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New England (6-6) at Los Angeles Rams (8-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. Cam Newton and New England stay on the West Coast as they take on Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams in week 14’s opener at SoFi Stadium. Both teams were winners on the road in last Sunday’s action.

The Patriots manhandled the Los Angeles Chargers 45-0 at SoFi Stadium last Sunday afternoon in Inglewood. New England scored 28 first-half points unchallenged to lead by four TDs at the intermission, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, scoring their additional 17 points unfettered.

New England out-rushed the Chargers 165-70, with Patriots RB Damien Harris leading the way with 80 yards. Newton threw for 69 yards with a pair of passing TDs and had a pair of rushing TDs in the first half with one sack but no interceptions, while Justin Hebert threw for 209 yards but was sacked three times and picked off twice. New England was 6 of 14 on third down (the Patriots were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and they ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:41, while the Chargers, holding on to the pigskin for 26:19, went 7 for 18 on third down, 1 of 5 on fourth down.

Goff and the Rams erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit at Arizona last Sunday, coming away 38-28 winners at State Farm Stadium. Scoring 14 second quarter points without a challenge, the Rams would lead by seven at the intermission, then took a 17-7 lead halfway through the third quarter before the Desert Angry Birds would pull themselves to within a field goal when Kyler Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins connected on a 4-yard TD toss with 4:03 left in the third. Goff would then take matters into his own feet, scoring on a 1-yard TD run early in the first quarter before Arizona would make it a three-point contest again, with RB Kenyan Drake scoring on a 4-yard run in the final quarter. Los Angeles would then go back to work, scoring the final 14 points of the quarter by using a 38-yard run by Darrell Henderson and a 35-yard interception return by CB Troy Hill to put the contest on ice.

Arizona was out-rushed 119-92 and Goff threw for 351 yards with a passing TD to TE Tyler Higbee as well as his rushing TD (Goff was sacked once), while Murray threw for 173 yards and three TDs (two of them to TE Dan Arnold) but was sacked twice and threw an interception. The Rams on third down were 9 for 15 (they were 1 for 3 on fourth down) and they were ball hogs, keeping the pigskin for 38:53, while the Desert Angry Birds held the pigskin for 21:07, going 4 for 12 on third down, 2 for 2 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 7-5, have outscored the Rams 274-215 and have won the last four regular season meetings, including taking a 26-10 win in Foxboro in 2016, while the Rams’ last win came when they were in St. Louis and prevailed 24-17 in Foxboro in 2001. Vegas likes the Rams as 6-point favorites on the West Coast and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Rams are looking to stay in first place in the NFC West, while the Patriots are looking to pass Miami and Buffalo in the AFC East. While the Rams take this one, expect New England to make it closer than 6.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Spero Dedes, Terrell Davis; SIRIUS: 81 (New England), 83 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 226 (New England), 225 (Los Angeles Rams), 88 (National)

Referee: Craig Wrolstad

Injury Report

New England
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin), DT Adam Butler (shoulder), DT Byron Cowart (back), S Kyle Dugger (toe), K Nick Folk (back), DT Lawrence Guy (shoulder), TE Ryan Izzo (hamstring, hand, neck), CB J.C. Jackson (hip, knee), RB Jakob Johnson (knee), CB Jonathan Jones (neck), G Shaquille Mason (calf), QB Cam Newton (abdomen), WR Matt Slater (knee), RB J.J. Taylor (quadricep)

Los Angeles Rams
QUESTIONABLE: K Matt Gay (shoulder)

Weather: Game indoors

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

Indianapolis (5-3) at Tennessee (6-2), 8:20 p.m. FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. A pair of AFC South rivals meet for the first time in 2020 as Ryan Tannehill and Tennessee, in the top spot in the division, host second-place Indianapolis, led by Philip Rivers, at Nissan Stadium to open action in week 10. Both clubs were in their home facility last Sunday, with the Titans winning in Nashville, while the Colts let a lead against the Ravens get away from them in the Hoosier State and lost to Baltimore.

Rivers and the Colts watched Lamar Jackson and the Ravens erase a 10-7 lead at the intermission, scoring 17 second-half points unchallenged to take a 24-10 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Colts took that 3-point with 45 seconds left before the intermission on a 43-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankeship before Baltimore went to work, taking the lead for keeps late in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Gus Edwards. Jackson and K Jeff Tucker would add a 9-yard TD run and a 48-yard field goal to close out the scoring in the contest.

The Colts out-rushed Baltimore 112-110 and Rivers threw for 227 yards with the game’s only interception, while Jackson threw for 170 with a pair of sacks. The Colts were 2 of 12 on third down (2 for 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:34, while the Ravens clung to the pigskin for 33:26, going 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee held off a late Chicago rally last Sunday afternoon as the Titans would hold off Da Bears 24-17 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tennessee would score the first 17 points of the contezt unchallenged, taking a 10-0 lead at the break with them, then leading 17-0 after the end of the third quarter before Chicago would rule the fourth quarter of action, outpacing the Titans 17-7 in the final 15 minutes of action. Chicago would pull themselves to within seven with 67 seconds left when Nick Foles and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a 9-yard TD toss. Da Bears, without a time out to their names, tried an onside kick, which the Titans recovered and Tennessee would run out the clock to take the win.

