere 18:44, while going 4 for 11 on third down.

Buffalo’s 10-point win in the season opener in upstate New York allowed them to cover the 6 1/2-point spread and the 44 combined points easily covered the 39 over/under. Buffalo’s favored by 12 1/2 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 45. The 45? Makes a lot of sense. 12 1/2? That’s a little steep. Granted, GangGreen is bad but not 12 1/2 bad. Still, if nothing else, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! will throw everything at the Bills but Buffalo circles the wagon and takes the win on the road.

Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 705. They both have five wins under their belts. They’re both unbeaten and they meet at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Music City. Pittsburgh and Tennessee meet in the battle of unbeaten teams. Both took wins at home in their last contests.

Pittsburgh held Baker Mayfield and Cleveland to a second quarter TD by WR Richard Higgins as the Steelers took the Browns to task 38-7 last Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 24-7 at the intermission, then floored the gas as they would proceed to score their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. The Steelers held Cleveland to 75 yards of rushing, while tallying 129, with James Conner leading all rushers with 101 yards and a TD and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 162 yards and a TD, despite being sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw for 119 yards and the Higgins TD but was picked off twice and sacked four times. Cleveland was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down tries (the Browns were not much better on fourth down, going 0 of 3) and they would keep the ball for 25:54, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:06, going 5 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Tennessee rallied late from a 7-point deficit against Houston as the Titans needed overtime to take a 42-36 win over the Texans last Sunday. Tennessee led 21-10 at the intermission before the Texans would rally and lead 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation when Brandon Cooks and DeShaun Watson conected on a 1-yard TD toss (Houston went for two and did not make the conversion) before the home team rallied with four seconds left when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connected on a 7-yard TD toss to tie the contest at 36-36.

Tennessee would win the toss to start overtime and they made sure that the Texans would never see the ball again, as they used 6 plays, chewed up 82 yards of field and used 3:30 of clock with Derrick Henry sending Titans fans home happy with a 5-yard TD run, his second of the day.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 263-92 and Henry led all rushers with 212 yards and the two scores (including the game-winner); Tannehill threw for 364 yards with an interception, while Watson threw for 335 yards (Tannehill threw the contest’s only interception; both men were sacked twice and both threw four TDs). Both clubs did well on third down conversions; Houston was 7 of 14 (the Texans were 3 of 3 on fourth down), while the Titans were 6 of 10 and time was the ally of the Titans, who held on to the ball for 31:50 to Houston’s 31:40.

Including games played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and games played at the Astrodome and Three Rivers Stadium, the Steelers lead series 43-31, Pittsburgh has outscored the Titans 1,546-1,294 and have won the last two meetings, including a 40-17 win in the Steel City in 2017, while Tennessee’s last win came at Heinz Field in 2013 by a final of 16-9. Tennessee’s favored by 1 in the Music City and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Since these two are unbeaten, it’s only fitting that this one becomes “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 61 last June and dates a 45-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal 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?”)

In the end, one team’s staying unbeaten. The other? They’ll think about what might have been. Steelers roll on, cover the 1 with the win in the Music City and takes the win.

Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Forget the records. These two teams don’t like each other. They’re not Facebook friends and don’t expect them to break bread anytime soon. Dallas and Washington, the NFC’s answer to the Hatfields and McCoys gets underway in Landover as the first-place Cowboys face off against Washington at FedEx Field. Both teams look to right their ships after losses last week.

A Washington rally in the Meadowlands fell short as the Giants broke their five-game losing streak at home in the Meadowlands, coming away 20-19 winners over Washington at Met Life Stadium last Sunday. The Giants took a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission before Washington chipped way and tied things up with 8:56 left in the contest on a 28-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Big Blue would reclaim the lead with 3:29 left when rookie LB Tae Crowder lived a lineman’s dream, recovering a fumble and returning the ball 42 yards for his first career NFL TD.

Washington made things a lot closer than Giants fans would have liked when they used a 10-play, 75 yard drive that used 2:53 of clock to pull themselves to within one when WR Cam Sims and QB Kyle Allen connected on a 22-yard TD toss. Washington then went for the two-point try in an effort to leave upstate New Jersey with the win but Allen’s pass failed. Washington then went for the onside kick, which the Giants successfully recovered and they would run out the clock to take the win.

New York outrushed Washington 132-86 and Doug Jones threw for 112 yards and a TD, leading all rushers in the contest with 74 yards (Jones was sacked once), while Allen threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs (including the toss to Sims; Jones was sacked once, Allen was sacked three times and both men threw an interception). The Giants were 7 of 11 on third down conversions at Met Life Stadium and held the ball for 26:30, while Washington ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:30, going 8 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

A Dallas team with Andy Dalton under center in place of Dak Prescott was taken to task last Monday night at AT&T Stadium by Arizona as the Cardinals came away 38-10 winners over the Cowboys. Dallas trailed the Desert Angry Birds led 21-3 at the break after a scoreless first quarter, then watched the Cardinals floored the gas, outscoring the Cowboys 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of play.

Dallas was out-rushed by Arizona 261-97 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading all rushers with 164 yards and a pair of TDs (Dallas was led by Ezekiel Elliott with 49 yards). Murray threw for 188 yards with a pair of TDs to Christian Kirk, while Dalton, making his first start in almost a year, threw for 266 yards with a TD toss to Amari Cooper (Dalton threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times, while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 26:23, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 33:37, going 6 of 15 on third down tries (both teams were successful on fourth down tries; Arizona was 1 of 1, Dallas went 3 of 3).

Including contests played in the Cotton Bowl, RFK Stadium and AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys lead the series 73-43-2, has outscored Washington 2,787-2,275 and won the last three meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s series. (Washington’s last win over the Cowboys? 2018 in Landover, when they left FedEx Field 20-17 winners.)

The first meeting? Landover in week two. After a scoreless first quarter, Dallas took a 14-7 lead with them to the half and left FedEx Field 31-21 winners. Elliott ran for 111 yards and a TD as the Cowboys out-rushed Washington 213-47. Prescott threw for 269 yards and three TDs (connecting with Jason Whitten and Amari Cooper on two of the tosses), while Case Keenum threw for 221 yards and a pair of TDs. (both QBs were sacked once and Prescott threw the contest’s only interception). Dallas was 7 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:22, while Washington, keeping the ball for 26:38, went 2 of 4 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Dallas made the series a clean sweep at AT&T Stadium in the week 17 season finale, coming away 47-16 winners. Dallas led 20-10 at the intermission in what would be Jason Garrett’s final game as Cowboys head coach, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes, outscoring Washington 27-6 in that period. Again, Elliott would lead all rushers, tallying 122 yards and a rushing TD (he also had a catch for a TD) as Dallas out-rushed Washington 223-88, while Prescott threw for 303 yards and four TDs (connecting with Michael Gallup on three of them) with Keenum throwing for 206 yards and a TD (Keenum was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Prescott was sacked three times). Dallas was 8 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Cowboys kept the ball for 34:15, while Washington closed out the season, going 1 of 12 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 25:45.

In the week two contest at Landover, Dallas was favored by 5 and covered, winning by 10 at FedEx Field and both teams took care of the 46 1/2 over/under with 52 points. Dallas’ 31-point win in the season finale at AT&T allowed them to cover the 11-point spread and both teams surpassed the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 63 points. In this year’s first meeting, Washington’s favored by 1 with a 46 over/under. Both numbers make sense and both teams are chasing Philadelphia for the top spot in the NFC East. Dallas pulls off the upset in Landover, covering the 1.

Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:25 on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of struggling teams face off in southern California as Jacksonville makes the long trip down I-10 to face the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams lost in last week’s action.

Jacksonville watched Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions take a 36-16 win in the Sunshine State last Sunday. The Jaguars trailed 17-3 at the half, then Detroit tale control of things at TIAA Bank Stadium, outscoring the Jaguars 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of play. Jacksonville was held to 44 yards of rushing, while Detroit was tallying 180 of their own, with rookie RB DeAndre Swift leading everyone with 116 yards and a pair of TDs and teammate Adrian Peterson chipping with 40 yards and a TD of his own.

Stafford threw for 233 yards and a TD (Kenny Golloday led all recievers with 105 yards), while Gardner Minshew III threw for 243 and a TD (Minshew was sacked once, both Minshew and Stafford threw an interception in the contest). Detroit was 3 of 12 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:57, while the Jaguars were 24:03 in time of possession, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

A Chargers drive in overtime fell short as Los Angeles fell to New Orleans 30-27 in the Big Easy two weeks ago. New Orleans trailed 20-10 at the intermission before the Saints rallied in the fnal 30 minutes of regulation, tying things up with 52 seconds left when backup QB Taysom Hill scored on a 9-yard run. New Orleans would get the ball to start the overtime and used a 9-play, 48-yard drive that would use 4:52 of clock with Wil Lutz connecting on a 36 yard field goal with 5:08 left in the overtime.

The Chargers, needing to either tie things up with a field goal or a TD to win the contest, got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff at their 25-yard line. With some help from a roughing the passer penalty on the Saints, the Chargers would get as close as their own 44-yard line, where four Herbert passes fell incomplete and the Saints took the win. While the Chargers out-rushed the Saints 111-95, Brees threw for 325 yards and a TD, while Hebert threw for 264 yards and four TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest and was sacked twice, while Hebert was sacked three times). New Orleans was 5 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:01, while the Chargers held on to the pigskin for 30:42 and went 8 of 17 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down. The Chargers are favored by 8 and the over/under’s 49. Both numbers make sense. Chargers take this one on the West Coast but expect the Jaguars to make things closer than 8.

Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m, on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of AFC/AFL rivals meet in the Mile High City as the defending Super Bowl champs travel to Denver to face off against Denver. Both clubs were road winners in their contests last week.

Buffalo kept Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions close at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, before Kansas City pulled away and left upstate New York 26-17 winners last Monday. Trailing 13-10 at the intermission, Kansas City went on to outscore the Bills 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Kansas City out-rushed the Bills 245-84 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 161 yards in the make-up contest. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Travis Kelce with one sack, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 122 yards with a pair of TDs and the only interception in the contest.

The Chiefs were 9 of 14 on third down tries (the defending Super Bowl champs were perfect on fourth down in their only try) and they would lay claim to the ball for 37:45, while the Bills, who held on the pigskin for 22:15, went 4 of 9 on third down tries.

