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Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

ATLANTA at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Atlanta), 206 (Cleveland); XM: 389 (Atlanta), 228 (Cleveland)

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX: Chris Myers. Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Detroit), 83 (Chicago); XM: 383 (Detroit), 225 (Chicago)

New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 127 (New Orleans), 82 (Cincinnati); XM: 384 (New Orleans), 227 (Cincinnati)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 103 (Jacksonville), 146 (Indianapolis); XM: 388 (Jacksonville), 230 (Indianapolis)

Arizona at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 106 (Arizona), 113 (Kansas City); XM: 390 (Arizona), 231 (Kansas City)

Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 119 (Buffalo), 133 (New York Jets); XM: 386 (Buffalo), 229 (New York Jets)

Washington at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Washington), 81 (Tampa Bay); XM: 385 (Washington), 226 (Tampa Bay)

New England at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (New England), 94 (Tennessee); XM: 387 (New England), 232 (Tennessee)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on FOX: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Oakland); XM: 391 (Los Angeles Chargers), 225 (Oakland)

Miami at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 78 (Miami), 81 (Green Bay); XM: 385 (Miami), 226 (Green Bay)

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Seattle), 82 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 384 (Seattle), 227 (Los Angeles Rams)

Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 81 (Dallas), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 226 (Dallas), 225 (Philadelphia)

New York Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Rod Woodson, Amber Theoharis; SIRIUS: 81 (New York Giants), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (New York Giants), 225 (San Francisco)

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

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite              Spread    Underdog         O/U
Atlanta               –  4      CLEVELAND        51
INDIANA               –  3      Jacksonville     46 1/2
NEW YORK JETS         –  7 1/2  Buffalo          37
New England           –  7      TENNESSEE        48 1/2
CHICAGO               –  6 1/2  Detroit          45
New Orleans           –  4      CINCINNATI       54 1/2
KANSAS CITY           – 16 1/2  Arizona          50
TAMPA BAY             –  2 1/2  Washington       51 1/2
Los Angeles Chargers  –  9 1/2  OAKLAND          50 1/2
LOS ANGELES RAMS      – 10      Seattle          51 1/2
GREEN BAY             –  9      Miami            47 1/2
PHILADELPHIA          –  6      Dallas           43 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite              Spread    Underdog         O/U
SAN FRANCISCO         –  3      New York Giants  43 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

ATLANTA at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

ATLANTA
OUT: K Matt Bryant (Right Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Derrick Shelby (Groin)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: T Desmond Harrison (Illness), S Damarious Randall (Groin), TE David Njoku (Knee). LB Joseph Schobert (Ankle), WR Da’Mari Scott Shoulder), C Joesph Tretter (Ankle), CB Denzel Ward (Hip)

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Detroit
DOUBTFUL: LB Medgar Harold (Shoulder)
OUT: G Thomas Lang (Neck), CB Darius Slay (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Shoulder, RB Kerryon Johnson (Ankle), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Neck), TE Luke Willson (Shoulder)

Chicago
OUT: TE Dion Sims (Concussion), DT Bilal Nichols (Knee)

New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: DE Marcus Davenport (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Dez Bryant (Ankle)

Cincinnati

DOUBTFUL: G Alex Redmond (Hamstring)
OUT: LB Vontaze Burfict (Hip), CB Darqueze Dennard (Sternoclavicular), WR A.J. Green (Foot), TE Tyler Kroft (Foot), LB Nichols vigil (KNee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Giovani Bernard (Knee)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
DOUBTFUL: DT Eli Anko (Calf)
OUT: Arlando Bouye (Calf), CB Quenton Meeks (Knee), TE David Grinage (Knee), DE Lerentee McCray (Hamstring), LB Telvin Smith (Shoulder)

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Ryan Hewitt (Ankle), S Michael Mitchell (Calf), TE Erik Swoope (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Denzelle Good (Illness), DE Kemoko Turay (Neck), WR Ryan Grant (Ankle), CB Nathan Hairston (Ankle)

Arizona at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf), WR Chad Williams (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jermaine Gresham (Back), S Budda Baker (Foot), S Jayestin Boston (Chest), G Mike Iupati (Back), DT Corey Peters (Ankle), G Joseph Pugh (Hand), G Jeremy Vujnovich (Hamstring)

Kansas City
DOUBTFUL: S James Berry (Heel)
OUT: C Mitchell Morse (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: G Cameron Erving (Illness), LB Anthony Hitchens (Rib), LB Justin Houston (Hamstring), S Daniel Sorensen (Knee), WR Sammy Watkins (Foot), LB Frank Zombo (Hamstring)

Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: QB Derek Anderson (Concussion), TE Charles Clay (Hamstring), DE Trent Murphy (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Andre Holmes (Neck), QB Josh Allen QB (Right Elbow), LB Fe’Zahn Edmundsons (Concussion), RB Chris Ivory (Shoulder)

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: WR Robby Anderson (Ankle), QB Sam Darnold (Foot), C Spencer Long (Knee)
OUT: TE Neal Sterling (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Stephen McLendon (Ankle)

Washington at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Washington
OUT: RB Chris Thompson (Rib), T Trent Williams (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Quinton Dunbar (Shin), WR Jamison Crowder (Ankle), T Morgan Moses (Knee)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE Vincent (Ankle), RB Ronald Jones (Hamstring), G Evan Smith (Hip), CB Marvin Stewart (Foot)

New England at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

New England
QUESTIONABLE: T Trent Brown (Illness), TE Rob Gronkowski (Ankle), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), Jacob Hollister (Hamstring), G Shaquille Mason (Calf), RB Sony Michel (Knee)

Tennessee
OUT: T Jack Conklin (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLEL S Dane Cruikshank (Knee), LB Derrick Morgan (Shoulder), WR Taywan Taylor (Foot), DT Bennie Logan (Knee), WR Taje Sharpe (Ankle)

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

Miami
DOUBTFUL: G Theodore Larsen (Neck)
OUT: DE Charles Harris (Calf), RB Ryan Tannehill (Right Shoulder), LB Kristian Alonso (Ankle), TE Alexander Kirby (Foot), WR Jakeem Grant (Achilles), T Ja’Wuan James (Knee), T Laremy Tunsil (Knee)

Green Bay
OUT: CB Kevin King (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (Knee), WR Randall Cobb (Hamtring), LB Blake Martinez (Ankle)

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

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: DE Joey Bosa (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Kyle Emanuel (Hip), CB Trevor Williams (Knee), DE Christopher Landrum (Hip), DT Darius Philon (Ankle)

Oakland – Oakland reports no injuries

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: CB Neiko Thorpe (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Chris Carson (Hip), G Danny Fluker (Calf), DT Shamar Stephen (Foot), DT Nazar Jones (Illness), G Jordan Simmons (Calf), S Bradley McDougald (Knee), LB Kenneth Wright (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles Rams report no injuries

Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: WR Tavon Austin (Groin), DE Vidauntae Charlton (Shoulder), DE David Irving (Ankle), LB Sean Lee (Hamstring), LB Joe Thomas (Foot), G Connor Williams (Knee), DE Randy Gregory (Knee), TE Geoffery Swain (Knee)

Philadelphia
OUT: CB Sidney Jones (Hamstring), CB Jalen Mills (Foot), RB Darren Sproles (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE John Sweat (Hip), T Lane Johnson (Knee)

New York Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. Monday

New York Giants – New York Giants report no injuries

San Francisco
OUT: LB Reuben Foster (Hamstring), WR Pierre Garcon (Knee), S Jaquiski Tarrt (Shoulder)

Sunday and Monday Weather

ATLANTA at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 39 degrees
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 37 degrees
New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 41 degrees
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Arizona at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 43 degrees
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 45 degrees
Washington at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 82 degrees
New England at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 49 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 65 degrees
Miami at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 33 degrees
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 75 degrees
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m.: Clear and 38 degrees
New York Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Clear and 68 degrees

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

The ’72 Dolphins can breathe easy.

The Los Angeles Rams’ hopes for an unbeaten sesaon came to an end in New Orleans as the Saints took down the Rams 45-35 in the Big Easy.

Los Angeles became one of many teams that came close to perfection, only to see that same perfection slip through their fingers. The champange corks you’re hearing? Those are some of the remaining Dolphin players from that team that are celebrating. Their streak of perfection is intact.

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

Three teams – Kansas City (8-1), the Los Angeles Rams (8-1) and New England (7-2) – have a record of 7-2 or better entering Week 10 and New Orleans (7-1), which had its bye in Week 6, will reach either 8-1 or 7-2 following this week’s action. In the Super Bowl era, 216 teams have begun the season either 8-1 or 7-2 through nine games and 194 of those teams advanced to the postseason (89.8 percent). Sixty-one of the 216 teams reached the Super Bowl in their respective seasons.

As the season moves into the second half, there is plenty of football left to play and nothing has been decided. Since 2000, 45 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, Atlanta began the season at 4-4 before advancing to the postseason with a 10-6 record.

Four teams are currently riding winning streaks of at least five games – New Orleans (seven consecutive games), Houston (six), New England (six) and the Los Angeles Chargers (five). The Texans, which began the season 0-3, are the second team since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start, joining the 1970 New York Giants.

As the schedule turns to Week 10, history is on the horizon for veteran and young quarterbacks alike. New England quarterback Tom Brady will play in his 300th career game (including the postseason) on Sunday at Tennessee at 1 p.m. on CBS, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (326) as the only quarterbacks to appear in 300 career games across the regular season and playoffs. Brady, who has thrown 576 touchdown passes through 299 career games (including the postseason), can surpass Peyton Manning (579) for the most touchdown passes by a quarterback in NFL history.

Brady (505 regular-season touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (506), who plays at Cincinnati on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, enter Week 10 within reach of Favre (508) for second place on the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown leaderboard. Only Manning (539) has more career touchdown passes in the regular season.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards in 10 career games, both the most by a quarterback in his first 10 games in NFL history. Mahomes, who has passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the Chiefs’ past four games, can join Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (1998) as the only players in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 137 passer rating and wide receiver Michael Thomas had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Brees has 22 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, tied with New England’s Tom Brady (22) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.

Thomas’ 211 receiving yards are the most in a single game in Saints’ history, surpassing the previous high of 205 set by Wes Chandler on September 2, 1979 against Atlanta. He is the third Saint to record 200+ receiving yards in a single game, joining Chandler and Torrance Small (200 on December 24, 1994 at Denver).

•Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 228 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle.

Rivers, who has started 200 consecutive games dating back to September 11, 2006, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (297 consecutive games), Eli Manning (210) and Peyton Manning (208).

•Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 375 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 129 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 37-21 win at Cleveland.

Mahomes, who appeared in his 10th career game Sunday, has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards, both the most by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. Mahomes is the only quarterback in league annals to pass for at least 3,000 yards in his first 10 career games.

Mahomes has passed for at least 300 yards in eight consecutive games, tied with Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (2014) for the most consecutive games with 300+ passing yards in a single season in NFL history.

•​Pittsburgh running back James Conner had 107 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the Steelers’ 23-16 win at Baltimore.

Conner has four games with at least 100 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and at least one touchdown this season, the most such games by a player in a single season in NFL history.

Conner, who has 1,085 scrimmage yards (706 rushing, 379 receiving) and 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) this season, is the only player in franchise history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first eight games of a season.

•Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt had 141 scrimmage yards (91 rushing, 50 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Chiefs’ Week 9 win and New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara had 116 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 34 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ win on Sunday.

Kamara, who played in his 24th career game on Sunday, has five games with both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown, the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first 25 career games. Only Indianapolis’ Edgerrin James (six) had more such games in his first 25 career contests.

Hunt, who appeared in his 25th career game today, has four such games, tied with Chicago’s Hugh Gallarneau (four games in 1941-42, 1945) for the third-most in league annals by a player in his first 25 career games.

•Minnesota, led by defensive end Danielle Hunter’s career-high 3.5 sacks, recorded a franchise-record 10 sacks in the team’s 24-9 victory over Detroit.

The Vikings’ 10 sacks surpassed the previous franchise-high of nine, which was accomplished four times and most recently on October 25, 1993 at Chicago.

Hunter, who returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, became the second player with at least 3.5 sacks and a touchdown in a single game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. The Chargers’ Shaun Phillips, who had four sacks and a 31-yard interception-return touchdown against the Cardinals on October 3, 2010, is the only other player to accomplish the feat since 1982.

Chicago safety Eddie Jackson had a 65-yard fumble-return touchdown and linebacker Leonard Floyd scored on a 19-yard interception-return touchdown in the Bears’ 41-9 victory at Buffalo.

Jackson, who had both a 76-yard interception-return touchdown and a 75-yard fumble-return touchdown against Carolina on October 22, 2017, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (three touchdowns in 1994) as the only players since 1970 with at least three defensive touchdowns of 65 or more yards over any two-year span. Sanders had interception-return touchdowns of 93, 90 and 74 yards with San Francisco in 1994.

•Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 percent) for 350 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 121.6 passer rating and wide receiver Julio Jones had seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 38-14 win at Washington.

Ryan, who recorded his 50th career game with at least 300 passing yards on Sunday, joined Drew Brees (57 games) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 50 games of 300+ passing yards in their first 11 seasons.

Jones has 44 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with Calvin Johnson for the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first eight seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (45) had more such games in his first eight career seasons.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 10

MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and New England quarterback Tom Brady passed 294 yards with a touchdown in Week 9. Brees (506 touchdown passes) and Brady (505) rank third and fourth, respectively, all-time in touchdown passes.

Brees, who faces Cincinnati at 1 p.m. on Sunday, needs three touchdown passes to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (508) for the second-most regular-season touchdown passes in NFL history. Brady, who plays at Tennessee at 1 p.m. on CBS, needs four touchdown passes to surpass Favre.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (506)
Tom Brady – New England (505)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady has an additional 71 touchdown passes in 37 career playoff games, an NFL record, and needs four touchdown passes to surpass Peyton Manning (579 touchdowns) for the most passing touchdowns in league history, including the postseason.

The players with the most touchdown passes (including the postseason) in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis, Denver (579)
Tom Brady – New England (576)

Brady, who has appeared in 262 regular-season games and 37 playoff games, can become the second quarterback in league annals to appear in 300 games (including the postseason), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (326).

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 15,902 receiving yards in his 15-year NFL career. With 33 receiving yards on Sunday at Kansas City at 1 p.m. on CBS, Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens (15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,902)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PROLIFIC PAT: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 2,901 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes through the first nine weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his past four games.

With 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes on Sunday against Arizona at Arrowhead at 1 p.m. on CBS, Mahomes would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (five games in 1998) as the only quarterbacks in league history to record at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Steve Young – San Francisco (1998, 5)^
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City (2018, 4)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

LUCKY NUMBER THREE: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck ranks second in the NFL with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown at least three touchdowns in each of his past five games.

With three touchdown passes on Sunday at home against Jacksonville at 1 p.m. on CBS, Luck would join Tom Brady (10 consecutive games in 2007) and Peyton Manning (eight consecutive games in 2004) as the only quarterbacks to record six consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season. Brady and Manning were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Tom Brady – New England (2007, 10)#
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (2004, 8)#
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2018, 5)*
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

RISING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle in Week 9. Rivers has recorded at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of the Chargers’ first eight games this season.

Rivers, who plays at Oakland at 4:05 p.m. on FOX, can join Aaron Rodgers (13 games in 2011) and Tom Brady (10 games in 2007) as the only quarterbacks in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes and have a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of his team’s first nine games of a season. Rodgers and Brady were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (2011, 13)#
Tom Brady – New England (2007, 10)#
Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers (2018, 8)*
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

TOUCHDOWN TODD: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns in 2018 and has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Rams’ first nine games of the season.

With a touchdown against Seattle in Los Angeles at 4:25 p.m. on CBS, Gurley would join Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson (1975), Lenny Moore (1964) and Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch (1951) as the only players in league annals to score a touchdown in each of their team’s first 10 games of a season. Simpson and Moore had at least one touchdown in each of their team’s 14 games during their respective seasons.

The players with the most consecutive team games with at least one touchdown to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTVIE GAMES)
O.J. Simpson – Buffalo (1975, 14)^
Lenny Moore – Baltimore Colts (1964, 14)^
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch – Los Angeles Rams (1951, 10)^
Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (2018, 9)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

CATCH IT LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9.

Thomas, who has 266 receptions in 39 career games, needs one catch on Sunday at Cincinnati at 1 p.m. on FOX to surpass Odell Beckham, Jr. (266) for the most receptions by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 40 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS, RECEPTIONS)
Odell Beckham, Jr. – New York Giants (2014-16, 266)
Michael Thomas – New Orleans (2016-18, 266)*
*In 39 career games

NICK AT NIGHT: San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for 151.9 rating in his NFL debut in Week 9 in their win over Oakland last Thursday night.

With three touchdown passes against the New York Giants Monday night at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN, Mullens would become the fifth player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of his first two career starts at quarterback.

The players with at least three touchdown passes in each of their first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS)
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo (2015)
Matt Flynn – Green Bay (2010-11)
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams (1999)^
Dan Marino – Miami (1983)^
Nick Mullens – San Francisco (2018)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Threw three TD passes in first-career start last week

With a start on Monday, Mullens will become the first quarterback since Kansas City’s Tyler Palko (2011) to make his first two career starts in primetime (Thursday Night, Sunday Night or Monday Night).