Neither club dented the 100-yard rushing barrier but Tennessee did out-rush Da Bears 92-56 and Tannehill threw for 158 yards, with Foles throwing for 335 yards (each man threw a pair of TDs without an interception and each man was sacked three times). Chicago, who lost a pair of fumbles, went 2 of 15 on third down, 3 for 4 on fourth down and kept the ball in hibernation for 33:54, while the Titans, keeping the ball for 26:06, went 6 of 15 on third down.

Indy holds a 34-16 lead in the series and have outscored the Titans 1,288-988 (which includes contests that were played in Baltimore and in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers). They split last year’s meetings, with each team taking wins in their home facility.

Their first meeting was in week seven in the Hoosier State and the Colts took a 14-7 lead at the half at Lucas Oil Stadium, holding off a late Texans rally to come away 23-20 winners. The Colts used three Jacoby Brissett TDs and a safety late in the contest to seal the win over their AFC South rivals.

While the Texans out-rushed the Colts 100-62, Brissett burned the Texans for 326 yards with the four TDs and no interceptions (Brissett was sacked once), while Watson threw for 308 yards and a TD with a pair of interceptions and three sacks. The Colts were 8 of 16 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and mastered the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:52, while the Texans, who held the ball for 27:08, went 4 of 12 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down.

Houston sought revenge in their week 12 meeting at NRG Stadium and they would get that revenge, breaking a 10-10 tie at the intermission in the Lone Star State and coming away 20-17 winners. Trailing 17-13 with 12:34 left in regulation, the Texans would use an 8-play, 86-yard drive to claim the lead for good when Watson and Hopkins connected on a 30-yard TD toss after the Colts’ Jordan Williams scored on a 13-yard run in the third quarter to break the tie.

Williams led all rushers with 104 yards as the Colts out-rushed Houston 175-99 (Carlos Hyde led Houston with 67 yards); Watson threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game-winner to Hopkins) with a sack and an interception, while Brisset threw for 125 yards with a sack. Both clubs did much better on third down tries; the Texans were 6 of 12, Indy was 9 of 15 but both clubs failed on fourth down tries, as Houston was 0 of 2, while Indianapolis was 0 of 1. Time was on the side of the Colts, who kept the ball for 33:17 to Houston’s 26:43.

The Colts were favored by 1 in the Hoosier State week seven contest and they covered, winning by 3 but missing the 47 1/2 over/under, with both teams tallying 43 points. In the week 12 Thursday night contest in Houston, the Texans were 3 1/2 point favorites in the Loine Star State but would win by only 3 and neither club covered the 45 1/2 over/under, tallying 37 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Colts as 2 point favorites in the Music City with a 48 1/2 over/under. Both teams are pretty decent and both could either make the playoffs or stop someone else from doing so. Titans prevail at home in Nashville, taking the win and covering the 2.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 226 (Indianapolis), 225 (Tennessee), 88 (National)

Referee: Brad Allen

Injury Report

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Jack Doyle (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee)

Tennessee
OUT: S Dane Cruikshank (groin), WR Adam Humphries (concussion), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), TE MyCole Pruitt (knee, ankle)

Weather: Clear and 50 degrees

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

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

Week eight is in the books.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK NINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (times listed are Eastern)

Carolina (2-2) at ATLANTA (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Chris Myers, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 106 (Carolina), 211 (Atlanta); XM: 386 (Carolina), 228 (Atlanta)

Cincinnati (1-2-1) at Baltimore (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Amanda Balionis (field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Cincinnati), 105 (Baltimore); XM: 387 (Cincinnati), 229 (Baltimore)

Jacksonville (1-3) at Houston (0-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Jacksonville), 132 (Houston); XM: 388 (Jacksonville), 230 (Houston)

Las Vegas (1-3) at Kansas City (4-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Las Vegas), 82 (Kansas City); XM: 383 (Las Vegas), 227 (Kansas City)

Arizona (2-2) at New York Jets (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV710: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Arizona), 81 (New York Jets); XM: 385 (Arizona), 226 (New York Jets)

Philadelphia (1-2-1) at Pittsburgh (3-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Philadelphia), 83 (Pittsburgh); XM: 384 (Philadelphia), 225 (Pittsburgh)

Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Washington (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 99 (Los Angeles Rams), 108 (Washington); XM: 391 (Los Angeles Rams), 233 (Washington)

Miami (1-3) at San Francisco (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Miami), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 384 (Miami), 225 (San Francisco)