Denver used six Brian McManus field goals in Foxboro to take down Cam Newton and the New England 18-12 in Foxboro last Sunday. The Broncos led 12-3 at the intermission before the Patriots would pull themselves to within six with 3:23 left on a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

Denver out-rushed New England 135-117 with Broncos RB Patrick Lindsey leading the way with 101 yards (Newton led New England with 76 yards and had the contest’s only TD, scoring from a yard out). Denver went 4 of 14 on third down at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:30. As for New England, the Patriots were 27:30 in time of possession and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played when the Chiefs called Houston home and were known as the Texans and games were played at Swope Field and Mile High Stadium, the Chiefs lead the series 65-54, have outscored Denver 2,773-2,428 and have won the last nine meetings, including sweeping last year’s contests in the Show Me State and the Mile High City (Denver’s last win? 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-24).

Empower Field at Mile High was the site of the first meeting, a week seven Thursday night affair in the Mile High City and the Chiefs and Mahomes prevailed 30-6. Denver was held to a first-quarter TD by Royce Freeman and trailed 10-7 after one quarter of play. From that point, Kansas City would score the next 20 points of the contest unchallenged, leading 20-6 at the intermission.

Kansas City out-rushed Denver 80-71 with LeSean McCoy leading all rushers with 64 yards. Mahomes threw for 76 yards and TD before being pulled from the contest when the game was settled, while Joe Flacco threw for 213 yards with eight sacks, while Mahomes was untouched (neither man threw an interception). The Chiefs were 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:13, while Denver, keeping the pigskin for 27:47, went a dismal 1 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

The Chiefs completed the sweep of the series at Arrowhead in week 15 in a snowstorm and came away 23-3 winners. Holding the Broncos to a McManus field goal in the second quarter, the Chiefs led 15-3 at the half and scored eight third quarter points without a challenge. As was the case in the meeting in Denver, neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but the Chiefs managed to out-rush Denver 92-52 and Mahomes threw for 340 yards and a pair of TDs to Tyreek Hill, while Lock threw for 208 yards (Lock was sacked twice, Mahomes was sacked three times and each QB threw an interception). The Chiefs were 6 of 11 on third down tries in the Show-Me State and they would hold on to the ball for 33:33, while Denver would keep the pigskin for 26:27, going 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week seven Thursday contest in the Mile High City, Kansas City won by 24, allowing them to cover the 2-point spread but the 43 1/2 over/under was intact as the two clubs merged for 36 points. Kansas City was favored again in the week 15 rematch at Arrowhead, this time by 11 and the Chiefs didn’t disappoint the boys and girls in Vegas, covering with the 20-point win but the 47 over/under was intact, as the two clubs combined for 26 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 9 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 45. Chiefs may not cover the 9 1/2 but they’ll leave the Mile High City with the win.

San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Sourdough meets chowder as the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garroppolo met Cam Newton and the New England Patriots square off in Foxboro in a late afternoon affair Sunday at Gillette.

San Francisco held off the Los Angeles Rams 24-16 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday night. The 49ers led their NFC West and in-state rivals 21-6 at the intermission in wine country, then held off the Rams, who outscored them 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francisco out-rushed the Rams 122-113 and Garoppolo threw for 268 yards and three TDs (one to George Kittle), while Jarred Goff threw for 198 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man was sacked and Goff threw the contest’s only interception). San Francsico went 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 37:55, while the Rams kept the pigskin for 22:05, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver used six Brian McManus field goals in Foxboro to take down Cam Newton and the New England 18-12 in Foxboro last Sunday. The Broncos led 12-3 at the intermission before the Patriots would pull themselves to within six with 3:23 left on a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

Denver out-rushed New England 135-117 with Broncos RB Patrick Lindsey leading the way with 101 yards (Newton led New England with 76 yards and had the contest’s only TD, scoring from a yard out). Denver went 4 of 14 on third down at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:30. As for New England, the Patriots were 27:30 in time of possession and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played when the Chiefs called Houston home and were known as the Texans and games were played at Swope Field and Mile High Stadium, the Chiefs lead the series 65-54, have outscored Denver 2,773-2,428 and have won the last nine meetings, including sweeping last year’s contests in the Show Me State and the Mile High City (Denver’s last win? 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-24).

San Francisco leads the series 8-5 and the 49ers have outscored New England 322-262. New England won the last meeting, as the Patriots left Levis’ Stadium 30-17 winners in 2016, while the 49ers last win over the Patriots came in 2012 in Foxboro by a final of 41-34. New England’s favored by 2 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This one might not be “Drill Worthy” but it’ll be entertaining. Pats bounce back and cover the 1 in Foxboro.

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Tampa Bay and Tom Brady travels to Sin City for a Sunday night meeting with the Silver and Black. The contest, scheduled for prime time, was moved to the late afternoon slot by the NFL.

Green Bay took a 10-0 lead against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, only to see that lead vanish as the Bucs scored 38 points unchallenged to take a 38-10 win at home. The Packers, knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens, led 10-0 before the wheels would come off the bus, as Tampa Bay CB Jamel Dean picked off Aaron Rodgers and returned it 32 yards for a TD. Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones II gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with a 2-yard TD run and from that point, things went from bad to worse for the Packers.

Jones ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bucs out-rushed Green Bay 158-94 in the late afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Brady threw for 166 yards and a pair of TDs (one to favorite target TE Ron Gronkowski), while Rodgers threw for 160 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Green Bay on third down was 7 of 17, while the Bucs were 5 of 12 and the clock was the ally of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:37 to Tampa Bay’s 28:23.

The Raiders return to play after their bye week and a 40-32 win at Kansas City two weeks ago. Breaking a 24-24 tie at the end of three quarters (it was 24-24 at the half), the Raiders scored 16 fourth quarter points unthreatened to take the road win. Las Vegas out-rushed the defending Super Bowl champs 144-80 with Raiders RB Josh Jacobs leading the way with 77 yards and a pair of TDs. Carr threw for 347 yards and three TDs in the Show-Me State, while Patrick Mahomes had 340 yards with TD to Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins (Mahomes was sacked three times, Carr was sacked once and each man threw an interception).

The Silver and Black lead the series 7-2 (including games played in Los Angeles) and have outscored Tampa Bay 279-182. The Raiders were 30-24 overtime winners in their last meeting, which took place in Tampa in 2016 in their last meeting, while Tampa Bay’s last win came in Oakland in 2012 by a final of 42-32. Tampa Bay’s favored by 3 1/2, according to the boys and girls in Vegas and they’ve given this one a 52 1/2 over/under. If for no other reason, this one might be an entertaining one to watch. Bucs cover the 3 1/2 in Sin City and takes the road win.

Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Russell Wilson vs. Kyler Murray. They meet again as a pair of NFC West contending teams meet in Glendale at State Farm Stadium. Both teams were winners in their last contests; Seattle coming off a bye, while Arizona beating Dallas in prime time Monday night.

Seattle returns from their bye week after their 27-26 win over Minnesota two Sundays ago at Century Link Field. Trailing 13-0 at the intermission in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Wilson and the Seahawks would go to work in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Vikings 27-13 in that time frame and took the lead for keeps with 15 seconds left when they would use a 13-play, 94-yard drive that would use 1:42 of clock and ended with Wilson connecting with D.K. Metcalf on a 6-yard TD toss with 15 seconds left in regulation.

In the contest that had four lead changes, Minnesota out-rushed Seattle 201-124 and Vikings RB Alexander Mattison led all rushers with 112 yards, while Wilson led Seattle with 58 yards. Wilson threw for 217 yards and three TDs (including the game-winner), while Kirk Cousins threw for 249 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Adam Thielen (Cousins was sacked three times, Wilson was sacked four and each threw an interception). Seattle was 0 for 7 on third down but found success on fourth down at 2 of 2 and the Seahawks kept the ball for 20:32, while the Vikings, who actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:28, went 6 of 14 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Arizona took a Dallas team with Andy Dalton under center in place of Dak Prescott to task last Monday night at AT&T Stadium and came away 38-10 winner over the Cowboys. The Desert Angry Birds led 21-3 at the break after a scoreless first quarter, then floored the gas, outscoring the Cowboys 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of play.

Dallas was out-rushed by Arizona 261-97 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading all rushers with 164 yards and a pair of TDs (Dallas was led by Ezekiel Elliott with 49 yards). Murray threw for 188 yards with a pair of TDs to Christian Kirk, while Dalton, making his first start in almost a year, threw for 266 yards with a TD toss to Amari Cooper (Dalton threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times, while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 26:23, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 33:37, going 6 of 15 on third down tries (both teams were successful on fourth down tries; Arizona was 1 of 1, Dallas went 3 of 3).

Seattle leads the series with the Desert Angry Birds 21-20-1 (including contests played in St. Louis and at the Kingdome) and Seattle has outscored Arizona 1,036-811. While the two clubs split last year’s contests, they were winners in the other team’s building.

They met in the desert in week four and Seattle came out of State Farm Stadium 27-10 winners. The Seahawks led 20-3 at the break and the two clubs stuck close to each other in the second half. Both clubs ran for 115 yards in the contest, with Carson leading the way with 104 yards. Wilson threw for 240 yards and a TD, while Murray threw for 241 yards (both men were sacked four times, with Murray throwing the game’s only interception). Seattle went 4 of 10 on third down and held the ball for 33:24, while the Desert Angry Birds, going 3 of 9 on third down, kept the pigskin for 26:36.

Arizona sought revenge in the rematch in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and they would get that revenge in week 16, taking a 27-13 win at Century Link Field. The Desert Angry Birds erased a 7-7 first quarter tie, scoring 10 second-quarter points unchallenged and then floored the gas, outscoring Seattle 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. This time, Arizona ran roughshod over Seattle, with the Desert Angry Birds out-rushing Seattle 253-91 and Drake would lead all rushers with 166 yards and a pair of TDs. Murray threw for 118 yards in the Pacifc Northwest, while Wilson threw for 169 yards (both men threw a TD pass without an interception, Wilson was sacked five times while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 5 of 15 on third down conversions but struck gold in their only fourth down try (1 of 1) and the Desert Angry Birds ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:53, while Seattle kept the pigskin for 25:07, going a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Seattle was favored by 5 in the week four contest in the desert and they covered with their 17-point win. The 48 over/under? It was intact as the two clubs combined for only 37 points. In the week 16 contest in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Seattle was again favored, this time by 9 1/2 points and the Desert Angry Birds covered, winning by 14 and the 49 1/2 over/under was safe and sound as the two teams would merge to tally 40 points. Seattle’s favored by 3 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 56. Arizona would love nothing more than to give Seattle their first loss. As for the Seahawks? They’re not exactly interested in losing this time around. Seattle covers the 3 1/2 and takes the road win against the Desert Angry Birds.

Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Nick Foles vs. Jared Goff. They meet in Inglewood on a Monday night as Da Bears face off against the Los Angeles Rams.

Da Bears held off a late Carolina rally at Bank of America Stadium fell short last Sunday as Chicago came away 23-16 winners at Charlotte. Carolina trailed 13-6 at halftime and would pull themselves to within 7 with 7:46 left in the contest on a 48-yard field goal by Jeff Slye. Carolina would get the ball back with 92 seconds left when Teddy Bridgewater’s first down pass attempt was picked off by Bears CB DeAndre Houston-Carson, ending the drive.

Carolina out-rushed Da Bears 112-63 and Bridgewater threw for 216 yards with four sacks and two interceptions (including the one that ended the Carolina rally), while Nick Foles threw for 198 yards with a TD toss to TE Cole Kmet (Foles threw an interception but was not sacked). Carolina was 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Panthers kept the ball for 31:06, while Chicago, who kept the ball for 28:54, went 7 of 14 on third down tries.

San Francisco held off the Rams 24-16 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday night. The 49ers led their NFC West and in-state rivals 21-6 at the intermission in wine country, then held off the Rams, who outscored them 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francisco out-rushed the Rams 122-113 and Garoppolo threw for 268 yards and three TDs (one to George Kittle), while Jarred Goff threw for 198 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man was sacked and Goff threw the contest’s only interception). San Francsico went 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 37:55, while the Rams kept the pigskin for 22:05, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests in Cleveland, Anaheim, St. Louis and games played at the corners of Waveland, Clark, Sheffield and Addison (Wrigley Field), Da Bears lead the series 53-36-3 and have outscored the Rams 2,123-1,846. The two teams have met the last two seasons and each team has taken wins at home; the Rams’ last win came in Los Angeles last year by a final of 17-7, while Da Bears were 15-6 winners in the Windy City the year before.

They met on the West Coast in week 11 at the Coliseum and the Rams led 10-0 at the half after the two teams were scoreless after the first quarter of play, using a 38-yard field goal by Greg Zeurlein and a 1-yard TD run by Todd Gurley. Chicago would end Los Angeles’ bid for a shut out in the third quarter when Mitchell Trubisky and Tarik Cohen connected on a 14-yard TD toss before Los Angeles restored order in the fourth quarter as RB Malcom Brown scored from 5 yards out.

Gurley led all rushers with 97 yards as the Rams out-rushed Chicago 110-74 and Goff threw for 173 yards and Trubisky threw for 190 yards and the TD toss (Goff and Trubisky each threw an interception, with Trubisky being sacked once). The Rams were 3 of 10 on third down and kept the ball for 27:16, while Da Bears actually ruled da clock, keeping the ball for 32:44, going 6 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Chicago on Monday night? 32-38 but Da Bears won their only Monday night contest last year, while the Rams are 28-33 and lost their only Monday contest last year. The Rams were 6 1/2 point favorites in the week 11 Sunday night contest on the West Coast and the Rams covered, winning by 10 but the 40 1/2 was safe and untouched as the two teams merged for only 24 points. Los Angeles is favored by 6 on the West Coast and the over/under’s 44 1/2. It’s possible that these two teams could very well meet in the post-season and their last two contests in the last two years have been nail-biters. Rams win this one in Cali but expect Da Bears to keep it closer than the 6.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger….

Week five had its share of confusion; in fact, there was more confusion than a mouse in a burlesuqe show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!). The NFL had to do some major shuffling to keep themselves and their 32 teams on track.

In case you dozed off in class, here are the changes that were made (take notes, there’s going to be a quiz afterward! All times listed are Eastern)

Denver-New England will be played in Week 6 on Sunday, October 18 at 1 p.m. on CBS.

Kansas City-Buffalo, which would have started week 6, moves from Thursday, October 15 to Monday, October 19 at 5 p.m. on FOX/NFL Network/Amazon.

New York Jets-Miami moves from Week 10 to Week 6 at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

New York Jets-Los Angeles Chargers moves from Week 6 to Week 11 on Sunday, November 22 at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

Jacksonville-at Los Angeles Chargers moves from Week 8 to Week 7 on Sunday, October 25 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS.

Los Angeles Chargers-Denver moves from Week 11 to Week 8 on Sunday, November 1 at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

Los Angeles Chargers-Miami moves from Week 7 to Week 10 on Sunday, November 15 at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

Miami-at Denver moves from Week 6 to Week 11 at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

Got all that?

To say the 2020 NFL season has been a high-scoring campaign might rank among the top understatements of all-time.

That’s because, speaking of all-time, none of the previous 100 NFL seasons through five weeks have produced more points or touchdowns than 2020.

Two of those high-scoring teams, Cleveland (4-1) and Pittsburgh (4-0) – go head to head Sunday in an AFC North showdown at Heinz Field. Cleveland, off to its best start since 1994, has scored 30-or-more points in four consecutive contests, its longest streak since a seven-game stretch in 1968. The Browns lead the AFC with 19 total touchdowns. Pittsburgh is coming off its highest-scoring game in nearly two years, a 38-29 win over the Eagles in Week 5. In the victory, Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, became the first rookie in NFL history to score three receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the same game. Claypool leads all rookies with five touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing) in 2020.

BATTLE OF THE BAYS: The highest-scoring team this year, Green Bay (38.0 points per game), emerges from a bye and travels to meet Tampa Bay on Sunday. Green Bay (4-0) is off to its best start since beginning the 2015 season 6-0. Packers running back Aaron Jones and Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans are tied for third in the NFL with six touchdowns each; both players have reached the end zone in each of their team’s games this season. Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (13) and Tom Brady (12) have combined for 25 touchdown passes this season. They square off in the rubber match of their series as starting quarterbacks, with each player winning one of the first two meetings.

The seasons with the most points and touchdowns scored through five weeks in NFL history:

MOST POINTS THROUGH WEEK 5, NFL HISTORY
2020 – 3,958
2018 – 3,739
2011 – 3,566
2013 – 3,566
2015 – 3,562

MOST TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH WEEK 5, NFL HISTORY
2020 – 453
2018 – 424
2015 – 404
2019 – 403
2011 – 396

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Entering Week 6, the AFC North has three teams with at least four wins: Baltimore (4-1), Cleveland (4-1) and Pittsburgh (4-0).

Since realignment in 2002, the NFL only three times has seen a division with three-or-more teams with at least four wins after five weeks. In the NFC East in 2008, the Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) actually weren’t one of the three clubs in that division to begin with four-or-more wins but went 7-3-1 over the season’s final 11 weeks, won their first two playoff games and advanced to the NFC Championship. In 2002, the Oakland Raiders (4-0) emerged from an early season AFC West logjam to advance to Super Bowl XXXVII.

The divisions with three-or-more teams with at least four wins through a season’s first five weeks, since 2002:

SEASON – DIVISION: TEAMS
2020 – AFC North: Pittsburgh (4-0), Baltimore (4-1), Cleveland (4-1)
2008 – NFC East: New York Giants (4-0), Dallas (4-1), Washington (4-1)
2002 – AFC West: Oakland Raiders (4-0), Denver (4-1), San Diego Chargers (4-1)

NO LEAD IS SAFE: After New Orleans clawed back from a 17-point deficit to win in overtime on Monday Night Football, the 2020 season continues to write a consistent message: Teams are never out of games.

In fact, 2020 is the first year in NFL history in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of at least 16 points to win in each of the first five weeks of a season. With one game remaining on the Week 5 slate, six games this season have seen a team victoriously battle back from at least 16. Only the 2011 season (seven) has had more games in the first five weeks in which one team has trailed by 16-or-more points and won.

Four teams erased leads of at least 13 points and won in Week 5 alone. The Saints (trailed 20-3), Chicago (13-0), Dallas (17-3) and Seattle (13-0) each earned Week 5 victories after overcoming such deficits. In 10 games this year, a team has erased deficits of at least 13 to win, the second-most such games in NFL history through five weeks (again, with one game remaining in Week 5). Only the 2011 season (12) had more such games through Week 5.

Chicago (4-1) is off to its best start since opening 7-1 in 2012 and this week travels to Charlotte to play Carolina (3-2), has won three straight under first-year head coach Matt Rhule. The Bears in three of their wins this year – Week 1 at Detroit, Week 3 at Atlanta and Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay – have erased deficits of 13-or-more points.

Dallas, hosting Arizona this week in the second Monday night game), has registered wins after trailing by 19 points in Week 2 and 14 points in Week 5. Dallas rookie Ceedee Lamb has been front and center in each of those comeback wins. Lamb, who leads all rookies in both receptions (29) and receiving yards (433), can become the first player in league history with at least five receptions in each of his first six NFL games.

COMPETITION MAKES YOU BETTER: With one game to play, nine of 13 games so far in Week 5 have been within one score in the fourth quarter. Overall this season, more than 71 percent of games (54 of 76) have been within one score in the fourth quarter.

The Rams’ Jared Goff, who leads Los Angeles into San Francisco for a Sunday Night Football West Coast matchup, has an NFL-best fourth-quarter passer rating of 155.8. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald tied his career high with four sacks in Week 5, while teammate Troy Reeder registered three sacks. Donald and Reeder are the first pair of teammates to each record at least three sacks in the same game since Week 17 of the 2015 season, when Houston’s Whitney Mercilus (3.5 sacks) and J.J. Watt (three sacks) did it.

TUESDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: The Buffalo-Tennessee game Tuesday night in Nashville was just the second Tuesday game in the NFL over the last 74 years. Before December 28, 2010, when a Minnesota blizzard rescheduled an Eagles-Vikings game for a Tuesday night, the NFL had not played on a Tuesday since October 1, 1946. That year, the New York Giants opened their season against the Boston Yanks two days later than scheduled due to torrential New England rain.

THREE YOUNG QUARTERBACKS ON THE MARQUEE FOR MONDAY NIGHT: Three of the NFL’s brightest young quarterbacks take the primetime stage on Monday night in Week 6.

