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You know who your team was going to play.

You know where your team was going to play.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other contests include…

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

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

Will there be football on Thanksgiving?

Is the Pope Catholic?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 1 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 2 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 3 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 4 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 7 (Byes: Detroit and Houston)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 12 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 13 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 14 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 15 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

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

WEEK 16 (Byes: NONE)

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

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

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

WEEK 17 (Byes: NONE)

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

 

 

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And then there was one.

The Vikings, like the cheese in the children’s fairy tale, stands alone.

As the NFL enters Week 6, there are 10 teams with one loss or fewer, including the league’s only unbeaten club, the 5-0 Minnesota Vikings. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the previous 49 teams (89.8 percent) to start 5-0 made the playoffs.

“We have good players and they do things right,” says Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer about his team’s 5-0 start. “I don’t think it’s a big secret. They go out and they perform.”

The Vikings are only the second team since 1933 to start 5-0 and have no interceptions, joining the 1969 Los Angeles Rams. Minnesota has started two quarterbacks this season – Shaun Hill (1-0) and Sam Bradford (4-0). Bradford, who was acquired via trade by the Vikings before the start of the regular season, is the first quarterback since 1973 (John Hadl) to win each of his first four career starts with a new team while throwing at least six touchdown passes with no interceptions.

Minnesota is one of three teams – Atlanta (four) and Dallas (four) – which has currently won at least four consecutive games.

The Falcons, who lead the NFC South, handed the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos their first loss of the season last week by posting a 23-16 win at Denver. Atlanta, which defeated the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers 48-33 in Week 4, are the third team to defeat the previous season’s Super Bowl clubs in back-to-back games (1982 San Diego Chargers and 1985 Detroit Lions).

“That was a very good team win for us,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the victory in Denver. “We knew it was going to be an all-day fight and it certainly was. I think our toughness and resiliency was certainly on hand and our guys battled. And now we reset and go through our process to get ready to play ball again.”

Dallas, led by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, sits in first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys are the first team in NFL history to have a rookie quarterback with at least 1,000 passing yards (Prescott, 1,239 yards) and a rookie running back with at least 500 rushing yards (Elliott, NFL-best 546 yards) in the team’s first five games of a season.

“We just have to take it one game at a time, one week at a time, one day at a time,” Prescott told the Dallas Morning News. “We’ve done a great job of putting the past behind us – win or lose – and just focusing on what’s in front of us. Right now, that’s the next team.”

There are still plenty of games remaining in the season for teams to turn it around. Since 1990, 54 teams have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-3 or worse. There were four such teams last season – Houston (1-4), Kansas City (1-4), Seattle (2-3) and Washington (2-3) – including two teams which rebounded from 1-4 starts.

So don’t count anyone out. The only thing predictable about the NFL is the unpredictability.

UNDEFEATED ONE: Minnesota improved to 5-0 with a 31-13 victory over Houston in Week 5. Since 1990, when the 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the 49 (89.8 percent) previous teams to start 5-0 made the playoffs.

Quarterback Sam Bradford completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 271 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 123.1 passer rating in the Vikings’ win. Minnesota is only the second team since 1933 to start 5-0 without throwing an interception, joining the 1969 Los Angeles Rams.

CLOSE GAMES: There have been 58 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 5, the most such games in the first five weeks of a season in NFL history.

Most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 5:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN THE 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 5
2016 – 58
2013 – 57
2004 – 56
2011 – 55
1999 – 53
2007 – 53
2015 – 53

STARTING ROOKIES: Denver rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch made his first career start in Week 5, joining Dallas’ Dak Prescott (five starts), Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz (four), Cleveland’s Cody Kessler (three) and New England’s Jacoby Brissett (two) as the fifth rookie quarterback to start a game this season.

The five rookie quarterbacks to start a game in 2016 is tied with the 2012 season for the most rookie quarterbacks to start a game in the first five weeks of a season in the past 25 years.

RARE ROOKIES: Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 227 yards and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 134 yards in the Cowboys’ 28-14 win over Cincinnati.