Indianapolis (3-1) at Cleveland (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 135 (Indianapolis), 81 (Cleveland); XM: 385 (Indianapolis), 226 (Cleveland)

New York Giants (0-4) at Dallas (1-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giants), 82 (Dallas); XM: 383 (New York Giants), 227 (Dallas)

Minnesota (1-3) at Seattle (4-0), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Holmgren; SIRIUS: 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Seattle); XM: 226 (Minnesota), 225 (Seattle)

Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans (2-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 81 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (New Orleans); XM: 226 (Los Angeles Chargers), 225 (New Orleans)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Carolina (2-2) at ATLANTA (0-4), 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Cincinnati (1-2-1) at Baltimore (3-1), 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Jacksonville (1-3) at Houston (0-4), 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Las Vegas (1-3) at Kansas City (4-0), 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Arizona (2-2) at New York Jets (0-4), 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Philadelphia (1-2-1) at Pittsburgh (3-0), 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Washington (1-3), 1 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Miami (1-3) at San Francisco (2-2), 4:05 p.m.: Land Clark
Indianapolis (3-1) at Cleveland (3-1), 4:25 p.m.: Scott Novak
New York Giants (0-4) at Dallas (1-3), 4:25 p.m.: Craig Wrostad
Minnesota (1-3) at Seattle (4-0), 8:20 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans (2-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Clay Martin

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Team in CAPS)(Byes: Green Bay, Denver, New Engalnd and Detroit)

Sunday
ATLANTA – 1 vs. Carolina (53 1/2)
KANSAS CITY – 12 vs. Las Vegas (55 1/2)
Los Angeles Rams – 7 at WASHINGTON (45 1/2)
HOUSTON – 5 1/2 vs. Jacksonville (54 1/2)
Arizona – 7 at NEW YORK JETS (47)
PITTSBURGH – 7 at Philadelphia (44)
BALTIMORE – 12 vs. Cincinnati (51)
SAN FRANCISCO – 9 1/2 vs. Miami (50 1/2)
DALLAS – 8 1/2 vs/ New York Giants (54)
CLEVELAND – 1 1/2 vs. Indianapolis (47 1/2)
SEATTLE – 7 vs. Minnesota (56 1/2)

Monday
NEW ORLEANS – 8 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (50)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Carolina (2-2) at ATLANTA (0-4), 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: CB Eli Apple (hamstring)

ATLANTA
OUT: S Jaylinn Hawkins (concussion), WR Julio Jones (hamstring)

Cincinnati (1-2-1) at Baltimore (3-1), 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
DOUBTFUL: CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), WR John Ross (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Joe Mixon (shin)

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: G Tyre Phillips (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (thigh), TE Nick Boyle (thigh), WR Marquise Brown (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (knee, illness), S Anthony Levine (abdomen), DT Justin Madubuike (knee), WR Chris Moore (thigh, finger), CB Marcus Peters (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), T Ronnie Stanley (shoulder, hip), DT Broderick Washington (illness), DE Derek Wolfe (not injury related, elbow)

Jacksonville (1-3) at Houston (0-4), 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: DE Josh Allen (knee), DT Daniel Ekuale (ankle), CB C.J. Henderson (shoulder), LB Myles Jack (ankle) G Brandon Linder (knee), TE James O’Shaughnessy (not injury related), T Cam Robinson (knee), G Tyler Shatley (not injury related)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion), CB Keion Crossen (hamstring), RB Buddy Howell (hamstring), LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring), LB Benardrick McKinney (shoulder)

Las Vegas (1-3) at Kansas City (4-0), 1 p.m.

Las Vegas
OUT: WR Bryan Edwards (ankle, foot)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trenton Brown (calf), DT Maliek Collins (shoulder, illness), WR Rico Gafford (hamstring), WR Henry Ruggs (knee, hamstring)

Kansas City
OUT: DE Michael Danna (hamstring)

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

Arizona
OUT: LB Devon Kennard (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Chris Banjo (hamstring), TE Darrell Daniels (thigh), DT Jordan Phillips (illness)

New York Jets
OUT: QB Sam Darnold (right shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Blessuan Austin (calf), S Ashtyn Davis (groin), DE John Franklin (foot), WR Chris Hogan (ribs, knee), LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder, calf)

Philadelphia (1-2-1) at Pittsburgh (3-0), 1 p.m.

Philadelphia
OUT; WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery (illness, foot), CB Avonte Maddox (ankle)

Pittsburgh
OUT: LB Marcus Allen (foot), FB Derek Watt (hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Washington (1-3), 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: T Bobby Evans (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Troy Hill (ankle), LB Micah Kiser (groin)

Washington
OUT: TE Marcus Baugh (not injury related), CB Greg Stroman (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cole Holcomb (knee), C Chase Roullier (knee), G Wes Schweitzer (elbow), DE Chase Young (groin)

Miami (1-3) at San Francisco (2-2), 4:05 p.m.