In the first of two Monday night games Kansas City (4-1) goes on the road against Buffalo (4-1), Patrick Mahomes meets Josh Allen for the first time. Last week, Mahomes became just the fourth player in NFL history to reach 20 games of 300-or-more passing yards in his first four seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (26 games) and Dan Marino (22), as well as Andrew Luck (21). Allen leads all AFC qualifying passers with a 122.7 passer rating this season.

In the nightcap, Kyler Murray makes his first career start on Monday Night Football when Arizona meets Dallas at AT&T Stadium. Murray, who has five rushing touchdowns in 2020, is the fourth quarterback since 1970 with at least five rushing touchdowns in his team’s first five games, joining Cam Newton (2011), Kordell Stewart (1997) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw (1972).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK SIX

NOT CATCHING L’S: Through Week 5, scoring has been at an unprecedented level throughout the NFL, as seven teams are averaging at least 30 points per game, the most in a single season through Week 5 since 1970.

Three of those teams – Green Bay (38.0 points per game, 4-0), Seattle (33.8, 5-0) and Tennessee (30.5, 4-0) – are unbeaten entering Week 6. Pittsburgh (4-0) is averaging 29.5 points per game and the Steelers also have yet to lose this season.

If Green Bay (at Tampa Bay, Tennessee (vs. Houston) and Pittsburgh (vs. Cleveland) are all victorious in Week 6, 2020 will be the third season since 1970 (not including the shortened 1982 season) in which at least four teams are unbeaten through six weeks. Seattle has a bye in Week 6.

The seasons with the most unbeaten teams through six weeks since 1970 (not including the shortened 1982 season):

SEASON – TEAMS (RECORD THROUGH WEEK 6)
2015 – 5: Carolina (5-0), Cincinnati (6-0), Denver (6-0), Green Bay (6-0), New England (5-0)
2009 – 4: Denver (6-0), Indianapolis (5-0), Minnesota (6-0), New Orleans (5-0)
2020 – 4: Green Bay (4-0), Pittsburgh (4-0), Seattle (5-0), Tennessee (4-0)*
*Through five weeks

THROW PACK THROW: Last season, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 26 touchdowns, while throwing only four interceptions, tied for the fewest among qualified quarterbacks in 2019. Through his first four games in 2020, Rodgers is tied for third in the league with 13 touchdown passes, while being the only qualified passer to not throw an interception.​

With at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Tampa Bay, Rodgers will tie Milt Plum (16 touchdown passes before throwing his first interception in 1960) for the fourth-most touchdown passes by a player to begin a season before his first interception in NFL history.

The players with the most touchdown passes before throwing an interception to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 20)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia (2013 – 19)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017 – 18)
Milt Plum, Cleveland (1960 – 16)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2020 – 13)*
*Active streak

With at least two touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday, Rodgers would become the first player in NFL history with at least two touchdown passes and zero interceptions in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

FIRE THE CANNONS: Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans ties for the league lead with six touchdown receptions in 2020, while being the only player with at least one touchdown reception in five games this season.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday against Green Bay, Evans will become the fourth player with at least one touchdown reception in each of his team’s first six games of a season since 1970.

The players with a touchdown reception in the most games to begin a season since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati (2007 – 8)
Plaxico Burress, New York Giants (2007 – 6)
Wes Welker, Denver (2013 – 6)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay (2020 – 5)*
*Active streak

CHASING HISTORY: Last week, Pittsburgh wide receiver Chase Claypool recorded seven receptions for 110 yards and scored four touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing), becoming the third rookie wide receiver to record four touchdowns in a single game in NFL history. Entering Week 6, Claypool leads all rookies with five touchdowns this season.

With a touchdown on Sunday against Cleveland, Claypool will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998), Martavis Bryant (2014), Willie Gault (1983) and Calvin Ridley (2018) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

The rookie wide receivers with the most touchdowns in their first five career games since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS)
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh (2014 – 6)
Willie Gault, Chicago (1983 – 6)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998 – 6)HOF
Calvin Ridley, ATLANTA (2018 – 6)
Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh (2020 – 5)*
*Through four games

DONALD DOMINANCE: Last week, Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald registered four sacks and a forced fumble in his team’s victory, his second-career game with four sacks. Entering Week 6, Donald leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks this season.

Since entering the league in 2014, Donald has 79.5 career sacks, tied with Chandler Jones for the most in the NFL over that span. With at least a half a sack at San Francisco Sunday night, Donald will become the fourth player with at least eight sacks in each of his first seven seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Derrick Thomas and Reggie White, as well as DeMarcus Ware.

The players with at least eight sacks in each of their first seven seasons since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City (1989-1995)HOF
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas (2005-11)
Reggie White, Philadelphia (1985-91)HOF
Aaron Donald, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2014-2020)*
*7.5 sacks in 2020

STEEL CURTAIN: Entering Week 6, Pittsburgh is tied for the league lead with 20 sacks and tie for third with six interceptions. Last week, the Steelers registered five sacks and two interceptions in its victory, becoming the fourth team since 2000 to register at least three sacks and an interception in each of its first four games of a season.

With at least three sacks and an interception on Sunday against Cleveland, Pittsburgh will join the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season.

Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans and Seattle have byes this week, while Green Bay, Detroit, Denver and New England come back from their vacations (Green Bay and Detroit’s byes were planned, Denver and New England’s byes were not planned). As for last week? 10-4. For the season? 50-27. There’s a lot of football left to be played and we haven’t even gotten to Halloween yet. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for

ATLANTA (0-5) at Minnesota (1-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV xxx. They have one win between them. They both sit in last place in their divisions. Atlanta and Minnesota meet at US Bank Stadium in a cellar-dweller showdown in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The Falcons lost their fifth contest in a row, blowing an early lead against NFC South rival Carolina and came away with the 23-16 loss at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Atlanta, with defensive co-ordinator Raheem Morris as interim head coach after head coach Dan Quinn was fired Monday, took the lead when Todd Gurley (121 yards) scored on a 35-yard run early in the first quarter before Carolina’s Joey Slye connected on a pair of field goals and Teddy Bridgewater connected on a pair of TD passes before the intermission to take the lead for good.

Atlanta out-rushed Carolina 166-124 and Gurley led all rushers in the loss. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 226 yards but was sacked twice and threw an interception that ended an Atlanta drive late in the third quarter, while Bridgewater threw for 313 yards with no sacks or interceptions. Atlanta was 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 26:54, while the Panthers were stingy with the clock, keeping the ball for 33:06, going 6 for 12 on third down conversions in the Big Peach.

Viking fans had their hearts broken last Sunday night in Seattle as Russell Wilson and the Seahawks rallied in the closing seconds of their contest to take a 27-26 win at Century Link Field. Using an 8-yard run by Delvin Cook and a pair of Dan Bailey field goals, the Vikings scored 13 first half points unchallenged to take the lead at the break. Seattle would then use a couple of Wilson TD passes to TE Will Dissly and WR D.K. Metcalf and a TD run by Chris Carson to take a 21-13 lead late in the third. The Vikings were not going away quietly, as Kirk Cousins and WR Adam Thielen connected on a pair of TD tosses to take the lead back.

Seattle would then reclaim the lead for keeps, using a 13-play, 94-yard drive that started in the shadows of their end zone and using 1:42 of clock with Wilson and Metcalf connecting on a 6-yard TD toss with 15 seconds left in the contest. Minnesota got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff at their 25-yard line and got as far as their 35 before Cousins fumbled to end the contest. Minnesota out-rushed Seattle 201-124 with Vikings RB Alexander Mattison leading the way with 112 yards (Cook had 65 yards rushing before leaving the contest); Cousins threw for 249 yards and the two Thielen TDs, while Wilson threw for 217 yards with three TDs (two of them to Metcalf) and led Seattle rushers with 58 yards. Minnesota was 6 of 13 on third down tries (2 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 39:28, while the Seahawks were a somewhat dismal 0 of 7 on third down but found success on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 20:32.

Minnesota leads the series 19-10 (which includes games played at Fulton County Stadium, Metropolitan Stadium, the Metrodome and the Georgia Dome), have outscored the Falcons 685-473 and have won the last four meetings in the series, inclduing a 28-12 win in the Twin Cities last year (Atlanta’s last win over the Vikings came in 2011 in the Big Peach by a final of 24-14).

They met at US Bank Stadium in the season opener for both teams and the Vikings scored all 28 of their points unchallenged in three quarters and led 21-0 at the intermission. Atlanta got their lone points in the final 15 minutes of play, using a pair of Ryan TD passes (one to Calvin Ridley, the other to Julio Jones) to close out the scoring in the contest. Minnesota out-rushed Atlanta 172-73 with Delvin Cook leading the way on the ground with 111 yards and a pair of TDs. Ryan threw for 304 yards with the two fourth quarter TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice, while Cousins threw for 98 yards and a TD to WR Adam Thielen (Cousins was sacked once but did not have an interception). Atlanta went 2 of 8 on third down (the Falcons were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and acutally ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 30:13, while Minnesota kept the pigskin for 29:47, going 5 of 10 on third down.

Minnesota was favored by 3 1/2 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and they covered with the 16-point win but both teams missed the 47 over/under, tallying only 40 points. Minnesota’s favored by 4 in the Twin Cities and the over/under’s 54. The Vikings would like to climb a little closer to Green Bay in the NFC North, while the Falcons just want to get a win. Atlanta rises up to the challenge and takes the win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Chicago (4-1) at Carolina (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Deep dish meets BBQ in the Tar Heel State as Chicago travels to Charlotte for a Sunday afternoon affair with the Carolina Panthers. Both teams were winners in action from week five.

Chicago erased a 10-0 first quarter deficit against Tampa Bay last Thursday night in the Windy City and came out on top 20-19 at Soldier Field in a Super Bowl LI rematch. Da Bears led 17-16 with 4:49 left in regulation before Ryan Succop connected on a 21-yard field goal to lead by 2. Chicago would not be outdone against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, using a 9-play, 32-yard drive that used 68 seconds of clock with Chris Santos booting a 38-yard field goal with 73 seconds left to play. Tampa Bay would then get the ball back and got themselves as close as their 41 before Brady’s fourth down attempt to Cameron Brate fell incomplete.