This season, Prescott has 1,239 passing yards and Elliott has 546 rushing yards. The Cowboys are the first team in NFL history to have a rookie quarterback with at least 1,000 passing yards and a rookie running back with at least 500 rushing yards in the first five games of a season.

Elliott’s 546 rushing yards this season are the fifth-most in NFL history over a player’s first five games.

The players with the most rushing yards through their first five career games:

PLAYER, YEAR – TEAM (RUSHING YARDS IN FIRST FIVE CAREER GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 – Los Angeles Rams (645)
Adrian Peterson, 2007 – Minnesota (607)
Todd Gurley, 2015 – St. Louis Rams (575)
Billy Sims, 1980 – Detroit (560)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 – Dallas (546)

PROLIFIC IN PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 124.4 passer rating in the Steelers’ 31-13 win over the New York Jets.

Roethlisberger has now thrown a touchdown pass in 41 consecutive home games, the third-longest streak in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive home games with a touchdown pass:
PLAYER, YEARS (TEAM, CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES WITH TD PASS)
Drew Brees, 2009-present (New Orleans, 56)*
Tom Brady, 2009-2014 (New England, 47)
Ben Roethlisberger, 2010-present (Pittsburgh, 41)*
Dan Marino, 1983-1988 (Miami, 39)

Aaron Rodgers, 2008-2012 (Green Bay, 35)

*Active streak

RISING RIDDICK: Detroit running back Theo Riddick had two touchdown catches, both in the first quarter, in the Lions’ 24-23 victory against Philadelphia in Week 5.

Riddick joins Jamaal Charles (2010 and 2013) as the only running backs in the past 25 years to record two touchdown catches in the first quarter of a game.

PRODUCTIVE PATS: New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 28 of 40 passes (70 percent) for 406 yards with three touchdowns for a 127.7 passer rating in the Patriots’ 33-13 win at Cleveland. Brady now has 38 career games with at least 350 passing yards, trailing only Drew Brees (51) for the second-most such games in NFL history.

The Patriots’ win marked head coach Bill Belichick’s 250th career victory (including the postseason). Belichick joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Shula (347), Georgie Halas (324) and Tom Landry (270) as the only coaches in NFL history to reach 250 career victories.

The coaches with the most career victories in NFL history:

COACH – TEAM(S) (TOTAL CAREER VICTORIES)
Don Shula – Baltimore Colts, Miami (347)
George Halas – Chicago (324)
Tom Landry – Dallas (270)
Bill Belichick – Cleveland, New England (250)*
*Active

CLIMBING BACK: Since the current 12-team playoff format was instituted in 1990, 17 teams have rebounded from being at least three games under .500 after the season’s first five weeks or later to qualify for the postseason. That includes seven 1-4 teams that won their division.

Last year, the Houston Texans bounced back from a 2-5 record after 7 games to win the AFC South, while the Kansas City Chiefs rebounded from a 1-5 start and advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Since 1990, the teams that were three or more games below .500 after Week 5 or later and made the playoffs:

YEAR – TEAM (RECORD; FINAL RECORD, ADVANCED TO)
1990 – New Orleans (2-5; 8-8, NFC Wild Card)
1992 – San Diego (1-4; 11-5, AFC Divisional)
1993 – Houston Oilers (1-4; 12-4, AFC Divisional)
1994 – New England (3-6; 10-6, AFC Wild Card)
1995 – Detroit (2-5, 3-6; 10-6, NFC Wild Card)
1995 – San Diego (4-7; 9-7, AFC Wild Card)
1996 – Jacksonville (3-6, 4-7; 9-7, AFC Championship Game)
2002 – Tennessee (1-4; 11-5, AFC Championship Game)
2002 – New York Jets (1-4, 2-5; 9-7, AFC Divisional)
2004 – Green Bay (1-4; 10-6, NFC Wild Card
2008 – San Diego (4-7, 4-8, 5-8; 8-8, AFC Divisional)
2010 – Seattle (6-9; 7-9, NFC Divisional)
2011 – Denver (1-4, 2-5; 8-8, AFC Divisional)
2012 – Washington (3-6; 10-6, NFC Wild Card)
2014 – Carolina Panthers (3-6-1, 3-7-1, 4-8-1, 5-8-1; 7-8-1, NFC Divisional)
2015 – Houston Texans (1-4, 2-5; 9-7, AFC Wild Card)
2015 – Kansas City Chiefs (1-4, 1-5, 2-5; 11-5, AFC Divisional)

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. has 27 catches this season, bringing his career total to 988.