Miami
OUT: DE Shaq Lawson (shoulder), TE Durham Smythe (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jakeem Grant (illness)

San Francisco
OUT: DE Ezekiel Ansah (biceps), CB Dontae Johnson (groin), CB Emmanuel Moseley (concussion), CB K’Waun Williams (knee, hip)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Raheem Mostert (knee), WR Deebo Samuel (illness), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring)

Indianapolis (3-1) at Cleveland (3-1), 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: T Anthony Castonzo (rib), LB Darius Leonard (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Anthony Walker (ankle)

Cleveland
OUT: LB Tae Davis (elbow), DT Larry Ogunjobi (abdomen), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), S Karl Joseph (hamstring)

New York Giants (0-4) at Dallas (1-3), 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: LB Oshane Ximines (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S Adrian Colbert (neck), LB Kyler Fackrell (neck), S Jabrill Peppers (ankle)

Dallas
OUT: C Joe Looney (knee), T Tyron Smith (neck)

Minnesota (1-3) at Seattle (4-0), 8:20 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: WR K.J. Osborn (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Kris Boyd (hamstring), CB Holton Hill (foot)

Seattle
OUT: S Jamal Adams (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jordyn Brooks (knee), CB Quinton Dunbar (knee), S Delano Hill (back), RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder), G Mike Iupati (knee, back)

Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans (2-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: T Bryan Bulaga (back), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs, chest), G Trai Turner (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Joey Bosa (triceps, knee), WR Mike Williams (hamstring)

New Orleans
OUT: CB Justin Hardee (hamstring), WR Deonte Harris (hamstring), CB Janoris Jenkins (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jared Cook (groin), DE Marcus Davenport (toe), CB Marshon Lattimore (hamstring), G Andrus Peat (ankle), DT Sheldon Rankins (thumb), WR Michael Thomas (ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Carolina (2-2) at ATLANTA (0-4), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, overcast with a 20 percent chance of rain and 72 degrees
Cincinnati (1-2-1) at Baltimore (3-1), 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 20 percent chance of rain and 68 degrees
Jacksonville (1-3) at Houston (0-4), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 90 degrees
Las Vegas (1-3) at Kansas City (4-0), 1 p.m.: Sunny and 79 degrees
Arizona (2-2) at New York Jets (0-4), 1 p.m.: Overcast and 64 degrees
Philadelphia (1-2-1) at Pittsburgh (3-0), 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 20 percent chance of rain and 70 degrees
Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Washington (1-3), 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain and 69 degrees
Miami (1-3) at San Francisco (2-2), 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 72 degrees
Indianapolis (3-1) at Cleveland (3-1), 4:25 p.m.: Overcast and 66 degrees
New York Giants (0-4) at Dallas (1-3), 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 94 degrees
Minnesota (1-3) at Seattle (4-0), 8:20 p.m.: Overcast with an 80 perecent chance of rain and 56 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans (2-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Game indoors

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

Denver (0-3) at New York Jets (0-3), 8:20 p.m. Thursday on NFL Network, A pair of 0-3 AFC teams meet in upstate New Jersey to open action in week four. Denver makes their way Eastward to face off against the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium Thursday night. Both teams took losses in last week’s action.

Denver trailed Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High, coming out on the short end of a 28-10 loss in the Mile High City. Tampa Bay led 23-10 at the break, then used a safety by Shaqule Barrett, who sacked Broncos QB Jeff Driscoll in the end zone and a Ryan Succop field goal to close out the scoring in the second half. Tampa Bay out-rushed Denver 68-42 and Brady burned the Broncos for 297 yards and three TDs (two of them to Mike Evans), while Driscoll threw for 176 yards with a TD but he was sacked five times (including the safety) and threw an interception. Denver was 5 of 14 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 26:58, while Brady and the Buccaneers kept the clock hostage, holding on to the pigskin for 33:02 and went 8 of 16 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

GangGreen watched Indianapolis break a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter as Philip Rivers and the Colts would score their next 29 points of the contest unchallenged to come away with the 36-7 win at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Hoosier State. Indianapolis led 17-7 at the break, then floored the gas in the second half to seal GangGreen’s fate. The Colts out-rushed GangGreen 119-109 and Rivers threw for 217 yards with a TD and no sacks or interceptions, while Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 168 yards and a TD but was sacked twice (one sack resulting in a safety in the third quarter) and three interceptions, two returned for TDs by Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 3 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and kept the ball for 29:52, while the Colts ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:08, while going 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games played at Shea, Met Life and Mile High Stadiums and games when the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were known as the Titans, the Broncos lead the series 19-16-1 and they have outscored GangGreen 870-765. GangGreen took a 34-16 win in the Meadowlands in their last meeting, which took place at Met Life Stadium in 2018, while Denver’s last win came in the Mile High City in 2017, as they would pitch a 23-0 shutout.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Denver), 83 (New York Jets); XM: 226 (Denver), 225 (New York Jets)

Referee: Jerome Boger

Injury Report

Denver
OUT: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep), QB Drew Lock (right shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Davontae Harris (hamstring), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot)

New York Jets
OUT: WR Breshad Perriman (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: S Ashtyn Davis (groin), LB Jordan Willis (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), DE John Franklin (knee), WR Chris Hogan (ribs, knee), LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder)

Weather: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 56 degrees.