Chicago was held to 35 yards rushing, while Tampa Bay ran for 106, with Bucs RB Ronald Jones leading the way with the 106. Nick Foles threw for 243 yards, while Brady threw for 253 yards (both were sacke three times and threw a TD pass and Foles threw the game’s only interception). Chicago went 3 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:28, while Tampa Bay ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 31:32, going 4 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Carolina gave Atlanta their fifth loss in a row, erasing an early deficit agianst their NFC South rivals left Atlanta 23-16 winners at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Atlanta, who fired head coach Dan Quinn Monday, took the lead when Todd Gurley (121 yards) scored on a 35-yard run early in the first quarter before Carolina’s Joey Slye connected on a pair of field goals and Teddy Bridgewter connected on a pair of TD passes before the intermission to take the lead for good.

Atlanta out-rushed Carolina 166-124 and Gurley led all rushers in the loss. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 226 yards but was sacked twice and threw an interception that ended an Atlanta drive late in the third quarter, while Bridgewater threw for 313 yards with no sacks or interceptions. Atlanta was 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 26:54, while the Panthers were stingy with the clock, keeping the ball for 33:06, going 6 for 12 on third down conversions in the Big Peach.

Da Bears lead the series 6-3 and have outscored Carolina 196-165. Chicago’s last win in the series came in the Windy City in 2017 as Da Bears were 17-3 winners at Soldier Field, while Carolina’s last win in the series came in the Tar Heel State in 2014 by a final of 31-24. Carolina’s a 1 1/2-point favorite in Charlotte and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both teams are pretty good and both are contending in their respective divisions. Chicago prevails as Da Bears cover the 1 1/2 and takes the win in the Tar Heel State.

Cincinnati (1-3-1) at Indianapolis (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Joe Burrow and the Bengals make their way to the Hoosier State for an early afternoon meeting with Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams took road losses last week.

The Bengals picked up loss number three at AFC North rival Baltimore as Lamar Jackson and the Ravens 27-3 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens took control of things early, leading 17-0 at the intermission and scoring their first 20 points unchallenged, holding the Bengals to a fourth quarter field goal by Randy Bullock.

Baltimore out-rushed the Bengals 161-70 and Jackson burned the Bengals for 180 yards and a pair of TDs, while Burrow threw for 183 yards and was sacked seven times (Jackson was sacked once and both QBs threw an interception). The Bengals were 3 of 16 on third down (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and they would actually rule the clock, keeping the ball for 34:39 to Baltimore’s 25:21, as the Ravens were 7 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Rivers and the Colts found themselves being taken to the woodshed by Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns 32-23 at First Energy Stadium last Sunday. While the Colts trailed 20-10 at the break, Indianapolis made it a 3-point game with 12 minutes left in the third when KR Isiah Rodgers returned a kickoff 101 yards for a TD and K Rodrigo Blankenship connected on a 37-yard field late in the third. It would be the closest Indy would get as the Browns managed to hold off the Colts later in the contest.

Cleveland out-rushed the Colts 124-68 and Rivers threw for 243 yards, while Mayfield threw for 247 yards and a pair of TDs (both were sacked once and both threw a pair of interceptions). The Colts went 4 of 11 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 25:15, while the Browns were 10 for 17 on third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:45 (both teams wer 1 for 1 on fourth down).

Indy leads the series 17-12 and the Colts (including contests played in Baltimore) have outscored the Bengals 739-655. The Bengals have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 34-23 win in Indy in 2018, while the Colts’ last win was in the Hoosier State in 2014 as they shutout the Bengals 27-0. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Colts as 7 1/2 point favorites in the Hoosier State with a 46 1/2 over/under. The Bengals are actually better than their record and they’ll make this closer than the 7 1/2 but the Colts win in the Hoosier State.

Detroit (1-3) at Jacksonville (1-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. It’s a kitty battle in the Sunshine State as Jacksonville and Gardner Minshew hosts Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions in north Florida. While the Lions were in their bye week, both teams come into Sunday’s contest with losses under their belts.

Detroit returns from their bye week, having blown a 14-7 first quarter lead against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the Motor City, with the Saints prevailing 35-29. The Lions had the 7-point lead at the end of the first 15 minutes of action before the Saints took control of things, scoring 21 second quarter points unchallenged, then adding another TD in the third to lead 28-7 after 45 minutes of play. Detroit then narrowed the gap, scoring a TD in the third quarter when Stafford and TE T.J. Hockenson connected on a 1-yard TD toss and RB Adrian Peterson ran in from five yards out, with Stafford and Hockenson connecting on the two-point conversion. It would be as close as they would get to the Saints, as Brees and New Orleans ran out the clock to take the win.

New Orleans outrushed Detroit 164-90, with Saints RB Alvin Kamara leading the way with 83 yards and a TD (Peterson led Detroit with 36 yards) and Stafford threw for 206 yards and three TDs with 3 sacks, while Brees threw for 246 with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks (each man threw an interception in the contest). The Lions were 7 of 14 on third down tries but were perfect on fourth down (3 of 3), while the Saints were 10 of 14 on third down and found success in their only fourth down attempt. Time was on the side of the Saints, who kept the ball for 36:46, while Detroit kept the pigskin for 23:14.

Houston picked up their first win of the 2020 season under interim head coach Romeo Crennel, taking down AFC South rival Jacksonville 30-14 at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville actually trailed 10-7 at the intermission after the two teams played a scoreless first quarter before Houston took charge of things in the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 20-7. Houston out-rushed Jacksonville 129-75 in the win and Texans RB David Johnson led all rushers with 96 yards on the ground. Passing-wise, DeShaun Watson threw for 359 yards in the win with three TDs, while Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew threw for 301 yards and a pair of TDs (Minshew was sacked three times, Watson was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions. Houston was 5 of 10 on third down tries (the Texans were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:01, while Jacksonville actually ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 31:59, going 8 for 16 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

The kitty series is even 3-3 but Detroit has outscored Jacksonville 154-131 and the Lions have won the last two meetings, inclduing a 26-19 win in the Motor City in 2016, while Jacksonville’s last win over Detroit came in 2008 in the Motor City by a final of 38-14. Detroit’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under is 54 1/2. We won’t blame you for skipping this one and watching that “Chicago PD” marathon on USA (the idea of Voight smacking down a criminal? PRICELESS!). Jacksonville pulls off the upset in the Sunshine State and covers the 3 with the win.

Denver (1-3) at New England (2-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of teams that had an unscheduled bye week meet in Foxboro as New England hosts Denver at Gillette Stadium.

Denver picked up an unplanned bye week last week after their contest with the New England Patriots was postponed due to a COVID 19 outbreak at the Patriots’ training facility in Foxboro. The Broncos’ last contest was in upstate New Jersey two weeks ago as they Denver kept the New York Jets from picking up their first win of the season, taking a 37-28 win in the Meadowlands at Met Life Stadium. Denver erased a 7-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter, taking a 17-13 lead with them to the break and proceeded to floor the gas the rest of the way, outscoring the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 20-15 in the final 30 minutes of play. While Denver’s Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 107 yards and a pair of TDs, GangGreen out-rushed Denver 129-117 (Sam Darnold led the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! with 83 yards and had a rushing TD). Blaine Rypien threw for 242 yards with a pair of TDs and three interceptions, while Darnold threw for 230 and was sacked six times. Denver was 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:39, while GangGreen took care of the pigskin for 28:21, going 8 of 19, 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

New England kept the defending Super Bowl champions at Arrowhead in check before Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs managed to restore order and take a 26-10 win last Monday. New England, without Cam Newton (Covid), trailed 6-3 at the intermission before Mahomes and the Chiefs pulled away in the second half, outscoring New England 20-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. While New England outrushed Kansas City 185-95, Mahomes burned the Patriots for 237 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Tyreek Hill). For New England, Blaine Hoyer threw for 130 yards but was sacked twice and threw an interception (Mahomes was sacked once). The Patriots on third down went 6-15 (they were 2-3 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 31:34, while the Chiefs, keeping the ball for 28:26, went 4 of 11 on third down tries.

Denver leads the series 26-22 (which includes contests that were played at Fenway Park, Schafer Stadium and Mile High Stadium) and the Broncos lead New England in scoring 1,093-1,064. The Pats have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 41-16 win in the Mile High City in 2017, while Denver’s last win came at home in 2015, as the Broncos needed overtime to take a 30-24 win. New England’s favored by 9 1/2 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers sound somewhat reasonable. New England wins in Foxboro but expect Denver to keep things closer than the 9 1/2.

Washington (1-4) at New York Giants (0-5) 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. One win between them. One. A pair of struggling NFC East rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Washington travels to East Rutherford to face off against the winless New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

The Los Angeles Rams erased a 7-6 first-quarter deficit at Washington and took a 30-10 win in Landover last Sunday. The Rams led 20-10 at the intermission at FedEx Field and then proceeded to score their final 10 points of the contest unchallenged. Washington found themselves held to 38 yards rushing, while the Rams tallied 129, with Los Angeles’ Cam Akers leading the way with 61 yards. Jared Goff threw for 309 yards and a pair of TDs, while Washington’s Kyle Allen threw for 74 yards with a pair of sacks before being replaced by Alex Smith (playing his first game in nearly a year), who threw for 37 yards and six sacks (Goff threw the game’s only interception). The Rams wer 6 of 15 on third down and kept the ball for 35:35, while the Redskins were a dismal 2 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 24:25 (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Giants fans got their hearts shattered again, this time at the hands of divisional rival Dallas, as the Cowboys’ Greg Zeurlein booted a 34-yard field goal as time expired to take a 37-34 win last Sunday afternoon. The contest had six lead changes with the Giants leading by as much as 17-3 before Dallas stormed back to lead at the intermission 24-20. Dallas would hold on to that lead until Devonta Freeman put the Giants back on top with 8:46 left to play on a 4-yard run. Dallas would then tie things up with 1:56 on a 40-yard field goal. The Giants got the ball back, only to punt it back to Dallas with 52 seconds left and the Cowboys would use all of the time left to move themselves down the field, using a 5-play, 72-yard drive, ending with Zeurlein connecting on a 34-yard field goal as the clock struck :00.

Dallas out-rushed the Giants 126-89, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot leading the way with 91 yards and a pair of TDs (Freeman led the Giants with 60 yards). Doug Jones led the Giants with 222 yards without a TD or interception, while Dak Prescott threw for 166 yards and an interception before leaving the contest with a broken ankle in the third quarter (backup Andy Dalton would take over, throwing for 111 yards in relief). Neither club had a fourth down try in the late-afternoon contest; the Giants were 7 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 32:22, while Dallas clung to the pigskin for 27:38, while going 5 of 9 on third down.