Highlights in week 10? Glad you asked…

New Orleans, winners of seven consecutive games, travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on FOX. Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who has 1,218 rushing yards and 1,253 receiving yards in 24 career games, can join Herschel Walker (1,339 rushing, 1,394 receiving) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,300 rushing and receiving yards in his first 25 career games. Bengals rookie safety Jessie Bates leads Cincinnati with 60 tackles and is one of two players in the NFL (Kiko Alonso) with at least 60 tackles and three interceptions (three) in 2018.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks visit Todd Gurley and the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Since Week 5, Wilson ranks second in the NFL with a 126.4 passer rating and third in the league with 11 touchdown passes. Gurley leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns (12 rushing, four receiving) and has scored a touchdown in each of the Rams’ nine games in 2018. With a touchdown on Sunday, Gurley can become the fourth player in league annals to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first 10 games of a season.

Byes in week 10? Baltimore, Denver, Houston and Minnesota have the weekend off. As for Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, the New York Giants and Philadelphia? They’re back from their week-long vacations and return to the gridiron this week. As for last week’s picks? 9 and 4 for the week, which wasn’t bad (it could have been better but it is what it is…). For the year, 84-46. There’s still lots of football left in the regular season and we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving yet.

Week 10 got underway in Pittsburgh as the Steelers manhandled Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 52-21 at Heinz Field Thursday night and concludes on the West Coast as a pair of struggling teams meet in Santa Clara as the 49ers host Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Levis’ Stadium. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 10.

ATLANTA (4-4) at Cleveland (2-6-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Week 10 Sunday action gets underway along the shore of Lake Erie as the Atlanta Falcons make their way to Cleveland for an early afternoon contest with the struggling Cleveland Browns.

The Falcons picked up their third win in a row and pulled their record to the .500 mark as they took down Washington 38-14 at Fed Ex Field. Atlanta led from start to finish and took a 21-7 lead with them to the break. Atlanta, outrushing Washington 154-79, then proceeded to outscore the Redskins in the second half by a 17-7 margin to take the win (Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 88, while the Falcons’ defense held Adrian Peterson to 17 yards on nine carries). Matt Ryan threw for 350 yards and four TDs with a pair of sacks, connecting with Coleman on two of those tosses, while WRs Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones (seven catches for 121 yards) had the others. Washington’s Alex Smtih threw for 306 yards with a TD toss to WR Josh Doctson but was sacked three times (both Ryan and Smith threw an interception). Atlanta went 10 for 13 on third down and held on to the ball for 32:56, while the Redskins (who were flagged 10 times for 147 yards) went 5 for 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:04.

The Gregg Williams era at Cleveland did not get off to the start they wanted against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday as the Browns were taken to task by the Chiefs 37-21. Cleveland trailed 21-15 at the break, then watched the Chiefs outscore them in the final 30 minutes of action 16-6 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland was outrushed by Kansas City 139-102, with Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (91 yards, two TDs) and Browns RB Nick Chubb (85 yards, TD) led their teams. Mahomes burned Cleveland for 375 yards with three TDs (two to TE Travis Kelce, Hunt caught the other one), while Baker Mayfield paced Cleveland with 297 yards and a pair of TDs (both men were sacked twice, both threw an interception). Cleveland was 5 for 13 on third down tries along the shore of Lake Erie (they went 2 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:51, while Andy Reid’s Chiefs only needed to use 29:09, going 6 for 10 on third down.

Cleveland leads the series 11-3 and they have outscored Atlanta 330-215. Cleveland won the last meeting with Atlanta, taking a 26-24 win in 2014 in Atlanta, while the Falcons’ last win in the series came in 2010 in Cleveland by a final of 20-10, along the shores of Lake Erie. The oddsmakers like Atlanta as a 4-point road favorite with a 51 over/under. The Falcons have been playing decent football of late, while the Browns are struggling through a mid-season coaching change that could take them more than a season to recover. Atlanta covers the 4 on the shore of Lake Erie and wins on the road.

Jacksonville (3-5) at Indianapolis (3-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of teams coming off bye weeks meet in the Hoosier State as Andrew Luck and the Colts face off against AFC South foe Jacksonville in the first of two meetings.

Jacksonville returns after their 24-18 loss to the defending Super Bowl champs 24-18 on the other side of the Atlantic two weeks ago. In the week eight meeting at Wembley Stadium, the Jaguars trailed 10-6 at the half and would eventually pull themselves to within 6 with 6:57 left to play in the contest on a 24-yard field goal by Josh Lambo but could not come any closer. Philadelphia outrushed Jacksonville 133-70 and Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 286 yards with three TD tosses, while Blake Bortles threw for 286 yards with a TD (Wentz threw an interception, both men were sacked four times). Jacksonville, taking their fourth loss in a row, went 6 of 14 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:22, while the defending Super Bowl Champs went 7 for 12 on third down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:38.

The Colts trailed Oakland 14-13 at the half on the West Coast two Sundays ago, then proceeded to outscore the Raiders 29-14 in the final 30 minutes of play to take a 42-28 win at the Oakland Coliseum. The Colts got a pair of second half TD passes from Andrew Luck to take the win and giving the Silver and Black their third loss in a row in the process. The Colts easily outrushed Oakland 222-103, with Colts RB Marlon Mack leading the way with 132 yards and a pair of TDs. Luck threw for 239 yards in the contest, while Oakland’s David Carr threw for 244 yards (both Luck and Carr threw threw TDs without a sack or interception). The Colts in the win went 9 for 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 36:30, while the Silver and Black kept the pigskin for 23:30, going 4 of 8 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Indy leads the series 22-12 and have outscored the Jaguars 807-696. However… Jacksonville has won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (the Colts’ last win over Jacksonville came in 2016 in the Hooiser State by a final of 24-20.

Their first meeting took place at Lucas Oil Stadium in week seven and Jacksonville left the Hoosier State 27-0 winners. Leading from start to finish, the Jaguars led 20-0 at the intermission and were in complete control of things in that contest. Jacksonville outrushed Indianapolis 188-96, with T.J. Yeldon leading all rushers with 122 yards and a TD. Jacksonville sacked Jacoby Brissett (who took over for the injured Luck) 10 times, while he threw for 200 yards with no interceptions, while Blake Bortles threw for 330 yards and a TD. Jacksonville was 8 for 14 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball to themselves for 32:47, while the Colts were 5 for 15 on third down and a somewhat dismal 0 for 3 on fourth down, holding the ball for 27:13.

Jacksonville made the sweep of the series a reality in the Sunshine State in week 13, taking the Colts 30-10 at EverBank Field (now TIAA Field). Jacksonville led 16-3 at the half and then went into cruise control in the last 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Colts 14-7 in that frame of time. This time, the Colts outrushed Jacksonville 141-96 but once again, Bortles burned the Colts for 309 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brissett threw for 174 yards with a TD, four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Jacksonville went 9 for 15 on third down (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:47, while the Colts kept the ball for 26:13, going 5 of 15 on third down and 4 of 4 on fourth down tries.

Jacksonville easily covered the 3 1/2 spread, as they won by 27 but the Jaguars’ 27 points was not enough as the 40 1/2 over/under was safe and sound. Jacksonville covered again in the week 13 contest in the Sunshine State, winning by 20 (they were favored by 9 1/2) but both clubs barely missed the 41 over/under. This time, the Colts are favored in the Hoosier State by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Both teams are in the basement in the AFC South and the winner moves a step closer to the top, while the Jaguars look to keep their heads above water. Jacksonville pulls off the road upset and covers the 3.

Buffalo (2-7) at New York Jets (3-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC/AFL foes meet in upstate New Jersey as the Buffalo Bills travel to the Meadowlands and Met Life Stadium for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the New York Jets. Both teams are coming off losses in last week’s play.

Buffalo watched Chicago score 28 second-quarter points at Orchard Park unchallenged, then saw Da Bears proceede to run away with a 41-9 winlast Sunday. Buffalo was held by Chicago to a pair of Chris Parkey field goals and a Nate Peterman TD run in the second half to take control of the contest from start to finish. Buffalo did outrush Chicago 97-64 Peterman threw for 189 yards (Mitch Trubisky threw for 135 yards) but was sacked four times and picked off three (Trubisky threw a TD pass with a sack and an interception). While forcing four turnovers, Chicago went 3 for 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 25:57, while the Bills ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:03, going 6 of 18 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down tries.

GangGreen took their third loss in a row, as they dropped a 13-6 decision at Miami last Sunday in the Sunshine State. After a scoreless first quarter, it was an all-field goal second quarter as Miami took a 6-3 lead into the half with a pair of Josh Sanders field goals. After a scoreless third quarter, Miami would score the game’s only TD when rookie LB Jerome Baker picked off J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! QB Sam Darnold and lived out a lineman’s dream, returning it 25 yards for a TD. GangGReen did manage to outrush Miami 80-64 and Darnold threw for 229 yards with four interceptions, while Brock Osweiler threw for 139 yards (each was sacked four times, with Darnold throwing four interceptions) in the win. Third down tries were nothing to write home about, as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 2 for 13, while Miami was 3 for 16 (GangGreen was 0 for 2 on fourth down, while Miami was perfect, going 2 for 2) but GangGreen did rule the clock, keeping the ball for 31:34 to Miami’s 28:26.

The Bills lead the series 60-54 (which includes contests that took place at Shea Stadium, War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo and Giants Stadium, as well as games played when the Jets were known as the New York Titans) and the Bills have outscored GangGreen 2,372-2,342. They split last season’s contests, with each team taking wins at home.

The two AFC East foes met right away in week one in upstate New York as Buffalo took a 21-12 win at New Era Stadium. Buffalo led 7-6 at the intermission after a scoreless first quarter and then went on to outscore the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 14-6 in the second half. Buffalo outrushed GangGreen 190-38, with RB LeSean McCoy leading the way with 110 yards, while Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards with a pair of TDs (New York’s Josh McCown threw for 187 yards with a pair of interceptions and a sack, while Taylor had a pair of sacks with an interception). Buffalo went 8 of 17 on third down in upstate New York and kept the ball for 33:04, while GangGreen was 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourthd downs, holding the ball for 26:56.

GangGreen would get their revenge for the week one loss in upstate New York as they took a 34-21 win at Met Life Stadium in week nine. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! led Buffalo 10-3 at the intermission and took control of things in the second half, outpacing the Bills 24-14 in the last 30 minutes of action. This time, GangGreen, led by Matt Forte’s 77 rushing yards (with two TDs), outrushed the Bills 194-63 and McCown threw for 140 yards wtih a TD and no sacks, while Taylor threw for 285 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked seven times. GangGreen went 6 for 14 on third down tries at Met Life Stadium and held the ball for 33:30, while the Bills kept the pigskin for 26:30, while going 6 for 16 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

In the season opener in upstate New York, the Bills BARELY covered the 8 1/2 point spread, winning by 9 but the 40 over/under was untouched as the two teams combined for 33 points. In the week nine rematch in upstate New Jersey, Buffalo was favored by 3 1/2 and GangGreen covered, winning by 13. The two clubs did cover the 42 1/2 over/under in the rematch, combining for 55 points. The Jets are favored by 7 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 37. We wouldn’t hold it against you if you were to watch that “NCIS” marathon on USA (Abby and Ziva slapping Tony is quite funny!). GangGreen wins this one at but expect the Bills to make things closer than the 7 1/2.

New England (7-2) at Tennessee (4-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Brady vs. Mariota. New England comes to the Music City for a Sunday afternoon showdown with Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Sunday’s contest features a former player (Mike Vrable) vs. his former coach (Bill Belichick) as they square off against each other in the Music City. Both teams took huge wins in last week’s contests.

Tom Brady and New England held off Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Foxboro last Sunday, with the Patroits coming away 31-17 winners at Gillette Stadium in a possible prime-time Super Bowl preview that featured a pair of future Hall of Fame QBs. Leading the Packers 17-10 at the half, Green Bay would even things up in the third when Rodgers and TE Jimmy Graham would connect on a 15-yard TD pass with 11:18 left in the quarter. New England then proceeded to take the lead back in the final 15 minutes of action, scoring their last 14 points of the contest without a challenge to take the win, ending with Brady and WR Josh Gordon hooking up on a 55-yard strike late in the quarter. New England outrushed Green Bay 123-118, while Brady and Rodgers combined to throw for 553 yards (Brady with 294, Rodgers with 259, Brady was sacked twice and Rodgers sacked once, neither threw an interception). New England was 4 for 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 27:26, while the Packers ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 32:34, going 6 for 13 on third down (both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

The Titans gave Dallas their third loss in their last four games, taking down the Cowboys 42-28 at AT&T Stadium Monday night. Dallas watched Mariota and the Titans break a 14-14 tie at the intermision and score 14 second half points unchallenged. Tennessee outrushed Dallas 125-72 and Dak Prescott threw for 243 yards with five sacks, while Mariota threw for 240 yards (each threw a pair of TDs, Mariota was sacked four times, Prescott was sacked five times with an interception) and each team turned the ball over twice in the Monday night contest. Dallas went 5 for 11 on third down (the Cowboys were 0 for 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:34, while the Titans ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 34:26, going 11 for 14 on third down conversions.

Including games played in Boston and Houston, when the Titans were known as the Houston Oilers, New England leads the series 23-15-1 and the Pats have outscored Tennessee 993-778. New England has come away with wins in their last five regular season meetings, with the last win coming in Foxboro in 2015 by a final of 33-16, while Tennessee’s last win over Brady and the Patriots came in the Music City by a 24-7 final in 2002.

They did meet in the post-season last year in Foxboro in the AFC Divisonal Game and the Pats were 35-14 winners at Gillette Stadium. New England erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit and scored 21 points in the second quarter unchalleged to take a 14-point lead with them to the intermission. New England outrushed Tennessee 101-85 and Brady threw for 337 yards and three TDs (one toss going to TE Rob Gronkowski), while Mariota threw for 254 yards with a pair of TDs and 8 sacks (Brady was not sacked or threw an interception). New England was 11 for 17 on third down conversions at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:56, while the Titans were 5 for 15 on third down conversions, 2 for 3 on fourth down and held the ball for 27:04.

New England covered the 13 1/2-point spread with ease, as they won the AFC Divisional Game by 21 and both teams took care of the 47 over/under by scoring 49 points. The boys and girls in Vegas? They like the Pats on the road, making them 7-point favorites in Music City and the over/under’s 48 1/2. These numbers sound somewhat reasonable and since it’s Brady and Mariota, it should be a fun one to watch. Pats cover the 7 and win in Music City.

Detroit (3-5) at Chicago (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Windy City as Detroit travels to Soldier Field for an early afternoon contest with the first-place Chicago Bears.

Detroit was held in check last Sunday in Minneapolis, falling to Minnesota 24-9 at US Bank Stadium. The Lions trailed 17-6 at the break and could never get on track in the NFC North contest in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota outrushed the Lions 128-66 and Matthew Stafford was sacked 10 times by the Purple Gang, despite throwing for 199 yards, while Kirk Cousins threw for 164 yards with a TD to WR Adam Thielen. Minnesota would put the nail in Detroit’s coffin in the fourth quarter when Vikings DE Danielle Hunter fulfilled a defensive lineman’s dream and took a fumble and returned it 32 yards untouched for a TD. Detroit was 4 for 15 on third down tries, 3 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the pigskin for 36:45, while the Vikings needed only 23:15 of clock to keep the ball, while going 3 for 8 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Chicago scored 28 second-quarter points at Buffalo unchallenged and then proceeded to run away with a 41-9 win over the Bills at Orchard Park last Sunday. Da Bears held Buffalo to a pair of Chris Parkey field goals and a Nate Peterman TD run in the second half to take control of the contest from start to finish. Buffalo did outrush Chicago 97-64 Peterman threw for 189 yards (Mitch Trubisky threw for 135 yards) but was sacked four times and picked off three (Trubisky threw a TD pass with a sack and an interception). While forcing four turnovers, Chicago went 3 for 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 25:57, while the Bills ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:03, going 6 of 18 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down tries.

Da Bears lead da series 97-74-5 (including contests that were played when the Lions were in Portsmouth and known as the Spartans and both teams played at Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium, the Silverdome and the University of Illinois-Champaign) and Chicago has outscored Detroit 3,409-3,152. However… the Lions have won the last three contests with their NFC North rivals, including sweeping last year’s series (Chicago’s last win over Detroit came in 2016 in the Windy City by a 17-14 final.

Round one… week 11 in the Windy City and the Lions erased a 10-0 first quarter deficit, took a 21-17 lead at the break, only to see Chicago tie things up in the fourth quarter when RB Tarik Cohen scored on a 15-yard run before Matt Prater gave the Lions the lead back for keeps to take the 27-24 win at Solider Field. Detroit used a 9-play, 42-yard drive that used 3:27 of clock to set up the game winning score, then held off a late Chicago rally that would have either the contest into overtime or given Chicago the win. The Monsters of the Midway did outrush Detroit 222-65, with Bears RB Jordan Howard leading the way with 125 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 179 yards and a TD (Stafford threw for 299 yards and a pair of TDs; Stafford was sacked three times, Trubisky sacked once, neither threw an interception). Detroit was 3 for 10 on third down conversions at Soldier Field and the Lions kept the ball for 30:36, while Chicago held the ball for 29:24, going 3 for 9 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Round two… week 15 in the Motor City. Detroit made the sweep of the series complete, taking a 20-10 win over Da Bears at Ford Field. Detroit led 13-3 at the intermission and the two clubs played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Neither club shattered the 100-yard barrier but Detroit did outrush Chicago 91-43 and Stafford threw for 237 yards with a pair of TDs and four sacks (no interceptions), while Trubisky threw for 314 yards with three interceptions (he was sacked twoce and threw a TD pass). Detroit went 6 for 13 on third down in the Motor City and kept the ball for 29:05, while Chicago ruled the clock and proceeded to hold on to the ball for 30:55, going 5 for 12 on third down.