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

Miami (0-2) at Jacksonville (1-1), 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. They both share the same state. They’re separated by 351 miles along I-95 in the Sunshine State and they open play in week three of the 2020 NFL season. Miami and Ryan Fitzpatrick makes the trip to north Florida for a Thursday night contest with Gardner Mayhew and the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Both teams enter Thursday’s contest with losses under their belts last Sunday.

Miami opened the home half of their 2020 season at Hard Rock Stadium against AFC East foe Buffalo and the Bills managed to hold off the Dolphins 31-28 Sunday afternoon. Miami trailed 17-10 at the intermission and then managed to keep things close, outscoring the Bills 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play, making the contest a 3-point affair with 49 seconds when Fitzpatrick and TE Mike Gesicki connected on an 8-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion from Fitzpatrick to WR Preston Williams. Miami then attempted an onside kick, which Buffalo recovered, allowing the Bills to run out the clock and take the win. Buffalo outrushed Miami 111-99 and Fitzpatrick threw for 328 yards and a pair of TDs (he was sacked three times), while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 417 yards and four TDs with a sack but no interceptions. Miami was 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:05, while the Bills, keeping the ball for 28:55, went 5 for 10 on third down.

Tennessee held off a late Jacksonville rally last Sunday in the Music City as the Titans prevailed 33-30 at Nissan Stadium. Once again, it was Stephen Gostkowski saving Tennessee, with the Titans using an 8-play, 29-yard drive that used 1:53 of clock, to break a 30-30 tie with 96 seconds left in regulation, with Gostkowski connecting on a 49-yard field to take the lead for good. Jacksonville and Minshew had tied the contest up with 7:25 left when Minshew and RB Chris Thompson connected on a 14-yard TD pass.

Jacksonville would get the ball back and would get as close as their 45-yard line before Minshew’s pass was picked off by LB Harold Landry to end the drive and the threat. Jacksonville out-rushed Tennessee 165-123 with Jaguars rookie RB James Robinson leading all rushers with 102 yards and a TD, while Tennessee was led by Derek Henry with 84 yards rushing. Minshew threw for 339 yards with three TDs (Minshew was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions), while Ryan Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four TDs (two to TE Jonnu Smith) with a sack but no interceptions.

Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the Music City; Jacksonville went 10 of 14 (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the Titans were 7 of 11. Jacksonville actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 33:22 to Tennessee’s 26:38.

They’ve met eight times and the series is tied 4-4 and the Dolphins have outscored Jacksonville 147-128. Their last meeting was in 2018 in Miami and the Jagaurs were 17-7 winners at Hard Rock Stadium, while Miami’s last win in the series came in 2014 in Jacksonville by a final of 27-13. Jacksonville’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. If nothing else, this could wind up being a somewhat entertaining contest. Jacksonville’s looking to find their second win of the season, while the Dolphins are looking to right their ship and earn that first win. The ‘Fins are going to have wait another week. Jacksonville takes the win in north Florida and covers the 2 1/2.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Derek Rackley; SIRIUS: 81 (Miami), 83 (Jacksonville) | XM: 226 (Miami), 225 (Jacksonville)

Referee: Brad Allen

Injury Report

Miami
OUT: CB Byron Jones (groin, achilles)
DOUBTFUL: S Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral)

Jacksonville
OUT: OL Brandon Linder (Knee), K Josh Lambo (Left Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Chest)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 78 degrees

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

Cincinnati (0-1) at Cleveland (0-1), 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. They share a state. They both have top QB draft picks (Joe Burrow – Cincinnati, Baker Mayfield – Cleveland). They share a divison. They’re both 0-1 to start the season. Separated by 249 miles along Interstate 71, Cincinnnati and Cleveland meet in the week two opener at First Energy Stadium.