Including contests played when the Washington team was in Boston and known as the Braves and contests took place in Yankee Stadium, RFK Stadium, the Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium, Big Blue leads the series 102-68-4, have outscored Washington 3,552- 3,119 and have won three of the last four meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s contests (Washington’s last win over the Giants came in 2018 in the Meadowlands by a final of 20-13).

Meeting number one…. week four in the Meadowlands at Met Life Stadium. Big Blue holds Washington to a Darren Hopkins field goal in the second quarter to come away 24-3 winners. The Giants took a 17-3 lead with them to the break and scored their final points on an interception return by Jabrill Peppers in the third.

New York out-rushed Washington 164-55 and Jones threw for 225 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Haskins threw for 107 yards with three interceptions and a pair of sacks before bing replaced by Case Keenum (37 yards, sack, interception). The Giants went 8 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and were miserly with the clock, keeping the ball for 36:09, while Washington kept the pigskin for 23:51, going 2 of 11 on third down.

The Giants then made their way to Landover in week 16 and Big Blue made it a sweep at FedEx Field, taking a 41-35 overtime win. Leading 28-14 at the intermission, the Giants watched Washington win the second half, outscoring them 21-7 and used a 14-play, 99-yard drive that used 5:59 of clock, tying things up with 29 seconds left in regulation when Keenum scored on a 1-yard run. It would be the last time that Washington would see the football as the Giants won the toss to start overtime and went on a long drive of their own (11 plays, 66 yards, using 5:45 of clock) with TE Kaden Smith catching a 3-yard TD toss from Jones to end the contest.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley led all rushers with 189 yards and a TD as Big Blue outrushed Washington 206-80 and Jones threw for 352 yards with five TDs (including the game winner) with a sack but no interceptions, while Keenum threw for 158 yards and TD, before he was replaced by Haskins (133 yards, two TDs, two sacks). Both clubs were 8 of 14 on third down tries in the contest in Landover and the Giants kept the ball for 31:57 (including the 5:45 in the overtime), while Washington kept the pigskin for 33:48.

In the week four contest in upstate New Jersey, the Giants were favored by 3 and covered, winning by 21. As for the 49 over/under? It stayed intact, as both clubs combined for 27 points. In the week 16 affair in Landover, Washington was favored by 2 1/2 and the Giants covered with their 6-point overtime win and both teams covered the 43 over/under, tallying 76 points. The Giants are favored by 2 1/2 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Feel free to take a pass on this one and gat that Halloween shopping done. Giants cover the 2 1/2 in the Meadowlands and picks up win number one in the process.

Baltimore (4-1) at Philadelphia (1-3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. They’re separated by a 98-mile drive in 96 minutes up I-95. They meet for only the sixth time in the City of Brotherly Love as Crabcakes square off with cheesesteak. The Ravens come off a huge win at home, while the Eagles look to recover from a road loss in western Pennsylvania.

Jackson and the Ravens gave AFC North rival Cincinnati their third loss of the season in Charm City as they took care of the Bengals 27-3 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens took control of things early, leading 17-0 at the intermission and scoring their first 20 points unchallenged, holding the Bengals to a fourth quarter field goal by Randy Bullock.

Baltimore out-rushed the Bengals 161-70 and Jackson burned the Bengals for 180 yards and a pair of TDs, while Burrow threw for 183 yards and was sacked seven times (Jackson was sacked once and both QBs threw an interception). The Bengals were 3 of 16 on third down (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and they would actually rule the clock, keeping the ball for 34:39 to Baltimore’s 25:21, as the Ravens were 7 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles were taken to task by Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-29 at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Eagles trailed 17-14 at the half, then watched the Steelers floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring Philadelphia 21-15. Pittsburgh out-rushed the Eagles 136-94 and Roethlisberger threw for 239 yards and three TDs to rookie WR Chase Claypool (Claypool had 110 yards on seven catches), while Wentz threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times and threw two interceptions (Roethlisberger was sacked once but did not have a pick). Both teams did quite well on third down tries; the Eagles were 10 of 17 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down), the Steelers were 11 of 15 and the Eagles kept the ball for 25:17, while the Steelers were rulers of time, holding the pigskin for 34:43.

They’ve played five times and the series is tied at 2-2-1 and the Ravens have outscored Philadelphia 106-82. Baltimore won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 27-26 win in Charm City in 2016, while Philadlephia’s last win came in the City of Brotherly Love in 2012 with the Eagles prevailing 24-23. The Ravens are favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Ravens may not cover the 7 1/2 but they do take the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cleveland (4-1) at Pittsburgh (4-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV xxx. Baker Mayfield vs. Ben Roethlisberger. They meet for the first time in the Steel City as unbeaten Pittsburgh hosts the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Both teams were winners at home last Sunday.

Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns took a 32-23 win over Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts at First Energy Stadium last Sunday. Cleveland led 20-10 at the break, before Indianapolis made it a 3-point game with 12 minutes left in the third when KR Isiah Rodgers returned a kickoff 101 yards for a TD and K Rodrigo Blankenship connected on a 37-yard field late in the third. It would be the closest Indy would get as the Browns managed to hold off the Colts later in the contest.

Cleveland out-rushed the Colts 124-68 and Rivers threw for 243 yards, while Mayfield threw for 247 yards and a pair of TDs (both were sacked once and both threw a pair of interceptions). The Colts went 4 of 11 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 25:15, while the Browns were 10 for 17 on third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:45 (both teams wer 1 for 1 on fourth down).

Roethlisberger and the Steelers took Carson Wentz and the Eagles to task by Ben Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh were 38-29 winenrs at Heinz Field last Sunday. Pittsburgh led 17-14 at the half, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring Philadelphia 21-15. Pittsburgh out-rushed the Eagles 136-94 and Roethlisberger threw for 239 yards and three TDs to rookie WR Chase Claypool (Claypool had 110 yards on seven catches), while Wentz threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times and threw two interceptions (Roethlisberger was sacked once but did not have a pick). Both teams did quite well on third down tries; the Eagles were 10 of 17 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down), the Steelers were 11 of 15 and the Eagles kept the ball for 25:17, while the Steelers were rulers of time, holding the pigskin for 34:43.

Including games played at Three Rivers Stadium and Municipal Stadiums, the Steelers lead the series 74-59-1 and have outscored the Browns 2,747-2,574. They split the two meetings last year, each taking wins in their home ball parks.

Their first meeting? Week 11 in Cleveland on a Thursday night and the Browns took a 14-0 lead with them to the break and came away 21-7 winners at First Energy Field. The contest, marred by a bench-clearing brawl late in the contest, saw the Browns take a 14-0 lead at the intermission as Baker Mayfield ran for a TD to open the scoring and Josh Landry catching a 1-yard toss from Mayfield, closing out the scoring in the half. Pittsburgh would break the shutout bid up as Mason Rudolph and WR RB Jaylen Samuels connected on a 3-yard TD pass in the third before the Browns restored order in the fourth, with Mayfield and rookie TE Stephen Carlson connected on an 8-yard TD toss to close out the scoring.

Later in the contest, with Cleveland having victory secured, Pittsburgh had the ball at their 11-yard with 1:40 left in the contest. The Steelers would get themselves as close as their 36-yard before Rudolph was sacked twice before completing an 11-yard pass to Trey Edmonnds. While that play was going on, Rudolph and Myles Garrett were involved in a scuffle, with Garrett pushing Rudolph to the ground. Rudolph then tried to take off Garrett’s helmet at which that time, things really got heated as Garrett took Rudolph’s helmet and swung it at him, hitting him in the head. Rudolph’s teammates then came to his aid and there would be more pushing and shoving. When the dust finally settled, Garrett was ejected from the contest, along with Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey.

Garrett was suspended without pay indefinitely by the league – at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason – and had to meet with the commissioner’s office prior to a decision on his reinstatement. He was also fined an additional amount. As for Pouncey and Ogunjobi? Pouncey was suspended without pay for three games and fined an additional amount for fighting, including punching and kicking an opponent. Ogunjobi was suspended without pay for one game and fined an additional amount for unnecessary roughness, specifically for shoving an opposing player to the ground during an altercation and the two clubs were both fined $250,000. (Cleveland’s Damarious Randall was already disqualified from the contest for a hit on Dioante Johnson in the third quarter)

Under the shadow of the incident, the Browns out-rushed Pittsburgh 104-58 with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 92 yards. Mayfield threw for 193 yards with the two TD tosses (he was sacked once), while Steelers signal caller Mason Rudulph, who was part of the incident in the final quarter, threw for 221 yards and a TD toss to RB Jaylen Samuels but was sacked four times and threw four interceptions. The Browns were 6 of 16 on third down tries and Cleveland ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:56, while the Steelers, hanging on to the ball for 26:04, went 2 of 11 on third down and 0 for 3 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh didn’t have to wait very long to get their revenge at Heinz Field two weeks later in week 13. AFter both teams were fined for their involvment in the incident in Cleveland, checkbooks were a bit lighter from all the fines levied by the NFL and things sort of settled down in western Pennsylvania and the Steelers proceeded to break a 10-10 tie, taking a 20-13 win in the process. Trailing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Steelers evened things up in the first half, then took the lead for keeps when Blake Snell scored from a yard out early in the third quarter.

Snell led all rushers with 63 yards as Pittsburgh out-rushed Cleveland 124-106 and Devlin Hodges, taking over for Rudolph, threw for 212 yards, while Mayfield threw for 196 yards (Mayfield was sacked five times, Hodges was sacked once and both men threw a TD pass and an interception). Pittsburgh was 4 of 10 on third down tries in the Steel City and held on to the ball for 27:54, while the Browns actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 32:06, going 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week 11 contest along the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland covered the 3-point spread with the 14-point win (the Browns were favored) but the 40 1/2 over/under stayed safe as both teams combined for 28 points. Vegas liked the Browns again in the week 13 rematch in the Steel City as 2 1/2 point favorites and the Steelers covered, winning by 7. As for the 39 1/2 over/under? It was safe and sound as the two clubs combined for 33 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Steelers to win this one, making them 3-point favorites with a 51. Let’s just say we’re going to make this one, given the recent history of the two teams “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 61 last June and dates a 45-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal 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?”)