With 12 catches on Sunday against the New York Giants, Smith would become the 14th player in NFL history to record 1,000 career receptions.

The players with 1,000 or more career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEPTIONS
Jerry Rice – 1,549
Tony Gonzalez – 1,325
Marvin Harrison – 1,102
Cris Carter – 1,101
Tim Brown – 1,094
Terrell Owens – 1,078
Reggie Wayne – 1,070
Andre Johnson – 1,062
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,049
Jason Witten – 1,044
Anquan Boldin – 1,030
Isaac Bruce – 1,024
Hines Ward – 1,000
Steve Smith, Sr. – 988

AIR SHOW: Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger leads the NFL with 15 passing touchdowns this season, followed by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (12), Oakland’s Derek Carr (11) and San Diego’s Philip Rivers (11).

If Ryan, Carr and Rivers reach 15 touchdown passes this week, it will be the second time in NFL history four different quarterbacks have thrown for at least 15 touchdowns in the first six weeks of a season.

SACKING THE COMPETITION: Buffalo’s Lorenzo Alexander tallied three sacks last week to bring his season total to seven. With another three-sack performance on Sunday against San Francisco, Alexander would be tied for the most sacks through the first six weeks of a season in the past 15 years.

The players with the most sacks through the first six weeks of a season since 2001:

PLAYER, TEAM; SACKS THROUGH WEEK 6, SEASON
Elvis Dumervil, Denver; 10 in 2009
Jared Allen, Minnesota; 9.5 in 2011
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans; 9.5 in 2012
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; 9.5 in 2013
Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo; 7 in 2016*
*Through Week 5

MAGNIFICENT MARCUS: Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota accounted for four touchdowns last week (three passing, one rushing). This marked the fourth time in his career Mariota had four touchdowns in a single game, making him the second quarterback to have four four-touchdown games in the first 17 games of his career (Charlie Coneryl, 1948-49).

With another four-touchdown performance on Sunday against Cleveland, Mariota would become the first quarterback to have five four-touchdown games in his first 18 games in NFL history.

ROLLING ROETHLISBERGER: Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdown passes last week to bring his league-leading total to 15. With another four-touchdown performance on Sunday against Miami, Roethlisberger would be tied for the fourth-most passing touchdowns through the first six games of a season in the Super Bowl era.

The players with the most passing touchdowns through the first six games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER – TEAM (TOUCHDOWNS – SEASON)
Peyton Manning – Denver (22 – 2013)
Tom Brady – New England (21 – 2007)
Brett Favre – Green Bay (20 – 1996)
Peyton Manning – Denver (19 – 2014)
Daunte Culpepper – Minnesota (19 – 2004)
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (15 – 2016)*
*Through five games

Week 6 began on Thursday night with a divisional contest as the Chargers broke their four-game losing streak, beating Denver 21-13 in San Diego and the week concludes with a pair of primetime matches as the Houston Texans host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC South showdown on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the New York Jets visit the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night at 8:30 pm ESPN.

Teams with byes this week? Minnesota and Tampa Bay. As for week five, not the greatest weeks… but not the worst. We were still above the .500 mark last week at 8-5 (50-27 for the year) and that’s always a good sign. Here are the games and picks for week 6.

ATLANTA (4-1) at Seattle (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. Atlanta won on the road in Denver, while Seattle had a bye week and returns to action in the Pacific Northwest. The Seahawks leads the series 9-5 and have outscored Atlanta 381-333. Both team’s last wins in the series came in the other team’s stadium. Seattle’s last win over Atlanta came in 2013 in the Big Peach by a final of 33-10, while Atlanta’s last win came in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2011 by a 30-28 count.