The Bengals had a chance against the Los Angeles Chargers to send their game into overtime at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday but K Randy Bullock’s 31-yard field goal try with seven seconds left sailed wide to the right, giving the Bengals a 16-13 loss, ruining Burrow’s professional debut. Los Angeles took the lead for keeps in the fourth quarter, using a 5-yard rushing TD by rookie RB Joshua Kelly and a 22-yard field goal by Michael Badgely. Cincinnati would get the ball back with 3:08 and would get themselves as close as the Chargers’ 13-yard line but Bullock’s try sailed wide to the right. The Bengals, who led 7-6 at the intermission and 13-6 at the end of three quarters, were out-rushed by the Chargers 155-122 with Chargers RB Austin Elker leading the way for all rushers with 84 yards, while Joe Mixon led the Bengals with 69. Burrow, the team’s top draft pic, threw for 193 yards but was sacked three times and threw an interception, while Chargers signal caller Tyrod Taylor (who replaced the departed Philip Rivers) threw for 208 yards with a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Cincinnati went 6 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Chargers ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:10, going 6 of 16 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Cleveland was held to a first-quarter TD pass from Mayfield to TE David Njoku as Baltimore and Lamar Jackson took the Browns to task 38-6 at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon. Njoku’s TD catch would pull the Browns to within 6 with 1:41 left in the first quarter before the Ravens, leading 24-6 at the intermission, went on to score their next 28 points unchallenged. Cleveland did manage to out-rush Baltimore 138-107 (Browns RB Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 72 yards) and Mayfield threw for 189 yards with the Njoku TD toss but threw an interception, while Jackson threw for 275 yards and three TDs without an interception (both Jackson and Mayfield were sacked twice; Ravens WR Marquise Brown led all recievers with 101 yards). Baltimore went 6 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 29:58, while the Browns actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:02, while going 3 for 12 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down.

The Bengals lead the series 51-42 (which includes contests that were played at Riverfront and Municipal Stadiums) and have outscored Cleveland 2,038-1,856. The two clubs split their two meetings in the Buckeye State in 2019, each winning at home.

Their first meeting took place along the shores of Lake Erie in week 14 and the Browns were 27-19 winners at First Energy Stadium. Cleveland led 14-13 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring Cincinnati 13-6 in that frame of time. Cincinnati out-rushed Cleveland 179-146, with Mixon leading all rushers with 146 yards and a TD, while Cleveland was led by Nick Chubb, who tallied 106 rushing yards. Mayfield threw for 192 yards but was picked off twice and sacked once, while Andy Dalton tallied 262 yard with a pair of sacks and an interception. Cleveland was 7 of 12 on third down conversions along the shores of Lake Erie and held the pigskin for 25:29, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock, holding on the ball for 34:31, going 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Cincinnati would get revenge on their instate and divisional rivals in the season finale along the shores of the Ohio River, sending Bengals fans home happy with the 33-23 win at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati led 20-16 at the break and never looked back, outscoring Cleveland 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. This time, it would be Cincinnati out-rushing Cleveland 179-74 with Mixon rushing for 162 yards and a pair of TDs (Chubb had 41 yards to lead Cleveland); Dalton threw for 190 yards and a TD (he was sacked once and threw an interception), while Mayfield threw for 279 yards and three TDs (one to Odell Beckham Jr.) but was sacked six times and threw three interceptions. The Bengals were 9 of 14 on third down tries and rule, d the clock as they would keep the ball for 34:41, while the Browns (4 for 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down), kept the pigskin for 25:19.

In the week 14 contest, the Browns barely missed the 8 1/2-point spread with their 8-point win along the shores of Lake Erie but both teams took care of the 42 1/2 over/under, tallying 46 points. In the week 17 season finale along the shores of the Ohio River, Cleveland was favored by 3 and the Bengals took care of the spread, winning by 10 at Paul Brown Stadium and both clubs took care of the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 56 points. Cleveland’s favored by 7 1/2 along the shores of Lake Erie and the over/under’s 46. Over the last few years, these teams have been dismal to say the least. For the winner, they’ll even their record; for the loser, they got a lot of work to do even though it’s early in the season. Cleveland may not cover the 7 1/2 but they do take the win at home.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dan Miller, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Cincinnati), 83 (Cleveland); XM: 226 (Cincinnati), 225 (Cleveland)

Referee: Shawn Smith

Injury Report

Cincinnati
OUT: DT Geno Atkins (shoulder), DT Mike Daniels (groin), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (ankle), S Shawn Williams (calf)

Cleveland
OUT: CB Kevin Johnson (liver), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder), LB Mack Wilson (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Jack Conklin (ankle, finger), T Christopher Hubbard (ankle), WR Jarvis Landry (hip), C J.C. Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (abdomen), T Jedrick Wills (shin)

Weather: Clear and 65 degrees

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

Houston (10-6) at Kansas City (12-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. They meet again and this time, it’s to open the 2020 season. The home team will get their rings and a banner and a lot of accolades.

Then there’s the business of a football game. Kansas City, the defending World Champions, host J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans at Arrowhead in the first Thursday night game of the 2020 campaign. For the Texans, it’s a chance to get some measure of revenge; for the Chiefs, it’s a chance to prove that the 2019 season was not a fluke.

Kansas City and Houston have met 10 teams and each team has taken five wins in the series. Houston won the last meeting last year at Arrowhead, while Kansas City’s last win in the series came in 2017 in the Lone Star State, as the Chiefs would leave Houston 42-34 winners. They met twice in the 2019 season, once in the regular season and once in the postseason.