Cleveland-Pittsburgh could very well be one of the better games this weekend, so you might want to watch this one. Steelers win in the Steel City and cover the 3.

Houston (1-4) at Tennessee (4-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in Music City as undefeated Tennessee hosts Houston at Nissan Stadium. Both teams were winners at home in last week’s action.

Houston picked up their first win of the 2020 season under interim head coach Romeo Crennel, taking down AFC South rival Jacksonville 30-14 at NRG Stadium. The Texans led 10-7 at the intermission after the two teams played a scoreless first quarter and took charge of things in the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 20-7. Houston out-rushed Jacksonville 129-75 in the win and Texans RB David Johnson led all rushers with 96 yards on the ground. Passing-wise, DeShaun Watson threw for 359 yards in the win with three TDs, while Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew threw for 301 yards and a pair of TDs (Minshew was sacked three times, Watson was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions. Houston was 5 of 10 on third down tries (the Texans were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:01, while Jacksonville actually ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 31:59, going 8 for 16 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

Tennessee knocked Buffalo out of the ranks of the unbeatens Tuesday night at Nissan Stadium, taking care of the Bills 42-16. The Titans led throughout the contest, taking a 21-10 lead with them to the intermission, then taking control of the second half, outscoring the Bills 21-6 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Tennessee out-rushed the Bills 139-95, with Titans RB Derick Henry leading the way with 57 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest; Ryan Tannehill threw for 195 yards and three TDs without a sack or interception, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions. Both teams did quite well on third down tries in the Tuesday night contest; the Bills were 13 of 17 and kept the ball for 32:24, while the Titans, keeping the ball for 27:36, went 6 of 10 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

While the Titans hold a slim 19-17 lead in the series, the Texans have outscored the Titans 843-736. They split last year’s contests, each winning in the other team’s facilty.

Meeting number one… week 15 in Nashville at Nissan Stadium and the Texans scored 14 second quarter points unchallenged, then held off the Titans to come away with the 24-21 win. Houston led 14-0 at the break (they were scoreless at the end of the first quarter), then broke a 14-14 tie with 10:34 left in regulation when Carlos Hyde scored on a 10-yard run. Houston would then add a Kai Fairbairn field goal to push their lead to 10 before the Titans narrowed the gap, as Dion Lewis caught an 11-yard TD toss from Ryan Tannehill to pull themselves to within three. Tennessee would get the ball back with 17 seconds left and would only keep the pigskin for two plays ; Tannehill was sacked for an 8-yard loss and then he tried to spike the ball to stop the clock but time ran out.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 163-140 and Hyde led all rushers with 104 yards, while Henry led Houston with 86 yards; Watson threw for 243 yards and a pair of interceptions and a sack, while Tannehill threw for 279 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception (both men threw a pair of TDs). Houston was 5 for 10 on third down tries and held the ball for 31:20, while the Titans, going 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down, kept the pigskin for 28:40.

The Titans wouldn’t have long to wait for revenge as the two teams met in the Lone Star State in the week 17 season finale. With the Texans having won the AFC South and the Titans making it as a Wild Card team, Tennessee would leave NRG Stadium 35-14 winners. The Titans led 14-7 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of the contest, outscoring the Texans 21-7. Henry ran for 211 yards and three TDs as the Titans out-rushed Houston 245-109 and Tannehill threw for 198 yards and a pair of TDs without a sack or interception, while A.J. McCarron, who took over for Watson, threw for 225 yards but was picked off once and sacked four times. Tennessee went 5 of 10 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 28:21, while the Texans actually ruled time, keeping the ball for 31:39 and 3 of 12 on third down, 2 for 4 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 3 in the week 15 contest in the Music City and the Texans covered, winning by 3 but both teams missed the over/under (48) by 3 points. Houston in the week 17 season finale rematch was favored by 3 1/2 and the Titans covered the spread, winning by 21 and both clubs took care of the 45 1/2, tallying 49 points. Tennessee’s favored by 3 in the Music City and the boys and girls in Vegas set the over/under at 53. Both numbers sound reasonable. Houston’s looking for win number two, while the Titans look to stay unbeaten for at least another week. Tennessee covers the 3 and wins in the Music City .

New York Jets (0-5) at Miami (1-4), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of struggling AFC East rivals meet in the Sunshine State as Miami hosts the New York Jets, who search for their first win of the 2020 campaign, at Hard Rock Stadium.

GangGreen dropped their fifth game in a row, losing to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals 30-10 at Met Life Stadium last Sunday. Arizona led 17-3 at the intermission in upstate New Jersey, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring GangGreen 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Arizona outrushed GangGreen 127-123 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake and Jets RB LeVeon Bell each leading their teams with 60 yards on the ground. Cardinals QB KYler Murray threw for 380 yards with a TD, a sack and an inteception, while Joe Flacco, who took over for Sam Darnold, threw for 195 yards and a TD with a pair of sacks. Arizona was 5 of 12 on third down (they were perfect in their only fourth down try) and the Desert Angry Birds would keep the ball for 32:15, while GangGreen, holding the pigskin for 27:45, went 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Miami kept San Francsico last Sunday at Levis’ Stadium, taking down the 49ers 43-17. Miami scored 14 first quarter points unchallenged, took a 30-7 lead with them to the break and never looked back. Even though San Francisco out-rushed Miami 131-94, the ‘Fins held 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo was held in check, as he would throw for 77 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions before being replaced by C.J. Beathard (94 yards, TD, two sacks), while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards with three TDs and no interceptions (Fitzpatrick was sacked twice). Miami was 4 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 36:53, while the 49ers held on to the pigskin for 23:07, going 2 of 10 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

While the J-E-T-S!JETS! JETS! JETS! hold a 55-52-1 lead in the series, Miami has outscored GangGreen 2,354-2,305. The two clubs met twice last year and split the two meetings, each taking wins in their home ballparks.

Round 1… Week nine in the Sunshine State and Miami prevailed 26-18 at Hard Rock Stadium. Trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Dolphins took a 21-12 lead wit them to the intermission, scoring those points unchallenged in the second quarter, using three Fitzpatrick TD passes (two to Preston Williams). GangGreen did out-rush Miami 83-60 (New York’s LeVeon Bell led all rusher with 66 yards but Fitzpatrick burned the Jets for 288 yards with the three TDs tosses and no interceptions, while Darnold threw for 260 yards and a TD to WR Jamison Crowder (Darnold was sacked three times, Fitzpatrick was sacked four times; Darnold threw the game’s only interception). Miami went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:14, while the J-E-T-S!JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for 28:46, going 5 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

GangGreen would get revenge in upstate New Jersey in week 14 and New York’s fan base would go home happy campers, taking a 22-21 win in the final seconds at Met Life Stadium. GangGreen led 16-9 at the intermission before the Dolphins chipped away at that lead, taking a 21-19 lead with 93 seconds left in the contest on a 37-yard field goal by Josh Sanders. The J-E-T-S!JETS! JETS! JETS! would use all of that 93 seconds, using a 7-play, 49-yard drive which would end with Sam Ficken kicking his third field goal of the day from 44 yards to seal the win.

Miami out-rushed GangGreen 122-112 with Jets RB Bilal Powell leading all rushers with 74 yards. Fitzpatrick threw for 245 yards and had 65 yards rushing for the Dolphins, while Darnold threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs (Fitzpatrick was sacked twice, Darnold was sacked once and both men threw an interception). Miami was 4 of 13 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:06, while GangGreen kept the pigskin for 29:54, going 5 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

In the week nine contest in the Sunshine State, GangGreen was favored by 3 and the Dolphins won by 8, allowing them to cover and both clubs took care of the 40 1/2 over/under with 44 points. The boys and girls in Vegas liked GangGreen as 6-point favorites but they would come away with the 1-point win in the final seconds and both teams missed the 44 over/under by 1. The boys and girls in Vegas like Miami at 9 1/2-point favorites in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 47. GangGreen has shown glimmers of greatness at times and they’ve been really bad at other times. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are bad but not 9 1/2 bad and they’ll make things interesting for the Dolphins, who takes the win at home but expect GangGreen to keep things closer than the 9 1/2.

Green Bay (4-0) at Tampa Bay (3-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. Rodgers vs. Brady. It’s the Battle of the Bays. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Sunshine State as unbeaten Green Bay makes its way to Tampa for a late-afternoon showdown with the Buccaneers.

Green Bay returns from their bye week after they took down Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons 30-16 at Lambeau Field two Mondays ago. Green Bay led 20-3 at the break in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst and held the Falcons in check to take the prime time win. The Packers, leading the NFC North, held Atlanta to 78 yards on the ground, while they would run for 88 yards of their own and Rodgers threw for 327 yardsn and four TDs (three of them to TE Robert Tonyan; Packers RB Aaron Jones led all rushers with 71 yards), while Ryan threw for 285 yards without a TD (Ryan was sacked four times, Rodgers was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Green Bay was 6 of 11 on third down tries at Lambeau (the Packers were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:38, while Atlanta actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:22, going 3 of 12 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

Tampa Bay watched Chicago erase a 10-0 first quarter deficit last Thursday night in the Windy City, coming out on top 20-19 at Soldier Field in a Super Bowl LI rematch. Da Bears led 17-16 with 4:49 left in regulation before Ryan Succop connected on a 21-yard field goal to lead by 2. Chicago would not be outdone against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, using a 9-play, 32-yard drive that used 68 seconds of clock with Chris Santos booting a 38-yard field goal with 73 seconds left to play. Tampa Bay would then get the ball back and got themselves as close as their 41 before Brady’s fourth down attempt to Cameron Brate fell incomplete.

Chicago was held to 35 yards rushing, while Tampa Bay ran for 106, with Bucs RB Ronald Jones leading the way with the 106. Nick Foles threw for 243 yards, while Brady threw for 253 yards (both were sacke three times and threw a TD pass and Foles threw the game’s only interception). Chicago went 3 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:28, while Tampa Bay ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 31:32, going 4 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including games played at old Tampa Stadium and Lambeau Field and when both teams were in the same division, the Packers lead the series 32-21-1, have outscored the Buccaneers 1,058-873 and have won the last three meetings in the series, including a 26-20 overtime win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst in 2017, while Tampa Bay’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 2009 by a final of 38-28. Green Bay’s favored by 1 and the over/under’s 56. Could this be a post-season preview? Only time will tell. Packers remain unbeaten, taking the win in the Sunshine State and covers the one.

Los Angeles Rams (4-1) at San Francisco (2-3), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. NFC West and instate rivals meet in wine country as the Los Angeles Rams make the 346-mile, 5-hour trip up I-5 to face off against San Francisco in a prime-time contest at Levis’ Stadium.

The Rams erased a 7-6 first-quarter deficit at Washington and took a 30-10 win in Landover last Sunday. Los Angeles led 20-10 at the intermission at FedEx Field and then proceeded to score their final 10 points of the contest unchallenged. The Rams held Washington to 38 yards rushing, while tallying 129, with Los Angeles’ Cam Akers leading the way with 61 yards. Jared Goff threw for 309 yards and a pair of TDs, while Washington’s Kyle Allen threw for 74 yards with a pair of sacks before being replaced by Alex Smith (playing his first game in nearly a year), who threw for 37 yards and six sacks (Goff threw the game’s only interception). The Rams wer 6 of 15 on third down and kept the ball for 35:35, while the Redskins were a dismal 2 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 24:25 (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

San Francsico could never really get themselves on track against Miami last Sunday at Levis’ Stadium and dropped a 43-17 loss to the Dolphins. Miami scored 14 first quarter points unchallenged, took a 30-7 lead with them to the break and never looked back. While San Francisco out-rushed Miami 131-94, 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo was held in check, throwing for 77 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions before being replaced by C.J. Beathard (94 yards, TD, two sacks), while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards with three TDs and no interceptions (Fitzpatrick was sacked twice). Miami was 4 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 36:53, while the 49ers held on to the pigskin for 23:07, going 2 of 10 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Including games played in Cleveland, St. Louis, Anaheim, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park, the 49ers lead the series 70-67-3 and have outscored the Rams 3,142-3,016. They met twice in regular season play and the 49ers swept the series in 2019 (the Rams’ last win over the 49ers came in Los Angeles in 2018 by a final of 48-32.

Meeting number one in Los Angeles in week six and the 49ers broke a 7-7 tie at intermission at the Coliseum and left souther California 20-7 winners. Both teams scored TDs in the first quarter and then played a scoreless second quarter before the 49ers would score 13 second half points unthreatened. Although the Rams out-rushed San Francisco 109-99, Garoppolo would throw for 243 yards, while Goff threw for 78 yards (San Francisco’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 45 yards and a TD; Goff was sacked four times, while Garoppolo was sacked twice and threw the game’s only interception). The Rams were a dismal 0 of 9 on third down, a dismal 0 of 2 on fourth down and they would keep the ball for 21:08, while the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 38:52, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

They would meet again in Santa Clara in week 16 and it would be San Francisco K Robbie Gould seding 49ers fans home happy with the 34-31 win at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara in a Saturday evening affair. The Rams trailed 24-21 at the break, then took a 28-24 lead with 5:06 left in the third when Jared Goff and WR Cooper Kupp would connect on a 21-yard TD toss. The 49ers reclaimed the lead with 6:06 left in the contest when QB Jimmy Garoppolo and TE George Kittle connected on a 7-yard TD toss. Los Angeles then re-tied the contest on a 52-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein with 2:30 left in regulation. That would be all the time that the 49ers need, as they would use that entire 2:30, using 9 plays and 60 yards and ending with Gould booting a 33-yard field goal as time expired.

San Francisco out-rushed the Rams (who led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter) 119-72, with 49ers RB Raheem Mostert leading the way with 53 yards and a TD, while Todd Gurley led the Rams with 48 yards and a pair of TDs. Goff threw for 323 yards with a pair of TDs (including the toss to Kupp) and an interception (Rams TE Tyler Higbee led all recievers with 104 yards on nine catches, while teammate Robert Woods had eight catches for 117 yards), while Garoppolo threw for 248 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Garoppolo was sacked six times, while his favorite target, TE George Kittle, had five catches for 79 yards). The Rams were 5 of 13 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:21, while the 49ers kept the pigskin for 27:39 (including the final 2:30 of the contest), going 4 for 10 on third down tries.

In the week six affair in Los Angeles, the Rams were favored by 3 and the 49ers covered, winning by 13. Neither club would touch the 50 1/2 over/under, as they would tally only 27 points. In the week 16 contest, played on a Saturday night, the 4ers were favored by 6 1/2 but only would win by 3. The two clubs did cover the 46 over/under, tallying 65 points. The Rams are favored by 3 in wine country and the over/under’s 51 1/2. San Francisco has not won three in a row in this series since the 2015-2016 seasons (they swept the series in 2016, winning the last game of the series in 2015), while the Rams look to end their losing streak against their instate and divisional rival. Los Angeles wins on the road in Santa Clara and could cover the 3.

Kansas City (4-1) at Buffalo (4-1), 5 p.m. Monday on FOX/NFL Network/Amazon. A pair of teams knocked out of the ranks of the unbeaten meet in upstate New York as the defending Super Bowl champions travel to Orchard Park for the first game of a Monday doubleheader. Both teams took losses in last week’s play.

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders entered Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday and left the Show-Me State with the 40-32 win over the defending Super Bowl champs. Erasing a 24-24 tie at the intermission, the Silver and Black would go on to outscore Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs 16-8 in the final 15 minutes of play.

Las Vegas out-rushed Kansas City 144-80, with Raiders RB Josh Jacobs leading the way with 77 yards and a pair of TDs. Mahomes threw for 340 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Travis Kelce), while Carr tallied 347 yards in the air with three TDs (Mahomes was sacked three times, Carr was sacked one and both men threw an interception). Kansas City went 6 of 14 on third down (they were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and they held the ball for 24:43, while the Raiders, keeping the ball for 35:17, went 7 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Tennessee knocked Buffalo out of the ranks of the unbeatens Tuesday night at Nissan Stadium, taking care of the Bills 42-16. Buffalo trailed the Titans 21-10 at the intermission, then watched Tennessee take control of things in the second half, outscoring the Bills 21-6 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Tennessee out-rushed Buffalo 139-95, with Titans RB Derick Henry leading the way with 57 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest; Ryan Tannehill threw for 195 yards and three TDs without a sack or interception, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions. The Bills were 13 of 17 and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 32:24, while the Titans, keeping the ball for 27:36, went 6 of 10 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in Dallas, when the Chiefs were known as the Texans and contests took place at War Memorial Stadium and Swope Field, the Bills lead the series 24-20-1 and Buffalo has outscored Kansas City 970-902. Their last meeting took place in the Show Me State in 2017 and the Bills came out of Arrowhead Stadium with the 16-10 win, while the Chiefs’ last win took place in 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 30-22.

The Bills on Monday night? 17-26, with their last win coming in 1999. The Chiefs? 27-19 and took a win in their only primetime contest last year. Vegas likes the defending Super Bowl champs in upstate New York and they’re making them 3 1/2 point favorites with a 57 1/2 over/under. These two teams could very well contend for the AFC titles. Buffalo may want to circle the wagons Monday night. The Chiefs are in a bad mood and looking for someone to take it out on. Chiefs cover the 3 1/2 in upstate New York and get themselves back on track.

Arizona (3-2) at Dallas (2-3), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week six ends in Arlington as the Arizona Cardinals travel to Jerry World (AT&T Stadium) for a prime time showdown with Dallas. Both teams took wins last week against New York teams.

Arizona extended the New York Jets’s losing streak to five games as the Desert Angry Birds left Met Life Stadium 30-10 winners last Sunday. Arizona led 17-3 at the intermission in upstate New Jersey, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring GangGreen 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Arizona outrushed GangGreen 127-123 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake and Jets RB LeVeon Bell each leading their teams with 60 yards on the ground. Cardinals QB KYler Murray threw for 380 yards with a TD, a sack and an inteception, while Joe Flacco, who took over for Sam Darnold, threw for 195 yards and a TD with a pair of sacks. Arizona was 5 of 12 on third down (they were perfect in their only fourth down try) and the Desert Angry Birds would keep the ball for 32:15, while GangGreen, holding the pigskin for 27:45, went 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Dallas picked up its second last-secon win at home, using a 34-yard field goal by Greg Zeurlein as time expired to give the Cowboys their 37-34 win over the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. The contest, which wound up being a pyhric victory for Dallas when Dak Prescott left the contest with a broken ankle, had six lead changes with the Giants leading by as much as 17-3 before Dallas stormed back to lead at the intermission 24-20. Dallas would hold on to that lead until Devonta Freeman put the Giants back on top with 8:46 left to play on a 4-yard run before the Cowboys re-tied things up with 1:56 on a 40-yard field goal. The Giants got the ball back, only to punt it back to Dallas with 52 seconds left and the Cowboys would use all of the time left to move themselves down the field, using a 5-play, 72-yard drive, ending with Zeurlein connecting on a 34-yard field goal as the clock struck :00.

Dallas, in first place in the NFC East, out-rushed the Giants 126-89, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot leading the way with 91 yards and a pair of TDs (Freeman led the Giants with 60 yards). Doug Jones led the Giants with 222 yards without a TD or interception, while Dak Prescott threw for 166 yards and an interception before leaving the contest with a broken ankle in the third quarter (backup Andy Dalton would take over, throwing for 111 yards in relief). Neither club had a fourth down try in the late-afternoon contest; the Giants were 7 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 32:22, while Dallas clung to the pigskin for 27:38, while going 5 of 9 on third down.

Including games played at the Cotton Bowl, Cowboys Stadium, St. Louis and Phoenix, Dallas leads the series 56-31-1 and have outscored Arizona 2,044-1,528. Their last meeting was in 2017 in the desert and Dallas prevailed 28-17, while the Desert Angry Birds last beat Dallas in the Lone Star State in 2014 by a final of 28-17.

Arizona on Monday night? 9-16-1, their last win coming in 2016, while Dallas is 47-34 with a win in their only MNF contest last year. The Desert Angry Birds are favored by 1 1/2 in the Lone Star State and the over/under is 55. Arizona looks to make their way past Seattle in the NFC West, while the Cowboys are looking to rally from the loss of Prescott and make their way to the .500 mark. Dallas shocks the boys and girls in Vegas by pulling off the prime time upset and takes the win in the Lone Star State, covering the 1 1/2.