Seattle’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. Both teams right now are playoff contenders and there is the off chance they could meet in the post-season. But… let’s worry about the regular season. Although they won’t cover the 6 1/2, Atlanta leaves the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks with the win.

Jacksonville (1-3) at Chicago (1-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of divisional cellar-dwellers meet in the Windy City as Jacksonville travels to Chicago for a date with the Chicago Bears.

The Jaguars come off their bye week after their 30-27 win over Indianapolis in London two weeks ago, while Da Bears were 29-23 losers at Indianapolis.

Da Bears lead the series with Jacksonville 4-2, have outscored the Jaguars 153-99 and came away winners in their last two meetings, including a 41-3 win on the First Coast in 2012, while Jacksonville’s last win in the series also came in the Sunshine State by a final of 22-3 in 2004. Chicago’s favored by 2 in the Windy City and the over/under’s 47. It would seem that the Cubs are not the only game in town this weekend. Chicago wins at home and covers the 2.

Pittsburgh (4-1) at Miami (1-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Two teams going in opposing directions meet in the Sunshine State as Miami hosts Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers took a 31-13 win over the New York Jets last Sunday at Heinz Field, while the struggling Dolphins fell to Tennessee at Hard Rock Stadium by a final of 30-17.

Pittsburgh leads the series 12-10 but the Dolphins have outscored the Steelers 447-421. Miami won the last meeting between the two clubs, taking a 34-28 win in the Steel City in 2013, while Pittsburgh’s last win over the ‘Fins came in 2010 in the Sunshine State by a final of 23-22. The oddsmakers like the Steelers as a 7-point favorite and the over/under’s 48. Miami’s bad of late, while the Steelers have been taking care of business. Steelers may not cover the 7 but they do take the win in the Sunshine State.

Cincinnati (2-3) at New England (4-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Brady is back and Pats fans couldn’t be happier! Tom Brady and New England hosts the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium in western Massachusetts.

The Pats took Cleveland to the woodshed last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie, coming away 33-13 winners over the winless Browns, while the Bengals were manhandled in Dallas by the Cowboys 28-14.

While the Patriots lead the series 15-9, the Bengals have outscored Brady and the Pats 501-489. New England’s last win in the series came in Foxboro in 2014, when the Patriots took a 43-17 win, while the Bengals’ last win over New England came in 2013 in Cincy by a final of 13-6. New England’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 47. The over/under makes sense. The 8 can leave a person wondering about that. The Bengals are not 8 points bad and while New England will win this one at home, Cincy will make it a lot closer than the 8.

Baltimore (3-2) at New York Giants (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The Ravens make their first trip to the Meadowlands this week (they have another trip next week against the Jets) as they travel to the Jersey shore for a meeting with Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

Both teams took losses last Sunday and both are looking to bounce back. The Ravens fell to Washington 16-10 in Charm City, while the Giants dropped a 23-16 decision at Lambeau to the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers.

The Ravens and Giants have met only four times and Baltimore has a 3-1 lead in the series, outscoring Big Blue 104-81 in those meetings. New York’s lone win in the series came in the Meadowlands in 2008 as the G-Men were 30-10 victors, while Baltimore’s last win came in Charm City in 2012 by a 33-14 final. New York’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 44 and 1/2. We hope the Ravens packed extra clothes this week, because they’ll have to swing right back around and make another trip to the Jersey shores. Start spreading the news! Giants reach the .500 mark with the win at home and covers the 3.

Cleveland (0-5) at Tennessee (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. It’s a little bit country vs. a little bit rock and roll as the Titans host the Cleveland Browns in the Music City.

Including contests that took place when the Titans were in Houston and known as the Oilers and the Browns were in Cleveland before they moved to Baltimore, Cleveland leads the series 35-28, have outscored Tennessee 1,252-1,226 and were winners in their last two contests, including taking a 28-14 win along the shores of Lake Erie last year, while Tennessee’s last win in the series came in 2011, also in Cleveland by a final of 31-13.