Meeting number one… week six at Arrowhead and the Texans pulled off the upset, leaving the Show-Me State 31-24 winners. Houston led 23-17 at the intermission before the Chiefs would take their only lead of the contest with 6:30 left in the third when Mahomes and Tyreek Hill connected on a 6-yard TD toss.

That lead would last until 6:17 left in the contest when Waston scored on his second TD run to take the lead back from a yard out. The Chiefs would get the ball back before punting it back to the Texans with 5:12 left to play and it would be the last that Mahomes and the Chiefs would see the pigskin as the Texans would run the clock out to take the win.

Carlos Hyde led all rushers with 116 yards and a TD as the Texans outrushed Kansas City 192-53 (LeShawn McCoy led the Chiefs with 44 yards), while Mahomes threw for 273 yards and three TDs and Watson threw for 280 yards and a TD (Mahomes was picked off once and was sacked once, while Watson was picked off twice). The Chiefs were 4 of 8 on third down tries at Arrowhead and held on to the pigskin for 20:12, while the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 39:48 (including the final 5:12 of the contest) and went 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Kansas City would get their revenge on Houston in the post-season in front of the home crowd at Arrowhead, erasing a 24-0 deficit to come away with the 51-31 AFC Divisional Playoff win. Kansas City would score 41 points unchallenged to take control of things in their march to winning their second Lombardi, as Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce connected three times in the second quarter and never looked back afterward. Mahomes led all rushers with 53 yards as the Chiefs outrushed Houston 118-94 (Hyde led Houston with 44 yards) and threw for 321 yards and five TDs (three to Kelce), while Watson threw for 388 yards and three TDs (Watson was sacked four times) and neither threw an interception. The Chiefs were 2 for 8 on third down and kept the ball for 25:25, while the Texans held the ball hostage for 34:35, going 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 5 on fourth down.

In the week six contest at Arrowhead, the Chiefs were favored by 4 1/2 and the Texans covered with their 7-point win and both teams took care of the 55 over/under, tallying 55 points. The boys and girls in Vegas liked the Chiefs in the Divisional Playoff game and made them 9 1/2 point favorites. Kansas City didn’t disappoint, winning by 20 and as was the case in the regular season contest, the teams covered the over/under (50) by tallying 82 points. Vegas likes the Chiefs in the season opener, making them 9-point favorites with a 54 1/2 over/under.

Both numbers make a lot of season, both teams were in the post-season last year and both teams can put offensive numbers up at the drop of a hat. This is one game out of 256 and the loser will not be out of the post-season immediately. As for the winner… they’ll be on top of their division for a couple of days. While it’ll be closer than 9, the defending champs prevail at Arrowhead and open the 2020 season with a win under their belts.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. Eastern on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 81 (Houston), 83 (Kansas City) | XM: 226 (Houston), 225 (Kansas City )

Referee: Clete Blakeman

Injury Report

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brandon Cooks (Quad), FB Cullen Gillaspia (Hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (Ankle)

Kansas City: Kansas City reports no injuries

Weather: Overcast with a 30 percent chance of rain and 59 degrees

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

You’ve waited almost all Winter for this.

You found out who your team was going to play and you even knew where.

It was the when that kept you up at night.

Wonder no more. Your patience has been rewarded (even if it was a couple of weeks late).

The 2020 National Football League regular season schedule was released by the league last May. “The release of the NFL schedule is something our fans eagerly anticipate every year, as they look forward with hope and optimism to the season ahead,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL Network and USA Today. “In preparing to play the season as scheduled, we will continue to make our decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice, in compliance with government regulations, and with appropriate safety protocols to protect the health of our fans, players, club and league personnel and our communities. We will be prepared to make adjustments as necessary, as we have during this off-season in safely and efficiently conducting key activities such as free agency, the virtual off-season program, and the 2020 NFL Draft.”

The NFL’s 101st season begins with the league’s annual prime-time kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs hosts Houston at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of the AFC Divisional playoffs.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with key divisional games on Sunday, September 13, featuring Tampa Bay traveling to the Big Easy to face off against New Orleans at 4:25 p.m. and Arizona visiting San Francisco at 4:25 p.m. CBS kicks off its coverage in Week 1 with a host of rivalry games, including Baltimore welcoming Cleveland at 1 p.m. and Miami traveling to Foxboro to face AFC East rival New England at 1 p.m.

The 2020 NFL schedule, Powered by AWS, features the debut of two world-class venues – SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Rams will meet Dallas on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on September 13 in their new home while the Los Angeles Chargers welcome the Chiefs to SoFi Stadium in Week 2 on September 20 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Also in Week 2, the Raiders host the first-ever regular-season NFL game in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium when they face New Orleans on ESPN’s Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m., with a simulcast on ABC, on the 50th anniversary of the first Monday Night Football game in 1970.