In the week 11 contest in the Windy City, Detroit matched the 3-point spread, winning by 3 and both teams covered the 41 over/under with 51 points. As for the week 15 rematch in Detroit? The Lions covered the 5-point spread, winning by 10 but both teams missed the 44 over/under, as they would merge for 30 points. In the Sunday afternoon contest in the Windy City, Da Bears are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Chicago’s in first in the NFC North, while the Lions are trying to get out of the NFC North cellar. Da Bears prevail in the Windy City and covers the 6 1/2 at home.

New Orleans (7-1) at Cincinnati (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints make their way to Cincinnati for an afternoon meeting with Andy Dalton and the Bengals along the shores of the Ohio River.

New Orleans broke a 35-35 fourth quarter tie in the Big Easy and took a 45-35 decision against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday afternoon to end the Rams’ 8-game win streak. New Orleans led 35-14 going into the intermission before the Rams would pull themselves to within 11 as K Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired. Los Angeles then scored 10 third quarter points without a challenge, then opened the fourth quarter, tying things up at 35-35 thanks to a pair of TD passes from Jared Goff (one to RB Malcon Brown, the other to WR Cooper Kupp) and a Zuerlein field goal before New Orleans took control in the fourth quarter to take the lead back and for keeps. New Orleans outrushed the Rams 141-92 and Goff threw for 391 yards with three TDs an an interception, while Brees threw for 346 yards and four TDs, including a TD that drew the ire of the game officials when WR Michael Thomas pulled out a cell phone from underneath the goal post padding, paying homage to a former Saints player (neither man was sacked, Goff threw the only interception in the contest). The Rams were 3 for 8 on third down conversions (they were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:19, while the Saints ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 33:41, going 7 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Bengals, coming back from their bye week, gave Tampa Bay their fourth loss in five tries as they came away 34-31 last second winners over the Bucs at Paul Brown Stadium two weeks ago. Dalton and the Bengals led Tampa Bay 27-9 at the half and would see the Buccaneers eventually bench Jameis Winston (276 yards, five sacks, TD, four interceptions) and replace him with Fitzpatrick (194 yards, two TDs, sack), who would then proceed to pull his team closer to the Bengals, throwing a pair of TDs to RB Mike Evans and TE O.J. Howard to tie things up but Tampa Bay fans would have their hopes shattered as the Bengals got the ball back with 65 seconds left in regulation and used all of the time that was available to them when Bengals K Randy Bullock kicked a 44-yard FG as time expired. Cincinnati outrushed Tampa Bay 138-126, with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 123 yards and a pair of TDs, while Dalton threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs to WRs A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Tampa Bay went 10 of 18 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:59, while Cincinnati went 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:01, including the final 65 seconds of regulation.

Including games that were played at old Tulane Stadium and Riverfront Stadium, the Bengals lead the series 7-6 and have outscored New Orleans 278-234. Cincinnati won the last meeting with the Saints, taking a 27-10 win in the Big Easy in 2014, while the Saints’ last win in the series came in Cincinnati by a final of 34-30 in 2010. The Saints are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 54 1/2. There’s a lot at stake here. Both teams are contending for a playoff spot and a win Sunday could push them a step closer to their goal. Cincinnati pulls the home upset and takes the win, covering the 4.

Arizona (2-6) at Kansas City (8-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710. A struggling Arizona Cardinal team travels to the Show-Me State for an afternoon contest in mid-America as the Kansas City Chiefs welcome them to Arrowhead. Both teams took close wins last week, the Desert Angry Birds winning a close contest at home, while the Chiefs took care of business on the shores of Lake Erie.

Arizona, coming back from their bye week, saw San Francisco take a 12-3 lead at the end of the third quarter before that lead would escape from them as Arizona would score 15 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take an 18-15 win in Glendale. San Francisco led the Desert Angry Birds by a baseball-like score of 5-3 at the break, then scored their lone TD of the contest when WR Marquise Goodwin and QB C.J. Beatherd connected on a 55-yard TD toss late in the third quarter. After the 49ers added a Robbie Gould field goal, Arizona then went to work in the final 15 minutes of action, with Josh Rosen connecting on TD passes to WR Larry Fitzgerald and WR Christian Kirk to give Arizona the lead for keeps. Arizona then held off a late 49er rally to come away with the win, while giving San Francisco their fifth loss in a row. While the 49ers did outrush Arizona 107-88, Rosen outpaced Beatherd, throwing for 252 yards with three sacks and an interception to go with the two TDs (Beatherd threw for 190 yards with four sacks and no interceptions). Third down tries? San Francisco was 5 of 15, Arizona was 6 of 14 at State Farm Stadium Sunday afternoon and the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:19 to Arizona’s 27:41.

Kansas City stopped the Gregg Williams era from getting off to a good start as Browns interim head coach as the Chiefs and Patrick Mahonmes took care of Cleveland 37-21, taking their eighth win in nine tries. Kansas City led from start to finish and led 21-15 at the break, then outscored Cleveland in the final 30 minutes of action 16-6 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Kansas City outrushed Cleveland a by 139-102 margin, with Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (91 yards, two TDs) and Browns RB Nick Chubb (85 yards, TD) led their teams. Mahomes burned Cleveland for 375 yards with three TDs (two to TE Travis Kelce, Hunt caught the other one), while Baker Mayfield paced Cleveland with 297 yards and a pair of TDs (both men were sacked twice, both threw an interception). Cleveland was 5 for 13 on third down tries along the shore of Lake Erie (they went 2 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:51, while Andy Reid’s Chiefs only needed to use 29:09, going 6 for 10 on third down.

Including games that took place in St. Louis when the Cardinals were there, the Chiefs lead the series 8-3-1 and they have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 287-170. Arizona won the last meeting with Kansas City as the Cardinals came away 17-14 winners in Glendale in 2014, while the Chiefs’ last win in the series came in 2010 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-13. Kansas City’s favored by 16 1/2 (you read that right!) and the over/under’s 50. The 50 makes a lot of sense. The 16 1/2 leaves us scratching our heads. Cleveland’s not exactly the kings of the AFC North mountain but they’re not 16 1/2 points bad. The Chiefs are playing for a playoff spot, while the Browns are playing to keep their heds above water. Chiefs win at Arrowhead but expect Cleveland to make things closer than 16 1/2.

Washington (5-3) at Tampa Bay (3-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Washington, still atop the NFC East, travels to Tampa Bay for their Sunday afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Both teams took huge losses

Washington watched Atlanta take their third win in a row and pulled their record to the .500 mark as the Falcons took down the Redskins 38-14 at Fed Ex Field. Washington trailed from start to finish and watched Atlanta lead 21-7 at the break, the saw the Falcons floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of action. Atlanta outrushed Washington 154-79 as Falcons RB Tevin Coleman lead all rushers with 88, while the Falcons’ defense held Adrian Peterson to 17 yards on nine carries. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 350 yards and four TDs with a pair of sacks, connecting with Coleman on two of those tosses, while WRs Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones (seven catches for 121 yards) had the others. Washington’s Alex Smtih threw for 306 yards with a TD toss to WR Josh Doctson but was sacked three times (both Ryan and Smith threw an interception). Atlanta went 10 for 13 on third down and held on to the ball for 32:56, while the Redskins (who were flagged 10 times for 147 yards) went 5 for 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:04.

Tampa Bay watched Carolina take a 35-14 lead to the intermission last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium and came out on the short end of a 42-28 loss over their NFC South rivals. Tampa Bay would be outrushed by the Panthers outrushed Tampa Bay 179-82 (Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey led all rushers with 79 yards and a pair of rushing TDs), while Newton threw for 247 yards and a pair of TDs. Carolina made life less than pleasant for QB Ryan Fitzpatick, who was sacked Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick four times, while throwing for 243 yards, with four TDs and a pair of interceptions. The Panthers went 4 for 10 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31 minutes, while the Buccaneers kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 for 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

They’ve met 20 times and have split the series, with each team sitting at 10-10 and Tampa Bay has outscored Washington 401- 365. Both teams won their last meetings in Landover, with Washington coming away 31-30 winners in 2015, while Tampa Bay was victorious in 2014 by a final of 27-7. Tampa Bay’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 51. Washington’s plan? Stay on top of the NFC East. Tampa Bay’s plan? Catch Carolina, Atlanta and New Orleans in the NFC South. We love it when a plan comes together and we think Washington’s plan is better. Hail To The Redskins! Washington covers the 2 1/2 and wins in the Sunshine State.

Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) at Oakland (1-7), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of AFC/AFL West rivals meet on the East side of San Francisco Bay as the Los Angeles Chargers make the 372-mile trip up I-5 to take on the Oakland Raiders.

Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit and came away with a 25-17 win over Seattle in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks last Sunday. While Los Angeles led 19-10 at the intermission, the Seahawks would make the contest close with 1:50 left when Russell Wilson and TE Nick Varnett connected on a 6-yard TD toss, making it an 8-point contest. Seattle then forced the Chargers to punt and got the ball back on their 22-yard line, then proceeded to march down the field and getting as close as Los Angeles’ 20-yard line when they had their hopes extended after the Chargers were flagged for pass interference in the end zone as time expired. Because a game can’t end on a defensive penalty, Seattle got the ball on the 1-yard line but the Seahawks could not dent the end zone with the untimed down play. Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 160-154 with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 113 yards and a TD, while Rivers threw for 228 yards in the road win (Wilson threw for 235 yards, both Wilson and Rivers threw a pair of TDs; Rivers was sacked twice without an interception, while Wilson was sacked four times with a pick). Seattle was 4 of 15 on third down in the Pacific Northwest (the Seahawks were perfect on fourth down, going 4 for 4) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:41 to Los Angeles’ 24:19 (the Chargers were 2 for 9 on third down tries).

Oakland took a 3-0 lead early against San Francisco last Thursday night thanks to a 37-yard field goal by Derek Carlson, then watched the 49ers score 34 points without a challenge as they dropped a 34-3 decision to their neighbors from across San Francisco Bay at Levis Stadium, dropping their fourth contest in a row. The Silver and Black watched 49ers QB Nate Mullins make his NFL debut a success, as he threw for 262 yards without a sack or interception, with the 49ers outrushing Oakland 143-102 (Raheem Mostert led all rushers with 86 yards and a TD), while Derek Carr threw for 171 yards with seven sacks. Oakland went 3 of 12 on third down (the Raiders went 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:26, while the 49ers were 28:34 in time of possession, going 5 for 12 on third down tries.

They met is week five in Los Angeles and the Chargers were 26-10 winners at Stub Hub Centre. In the first meeting in Southern California, Oakland saw their AFC West rivals from Los Angeles use a pair of Philip Rivers TD passes to take a 26-10 win at Stub Hub Center. Los Angeles led 17-3 at the intermission in southern California and never looked back, outscoring the Silver and Black 9-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Diego outrushed Oakland 79-41 and Rivers threw for 339 yards and the two TDs without an interception, while Derek Carr threw for 268 yards with a TD, three sacks and an interception. The Chargers were 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:40, while the Silver and Black held the ball for 25:20, going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week five contest in Los Angeles, the Chargers covered the 5 1/2-spread, winning by 16 but neither club touched the  53 1/2 over/under, as they would combine for 36 points. The Chargers are favored again, this time by 9 1/2 on the East side of San Francisco Bay and the over/under’s 50 1/2. The 50 1/2 makes sense. The 9 1/2 leaves you wondering. The Raiders are bad but not 9 1/2 bad. Oakland will make it closer than the 9 1/2 but the Chargers pull off the sweep on the road and take the win.

Seattle (4-4) at Los Angeles Rams (8-1), 4:25 pm on CBS and DirecTV 715. Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams renew their series in Los Angeles as the Seahawks take their turn, making the 1,137 mile trip down I-5 in a week five rematch. Both teams enter the Sunday afternoon contest at the Coliseum with close losses under their belts.

Seattle watched a 7-6 first quarter lead against Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers get away from them at Century Link Field, as the Chargers would go on to take a 25-17 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. While Los Angeles led 19-10 at the intermission, the Seahawks would make the contest close with 1:50 left when Russell Wilson and TE Nick Varnett connected on a 6-yard TD toss, making it an 8-point contest. Seattle then forced the Chargers to punt and got the ball back on their 22-yard line, then proceeded to march down the field and getting as close as Los Angeles’ 20-yard line when they had their hopes extended after the Chargers were flagged for pass interference in the end zone as time expired. Because a game can’t end on a defensive penalty, Seattle got the ball on the 1-yard line but the Seahawks could not dent the end zone with the untimed down play. Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 160-154 with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 113 yards and a TD, while Rivers threw for 228 yards in the road win (Wilson threw for 235 yards, both Wilson and Rivers threw a pair of TDs; Rivers was sacked twice without an interception, while Wilson was sacked four times with a pick). Seattle was 4 of 15 on third down in the Pacific Northwest (the Seahawks were perfect on fourth down, going 4 for 4) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:41 to Los Angeles’ 24:19 (the Chargers were 2 for 9 on third down tries).

The Rams saw their hopes for an undefeated season come to an end in NeW Orleans as the Saints would break a 35-35 fourth quarter tie in the Big Easy and drop a 45-35 decision last Sunday afternoon. New Orleans led 35-14 going into the intermission before the Rams would pull themselves to within 11 as K Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired. Los Angeles then scored 10 third quarter points without a challenge, then opened the fourth quarter, tying things up at 35-35 thanks to a pair of TD passes from Jared Goff (one to RB Malcon Brown, the other to WR Cooper Kupp) and a Zuerlein field goal before New Orleans took control in the fourth quarter to take the lead back and for keeps. New Orleans outrushed the Rams 141-92 and Goff threw for 391 yards with three TDs an an interception, while Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four TDs, including a TD that drew the ire of the game officials when WR Michael Thomas pulled out a cell phone from underneath the goal post padding, paying homage to a former Saints player (neither man was sacked, Goff threw the only interception in the contest). The Rams were 3 for 8 on third down conversions (they were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:19, while the Saints ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 33:41, going 7 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The two NFC West foes met in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in week five and Los Angeles prevailed 33-31 at Century Link Field. In the first contest, In the first meeting, Los Angeles and Seattle Seahawks had a slugfest in their NFC West meeting at Century Link Field and Los Angeles managed to prevail, coming away 33-31 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, The Rams and Seahawks entered the intermission even at 17-17 and Seattle had the Rams on the ropes, leading 31-30 with 14:54 before Rams RB Todd Gurley pulled them back to within one with 14:54 left in regulation on a 5-yard run. Los Angeles would take the lead back for keeps with 6:05 left when Greg Santos (who had replaced the injured Greg Zuerlein) kicked a 39-yard field goal to take a 33-31 lead. Los Angeles would then go on to hold off the Seahawks to take the two-point road win. Seattle RB Chris Carson picked up his third consecutive 100-yard game, rushing for 116 yards (Gurley hadd 77 yards rushing to lead the Rams) as Seattle outrushed Los Angeles 190-155 in the contest. Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 321 yards with a TD, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards with three TDs and no interceptions (Goff was picked off once and threw a pair of interceptions, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle was 7 of 12 on third down in the Pacific Northwest and kept the ball for 30:30, while the Rams held the ball for 29:30 and went 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Los Angeles Rams was a 7-point favorite in the week five contest in the Pacific Northwest and while they did win the game, they did not cover the spread, winning by only 2. The two teams did cover the 51 over/under, scoring 64 points. In the rematch in Los Angeles, the Ramgs are favored by 10 and the over/under’s 51 1/2. That spread is a bit on the steep side but the over/under makes sense. Seattle’s lookng for revenge from the week five loss in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, while the Rams look to start a new streak. History does have a way of repeating and history’s on the side of the Rams. Although Seattle will make this closer than 10, the Rams will prevail at home in the Coliseum.

Miami (5-4) at Green Bay (3-4-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 714. It’s a late-afternoon contest in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst as Green Bay hosts the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field.

Miami gave the New York Jets their third loss in a row, as they would defeat their AFC East rivals 13-6 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. After a scoreless first quarter, it was an all-field goal second quarter as Miami took a 6-3 lead into the half with a pair of Josh Sanders field goals. After a scoreless third quarter, Miami would score the game’s only TD when rookie LB Jerome Baker picked off J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! QB Sam Darnold and lived out a lineman’s dream, returning it 25 yards for a TD. GangGReen did manage to outrush Miami 80-64 and Darnold threw for 229 yards with four interceptions, while Brock Osweiler threw for 139 yards (each was sacked four times, with Darnold throwing four interceptions) in the win. Third down tries were nothing to write home about, as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 2 for 13, while Miami was 3 for 16 (GangGreen was 0 for 2 on fourth down, while Miami was perfect, going 2 for 2) but GangGreen did rule the clock, keeping the ball for 31:34 to Miami’s 28:26.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers watched Tom Brady and the New England Patriots break a 17-17 tie in Foxboro last Sunday night, as New England would come away with the 31-17 win at Gillette Stadium in a possible prime-time Super Bowl preview that featured a pair of future Hall of Fame QBs. Green BAy trailed 17-10 at the half, then went on to even things up in the third when Rodgers and TE Jimmy Graham would connect on a 15-yard TD pass with 11:18 left in the quarter. New England then proceeded to take the lead back in the final 15 minutes of action, scoring their last 14 points of the contest without a challenge to take the win, ending with Brady and WR Josh Gordon hooking up on a 55-yard strike late in the quarter. New England outrushed Green Bay 123-118, while Brady and Rodgers combined to throw for 553 yards (Brady with 294, Rodgers with 259, Brady was sacked twice and Rodgers sacked once, neither threw an interception). New England was 4 for 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 27:26, while the Packers ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 32:34, going 6 for 13 on third down (both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Miami leads the series 10-4 and the Dolphins have outscored Green Bay 333-256. Their last wins in the series came in the other’s stadium; Miami’s last win was in Green Bay in 2010, when the Dolphins needed overtime to take a 23-20 win at Lambeau, while Green Bay’s last win came in the Sunshine State in 2014 by a final of 27-24. Green Bay’s favored by 9 on the almost-frozen tundra with the over/under at 47 1/2. While this one’s not quite “Drill Worthy,” it’s worth the time to watch. While Green Bay won’t cover the 9, they do take the win at home.

Dallas (4-4) at Philadelphia (4-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of NFC East foes meet in the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday night. Wentz vs. Prescott. Cheesesteak vs. Brisket. The defending Super Bowl champions host Dallas in a prime time Sunday night contest at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dallas comes off their third loss in their last four games, losing to Tennessee 42-28 at AT&T Stadium Monday night. Dallas watched Marcus Mariota and the Titans break a 14-14 tie at the intermision and score 14 second half points unchallenged. Dallas found themselves outrushed by Tennessee 125-72 and Dak Prescott threw for 243 yards with five sacks, while Mariota threw for 240 yards (each threw a pair of TDs, Mariota was sacked four times, Prescott was sacked five times with an interception) and each team turned the ball over twice in the Monday night contest. Dallas went 5 for 11 on third down (the Cowboys were 0 for 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:34, while the Titans ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 34:26, going 11 for 14 on third down conversions.

The Eagles return to the City of Brotherly Love after their trip across the pond with Jacksonville, as the defending Super Bowl champs came away 24-18 winners over the Jaguars in week eight action on the  other side of the Atlantic two weeks ago. In the week eight meeting at Wembley Stadium, Philadelphia led 10-6 at the half before Jacksonville would eventually pull themselves to within 6 with 6:57 left to play in the contest on a 24-yard field goal by Josh Lambo but could not come any closer. Philadelphia outrushed Jacksonville 133-70 and Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 286 yards with three TD tosses, while Blake Bortles threw for 286 yards with a TD (Wentz threw an interception, both men were sacked four times). Jacksonville, taking their fourth loss in a row, went 6 of 14 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:22, while the defending Super Bowl Champs went 7 for 12 on third down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:38.

Including games played at the Cotton Bowl, JFK Stadium, Veterans Stadium and Cowboys Stadium, Dallas leads the series 63-51 and the Cowboys have outscored the Eagles 2,443-2,274. They split last year’s contests, each winning in the other team’s building.

Meeting one… Dallas in week 11. The Cowboys were without Elliott, who was serving his six-game suspension by the league for violating the league’s conduct policy and the Eagles erased a 9-7 deficit at the break and came away 37-9 winners. Philadelphia then responded with 30 points in the second half unchallenged to take the win over their NFC East rivals at AT&T Stadium. Philadelphia outrushed Dallas 215-112 and Carson Wentz threw for 168 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions or sacks, while Prescott threw for 145 yards with three interceptions and four sacks. Philadelphia went 5 of 14 on third down conversions in the Sunday night contest (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 29:29, while Dallas ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:31, going 3 for 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Round two… the City of Brotherly Love in week 17. Dallas would get their revenge on the Eagles and come away 6-0 winners in the season finale. The two teams played three quarters of scoreless football (Philadelphia had already clinched the NFC East and rested some of their starters) before the Cowboys tallied the only score of the contest, as WR Brice Butler and Prescott connected on a 20-yard TD toss with 12:19 left in regulation. Dallas would miss the extra point, then held off the Eagles to take the road win. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 129-70 and Elliott ran for 103 yards, with Prescott threw for 179 yards and an interceptions, while Eagles backup QB Nate Sudfeld, who took over for Nick Foles, threw for 134 yards with three sacks and no interceptions (Foles threw for 39 yards with an interception before being relieved by Sudfield). Dallas went 5 of 15 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:05, while the Eagles held the pigskin for 29:55, while going 2 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down tries in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia covered the 4-point spread with their 28-point win but both teams missed the 48 1/2 over/under with 46 points. In the week 17 season finale, the Cowboys were 2-point favorites and won by 6, covering the spread but the 6 points that Dallas scored in the contest did not even touch the 41 over/under.

Both teams have done reasonably well on Sunday night. The defending Super Bowl champs are 23-19 all time and went 1-1 in their two Sunday night contests last year, while the Cowboys are 32-31 and went 2-1 in their three SNF contests. Philadephia’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 43 1/2.

Since these two are rivals in the same division and since they don’t exactly like each other, we think that this one’s “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

As the saying goes, “if you take a swing at the king, you better not miss.” The Eagles are still kings of the NFL mountain, while the Cowboys have been trying to take a swing at the top two teams in the NFC East and have missed. Dallas will make it closer than the 6 but the Eagles take the win in the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday night.

New York Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (2-7), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of last place teams close out play in week 10 in Santa Clara as the 49ers host Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Levis’ Stadium.

The Redskins held off the New York Giants 20-13 at Met Life Stadium two weeks ago. Washington led 7-3 at the half in upstate New Jersey, then floored the gas as RB Adrian Peterson scored his second TD of the day, scoring from 64 yards away to take a 20-6 lead with 3:06 left in the contest. The Giants would pull themselves to within 7 with 17 seconds left when Manning and TE Evan Engram connected on a 2-yard TD toss. Washington would recover the onside kick and run the clock out to take the win, giving Big Blue their fifth loss in a row. Peterson led all rushers with 149 yards in the NFC East contest as Washington outrushed the Giants 182-37, sacking Manning (316 yards, two interceptions) seven times, while Alex Smtih threw for 178 yards with the TD toss to Peterson without a sack or interception. Washington was 6 of 15 on third down and held the ball for 33:38, while the Giants held the ball for 26:22, going 2 of 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down tries.

Erasing a 3-0 deficit against Oakland last Thursday night, the 49ers would score 34 points without a challenge as they dropped a 34-3 decision to their neighbors from across San Francisco Bay at Levis Stadium. Leading 17-3 at the intermssion,t the Silver and Black watched 49ers QB Nate Mullins make his NFL debut a success, as he threw for 262 yards without a sack or interception, with the 49ers outrushing Oakland 143-102 (Raheem Mostert led all rushers with 86 yards and a TD), while Derek Carr threw for 171 yards with seven sacks. Oakland went 3 of 12 on third down (the Raiders went 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:26, while the 49ers were 28:34 in time of possession, going 5 for 12 on third down tries.

Including games that were played at old Yankee Stadium, Keezar Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Candlestick Park and Giants Stadium, the series is tied 16-16 and the Giants have outscored the 49ers 640-637. San Francisco did manage to come away with the win in their last meeting, taking a 31-21 win last year at Levis’ Stadiun, while New York’s last win came in 2015 in the Meadowlands, wit the Giants coming away 30-27 winners.

They met in week 10 on the West Coast and San Francisco led 17-13 at the half, then pulled away from the Giants in the final 30 minutes of action, scoring a pair of fourth quarter TDs to seal the win. San Francisco outrushed the Giants 186-114 and Bethard threw for 288 yards and no interceptions, despite being sacked twice, while Manning threw for 273 yards with three sacks and no picks (each QB threw a pair of TD passes. San Francisco went 8 of 12 on third down, while going 0 for 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 29 minutes, while the Giants kept the ball for 31 minutes, going 5 of 14 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

Big Blue was favored by 2 1/2 on the road and the 49ers covered with their 10-point win and both teams covered the 42 over/under with 52 points. On Monday night, the 49ers are 48-25 and have not been on primetime since 2016, when they won their only contest, while the Giants are 24-38-1 with Big Blue losing their only contest in last year’s action. This time, the 49ers are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. You might be better off watching “Magnum P.I.” and “Bull” Monday night. 49ers do cover the 3 and takes the win over Big Blue at home.

He was the student that cost former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau her job and her freedom.

Later on in their lives, they eventually fell in love and tied the knot.

That knot may be untied.

Vili Fualaau filed for separation from his wife of 12 years, according to KIRO-TV in Seattle and the Associated Press. Their story when they first met Fualaau when he was a student in her second-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, a suburb of Seattle. Their relationship began in June of 1996 when police discovered that Letourneau, who was 34 at the time and married with four children was in a minivan parked at a local marina with Fualaau.  Picked up by the police, Letourneau said the boy was 18. The two were taken to a police station and later released. Later that Fall, she was pregnant with Fualaau’s first child. Following a tip, police interviewed Fualaau on Feb 25, 1997. Letourneau was pulled out of a teachers’ meeting and arrested for statutory rape.

She reached a plea deal with prosecutors in King County and she pled guilty in August 1997 to child rape in exchange for a 3-month jail sentence and probation. Judge Linda Lau accepted the deal on condition that Letourneau have no contact with
Fualaau. By that time, Letourneau had given birth to Fualaau’s daughter.

She was released after three months but Seattle police officers later found Letourneau and Fualaau in a car. Violating her probation in February 1998 and was pregnant with his second child that winter.

A judge vacated the plea bargain in February 1998 and sentenced Letourneau to 7 ½ years in prison. She was released in August 2004. Letourneau and Fualaau were married in Woodinville on May 20, 2005. She was 43 and Fualaau was 22.

Is the marriage over? Hard to say. Granted, they met under circumstances that were not ideal, let alone perfect. For the most part, it was a relationship that came into question and somehow survived this long. Mary Kay Letourneau will likely never be allowed to teach in a public or private school setting, given her criminal history but she’s no Pamela Smart. We hope they do well for their sake.

Let’s hope that Vili and Mary Kay can work this out and if they stay together, great; if they decide to part ways, let’s hope they do it in a civilized and adult manner and not smear each other in the press.

(photo courtesy Getty and the Associated Press)

 

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information

Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 705: Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atlanta), 84 (Carolina). XM: 234 (Carolina).

Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Stacey Dales (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Minnesota), 135 (Chicago). XM: 229 (Chicago).

Houston at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 711: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Rod Woodson. SIRIUS: 137 (Houston), 146 (Cleveland). XM: 230 (Cleveland).

Seattle at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Seattle), 127 (Kansas City). XM: 229 (Kansas City).

Cincinnati at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Cincinnnati), 85 (New Orleans). XM: 85 (New Orleans).

Tampa Bay at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Tampa Bay), 92 (Washington.). XM: 226 (Washington.).

Denver at St. Louis, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Denver), 138 (St. Louis.). XM: 232 (St. Louis.).

San Francisco at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 125 (San Francisco), 133 (New York Giants). XM: 227 (New York Giants).

Oakland at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 140 (Oakland), 92 (San Diego). XM: 226 (San Diego).

Philadelphia at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 707: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Philadelphia), 85 (Green Bay). XM: 85 (Green Bay).

Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 135 (Detroit), 93 (Arizona). XM: 225 (Arizona).

New England at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 93 (New England), 92 (Indianapolis). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (New England), 226 (Indianapolis).

Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 93 (Pittsburgh), 92 (Tennessee). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (Pittsburgh), 226 (Tennessee).

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Atlanta at Carolina

Atlanta
OUT: T Jonathan Scott (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Devin Hester (ankle), CB Josh Wilson (ankle)
PROBABLE: G Justin Blalock (foot), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (foot)

Carolina
OUT: DT Star Lotulelei (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: G Amini Silatolu (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related), TE Brandon Williams (foot)
PROBABLE: T Nate Chandler (toe), WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring), S Roman Harper (not injury related), DT Kawann Short (ankle), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), G Trai Turner (ankle), CB Melvin White (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (foot)

Cincinnati at New Orleans

Cincinnati
OUT: RB Giovani Bernard (hip), LB Vontaze Burfict (knee)
DOUBTFUL: T Andre Smith (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), CB Terence Newman (knee)
PROBABLE: TE Jermaine Gresham (thigh), CB Leon Hall (concussion), S Taylor Mays (foot), RB Cedric Peerman (knee), G Mike Pollak (knee)

New Orleans
OUT: RB Edwin Baker (concussion), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Keenan Lewis (knee), LB Curtis Lofton (knee), WR Robert Meachem (ankle)
PROBABLE: LB David Hawthorne (hand), RB Mark Ingram (shoulder), P Thomas Morstead (illness), T Zach Strief (chest)

Denver at St. Louis

Denver
OUT: RB Ronnie Hillman (foot)
DOUBTFUL: TE Virgil Green (knee)
PROBABLE: RB Montee Ball (groin), S Quinton Carter (knee), T Ryan Clady (groin), T Paul Cornick (shoulder), G Orlando Franklin (knee), LB Nate Irving (knee), LB Steven Johnson (ankle), RB Juwan Thompson (knee)

St. Louis
OUT: CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: LB Daren Bates (groin), CB Lamarcus Joyner (groin), WR Damian Williams
QUESTIONABLE: DT Alex Carrington (quadricep)
PROBABLE: DE William Hayes (fibula), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (foot)

Detroit at Arizona

Detroit
OUT: DT Nick Fairley (knee), G Larry Warford (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Reggie Bush (ankle)
PROBABLE: TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), S James Ihedigbo (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LS Don Muhlbach (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot), DE Devin Taylor (knee), T LaAdrian Waddle (knee)

Arizona
OUT: DT Ed Stinson (toe)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring)
PROBABLE: LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), S Deone Bucannon (quadricep), RB Andre Ellington (foot, hip), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf), DT Dan Williams (elbow)

Houston at Cleveland

Houston
OUT: CB Kareem Jackson (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Arian Foster (groin)
PROBABLE: LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (concussion, knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB John Simon (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee), LB Justin Tuggle (shoulder)

Cleveland
OUT: S Johnson Bademosi (concussion), TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), DE Phillip Taylor (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (concussion)
PROBABLE: DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee), C Nick McDonald (calf), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), DE Billy Winn (toe)

Minnesota at Chicago

Minnesota
QUESTIONABLE: DE Scott Crichton (hip), T Mike Harris (ankle)
PROBABLEL TE Chase Ford (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (back), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)

Chicago
OUT: T Eben Britton (illness), DE Trevor Scott (knee), LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: T Jordan Mills (ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Josh Morgan (shoulder)
PROBABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), CB Tim Jennings (knee), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle), CB Terrance Mitchell (illness), DE Cornelius Washington (illness)

Oakland at San Diego

Oakland
OUT: TE David Ausberry (foot), S Jonathan Dowling (back), G Gabe Jackson (knee), CB Carlos Rogers (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB T.J. Carrie (ankle), DE Justin Tuck (neck)
PROBABLE: G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), CB D.J. Hayden (groin), RB Jamize Olawale (shoulder, hamstring), T Menelik Watson (concussion)

San Diego
OUT: CB Jason Verrett (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: DT Sean Lissemore (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (concussion)
PROBABLE: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), G Rich Ohrnberger (back), LB Manti Te’o (foot)

Philadelphia at Green Bay

Philadelphia
OUT: QB Nick Foles (collarbone)
PROBABLE: TE Brent Celek (ankle), CB Bradley Fletcher (shoulder), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf), WR Jeff Maehl (foot)

Green Bay
OUT: TE Brandon Bostick (hip), LB Jay Elliott (hamstring)
PROBABLE: G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)

San Francisco at New York Giants

San Francisco
OUT: S Jimmie Ward (foot), DT Ian Williams (fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), LB Dan Skuta (ankle)
PROBABLE: LB Chris Borland (shoulder), RB Frank Gore (hip), DE Ray McDonald (knee), S Eric Reid (ankle), DE Justin Smith (not injury related)

New York Giants
OUT: RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion)
PROBABLE: S Nat Berhe (ankle), TE Daniel Fells (neck), RB Rashad Jennings (knee), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder)

Seattle at Kansas City

Seattle
OUT: LB Bobby Wagner (toe)
DOUBTFUL: CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), G James Carpenter (ankle), LB Brock Coyle (glute)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jeremy Lane (groin), RB Marshawn Lynch (calf), TE Luke Willson (ankle)
PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (not injury related), S Kam Chancellor (groin), TE Cooper Helfet (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (groin)

Kansas City
OUT: WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Anthony Fasano (knee), CB Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), CB Christopher Owens (knee)
PROBABLE: RB Jamaal Charles (shoulder, elbow), LB Tamba Hali (knee), TE Travis Kelce (ribs), LB Josh Martin (hamstring, knee), LB Joshua Mauga (groin), G Mike McGlynn (knee), CB Sean Smith (groin)

Tampa Bay at Washington

Tampa Bay
OUT: RB Doug Martin (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Michael Johnson (hand), TE Luke Stocker (hip), CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring)
PROBABLE: T Anthony Collins (foot), T Demar Dotson (neck), QB Josh McCown (back), DT Gerald McCoy (groin)

Washington
QUESTIONABLE: TE Logan Paulsen (foot, hamstring)
PROBABLE: S Ryan Clark (shoulder), QB Robert Griffin (ankle), LB Ryan Kerrigan (wrist), RB Silas Redd (back), LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder)

New England at Indianapolis (Sunday night)

New England
OUT: DE Chandler Jones (hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Dominique Easley (knee), S Nate Ebner (finger), T Cameron Fleming (finger), G Ryan Wendell (knee)
PROBABLE: QB Tom Brady (ankle), WR Matt Slater (shoulder)

Indianapolis
OUT: DT Arthur Jones (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T Gosder Cherilus (groin)
PROBABLE: LB Victor Butler (hamstring), LB Josh McNary (ankle), LB Henoc Muamba (toe), LB Erik Walden (quadricep), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)

Pittsburgh at Tennessee (Monday)

Pittsburgh
OUT: DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
PROBABLE: CB Cortez Allen (thumb), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), LB Arthur Moats (not injury related), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring)

Tennessee
QUESTIONABLE: DT Sammie Lee Hill (hamstring), RB Dexter McCluster (knee), TE Delanie Walker (concussion), RB Leon Washington (hamstring), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back)

Sunday and Monday Odds

Sunday’s Game
Favorite            Spread     Underdog        O/U
CAROLINA            + 1 1/2    Atlanta         46
cHICAGO             + 3 1/2    Minnesota       47
CLEVELAND           + 3        Houston         42
KANSAS CITY         + 1        Seattle         48
NEW ORLEANS         + 7        Cincinnati      50 1/2
WASHINGTON          + 7        Tampa Bay       46
Denver              + 9 1/2    ST. LOUIS       55
San Francisco       + 4        NEW YORK GIANTS 48 1/2
SAN DIEGO           +10        Oakland         44 1/2
GREEN BAY           + 4 1/2    Philadelphia    57
ARIZONA             + 2 1/2    Detroit         41 1/2
INDIANAPOLIS        + 3        New England     58

Monday’s Game
Favorite            Spread     Underdog        O/U
Pittsburgh          + 5 1/2    TENNESSEE       47

Sunday and Monday Weather
Atlanta at Carolina (Mostly cloudy and 49 degrees)
Minnesota at Chicago (Partly cloudy and 35 degress)
Houston at Cleveland (Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and 38 degrees)
Seattle at Kansas City (Cloudy and 26 degrees)
Cincinnati at New Orleans (Game indoors)
Tampa Bay at Washington (Cloudy and 46 degrees)
Denver at St. Louis (Game indoors)
San Francisco at New York Giants (Mostly cloudy and 47 degrees)
Oakland at San Diego (Sunny and 72 degrees)
Philadelphia at Green Bay (Partly cloudy and 30 degrees)
Detroit at Arizona (Game indoors)
New England at Indianapolis (Game indoors; if roof open, 90 percent chance of snow and 32 degrees)
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, (Monday)(Mostly cloudy and 28 degrees)

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, Odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information

Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Atlanta), 136 (Tampa Bay). XM: 230 (Tampa Bay).

Tennessee at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 127 (Tennessee), 134 (Baltimore). XM: 231 (Baltimore).

Kansas City at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Rod Woodson. SIRIUS: 138 (Kansas City), 93 (Buffalo). XM: 226 (Buffalo).

Miami at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Miami), 135 (Detroit). XM: 229 (Detroit).

San Francisco at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (San Francisco), 139 (New Orleans). XM: 85 (San Francisco), 228 (New Orleans).

Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Otis Livingston (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Pittsburgh), 133 (New York Jets). XM: 227 (New York Jets).

Dallas vs. Jacksonville 1 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. London on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Dallas), 84 (Jacksonville). XM: 225 (Jacksonville).

Denver at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Denver), 139 (Oakland). XM: 228 (Oakland).

St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (St. Louis), 93 (Arizona). XM: 226 (Arizona).

New York Giants at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giants), 85 (Seattle). XM: 85 (Seattle).

Chicago at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (WestWood 1), 93 (Chicago), 92 (Green Bay). XM: 227 (WestWood 1), 225 (Chicago), 226 (Green Bay).

Carolina at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday night on ESPN: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 93 (Carolina), 92 (Philadelphia). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (Carolina), 226 (Philadelphia).

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Atlanta at Tampa Bay

Atlanta
OUT: T Jonathan Scott (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Harry Douglas (foot), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (foot), RB Antone Smith (neck)
PROBABLE: DE Jonathan Babineaux (foot)

Tampa Bay
OUT: G Kadeem Edwards (foot)
DOUBTFUL: T Anthony Collins (foot), RB Doug Martin (ankle), CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Lavonte David (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Michael Johnson (hand), LB Brandon Magee (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (thumb), RB Charles Sims (ankle), DT Akeem Spence (hamstring), TE Luke Stocker (hip)
Dallas vs. Jacksonville in London

Dallas
OUT: DE Tyrone Crawford (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Nick Hayden (shoulder), LB Rolando McClain (knee, groin)
PROBABLE: LB Bruce Carter (finger), S Barry Church (shoulder), DE Jack Crawford (calf), T Doug Free (foot), TE James Hanna (hamstring), LB Anthony Hitchens (chest), G Ronald Leary (groin), T Jermey Parnell (chest), QB Tony Romo (back), DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot)

Jacksonville
OUT: DE Andre Branch (groin), LB Jeremiah George (ankle), G Brandon Linder (shoulder)
PROBABLE: QB Blake Bortles (left wrist), DE Chris Clemons (knee), S Josh Evans (shoulder), WR Marqise Lee (ankle), S Sherrod Martin (shoulder), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring), RB Jordan Todman (quadricep), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)

Denver at Oakland

Denver
OUT: LB Nate Irving (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Montee Ball (groin), T Paul Cornick (shoulder), TE Virgil Green (calf)
PROBABLE: S Quinton Carter (hamstring), LB Steven Johnson (ankle), K Brandon McManus (right groin), RB Juwan Thompson (knee), WR Wes Welker (back)

Oakland
OUT: TE David Ausberry (foot), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), G Gabe Jackson (knee), CB Carlos Rogers (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB T.J. Carrie (ankle)
PROBABLE: WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), RB Jamize Olawale (shoulder), WR Kenbrell Thompkins (not injury related), DE Justin Tuck (knee)

Kansas City at Buffalo

Kansas City
OUT: WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Jerry Franklin (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), LB Josh Martin (hamstring, knee), CB Christopher Owens (knee)
PROBABLE: S Eric Berry (ankle), RB Cyrus Gray (hand), LB Tamba Hali (knee), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), TE Travis Kelce (ribs), CB Sean Smith (groin)

Buffalo
QUESTIONABLE: CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
PROBABLE: WR Marcus Easley (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), LB Ty Powell (ankle), G Cyril Richardson (not injury related), WR Robert Woods (back)

Miami at Detroit

Miami
DOUBTFUL: G Daryn Colledge (back)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Lamar Miller (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (ankle), DT Earl Mitchell (abdomen), LB Kelvin Sheppard (hip, groin), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)
PROBABLE: TE Charles Clay (knee), DT Anthony Johnson (back), LB Chris McCain (foot), C Mike Pouncey (hip), LB Jordan Tripp (ankle)

Detroit
OUT: DT Nick Fairley (knee)
DOUBTFUL: TE Eric Ebron (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot)
PROBABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), RB Reggie Bush (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DE George Johnson (hamstring), T LaAdrian Waddle (concussion)

New York Giants at Seattle

New York Giants
DOUBTFUL: RB Rashad Jennings (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Zackary Bowman (abdomen), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee)
PROBABLE: WR Preston Parker (ankle), G Weston Richburg (ankle), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, hamstring), G Adam Snyder (knee), P Steve Weatherford (left ankle, back)

Seattle
OUT: TE Zach Miller (ankle), LB Bobby Wagner (toe)
DOUBTFUL: G James Carpenter (ankle), S Kam Chancellor (groin), G Stephen Schilling (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), CB Byron Maxwell (calf)
PROBABLE: WR Doug Baldwin (groin), DE Michael Bennett (toe), DT Jordan Hill (ankle), S Jeron Johnson (concussion), RB Marshawn Lynch (calf), T Russell Okung (calf), DE O’Brien Schofield (head), C Max Unger (not injury related)

Pittsburgh at New York Jets

Pittsburgh
OUT: S Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring)
PROBABLE: DE Cameron Heyward (not injury related), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related), LB Jason Worilds (abdomen)

New York Jets
OUT: CB Darrin Walls (calf)
PROBABLE: T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), T Breno Giacomini (illness), LB David Harris (shoulder), WR Percy Harvin (heel), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), WR Jeremy Kerley (not injury related), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (illness), WR Greg Salas (wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder), QB Michael Vick (foot), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (illness)

San Francisco at New Orleans

San Francisco
QUESTIONABLE: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), DT Quinton Dial (eye), WR Brandon Lloyd (hamstring), LB Dan Skuta (ankle), LB Patrick Willis (toe)
PROBABLE: RB Frank Gore (hip), DE Justin Smith (not injury related), DT Ian Williams (shin)

New Orleans
OUT: LB David Hawthorne (hand), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle), RB Mark Ingram (shoulder), WR Robert Meachem (ankle), T Zach Strief (chest)
PROBABLE: TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder), WR Kenny Stills (thigh)

St. Louis at Arizona
DOUBTFUL: LB Daren Bates (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: S Cody Davis (concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
PROBABLE: LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), S Rodney McLeod (knee)

Arizona
OUT: LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Ed Stinson (groin)
PROBABLE: LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), RB Andre Ellington (foot), LB Larry Foote (back), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee)

Tennessee at Baltimore

Tennessee
QUESTIONABLE: DT Sammie Lee Hill (hamstring), WR Nate Washington (shoulder)
PROBABLE: CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)

Baltimore
OUT: WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), T Jah Reid (hand), CB Jimmy Smith (foot)
PROBABLE: TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), WR Steve Smith (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)

Chicago at Green Bay

Chicago
OUT: T Eben Britton (illness), LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring), G Matt Slauson (chest)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (ribs)
PROBABLE: LB Jon Bostic (back), LB Lance Briggs (ribs), CB Kyle Fuller (hip, hand), S Danny McCray (knee), T Jordan Mills (foot)

Green Bay
OUT: WR Kevin Dorsey (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)
PROBABLE: S Morgan Burnett (calf), DE Datone Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (knee)

Carolina at Philadelphia (Monday)

Carolina
OUT: CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), G Trai Turner (ankle)
PROBABLE: WR Corey Brown (concussion), DT Dwan Edwards (knee), DT Kawann Short (ankle)

Philadelphia
OUT: QB Nick Foles (collarbone)
PROBABLE: S Nate Allen (hamstring), CB Nolan Carroll (groin), C Jason Kelce (hernia), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), G Evan Mathis (knee), WR Brad Smith (groin)

Sunday’s Odds
Favorite            Spread      Underdog        O/U
Atlanta             +  1 1/2    TAMPA BAY       46
BALTIMORE           +  9 1/2    Tennessee       43 1/2
Kansas City         +  2        BUFFALO         41
Miami               +  3        DETROIT         43
NEW ORLEANS         +  5        San Francisco   49
Pittsburgh          +  5        NEW YORK JETS   46
Dallas              +  7        JACKSONVILLE    45 ***
Denver              + 11 1/2    OAKLAND         49
ARIZONA             +  7        St. Louis       43
SEATTLE             +  9 1/2    New York Giants 44 1/2
GREEN BAY           +  7        Chicago         53 1/2

Monday’s Odds
Favorite            Spread      Underdog        O/U
PHILADELPHIA        +  6        Carolina        48

Sunday and Monday Weather
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 70 degrees)
Tennessee at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 55 degrees)
Kansas City at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Mostly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain and 42 degrees)
Miami at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
San Francisco at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 55 degrees)
Dallas vs. Jacksonville 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. London) (Game indoors; if roof is open, clear and 49 degrees)
Denver at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (Sunny and 70 degrees) O.co Coliseum
St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (Game indoors)
New York Giants at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and 55 degrees)
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (Cloudy and 35 degrees)
Carolina at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday (Clear and 44 degrees)

*** Jacksonville is the designated home team

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League; odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today; weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

The second half of the NFL season gets underway this week and the race to the playoffs is in full swing.

Week 10 started on Thursday night when Cleveland bested Cincinnati 24-3 and concludes on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. when Philadelphia hosts Carolina. The NFL also returns to London as Dallas takes on Jacksonville in the third and final installment of the league’s 2014 International Series at Wembley Stadium.

Arizona (7-1) owns the best record in the league following a 28-17 win at Dallas (6-3). This season marks the first time that the Cardinals have had the best record in the NFL outright in November or later since 1966, when they started 7-1-1.

“It feels good,” Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told the Arizona Republic about the team’s 7-1 start. “But it’s just the beginning of our season. We’ve got the stretch run now. You don’t get anything for a 7-1 start. We’re just halfway through the season. It’s all about the marathon.”

Halfway through the season, almost nothing is clear. There’s still plenty of football left to be played and a lot can happen. So don’t count anyone out. Even teams like Atlanta and the New York Jets can still make the playoffs. There’s a lot of time and games left in the 2014 campaign.

In every season since 1987, at least one team with a .500 or worse record through eight games has advanced to the postseason. Last year, two such teams – Philadelphia (3-5) and San Diego (4-4) – accomplished the feat.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: The NFL returns to London as Dallas takes on the Jacksonville in the third and final installment of the league’s 2014 International Series at Wembley Stadium. The contest marks Jacksonville’s second visit to London for a regular-season game in as many years, while Dallas will play its first regular-season game outside of the United States.

The 10 regular-season games played at Wembley Stadium:

DATE (WEEK) – SCORE (ATTENDANCE)
October 26, 2014 (8) – Detroit 22, Atlanta 21 (83,532)
September 28, 2014 (4) – Miami 38, Oakland 14 (83,436)
October 27, 2013 (8) – San Francisco 42, Jacksonville 10 (83,559)
September 29, 2013 (4) – Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 (83,518)
October 28, 2012 (8) – New England 45, St. Louis 7 (84,004)
October 23, 2011 (7) – Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18 (76,981)
October 31, 2010 (8) – San Francisco 24, Denver 16 (83,941)
October 25, 2009 (7) – New England 35, Tampa Bay 7 (84,254)
October 26, 2008 (8) – New Orleans 37, San Diego 32 (83,226)
October 28, 2007 (8) – New York Giants 13, Miami 10 (81,176)

IT’S HOW YOU FINISH: In every season since 1987, at least one team with a .500 or worse record through eight games has advanced to the postseason. Last year, two such teams – Philadelphia (3-5) and San Diego (4-4) – accomplished the feat.

Over the past six seasons, 14 teams started 4-4 or worse and rebounded to qualify for the playoffs. Seven of those teams, including the 2013 San Diego Chargers, won at least one playoff game.

The teams in the past six seasons (2008-2013) that started the season at .500 or below through eight games and earned a playoff berth:

YEAR – TEAM (RECORD 8 GAMES, FINAL RECORD)(PLAYOFF RESULTS)
2008 – Indianapolis (4-4, 12-4)(Advanced to Wild Card)
2008 – Miami (4-4, 11-5)(Advanced to Wild Card)
2008 – Minnesota (4-4, 10-6)(Advanced to Wild Card)
2008 – San Diego (3-5, 8-8)(Advanced to Divisional)
2009 – Green Bay (4-4, 11-5)(Advanced to Wild Card)
2009 – New York Jets (4-4, 9-7)(Advanced to AFC Championship)
2009 – Baltimore (4-4, 9-7)(Advanced to Divisional)
2010 – Seattle (4-4, 7-9)(Advanced to Divisional)
2011 – Denver (3-5, 8-8)(Advanced to Divisional)
2012 – Cincinnati (3-5, 10-6)(Advanced to Wild Card)
2012 – Seattle (4-4, 11-5)(Advanced to Divisional)
2012 – Washington (3-5, 10-6)(Advanced to Wild Card)
2013 – Philadelphia (3-5, 10-6)(Advanced to Wild Card)
2013 – San Diego (4-4, 9-7)(Advanced to Divisional)

TURNAROUND TEAMS: Three teams – Cleveland (5-3; 4-12 in 2013), Houston (4-5; 2-14 in 2013) and Washington (3-6; 3-13 in 2013) – have already matched or surpassed their win totals from last season.

In Week 10, two more teams – Buffalo (5-3; 6-10 in 2013) and Detroit (6-2; 7-9 in 2013) – can also match their 2013 win totals.

Looking ahead to Week 11, the Minnesota Vikings (4-5; 5-10-1 in 2013), who have a bye this week, can also join the list.

The teams that have matched or exceeded their 2013 win totals:
TEAM (2013 RECORD, 2014 RECORD – WEEK 10 OPPONENT)
Cleveland (4-12, 5-3 – at Cincinnati)
Houston (2-14, 4-5 – Bye)
Washington (3-13, 3-6 – Bye)
Buffalo (6-10, 5-3 – vs. Kansas City)*
Detroit (7-9, 6-2 – vs. Miami)*
* Need win in Week 10 to match 2013 win total

PASSING FANCY: NFL passers have been historically prolific and proficient in 2014. At the season’s midpoint, the average of 487.8 net passing yards per game is on pace for the highest average of any season in NFL history (471.2 in 2013).

The league-wide passer rating of 91.2 is also on pace for an all-time high (86.0 in 2013), and the average number of touchdown passes per game, 3.43, is on pace for a new all-time record (3.27 in 1948).

BIG BEN: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters Week 10 after becoming the first player in NFL history with six touchdown passes in back-to-back games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (1962) as the only players with multiple six-touchdown games in one season.

In his previous three games, Roethlisberger has thrown 14 touchdowns, tied for the second-most touchdown passes through any three-week span in a single season in NFL history (Peyton Manning, 15 touchdowns in 2004).

With four touchdowns this week against the New York Jets, Roethlisberger would set the all-time record for the most touchdown passes in any three-week span in a single season.

The players with the most touchdown passes in a three-week span in a single season in NFL history:
PLAYER – TEAM, SEASON (WEEKS, TDS DURING SPAN)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis, 2004 (10-12, 15)
Many tied with 14*
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh, 2014 (8-9, 12)**
*Includes Roethlisberger in previous three weeks (Weeks 7-9, 2014)
**Current two week span

SACK MASTERS: Denver linebacker Von Miller (.92) and defensive end DeMarcus Ware (.84) rank second and fourth, respectively, in sacks per game in since 1982 (minimum 40 games played).

The players with the most sacks per game since 1982 (minimum 40 games played):
PLAYER – GAMES PLAYED (SACKS/SACKS PER GAME)
Aldon Smith – 43 (42.0/0.98)
Von Miller – 48 (44.0/0.92)
Reggie White – 232 (198.0/0.85)
DeMarcus Ware – 149 (125.0/0.84)
Jared Allen – 164 (130.0/0.79)

In their first season as teammates, Miller has posted nine sacks and Ware has eight sacks, becoming just the eighth pair of teammates to post at least eight sacks each through their team’s first eight games.

If Miller and Ware each reach 10 sacks on Sunday at Oakland, they will become just the third pair of teammates to post 10 sacks each through the first nine games of a season since 1982.

The teammates to record 10 sacks each through the first nine games of a season:
SEASON – TEAM, PLAYER-SACKS; PLAYER-SACKS
2000 – Tampa Bay, Warren Sapp-10.5; Marcus Jones-10
1998 – San Francisco, Chris Doleman-11; Roy Barker-10
2014 – Denver, Von Miller-9*; DeMarcus Ware-8*
*Through eight games

Week nine was filled with milestones and trends. Here’s a quick look at some notable trends and milestones through Week 9:

LEAGUE:

•Teams have combined to score 711 touchdowns and have thrown 459 touchdown passes, both of which are the most ever through Week 9. The previous highs were 692 TDs and 415 TD passes last season.

•Passers are also on pace to set NFL records with a combined 91.2 passer rating (86.0 in 2013), 63.1 completion percentage (61.2 in 2007 and 2013) and 487.8 net passing yards per game average (471.2 in 2013).

•The league-wide kickoff-return average of 23.9 yards is on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history (23.8 in 2011).

TEAMS:

•All four teams in the AFC North – Baltimore (5-4), Cincinnati (5-2-1), Cleveland (5-3) and Pittsburgh (6-3) – have winning records. Only four times previously has a division had all four teams with winning records this late in a season since realignment in 2002.

•The Arizona Cardinals (7-1) own the best record in the league following a 28-17 win at Dallas (6-3). This season marks the first time that the Cardinals have had the best record in the NFL outright in November or later since 1966, when they started 7-1-1.

•Three teams – Cleveland (5-3; 4-12 in 2013), Houston (4-5; 2-14 in 2013) and Washington (3-6; 3-13 in 2013) – have already matched or surpassed their win totals from last season.

•Denver scored 21 points in Week 9 against New England. It was the Broncos’ 29th consecutive regular-season game scoring at least 20 points, breaking the NFL record of 28 consecutive games set by the St. Louis Rams (1999-2000).

PLAYERS:

NUMBER ONE: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown 24 touchdowns this season, surpassing Brett Farve (508) for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (MOST CAREER TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis, Denver (515)*
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota (508)
Dan Marino – Miami (420)
Tom Brady – New England (381)*
Drew Brees – San Diego, New Orleans (378)*
* Active

Manning passed for 438 yards and two touchdowns against New England in Week 9, his 14th career game with at least 400 yards passing, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (13) for the most such games in NFL history.

TOM TERRIFIC: New England quarterback Tom Brady has passed for 2,392 yards this season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for the fifth-most passing yards all-time.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (MOST CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota (71,838)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis, Denver (67,536)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)
Drew Brees – San Diego, New Orleans (53,605)*
Tom Brady – New England (51,541)*
* Active

Brady earned his 155th victory in his 200th career regular-season start, the most of any starting quarterback through his first 200 regular-season starts in NFL annals.

The most wins by starting quarterbacks through 200 regular-season starts in NFL history:
QUARTERBACK – WINS THROUGH 200 STARTS
Tom Brady – 155
Peyton Manning – 136
Brett Favre – 132
Dan Marino – 125
John Elway – 124

BIG BEN (STRIKES) AGAIN: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes in the Steelers’ 43-23 victory over the Ravens. Roethlisberger, who passed for six touchdowns against Indianapolis last week, is the first player in NFL history with at least six touchdown passes in back-to-back games. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. TITTLE (1962) as only players with two six-touchdown games in one season.

Roethlisberger also improved his record to 101-50 (.669) as a starter in the regular season. His 100th victory came in his 150th career start, joining TOM BRADY (116) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (108) and TERRY BRADSHAW (102) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to win at least 100 games in their first 150 career starts.

In Week 8, Roethlisberger completed a franchise-record 40 passes for 522 yards with six touchdowns for a 150.6 passer rating. Roethlisberger’s 522 passing yards are tied with BOOMER ESIASON (November 10,1996) for the fourth-most in a game in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (DATE, PASSING YARDS)
Norm Van Brocklin – Los Angeles Rams (9/28/1951, 554)
Matt Schaub – Houston Texans (11/18/2012, 527)*
Warren Moon – Houston Oilers (12/16/1990, 527)
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers (10/26/2014, 522
Boomer Esiason – Arizona Cardinals (11/10/1996, 522)*
* Overtime game

Roethlisberger is the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games (503 yards vs. Green Bay on December 20, 2009).

GOOD LUCK: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the Colts’ 40-24 win against the Giants on Monday Night Football, the seventh consecutive game he has passed for at least 300 yards, tying PEYTON MANNING for the third-longest such streak in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM (YEAR(S)(CONSECUTIVE 300-YARD GAMES)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2011-12)(9)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2013)(9)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2014)(7)*
Peyton Manning – Denver (2012-13)(7)
Steve Young – San Francisco (1998)(6)
Kurt Warner – St. Louis (2000)(6)
Rich Gannon – Oakland (2002)(6)
* Active streak

Luck leads the NFL with 3,085 passing yards this season, joining TOM BRADY, DREW BREES (twice) and Manning as the only players in NFL history with at least 3,000 passing yards in their team’s first nine games to begin a season.

The players with the most passing yards through their team’s first nine games to begin a season:

PLAYER – TEAM (YEAR-PASSING YARDS THROUGH 9 GAMES)
Peyton Manning – Denver (2013-3,249)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2014-3,085)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2013-3,064)
Tom Brady – New England (2011-3,032)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2011-3,004)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2008-2,985)

QB DASH: Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 288 yards with three touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 37-0 shutout victory over San Diego. Tannehill also rushed for 47 yards with a long run of 22 yards and had a rush of at least 20 yards in each of his past four games. Tannehill joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young and Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks with a 20+ yard run in at least four consecutive games in the past 25 years.

QUICK TO 50: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski had nine catches for 105 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots’ 43-21 win against Denver. He recorded his 50th career touchdown catch in his 59th game, tying Randy Moss as the second-fastest players in NFL history to reach 50 career touchdown receptions. Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (54 games) is the only player to reach the milestone in fewer games.

SPECIAL RETURNER: Baltimore wide receiver-kick returner Jacoby Jones had a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown against Pittsburgh in Week 9 on Sunday Night Football. It was his NFL-record third career regular-season touchdown of at least 105 yards. Jones also scored on a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII.

CLEVELAND QUINTET: Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns’ 22-17 win over the Buccaneers, improving his record as a starter with Cleveland to 8-3. Hoyer joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Otto Graham (1950), Bill Nelsen (1968), Tommy O’Connell (1956-57) and MILT PLUM (1957-58) as the only Browns quarterbacks to win at least eight of his first 11 starts in franchise history.

GREAT CHIEFS: Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has 31 receptions this season and now has 503 career catches, joining tight end Tony Gonzalez (916) as the only players in franchise history with 500 career receptions.

BIG MAC: Philadelphia wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 31-21 win at Houston. Maclin, who had 12 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8 against Arizona, is the first player in franchise history with at least 150 receiving yards and multiple touchdown catches in back-to-back games in a single season.
BRADY-MANNING XVI: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 333 yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 43-21 win against Denver. Brady now has 51,541 career passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for the fifth-most passing yards all-time.

Brady earned his 155th victory in his 200th career regular-season start, the most of any starting quarterback through his first 200 regular-season starts in NFL annals.

The game was the first in NFL history to feature opposing starting quarterbacks with at least 150 career regular-season wins each.

The most wins by starting quarterbacks through 200 regular-season starts in NFL history:
QUARTERBACK-WINS THROUGH 200 STARTS
Tom Brady-155
Peyton Manning-136
Brett Favre-132
Dan Marino-125
John Elway-124

TIGHTEN UP I: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had nine catches for 105 yards and one touchdown against Denver. He recorded his 50th career touchdown catch in his 59th game, tying Randy Moss as the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 50 career TD receptions. Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (54 games) is the only player to reach the milestone in fewer games.

Gronkowski also far surpassed the record for fewest games by a tight end to reach 50 career touchdown catches (ANTONIO GATES, 92 games).

The players to reach 50 touchdown catches in the fewest games in NFL history:
PLAYER-NO. OF GAMES TO REACH 50 TD REC.
Lance Alworth-54
Rob Gronkowski-59
Randy Moss – 59
Jerry Rice – 61
Tommy McDonald – 63

TIGHTEN UP II: Denver tight end Julius Thomas had one touchdown catch against New England and leads the NFL with 10 touchdown receptions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe (1996, 1998) as the only tight ends in franchise history with multiple 10-touchdown seasons.

Thomas is the ninth tight end in NFL history to accomplish the feat and the third to do so in consecutive seasons.

The tight ends with the most seasons with at least 10 receiving touchdowns:
TIGHT END (YEAR(S) (SEASONS WITH 10+ TD REC.)
Antonio Gates (2004-05, 2010) (3)
Tony Gonzalez (1999, 2003, 2008) (3)
Rob Gronkowski (2010-12) (3)
Julius Thomas (2013, 2014) (2)
Dallas Clark (2007, 2009) (2)
Vernon Davis (2009, 2013) (2)
Jimmy Graham (2011, 2013) (2)
Shannon Sharpe (1996, 1998) (2)
Wesley Walls (1996, 1999) (2)

The race to the playoffs intensifies with first place in the division on the line. Earning a division win increases in importance as the AFC North is the only division in the NFL with each team boasting a winning record. Only four times previously has a division had all four teams with winning records this late in a season since realignment in 2002.

The seasons that featured all teams in the same division with a winning record this late in a season since realignment in 2002:

SEASON – WEEK: DIVISION – TEAMS (RECORD)
2002 – Week 16: AFC West – Oakland (10-5), Denver (8-7), Kansas City (8-7), San Diego (8-7)
2008 – Week 16: NFC East – New York Giants (12-3), Dallas (9-6), Philadelphia (8-6), Washington (8-7)
2008 – Week 16: NFC South – Carolina (11-4), Atlanta (10-5), Tampa Bay (9-6), New Orleans (8-7)
2008 – Week 12: AFC East – New York Jets (8-3), New England (7-4), Miami (6-5), Buffalo (6-5)
2014 – Week 9: AFC North – Cincinnati (5-2-1), Pittsburgh (6-3), Cleveland (5-3), Baltimore (5-4)

Week nine was pretty good pick-wise, as we went 10-3 and for the year we’re 87-47. There’s still a lot of football left as we near Thanksgiving and then Christmas (in that order!).

Week 10 byes are Indianapolis, Minnesota, San Diego, Washington, New England and Houston. Here are Sunday (and Monday’s) games in week 10.

Atlanta (2-6) at Tampa Bay (1-7), 1 p.m. (FOX and DirecTV 711) Raymond James Stadium. It’s round 2 of the Atlanta-Tampa Bay series and this time, it’s going South. As in South Florida. After a trip across the Atlantic and a bye week, the Falcons make the 457, 7 hour and 41 minute drive down I-75 to take on the struggling Buccaneers.

Atlanta comes off a bye week after their trip across the pond to take on Detroit in London. For three quarters, the Falcons had held Detroit off, leading 21-10 after thee quarters and was threating to take the contest with the Lions when a holding penalty on offense and a defensive holding penalty allowed Detroit to move the ball down the field and give the Lions the 22-21 win on a 48 yard field goal by Mike Prater as the clock reached :00. Atlanta was held 60 yards on the ground and Matt Ryan was outpassed by Matthew Stafford 325-228 in the contest and Detroit ran for 78 yards.

The Bucs made it another close contest in 2014 under Lovie Smith’s leadership but they came out on the short end of a 22-17 loss at Cleveland last Sunday. Tampa Bay had led 17-16 late in the contest when Browns QB Brian Hoyer connected on a 34 yard TD pass with 8:59 left to play in the contest. The Bucs did stop a Browns’ a two-point conversion try as Cleveland was trying to make it a 7-point game. Hoyer and Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon threw for a pair of TDs as well as a pair of interceptions and sacks in the contest, that saw the Browns rush for only 50 yards, while Tampa Bay had 113. The Bucs were were 4-12 and 0-2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:32, while the Browns were 5-14 (1-2 on fourth down tries) and held the ball for 29:28.

In their first meeting in the Big Peach, Atlanta led 35-0 at halftime enroute to their 56-14 win over Tampa Bay. The Bucs were held to 64 yards rushing and Mike Glennon was sacked twice in the Thursday night drubbing, while the Falcons ran for 144. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three TDs without an interception in the win. Atlanta took advantage of five Tampa Bay turnovers in the contest, allowing them to capitalize on two of them for 14 points. Atlanta was 8-11 on third down conversions, holding the ball for 32:39, while Tampa Bay went 3-13 on third down (1-1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 27:21.

In the first meeting, Atlanta won by 42 (they were favored by 6 1/2) and both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under by scoring 70 points. Atlanta’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under this time is 46. Both teams are better than their record would indicate but in the end, Atlanta’s a little better. Falcons break their slide and sweep the series with Tampa Bay, covering the 1 1/2.

Tennessee (2-6) at Baltimore (5-4), 1 p.m. (CBS and DirecTV 705) M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore, coming off a huge loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday night, return to Charm City to take on a struggling Tennesee team, mired in the bottom of the AFC South.

The Titans were idle after their 30-16 loss to Houston two weeks ago in the Music City. Tennessee let a 3-0 first quarter lead get away from them as they were outscored by the Texans 30-13 in the last three periods of play. Tennessee was held to 36 yards rushing in the 17-point loss, while allowing Houston’s Arian Foster to run for 151 of the Texans’ 212 two weeks ago, while they turned the ball over twice. Houston was 7-16 on third down tries and the winning Texans kept the ball for 35:22, while Tennessee was 2-12 and 1-2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 24:38.

Baltimore returns to Charm City after they lost in Pittsburgh in prime time last Sunday 43-23. The Ravens led 3-0 after one quarter of play before Pittsburgh went “angry bird” on their AFC North rivals and took the lead for keeps when WR Martavis Bryant caught an 19 yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter. It was a quarter that saw the Steelers score four TDs, a field goal and a two point conversion in the second quarter. The Ravens did manage to outrush Pittsburgh 63-55 but Joe Flacco was sacked four times, while throwing for 303 yards and a pair of TDs (Roethlisberger? Six TD and 340 yards). Neither the Ravens or Steelers lit up the stat sheet on third down tries (Baltimore was 3-13, Pittsburgh 6-14) but both teams were perfect on fourth down tries, with the Ravens going 2-2 and the Steelers 1-1. The Steelers, in addition to winning the game, won the time of possession battle, keeping the ball for 31:26, while Baltimore kept it for 28:34.

Tennessee leads the series 9-8 (which includes contests when the Titans were known as the Houston Oilers) but Baltimore has outscored the Titans 310-294. Tennessee’s last win over the Ravens came in 2011 in the Music City by a final of 26-13, while Baltimore’s last in the series came in 2006 in Nashville by a 27-26 count. Baltimore comes into the contest in Charm City as a 9 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Ravens may not cover the 9 1/2 but they do win at home in Charm City.

Kansas City (5-3) at Buffalo (5-3), 1 p.m. (CBS and DirecTV 706) Ralph Wilson Stadium. Ribs meets Buffalo wings. A pair of 5-3 AFC clubs meet im upstate New York Sunday afternoon as the improved Bills host Kansas City.

Kansas City sent the Jets to their eighth loss in a row at Arrowhead Sunday afternoon 24-10. The Chiefs chased Michael Vick out of the contest after he was sacked three times in the win and never trailed throughout the game. Leading 21-10 at the half, Kansas City outscored GangGreen 3-0 in the final 30 minutes of play, despite being outrushed 139-113. Alex Smith threw for a pair of TD passes and tallied 199 yards with no interceptions. The victors were 8-13 on third down conversions and held the ball for 28:25, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS were 4-12 on third down (2 of 5 on fourth) and kept the ball for 31:35.

Including contests when the Chiefs were in Dallas and known as the Texas, Buffalo leads the 23-18-1 and have outscored Kansas City 919-845. Both clubs did meet last year in upstate New York and the Chiefs came away with a 23-13 win in week nine. (Buffalo’s last win over the Chiefs also came in upstate New York in 2012 by a final of 35-17.) The Chiefs overcame a 10-3 halftime deficit and outscore the Bills 20-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. Chris Spiller’s 116 yards led all rushers, as the Bills outrushed the Chiefs 241-95. Bills backup QB Jeff Tuel threw for a TD but was picked off twice, while Kansas City’s Alex Smtih was sacked twice. Neither club did anything exciting on third down tries (Kansas City was 3-12, while the Bills were 4-13 and 0-2 on fourth down). The Bills did manage to win the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 30:14 to Kansas City’s 29:46.

Kansas City’s 10-point win allowed them to cover the 4 point spread and both clubs tallied 36 points, barely missing the 39 1/2 over/under. The Chiefs are again the favorite in this meeting in upstate New York at 2 points and the over/under’s 41. The 2 makes one think. The 43 makes a lot of sense. Chiefs “wing it” with the 2 and takes the win in upstate New York.

Miami (5-3) at Detroit (6-2), 1 p.m. (CBS and DirecTV 707) Ford Field. First-place Detroit will host Miami this week, as the Lions return to the field for the first time since a last-second 22-21 victory against Atlanta at London’s Wembley Stadium in Week 8. Detroit is hopeful that Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has been battling an ankle injury, will return for the first time since October 5.

“Definitely expect to play,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s huge to see the team go out there and win consistently and to stack up wins. That’s the thing in the NFL. It just makes me look forward more and more to getting back out there with the guys.”

Last week, Miami posted a 37-0 win at home against San Diego, the Dolphins’ largest shutout victory since October 11, 1987 (42-0 vs. Kansas City).

“There aren’t many shutouts,” Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle told the Miami Herald and WSVN-TV. “It’s great when you get in the stadium and things start going positive and that crowd gets behind you, it really makes a difference.”

Miami took San Diego and Philip Rivers to the woodshed in the Sunshine State last week, shutting out the Bolts 37-0. Miami led 20-0 at the half and never looked back, scoring 17 more points in the third quarter unchallenged. Miami held San Diego to 50 yards on the ground, while rushing for 132 of their own. Rivers threw for 138 yards but also threw three picks and was sacked three times, while Tannehill threw for 288 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. Miami, who forced four San Diego turnovers, went 8-14 on third down tries and held on to the football for 36:07, while the Chargers were 3-11 and 0-1 on third and fourth down respectively, keeping the ball for a mere 23:53.

The Lions rallied from a 21-0 deficit against Atlanta in London two weeks ago, scoring 22 second half points unchallenged, including a 48-yard field goal by K Matt Prater as the clock reached :00 to take the 22-21 win across the Big Pond. Detroit was outrushed by the Falcons at Wembley 78-60 and Stafford outpaced Matt Ryan 325-288 in the contest that saw each team do better than 50 percent on third down tries (Atlanta was 4-8, Detroit was 8-15). Time was the ally of the Lions, who held the ball for 30:55 to Atlanta’s 29:05. Stafford was without the services of Megatron (aka Calvin Johnson) two weeks ago in merry old England but they have his services this week in the Motor City.

Miami in the series leads Detroit 7-3 and they have outscored them 282-188. Their last series wins against the other came in the other team’s stadium; Detroit last beat Miami in the Sunshine State in 2010 34-27, while the Dolphins won in the Motor City by a final of 27-10 in 2006. The Lions, in first place in the NFC North, are a 3 point favorite with a 43 1/2 over/under. Detroit makes this one closer than the 3 but Miami comes out of the Motor City with the win.

San Francisco (4-4) at New Orleans (4-4), 1 p.m. (FOX and DirecTV 710) Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kaepernick vs. Brees. Gumbo vs. sourdough. A pair of top guns in the NFL meet in the Big Easy as the Saints host San Francisco.

The 49ers stayed even with St. Louis at 10-10 going into the final 15 minutes of play before the Rams got revenge from their earlier loss to San Francisco by coming away with a 13-10 loss in Santa Clara. The Rams managed to break the tie and win thanks to a 39 yard field goal by K Greg Zuerlein with 5:25 left to play. San Francisco then marched down the field but the 49ers were stopped short when Kaepernick fumbled in the end zone and recovered by the Rams’ James Laurinaitis. After the play was reviewed, the play was Upheld and San Francisco lost the contest. Neither club rushed for 100 yards in the NFC West affair in northern California (the Rams had 91, San Francisco had 80) and Kaepernick threw for one TD to Anquian Bolden and 237 yards on the day. As far as third down tries… let’s just say that neither club did anything to write, tweet or Facebook status about in the contest. St. Louis… 4-12, San Francisco… 3-12 (it was that bad) and the time of possession favored the 49ers at 32:26 to St. Louis’ 27:34.

New Orleans’ Mark Ingram showed the form that won him the Heisman Trophy, rushing for 100 yards on 30 carries and a pair of TDs in the Saints’ 28-10 win over Carolina last Thursday night. Although they were outrushed by the Panthers 109-105, New Orleans did manage to sack Cam Newton four times in the contest and led 14-0 at the half. Drew Brees threw for 297 yards and a TD and the Saints were 7-13 and 1-1 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 34:53. Carolina? 6-14 on third down and they kept the ball for 24:42.

Including games played at Keezar Stadium and Tulane Stadium, the 49ers lead the series 46-25-2 and have outscored New Orleans 1,764-1,330. They met last year in the Big Easy and the Saints survived a scare to take a 23-20 win, thanks to a 31 yard field goal by Garrett Hartley as time ran out, with the winning drive taking 6 plays and 47 yards, while burning 1:41 off the clock. The winning kick was the third of the day for Hartley, who pulled to within three with a 21 yarder and then tied the contest up with a 42 yard shot. San Francisco led 17-14 after 15 minutes of play before the Saints rallied to take the win. New Orleans outrushed the 49ers 92-81 in the contest and Brees (one TD) outpaced Kaepernick (two TDs) in passing yardage 305-127 and the Saints sacked Kaepernick three times. As far as third down conversions, both teams were decent but they weren’t great. San Francisco was 6-15, while the Saints were 6-14 and 0-1 on fourth down tries. The clock was the ally of New Orleans at 34:39 (which included the game-winning drive, while San Francisco kept it for 25:21.

New Orleans in the week 11 affair in the Big Easy covered the 3 point spread with their win by 3 but both clubs fell short of the 47 1/2 over/under when they combined to score 43. The Saints are favored again, this time by 5 with a 49 over/under. New Orleans has been up and down of late and that could expose a lot of problems. San Francisco’s trying to circle the wagons in their new digs. 49ers win in the Big Easy but they won’t cover the 5.

Pittsburgh (6-3) at New York Jets (1-8), 1 p.m. (CBS and DirecTV 708) MetLife Stadium. A suprisingly hot Pittsburgh travels to upstate New Jersey to face a Jets team that has had trouble taking off after week one and to no one’s suprise, shock, horror or dismay, an embattled Rex Ryan has more questions than answers as he looks to break their eight-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh won at home again last week and flex some major muscle against AFC North rival Baltimore last Sunday night in the Steel City. In avenging an earlier loss to the Ravens, Pittsburgh sacked Joe Flacco four times, while Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and six TDs. The Steelers took the lead for keeps after trailing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter when WR Martavis Bryant caught a 19-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger in the second quarter, which saw them score 22 points on a pair of TDs, a field goal and a two-point try. Although they were outrushed by the Ravens 63-55, Pittsburgh did manage to force a pair of Baltimore turnovers in the game. Pittsburgh went 6-14 on third down tries (1-1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 31:26, while the Ravens were 3-13 and 2-2 on third and fourth down, holding the ball for 28:34.

GangGreen found a new way to lose, falling for the eight time in a row in Kansas City 24-10. Despite outrushing the Chiefs 129-113, New York could never get off the ground, trailing 21-10 at halftime and were then shut out 3-0 in the final 30 minutes of play. Michael Vick started at QB for GangGreen but was sacked three times in the loss and replaced by Matt Simms, who didn’t fare much better. GangGreen on third and fourth down went 4-12 and 2-5 respectively and actually won the time of possession battle, keeping the ball for 31:35, while the Chiefs were 8-13 on third down and held the ball for 28:25.

The Steelers lead the series with GangGreen 17-4 and they have outscored them 476-253. 2010 was the last time that New York beat Pittsburgh and they did it in the Steel City, coming away with a 22-17 win. The clubs met last year in the Meadowlands and Pittsburgh won 19-6. The Steelers overcame a 3-0 deficit after 15 minutes of play and outscored the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 19-3 the rest of the contest. New York outrushed the Steelers 83-73 and Geno Smith was sacked three times, while being picked off twice. Roethlisberger threw for a pair of TDs and 264 yards but was also saced three times. Third down tries… Pittsburgh 6-16, GangGreen 3-11. Time of possession? The clock was the ally of the Steelers at 35:49 to New York’s 24:11.

Pittsburgh’s a 5 point favorite in upstate New Jersey and the over/under is 45. The Steelers have been playing some really good football. The Jets? Not so good. This one you might want to avoid (unless you’re a fan of either team) and watch that “NCIS” marathon on USA (yes, we still think that Ziva headslapping Tony is funny!). Pittsburgh continues GangGreen’s woes and covers the 5.

Dallas (6-3) vs. Jacksonville (1-8), 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. London) (FOX and DirecTV 709) Wembley Stadium, London. The Cowboys and Jaguars will meet at London’s Wembley Stadium in the last of three games to be played in the United Kingdom in 2014. The contest marks Jacksonville’s second visit to London for a regular-season game in as many years, while Dallas will play its first regular-season game outside of the United States.

The Cowboys (6-3) are looking to rebound from a 28-17 loss to the Cardinals (7-1). Quarterback Tony Romo missed the Arizona game with a back injury but traveled with the team to London and hopes to return to the lineup. He has a 24-5 (.828) record as a starter in the month of November, the best winning percentage of any quarterback in the Super Bowl era for the month.

“Tony is certainly on a normal timetable for people who have had this injury,” says Dallas head coach Jason Garrett. “Hopefully he makes progress here in the next couple days.”

The Jaguars are in the second year of a four-year commitment to play one home game each season in London and look forward to returning to Wembley.

“We enjoy it and our players enjoy it,” Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union and WJXT-TV about the London experience. “Once you experience it, it’s a great atmosphere.”

Dallas, without Romo (who was listed by the Cowboys as probable), led Arizona 10-0 after 15 minutes of play in Arlington before the wheels came off the bus, as the Desert Angry Birds would outscore them 28-7 in their 28-17 loss. Two things happened in Arlington. First, the Cowboys lost their second game in a row at home and secondly, DeMarco Murray’s streak of 100 yard games came to an end at eight as he was held to 79 yards in the contest and WR Dez Bryant was also held in check, catching only two balls for 15 yards and a TD late in the contest. Dallas rushed for only 92 yards (Arizona had 102 in the 11-point loss) and went 3-11 on third down (0-1 on fourth down tries) and kept the ball for 28:32. The Cardinals were 9-15 on third down tries in the win, nesting the ball for 31:28.

The woes of the Jaguars continued in the Buckeye State as Jacksonville fell to Cincinnati 33-23. Jacksonville was outrushed 191-132 (with Cincy’s Jeremy Hill ran for 154 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest (the Bengals had 191, while in suffering their second loss in a row, Jacksonville ran for 132). The winning Bengals in their win at home were 6-13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:44, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 27:16 and was 4-12 on third down conversions.

Jacksonville leads the 3-2, has outscored Dallas 123-98 and has won the last two contests, including a 35-17 win at old Cowboys Stadium in 2010, while Dallas’ last win also came in the Lone Star State in 2002 by a final of 21-19. Dallas, who may be without Romo, is favored by 7 and the over/under’s 45. With or without Romo, Cowboys get their ducks in a row in merry Olde England and cover the 7.

Denver (6-2) at Oakland (0-8), 4:05 p.m. (CBS and DirecTV 712) O.co Coliseum. Forget the records. These two old AFC/AFL rivals meet for the first time in 2014 and both come into the late Sunday afternoon contest with losses under their belts. They don’t like each other and that is the worst kept secret in pro football.

Hatfields vs. McCoys.

Dogs vs. cats.

North vs. South.

Capulets vs. Montagues.

Need we say more?

Denver was manhandled by Tom Brady and the Patriots in Foxboro last Sunday afternoon, falling to New England 43-21. Although Manning outpaced Brady in passing yardage 438-333 and threw a pair of TDs, he was also picked off twice in the loss in western Massachusetts. The Broncos trailed 27-7 at the half and could not recover in the 22-point loss to the Pats and were held to 43 yards rushing, while New England had 66. Denver on third down tries? 3-11 (0-4 on fourth down). The Broncos kept the ball for 30:33 to New England’s 29:27, with the Pats going 6-16 and 1-1 on third and fourth down tries.

The Silver and Black’s latest woes came at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champs in the Pacific Northwest up I-5 as Seattle held them off and took a 30-24 win. Although they trailed 24-3 at the half, Oakland managed to outscore Seattle 21-6 in the last 30 minutes of play. Once again, it was turnovers (3) that did Oakland in, with QB David Carr accounting for two of them with a pair of interceptions and the Raiders were held to 37 yards on the ground, while Seattle ran for 149. Oakland was 5-15 on third down conversions in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks and kept the ball for 24:54, while the Seahawks were 7-18, holding the ball for 35:06.

Oakland leads the series with Denver 59-46-2 (which includes games played when the Raiders were in Los Angeles) and have outscored the Broncos 2,320-2,170. However…. Denver has won five of the last six meetings, including sweeping the season series in 2013 (Oakland’s last win over Denver came in 2011, when the Silver and Black won in the Mile High City by a final of 23-20).

In the first contest in week three in Denver, the Broncos led 27-7 at half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, taking the Raiders 37-21. Oakland found themselves held to 49 yards on the ground (Denver had 164) and Terrell Pryor was sacked three times, while Manning threw three TDs and 374 yards in front of the home crowd. While Oakland did force Denver to turn the ball over twice, they were 5-12 on third down tries (0-1 on fourth down) and clung to the ball for 24:36. Denver was ruler of third down tries in the first meeting, going 5-9 and kept the ball for 35:24.

Denver made it a clean sweep of their AFC/AFL rivals in week 17, taking a 34-14 win. Oakland was again held under 100 yards rushing, compiling only 64, while the Broncos had 124. Once again, Manning lit up Oakland like his own personal Christmas tree, throwing for 266 yards and four TDs without turning the ball over, while Pryor threw for 207 and a pair of TDs of his own. The Broncos once again ruled third down conversions, going 9-15, while Oakland was 5-13 and 0-1 on fourth down. Denver ruled the clock as well as the day, keeping the ball to themselves for 35:29 to Oakland’s 24:31.

In the first meeting in Denver, a Monday night contest, the Broncos covered the 15 point spread, winning by 16 and both teams easily reached the 49 1/2 over/under by combing to score 58. The second meeting that closed the regular season in northern California saw Denver cover the 12 point spread, winning by 20 but neither the Broncos or Raiders reached the 53 1/2 over/under, tallying only 48 points.  Denver’s favored by 11 1/2 and the over/under’s 49. The Raiders are bad…. really bad. Peyton’s ticked off after the events in Foxboro. Bad time to be a Raider, which means unless you’re a fan of either team, that NCIS marathon looks really good. Broncos may not cover the 11 1/2 but the Peytonicus comes back to life and takes the win in northern California

St. Louis (3-5) at Arizona (7-1), 4:25 p.m. (FOX and DirecTV 713) University of Phoenix Stadium. St. Louis travels to the desert to face the first-place Arizona Cardinals in Glendale in the great indoors.

St. Louis got revenge on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers last Sunday in Santa Clara, coming away with a 13-10 win over San Francisco. Tied at 10-10 after 45 minutes of play, the Rams took the lead for good on a 39 yard field goal by K Greg Zuerlein with 5:25 left to play in the contest. After both clubs traded punts, the 49ers got the ball back one last time and Rams fans held their breaths in the literal and figurative sense as San Francisco marched down the field when they snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat when Colin Kapernick fumbled on the goal line with under 30 seconds left. LB James Laurinaitis recovered the ball in the end zone for an appearant touchback and the play was reviewed by the booth (in the final two minutes of a half, all reviews come from the booth). The play was Upheld, the ruling stood and the Rams ran the clock out for the win. St. Louis outrushed San Francisco 91-80 in the contest and Kaepernick outpaced Austin Davis (two interceptions, TD) in passing yardage 237-105 but the Rams sacked Kaepernick eight times in the game. Davis and WR Kenny Britt connected on a 21 yard TD pass with 64 seconds left in the first half to tie the contest up and the two teams went scoreless in the thrird quarter of action. St. Louis was 4-12 on third down tries, which was a lot better than San Francisco, who was 3-12 and the clock favored San Francisco at 32:26 to St. Louis’ 27:34.

The Desert Angry Birds erased a 10-0 first quarter lead by Dallas, without Tony Romo (back) and outscored the Cowboys 28-7 as they took a 28-17 win in Arlington. Arizona held Dallas to 92 yards rushing (the Cardinals had 102) and ended DeMarco Murray’s streak of rushing for 100 yards at eight games and shut down WR Dez Bryant in the process (Bryant had 2 catches for 15 yards and the lone Dallas TD). Carson Palmer took apart the Dallas seconddary, throwing for 249 yards and three TDs. Arizona was 9-15 on third down tries in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 31:28, while Dallas was 3-11 and 0-1 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 28:32.

Including contests when the Rams were first in Cleveland before they moved to Los Angeles and then St. Louis and the Cardinals were in the Windy City before moving to St. Louis and then the desert, the series is even at 34-34-2 and the Rams have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,387-1,355 in the 70 contests played. The two teams split the series in 2013 and both teams took wins in their respective home parks.

In week one in St. Louis, the Rams broke a 10-10 tie and outscored Arizona 17-14 to take a 27-24 win on a 48 yard field goal by Zuerlein with 40 seconds left to play. In the season opener for both clubs, Arizona outrushed St. Louis 86-67 but Carson Palmer (327 yards) was the victim of four sacks in the loss. Palmer’s counterpart Sam Bradford threw for 299 yards and a pair of TDs as both men threw an interception in the contest. Arizona was 50 percent on third down conversions in the Great Indoors of St. Louis at 7-14 and held the ball for 31:25, while the Rams were 4-11 on third down, keeping the ball for 28:35.

The Desert Angry Birds got their revenge in Glendale in week 14 and sacrificed the Rams with a 30-10 win. Arizona outrushed St. Louis 107-100 in the second meeting and sacked Kirk Clemens (in for Bradford) four times and picked him off twice, while Palmer threw for 269 yards and a TD without being picked off. Again, Arizona ruled third down tries, going 8-14 in the win and kept the ball for 35:07, while the Rams were a somewhat dismal 3-11 and 0-1 on third and fourth downs and held the ball for 24:53.

Arizona was favored by 4 1/2 in the season opener in the Gateway City and the over/under was 41 1/2. While both teams did manage to beat the over/under by scoring 51 points, the Rams did not cover the 4 1/2, winning by 3. The Desert Angry Birds covered the 6 1/2 point spread, winning by 20. That was the good news. The bad news was that both teams barely missed the 42 over/under by 2. Arizona’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 43. The Rams are a decent team but not a great team. The Desert Angry Birds are in first place in the NFC West and have the top seed in the playoffs if things were to end this week. Arizona wins in their nest in the desert and covers the 7.

New York Giants (3-5) at Seattle (5-3), 4:25 p.m. (FOX and DirecTV 714) CenturyLink Field. The struggling Giants make their way westward to face the defending Super Bowl champions in the Pacific Northwest.

New York’s latest struggles came at the hands of Andrew Luck and Indianapolis last Monday night in the Meadowlands and it was not a good night for the Giants as they fell to the Colts 40-24. New York trailed 16-3 at halftime and were outscored by Indy 24-21 in the final 30 minutes of play and could never get on track at home. The Giants were outrushed 98-89 and Manning (359 yards) was sacked three times but did manage to throw two TDs, while Luck threw for 354 and four TDs with no interceptions.

The Colts… 5-15 on third down conversions. The Giants? 4-16 and 1-2 on fourth down. The clock was in favored of Seattle at 33:03 to New York’s 26:57.

The defending Super Bowl champs led Oakland 24-10 at half in the Pacific Northwest before holding the Raiders off in the second half to take the 30-24 win in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks. Seattle outrushed Oakland 149-37, despite being outscored in the second half 21-6 and picked off David Carr twice to preserve the win at CenturyLink Field. Seattle was 7-18 on third down tries in the win, holding on to the pigskin for 35:06, while the Raiders were 5-15 and 2-2 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 24:54.

The Giants hold a 9-7 lead in the series and have outscored Seattle 374-282. The Seahawks (however) won the last meeting with Big Blue last year in the Meadowlands, shutting them out 23-0. The Seahawks led Eli and the Giants 13-0 and were never threatened by New York, who were held to 25 yards rushing (Seattle had 134) and Manning was picked off five times, in addition to being sacked three times. Neither club did anything to cheer about on third down tries as Seattle was 3-13, while the Giants were a woeful 1-10. The Seahawks held on to the ball in their 23 point win, keeping the ball for 33:58 to New York’s 26:02.

In the week 15 contest in the Meadowlands, Seattle easily covered the 6 1/2 point spread with their 23-point shutout win but both teams missed the 42 over/under as Seattle scored all the points in the contest. Seattle’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. G-Men have been struggling of late and this trip west to the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks won’t help them. Seattle may not cover the 9 1/2 in the Pacific Northwest but they win at home.

Chicago (3-5) at Green Bay (5-3), 8:30 p.m. (NBC) Lambeau Field. They meet again and this time, it’s in the land of cheese and Bratwurst as Green Bay hosts Chicago in prime time. Da Bears are looking for revenge, while the Packers are looking to sweep their second series against Chicago.

Both teams are trying to catch Detroit in the NFC North (NFC Norris, according to ESPN’s Chris Berman) and both teams are coming off bye weeks. One of the NFL’s oldest rivalries will be renewed on Sunday Night Football as the Bears travel to Green Bay to face the Packers. Both teams are coming off their bye weeks as the second half of the season begins.

The Packers have won seven of eight games after byes since head coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006 and are looking to rebound from a loss at New Orleans in Week 8.

“I know we can make progress,” says Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers. “There are parts we can do better and we will get better.”

The Bears are focused on bringing home a win from their trip to Green Bay as they look forward to playing five of their final seven games at Soldier Field down the stretch.

“The team knows that the most important thing is to get ready for the Packers and that’s what we are thinking about,”  Chicago head coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Tribune, WBBM-TV and WGN-TV. “Our focus is the Packers and getting ready to play one more game.”

Da Bears fell to Miami 27-14 in the Windy City two weeks ago. Trailing 14-0 at the half and 21-0 after 45 minutes of play, Chicago was held to 52 yards on the ground and Jay Cutler was sacked three times in the 13-point loss, while Miami ran for 137 and Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards and three TDs at Soldier Field. Chicago was 5-12 on third down, which was a lot better than Miami, who went 4-11. Both clubs did well on fourth down tries, with the ‘Fins 1-1 and Da Bears 2-3. The clock? It favored Miami, who kept a “vice-like’ grip on the ball for 37:22 to Chicago’s 22:38.

The Packers led Carolina and Cam Newton in check at Lambeau, taking a 38-17 win. Green Bay led 28-3 at the intermission and never looked back, despite being outscored 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. The Pack outrushed Carolina 122-108 and sacked Newton twice, while Rodgers threw for 255 yards and three TDs without an interception (Newton did manage to throw one TD and was picked off once). Carolina was 4-11 and 0-1 on third and fourth down, while the Packers were 4-13 on third down and Carolina ironically won the time of possession battle by holding the ball for 30:11 to Green Bay’s 29:49.

In the first meeting, Green Bay led at the half 21-17 and then shut out Da Bears 17-0 in their 38-17 win in week four at Solider Field. Although they were held to 56 yards and Chicago ran for 235 (with Matt Forte rushing for 122), Rodgers did throw for 302 yards and four TDs, while Cutler threw a pair of TDs and a pair of interceptions. Both the Pack and Da Bears did reasonably well on third down tries (Green Bay was 4-8, Chicago 7-11; Da Bears were 2-3 on fourth down) and time of possession went to Da Bears at 36:22 to Green Bay’s 23:38. On Sunday nights, Da Bears are 15-20, while the Packers are 21-6.

Green Bay, favored by 1 1/2, won by 21 and both clubs eclipsed the 50 over/under with 58 points combined. In the second meeting in the land of bratwurst, beer and cheese, the Packers are favored again and this time, it’s by 7 and the over/under’s 53 1/2. While Da Bears have a chance to make some noise in Wisconsin, the Packers make it a clean sweep in the series in the NFC North. Packers cover the 7 on the almost-frozen tundra of Lambeau.

Carolina (3-5-1) at Philadelphia (6-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday (ESPN) Lincoln Financial Field. Week 10 will finish with an NFC match-up featuring two teams near the top of their respective divisions as the Eagles host the Panthers.

Philadelphia moved past Dallas into first place in the NFC East with a 31-21 win at Houston. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin provided the offensive spark for the Eagles, finishing with 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m just going out there and making the most of my opportunities,” says Maclin, who became the first player in franchise history to post at least 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns in consecutive games in the same season. “They’re doing a good job dialing it up for me.”

With seven games still to play and just one win behind first-place New Orleans, Carolina head coach RON RIVERA knows the Panthers are still in position to challenge for the NFC South title.

“We are by no means out of the race,” says Rivera. “We are looking from behind a little bit but we are still in a good situation. Anything is possible. Don’t count us out.”

Carolina outrushed New Orleans 109-105 in their 18-point loss to NFC South rival New Orleans last Thursday night in the Tar Heel State (Saints RB Mark Ingram accounted for 100 of New Orleans’ ground yardage). That’s the good news. The bad news for Panthers fans? Newton was sacked four times and picked off once and Carolina trailed 14-0 at the half. Carolina was 6-14 on third down tries in the Thursday night affair in Charlotte and held the ball for 24:42, while the Saints were 7-13 and 1-1 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 34:53.

Philly pulled itself back into first place after Dallas’ loss to Arizona and their 31-21 win at Houston Sunday afternoon. The Eagles outrushed Houston 190-118 in the win (RB LeSean McCoy ran for 117) and outscored the Texans 14-7 after leading 17-14 at halftime. Mark Sanchez returned to the NFL after taking over for Nick Foles (broken collarbone) and threw for 202 yards and a pair of TDs in the win. The Eagles were 9-16 on third down tries in their win in the Lone Star State (2-2 on fourth down), while Houston had a problem, going 5-13 and 0-1 in the same category. Time of possiession favored the Eagles, who took it to the limit and held the ball for 32:13 to Houston’s 27:47.

Philly leads the series with Carolina 5-2 and have outscored the Panthers 169-130. Carolina won the last meeting in the series in 2012 as the Panthers came away with a 30-22 win in the City of Brotherly Love, while Philadelphia won their last contest against Carolina in Charlotte in 2009 by final of 38-10. Carolina on Monday night is 7-4, while the Eagles are 28-25 and both won their only Monday night meetings in 2013.

Even without Foles under center (Sanchez will take his spot), the Eagles are favored on Monday night by 6 and the over/under is 48. It’s possible that the over/under could be reached by halftime. Both offenses can move the football almost at will if their game is on. Newton’s good but he’s not quite Super Bowl good. Philly wins in the city of Brotherly Love and covers the 6.

Green Bay (8-7-1) at Seattle (13-3), 8:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

The hunter is NOW the hunted.

They meet again and the last time they met, there was some MAJOR controversy. Green Bay and Seattle meet again in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks to open the 2014 NFL regular season. The Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions, having taken Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to the woodshed in Super Bowl 48 in the Meadowlands last January.

For those that just walked in, here’s what happened the last time these two teams met. It was Week 3 of the 2012 season and the Seahawks were hosting Green Bay on Monday night in Seattle. Seatle trailed 12-7 late in the contest and the Packers thought they had things in hand when WR Golden Tate and then-rookie QB Russell Wilson hooked up as the clock struck :00 on a controversial pass play that involved replacement officials. After the play was reviewed, the Seahawks came away with the 14-12 win and needless to say, there were some very angry Packers fans (very angry indeed… apologies to Marvin Martin!). The next week, the regular zebras returned to action.

In that contest, neither contest did well on third down tries (Green Bay was 7 of 15, Seattle was 1 of 11) and RB Marshawn Lynch led all rushers with 98 yards (the Seahawks ran for 127, while holding Green Bay to 84).

Fast forward to last year…

Seattle led Denver from start to finish against Denver in Super Bowl 48, taking a 22-0 lead into the locker room with them at half and crusing to a 43-8 win over the Broncos, holding the AFC champions to 27 yards on the ground and forcing a pair of interceptions in the win. Manning did manage to outpace the younger Wilson in passing yardage 280 to 206 but the Broncos were outscored 21-8 in the final 30 minutes of play. Seattle was 7 of 12 on third down tries (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 31:53, while the Broncos were 6 of 13 (0 of 3 on fourth down), holding the ball for 28:07.

The Packers managed to win the NFC North on the last day of the regular season, beating Da Bears in the Windy City 33-28. Green Bay scored the game-winner with 38 seconds left when Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb connected on a 48-yard TD pass, erasing a 28-27 deficit. Green Bay would then host San Francisco in the first round of the NFC Wild Card playoffs and they would trail 13-10 at the half, losing to the 49ers 23-20 on the near-frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

This time, they meet again and it couldn’t be any better. Thursday night. The first game on the docket. The hunter is NOW the hunted. Seattle opens at home on the West Coast in a prime time contest that pits two playoff teams from the 2013 campaign.

Green Bay leads the series 8-6 and have outscored the Seahawks 364-288, with the last Packer win in the series coming in 2009 at Lambeau by a 48-10 final. As far as the coaches, McCarthy against Seattle is 3-2, while Pete Carroll against the Packers is 1-2.

The Packers have won NFC North in each of past 3 years…QB Aaron Rodgers had 104.9 rating in 2013 & is only QB in NFL history with 5 consecutive seasons with 100+ rating, has 104.9 career rating, highest in NFL history. Is 4-0 as starter on Thursdays with 115.6 rating… Pro Bowl RB Eddie Lacy was 2013 Offensive Rookie of Year. Set franchise rookie records with 1,178 rush yards & 11 rush TDs… WR Jordy Nelson had career-high 85 catches & 1,314 yards last year. WR-PR-KR Randall Cobb & Hall of Famer Gale Sayers are only 2 in NFL history with 60+ yard run, 60+ yard catch, 100+ yard KR & 80+ yard PR in 1st 3 seasons…LB A.J. HAWK led team with 118 tackles. LB Clay Matthews has 50 sacks in 69 career games. Since entering NFL in 2002, LB JULIUS PEPPERS is 2nd in NFL with 118.5 sacks. Since 2010 (including playoffs), CB Tramon Williams ranks 3rd in NFL with 19 INTs & CB SAM SHIELDS is tied for 4th with 17 INTs…

Meanwhile, the Seahawks won 1st Super Bowl in team history and Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson had 101.2 rating last year & is only QB with 100+ rating in rookie & 2nd season. 1 of 4 QBs to win SB in 1st or 2nd season. Including the playoffs, Wilson has 28 wins in 1st 2 years, most ever. Pro Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 1,257 yards & 12 TDs last year, his 3rd season in row with 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs. Is only NFL player to rush for 1,000+ yards & 10+ TDs in each of past 3 seasons… Seahawks led NFL in 2013 with 39 takeaways, 28 INTs & +20 turnover diff. Seattle was 1st in NFL in points allowed (231), total defense (273.6) & pass defense (172)…Pro Bowl CB Richard Sherman led NFL with 8 INTs, 1st Seahawk to lead NFL in INTs since 1993. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads NFL with 20 INTs. Pro Bowl S Earl Thomas was 1 of 2 in NFL with 100+ tackles (100), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ FFs (2) and is the only safety in past decade with 100+ tackles, 5+ INTs & 2+ FFs in season. Pro Bowl S Kam Chancellor had 93 tackles, his 3rd season in row with 90+ tackles.

Two of the top teams in the NFC squaring off. First game of the season. For this one to not be “Drill” worthy would be like telling Bugs Bunny not to eat carrots. Having said that, here’s how it works (for those that already know, you’re excused… the rest of you pay attention! We don’t want rookie mistakes this early in the season) and because it’s a Thursday game, we’re going to modify things some.

After work, 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…) 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? We discussed her earlier. She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 56 and dates a 41-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Seattle is favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under is 46. (For those of you wondering what the over/under is, that’s the total number of points that both teams are expected to score combined in the contest.) First game of the season. Packers have a score to settle. Seahawks are celebrating their first Super Bowl win in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks. 5 1/2’s a bit much, given the history between these two teams. Cheese, bratwurst and beer meet salmon and Starbucks. Seattle wins this one but they might not cover the 5 1/2.

BROADCAST: NBC at 8:30 p.m.: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 92 (Green Bay), 93 (Seattle). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Green Bay), 225 (Seattle).

Injury Report

Green Bay

OUT: TE Brandon Bostick (fibula), CB Demetri Goodson (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)
PROBABLE: LB Brad Jones (quadricep)

Seattle

OUT: TE Cooper Helfet (knee), C Lemuel Jeanpierre (neck), RB Christine Michael (hamstring), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring), CB Tharold Simon (knee)
PROBABLE: LB Bruce Irvin (hip), CB Jeremy Lane (groin), WR Kevin Norwood (ankle)

Game time Weather – Sunny and 74 degrees.

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, Weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.