They met in week two at FirstEnergy Stadium and Cleveland led 21-0 at the half before they would be outscored by the Titans in the second half. Johnny Manziel threw a pair of TD passes in the win, connecting twice with TE Travis Benjamin in the contest. Tennessee did manage to outrush the Browns 166-116 and Marriota did outpace Manziel 257-172 in the battle of former Heisman QBs (each had a pair of TDs). Cleveland was 4 of 11 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:49, while the Titans, who turned the ball over three times, was 7 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 35:11. Tennessee’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. It’s country music (Grand Ole Opry) vs. rock and roll (the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) in Nashville this week. Cleveland’s bad but not 7 points bad and while they’ll clash with the Titans, Tenneseee comes away with the win.

San Francisco (1-4) at Buffalo (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. San Francisco makes their way to the East for an afternoon affair with the Bills in upstate New York.

The 49ers, who will have Colin Kaepernick under center this week, were taken to task by NFC West rival Arizona 33-21 last Thursday night, while the Bills circled their wagons last Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles and ended the Rams’ three-game win streak with a 30-19 win at the Coliseum.

San Francisco leads the series 6-5, have outscored Buffalo 253-189 and have won the last two meetings, including a 45-3 win in Candlestick in 2012, while Bufflao’s last win also came in Candlestick in 2004 by a final of 41-7. Buffalo’s a 7 1/2 point favorite in upstate New York and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Kaepernick will probably too much of a distraction, while the Bills are looking to win three in a row. Bills circle the wagons in upstate New York and take the win, even though San Francisco could make this a closer contest.

Los Angeles (3-2) at Detroit (2-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Los Angeles travels to the Motor City for an early morning (Pacific Time) contest against Detroit at Ford Field.

The Rams saw their 3-game win streak come to an end at home against Buffalo, falling to the Bills 33-21, while the Lions ended Philadelphia’s hopes of a perfect season with a 24-23 win over the Eagles at Ford Field.

Including games that took place in Portsmouth when the Lions played there and were called the Spartans, the Rams played in Cleveland before moving to Los Angeles, then St. Louis and games played in the Los Angeles Coliseum, Tiger Stadium and the Silverdome, the Rams lead the series 43-39-1. Los Angeles has also outscored Detroit 1,626-1,530 in those meetings. Los Angeles won the last meeting with the Lions, which took place last year in St. Louis (the Lions’ last win in the series came in 2012 in the Motor City by a final of 27-23). After the two clubs played a scoreless first quarter, the Rams led 7-0 at the intermisson. Rams RB Todd Gurley ran for a pair of TDs in the contest and St. Louis managed to overcome a pair of Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate TD passes in the win. Gurley accounted for 140 of St. Louis’ 203 yards on the ground, while the Lions tallied 111 yards. The Rams were 4 of 11 on third down conversions in the contest that took place in the Edward Jones Dome, keeping the ball for 26:10, while Detroit ruled the clock and kept the ball for 33:50, going 5 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

The Lions are 3 1/2 points favorites and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both teams are pretty decent but not great. Los Angeles is trying to stay close to Seattle in the NFC West, while the Lions are trying to claw their way to the top of the NFC North. Lions cover the 3 1/2 in the Motor City and wins at home.

Carolina (1-4) at New Orleans (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of struggling NFC South foes meet in the Big Easy as Carolina and Cam Newton travel to New Orleans for a meeting with Drew Brees and the Saints.

Carolina, without Newton under center last Monday night against Tampa Bay (concussion) lost a heartbreaker to Tampa Bay 17-14 in the final seconds. New Orleans returns to action after their bye week, beating San Diego 35-34 on the West Coast the weekend before.

Carolina leads the series 23-19, have outscored the Saints 919-887 and won three of the last four contests with their NFC South rivals, including taking wins in the Tar Heel State and the Big Easy (New Orleans’ last win in the series came in 2014, a 28-10 win in Charlotte).

Meeting one… week 3 in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina held off a late New Orleans rally and took a 27-22 win over Lance McCown (who took over for Brees) and the Saints. Tied 10-10 at the half, Carolina took a 27-16 lead with them late in the contest before New Orleans rallied to make things a little closer than Panther fans wanted when Kevin Robinson scored on a 2 yard TD run with 4:50. The Saints’ try for two failed and they then tried an onside kick, which also failed and with that, New Orleans’ chances of winning faded away. Carolina outrushed New Orleans 119-70 and Newton threw for 315 yards and a pair of TD passes to TE Greg Olsen, while McCown threw for 310 yard. Carolina, forcing a pair of Saints turnovers, went 5 of 11 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down, while the Saints were 7 of 12 and 1 of 1 in the same catagories. Despite the loss, time was on the sise of the Saints, who kept the ball for 32:44 to Carolina’s 27:16.

Meeting two… week 13 in the Big Easy at the Superdome. In the second meeting, Carolina trailed 16-13 at the intermission before bouncing back in the last 30 minutes of action to come away 41-38 winners. Carolina tallied the winning score, using an 11-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:16 of clock when Newton and WR Jerricho Cotchery connected on a 15-yard TD pass with 65 seconds left to play. Saints RB Mark Ingram had given New Orleans the lead before when he scored on a 9-yard TD run with 5:21 before Carolina took matters into their own hands (or paws) and took the lead back and took it for keeps. Carolina outrushed New Orleans 175-70 and Newton outpaced Brees in passing yardage 331-282 and each combined for eight TDs passes (Newton with 5, Brees with 3). While Carolina was 3 of 8 on third down conversions, they did find success on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and held the ball for 36:34, while the Saints were 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 23:26.

Carolina’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 53 1/2. Given that there are two pretty good QBs in the contest, the 53 1/2 could be reached by halftime. Both teams are trying to catch Atlanta in the NFC South (Atlanta beat both teams in consecutive weeks). Carolina’s finer in the Big Easy and they come away with the win, covering the 2 1/2.

Philadelphia (3-1) at Washington (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of NFC East rivals, both in the hunt and chasing Dallas in the process, meet in Landover Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field as the Eagles make the drive down I-95 to face the defending NFC East champs.

While Philadelphia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, losing 24-23 to Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions, Washington rallied in Baltimore and came away 16-10 winners in Charm City.

Washington leads the series 83-73-5, while the Eagles have outscored the ‘Skins 3,360-3,200. However… Washington has won three of the last four meetings in the series, including sweeping the two contests in 2015 (Philly’s last win over Washington came in 2014 when they came away 37-34 winners in the City of Brotherly Love).

The first contest in Landover took place in week four and Washington squeeked by Philadelphia 23-20. Washington trailed 20-16 with 26 seconds left when Cousins and WR Pierre Garcon hooked up on a 4-yard TD pass at Fed Ex Field. Washington led 13-0 at the intermission before the Eagles roared back to take the lead late in the contest. While holding the Eagles to 87 yards on the ground, Washington managed to tally 127 of their own and Cousins threw for 290 yards, while Sam Bradford accounted for 270 with three TDs. Washington was 9 of 17 on third down tries in Landover and kept the ball for 41:08, while the Eagles held the ball for 18:52, going 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

That was game one.

Game two… Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field in week 16, the Saturday after Christmas. The Eagles had just fired Chip Kelly and their playoff hopes at best were on the line. The Redskins clinched the NFC East title, putting Eagles fans out of their misery and Washington would come away with the 38-24 win. Washington led 16-10 at the half and then proceeded to pull away from the Eagles in the road win. Neither club came close to rushing for 100 yards in the second meeting and that was the bad news. The good news? Washington outrushed Philadelphia 67-45 and Cousins burned the Eagles for 365 yards and four TDs, while Bradford was sacked five times, throwing for 380. Washington went 5 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:15, while the Eagles were 7 of 19 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth) and held the ball for a mere 25:45.

The Eagles are favored by 2 and the over/under’s 45. These two are trying to catch Dallas in the NFC East. Washington fans will have a chance to sing “Hail to the Redskins” this week instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins.” Washington pulls off the upset and covers the 2 at home in Landover.

Kansas City (2-2) at Oakland (4-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Cats and Dogs. Capulets vs. Montagues. Hatfields vs. McCoys. These two teams DON’T like each other. They meet again and there’s a lot a on the line here. Kansas City travels to Oakland for a meeting with their most hated AFC West rival.

Did we mention they DON’T like each other? Just seeing if you were paying attention.

Kansas City returns to play after their bye week, losing to Pittsburgh two weeks ago in the Steel City by a final of 43-14. Meanwhile, Oakland held off two San Diego attempts for a comeback and came away 34-31 winners over AFC West rivals San Diego last Sunday in northern California.

Kansas City has a 58-51-2 lead in the series, which includes contests that were played when the Chiefs were in Dallas and known as the Texans and the Silver and Black played in Los Angeles. Kansas City has also outsored Oakland 2,318-2,148 and the Chiefs have come away winners in three of their last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Oakland’s last win over the Chiefs came in 2014, when they won on the West Coast by a final of 24-20).

Meeting number one… week 13 in Oakland. The Chiefs scored 20 fourth quarter points unchallenged and came away 34-20 winnners at O.co Coliseum. Trailing 14-7 at the intermission, Kansas City rallied as WR Jeremy Maclin and Smith (162 yards) connected on a pair of fourth quarter TDs and S Todd Branch picked off Carr (four sacks, three interceptions 283 yards) to seal the Raiders’ fate. The Chiefs on third down were 3 of 8 and kept the ball for 25:32, while the Raiders clung to the ball for 34:28, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Meeting two… week 17 in Kansas City at Arrowhead. While the second conest was closer than the first meeting on the West Coast, the outcome stayed the same, as Kansas City would march into the post-season with a 23-17 win to close out the regular season. The Chiefs led 14-10 at the break and held off the Raiders in the second half and outscored Oakland 9-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Maclin and Smith connected on a 25-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the game and the Chiefs’ special teams would get into the act as D.J. Alexander blocked an Oakland punt for a safety. This time, the Chiefs breached the 100-yard barrier, tallying 189 on the ground (in the first meeting, Kansas City had 89, while Oakland had 99) to Oakland’s 48 and Kansas City sacked Carr six times in the contest. Third down tries in the second contest were not a thing to write home about at Arrowhead, with Kansas City going 6 of 13 and Oakland going 3 of 14 (on fourth down, the Chiefs were 1 of 2, while the Raiders were 1 of 1) and the clock was on the side of the Chiefs at 34:55 to Oakland’s 25:05. Kansas City’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 47. Given that both clubs DON’T like each other, there’s a lot at stake. Oakland makes this one interesting but the Chiefs cover the 2 and win on the road.

Dallas (4-1) at Green Bay (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. It’s not Ice Bowl but they do meet again in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwust. Green Bay hosts the Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau in a late afternoon affair.

Both teams won at home last week. Dallas took Cinncinnati and Andy Dalton to the woodshed, coming away 28-14 winners in Arlington, while the Packers held off Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Lambeau, taking a 23-13 win Sunday night.

Green Bay leads the series with Dallas 14-12 (which includes contests that took place at County Stadium in Milwaukee, the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and Cowboys Stadium in Irving), have outscored Dallas 604-545 and won last year’s meeting at Lambeau by a final of 28-7 (Dallas’ last win in the series? 2008, when they took a 27-16 win in Green Bay.

In the week 14 meeting at Lambeau, the Rodgers-led Panthers led 14-0 at the half after a scoreless first quarter and pulled away after Dallas’ Robbie Turbin scored on a 7-yard TD run for their first points in the third quarter. Green Bay would respond with a pair of fourth quarter TDs to seal the deal for the Packers. Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy (124) and Dallas’ Darren McFadden (111) each tallied 100 yards of their own as their teams breached the 100-yard mark on the ground (Green Bay outrushed Dallas 230-171) and Rodgers threw for 218 yards and a pair of TDs, while Matt Cassell, taking over for Romo (back) threw for 114 yards (each man was sacked twice and Cassell threw an interception). While Green Bay was 7 of 14 on third down at Lambeau, they struggled on fourth down tries, going 0 of 1 and kept the ball for 37:48; Dallas was a dismal 1 of 11 on third down conversions and went 0 of 2 on fourth down, while holding the ball for 22:12.

Green Bay’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Two contending teams in an historic ballpark. That alone makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Dallas has had some luck on their side of late, winning four in a row after getting taken to task by the Giants in week one. The Packers are playing their third home game in the state of Wisconsin and won three of four. Be it ever so humble. Packers cover the 3 1/2 at home like onions on Bratwurst and takes the win.

Indianapolis (2-3) at Houston (3-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The first place Texans, without the services of J.J. Watt, host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in a Sunday night contest in the Lone Star State.

Houston failed in their attempt to pin Minnesota with their first loss, falling to the Vikings 31-13 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, while the Colts took care of Chicago 29-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday.

Indy leads the series 23-5 and have outscored the Texans 751-544. They spilt the two meetings last year and each took wins in the other team’s facility.

First meeting… Houston, week five on a Sunday night. Indy held off a late Texans rally and came away 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. Matt Hasselbeck (who took over for Luck) and WR Andre Johnson connected on a pair of TD passes in the 7-point win, while Frank Gore ran for a TD for the Colts. Indy led 13-10 at the half, then tried to pull away from Houston, who came to within a TD when Texans K Nick Novak connected on a 49-yard try with 6:07 left in regulation. The Colts outrushed Houston 110-82, while Houston’s Blake Hoyer outpaced Hasslebeck 312-213 in passing yardage. Houston was 8 of 16 on third down tries, 1 of 1 on fourth downs and ruled the clock as they held the ball for 32:27. As for the Colts? They kept the pigskin for 27:33, going 3 of 11 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Round two… Indy in week 15 and the Texans got their revenge, erasing a 10-6 deficit at the half to take a 16-10 win in the Hoosier State. Houston shut out Indy in the second half, scoring their final 13 points of the game unchallenged and took the lead for keeps when QB Brandon Weeden and WR Jaelen Strong connected on an 8-yard pass and Novak sealed the deal with a 32-yard field with 1:56 left to play. Texans RB Alfred Blue ran for 107 of his team’s 150 yards in the second contest, while the Texans held Indy to 50 yards rushing. In the second contest, both teams struggled on third down tries (Houston was 5 of 15, Indy was 4 of 13) but the Texans struck paydirt on fourth down tries, going 2 of 2. Houston ruled the clock in the second contest, as they did in the first, holding the ball for 33:56 to Indy’s 26:04.

The boys and girls in Vegas like the Texans as 3 point favorites in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 48. This one will be an interesting contest to watch on Sunday night. Houston covers the 3 and wins at home.

New York Jets (1-4) at Arizona (2-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week six closes out in the desert as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! take on Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! crashed and burned in Pittsburgh last SUnday, losing to the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger 31-13 at Heinz Field, while the Cardinals broke their game with San Francisco open last Thursday night, beating the 49ers 33-21 on the West Coast.

GangGreen leads the series 6-2, have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 158-136 and took wins in the last six meetings, including a 7-6 win in the Meadowlands in 2012, while Arizona won the first two meetings in the series, with their last win coming in 1975, when the Cards were in St. Louis, by a final of 37-6 in New York at old Yankee Stadium.

Records on Monday night… GangGreen’s 21-29 but won their only MNF meeting last year, while the Cardinals are 8-15-1 and like their opponents, they took a win in their only meeting last year.

The Cardinals are 7 1/2 points favorites on Monday night and the over/under’s 46 1/2. These teams aren’t bad but they’re not great. We will gladly understand if you decide to watch “Scorpion” Monday night. Arizona does come away with this one but they’re not going to cover the 7 1/2.