The ESPN slate begins with a Kickoff Weekend doubleheader. The New York Giants will host Pittsburgh on September 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the first game, followed by Tennessee visiting Denver in the nightcap at 10:10 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.

All 32 clubs are again scheduled for at least one nationally televised Thursday, Sunday or Monday game. Thursday Night Football will air exclusively on NFL Network in Weeks 2-4, while FOX kicks off its Thursday night slate in Week 5. FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) as well as the Friday, December 25, game between Minnesota and New Orleans at 4:30 p.m. Those FOX games are slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video, beginning with Tampa Bay at Chicago on October 8.

NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games – with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games – including a very special Thursday night contest on September 17. On that day, the 100th birthday of the National Football League, Cleveland hosts Cincinnati at 8:20 p.m., with the NFL Network broadcast paying tribute to the birthplace of the NFL in nearby Canton, Ohio.

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

Thanksgiving will feature a triple-header on Thursday, November 26. The first game will send Houston to the Motor City for an early afternoon showdown with Detroit at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. The late afternoon game will feature Washington visiting Dallas at 4:30 p.m. on FOX in a battle of NFC East rivals and the Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an AFC North showdown as Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on NBC at 8:20 p.m.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the 12th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 13. “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, 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.
For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. 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 match-ups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime-time.

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights. In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

Beginning this year, two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The number 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3 and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6 and 7. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9 and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons. Wild Card Weekend winners join the top division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 24. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 7, in Super Bowl LV at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium (CBS).

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 prime-time games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

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

2020 NFL SCHEDULE (Times are Eastern and subject to change)

WEEK 1
Thursday, September 10
Houston at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, September 13
Seattle at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at New England, 1 p.n. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 14
Pittsburgh at New York Giants, 7:15 p.m. on ESPN
Tennessee at Denver, 10:10 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 2
Thursday, September 17
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

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

Monday, September 21
New Orleans at Las Vegas, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 3
Thursday, September 24
Miami at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, September 27
Chicago at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 28, 2020
Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 4
Thursday, October 1
Denver at New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. NFL Network

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

Monday, October 5
ATLANTA at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 5
Thursday, October 8
Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFLNetwork and Amazon*

Sunday, October 11
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Washington, 1 p.m. onp FOX
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Indianapolis at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 12
Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 6
Thursday, October 15
Kansas City at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, October 18
ATLANTA at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. NBC

Monday, October 19
Arizona at Dallas, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 7
Thursday, October 22
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, October 25
Detroit at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New England, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 26
Chicago at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 8
Thursday, October 29
ATLANTA at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 1
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 2
Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 9
Thursday, November 5
Green Bay at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 8
Denver at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Tennessee, 1 o.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 9
New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 10
Thursday, November 12
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

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

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

WEEK 11
Thursday, November 19
Arizona at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 22
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 23
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 12
Thursday, November 26 (THANKSGIVING IN UNITED STATES)
Houston at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 29
Las Vegas at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Denver, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Chicago Bears at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 30
Seattle at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 13
Thursday, December 3
Dallas at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, December 6
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 7
Buffalo at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 14
Thursday, December 10
New England at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, December 13
ATLANTA at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Washington at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 14
Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 15
Thursday, December 17
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Saturday, December 19
TBD vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
TBD vs. TBD, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

Saturday, December 19 or Sunday, December 20 – Date/Time/Network TBD
Buffalo at Denver – Date, Time and Network TBD
Carolina at Green Bay – Date, Time and Network TBD
Houston at Indianapolis – Date, Time and Network TBD
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams – Date, Time and Network TBD
Detroit at Tennessee – Date, Time and Network TBD

Sunday, December 20
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 21
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 16
Friday, December 25
Minnesota at New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Saturday, December 26
TBD vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
TBD vs. TBD, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

Saturday, December 26 or Sunday, December 27 – Date/Time/Network TBD
San Francisco at Arizona – Date/Time/Network TBD
Tampa Bay at Detroit – Date/Time/Network TBD
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers – Date/Time/Network TBD
Miami at Las Vegas – Date/Time/Network TBD
Cleveland at New York Jets – Date/Time/Network TBD

Sunday, December 27
ATLANTA at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 28
Buffalo at New England, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 17
Sunday, January 3
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Las Vegas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

* NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change

NFL clubs voted to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season. Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team qualify for the playoffs and compete for the Super Bowl.

The vote took place during a league meeting held remotely follows the recommendation of the Competition Committee, Management Council Executive Committee and Media Committee on increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14.

Two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3 and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6 and 7.

AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9 and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

CBS will broadcast one additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. Eastern. The game will also be available via a livestream on CBS All Access. Additionally, as part of CBS’ coverage, a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience.

NBC, its new streaming service Peacock, as well as Telemundo will all broadcast an additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

​The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons.