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Tennessee (1-1) at Jacksonville (0-2), 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Sunshine State as Tennessee and Jacksonville, both coming off losses last week, open play in week 3.

Last week, Derrick Henry had 81 rushing yards and a touchdown in Tennessee’s Week 2 loss at home against Indianapolis. He enters Thursday night with at least 80 rushing yards in six consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has five touchdowns and no interceptions over his past three road games, including throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions with a 133.3 rating in Tennessee’s 43-13 Week 1 win at Cleveland. Rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown leads the team with 125 receiving yards through the season’s first two weeks, second-most among AFC rookies. Cornerback Logan Ryan has an interception in each of the first two games of the season, while safety Kevin Byard’s 13 interceptions since 2017 are the most in the NFL during that span. Tennessee enters Week 3 leading the league with a +5 turnover differential.

Jacksonville rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew comes into Thursday night off his first career start, throwing for 213 yards and a touchdown and rushing for a team-high 56 yards in the Jaguars’ Week 2 loss. The sixth-round draft choice saw his first action in Week 1, when he completed 88 percent of his passes (22 of 25), the highest completion percentage by a quarterback in his NFL debut in league history (minimum 15 attempts). He also completed his first 13 pass attempts, the longest streak to begin a career over the past 40 seasons. Wide receiver D.J. Chark enters the game as Jacksonville’s leading receiver, registering 201 yards and two touchdowns over the season’s first two weeks. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey leads the Jaguars in interceptions (nine) and has the fourth-most passes defensed (45) in the NFL since entering the league in 2016.

Tennessee trailed Indianapolis 13-7 at the half, then took their only lead of the contest when Henry and K Carlos Santos helped their team put 10 third-quarter points on the board to take a 17-13 lead with 4:35 left in the period. That lead would not last long as the Colts would reclaim it for themselves and for keeps with 4:38 left in the contest when QB Jacboy Brissett and WR T.Y. Hilton connected on a 4-yard TD toss. The Titans would catch a huge break when Colts K Adam Vinatieri missed the extra point, giving them a chance to take the win at home. After the Colts punted the ball late in the fourth, Tennessee would make their way down the field and get as close as Indianapolis’ 45-yard line, where the drive stalled and the Colts would come away with the win.

The Colts outrushed Tennessee 167-123 and Mariota threw for 154 yards and a TD (he was sacked four times but did not throw an interception), while Brissett threw for 146 yards with three TDs (including the game-winner) to go with four sacks and an interception. Tennessee was a somewhat dismal 1 of 10 on third down conversions (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Titans would hold on to the ball for 28:06, while the Colts were 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and ruled the clock as they would keep the ball for 31:54.

The Jaguars are in search of their first win of the 2019 campaign and comes back to the Sunshine State after their 13-12 AFC South loss at Houston last Sunday. Jacksonville trailed 6-3 at the intermission and made it a 1-point contest with 30 seconds left in the contest when Minshew and Chark connected on a 4-yard TD toss. Jacksonville would then miss the two-point conversion at NRG Stadium and went for the on-side kick, which Houston recovered. The Texans would then go on to run out the clock and take the win. Houston out-rushed Jacksonville 126-103 and Minshew threw for 213 yards with the late contest TD, while DeSean Watson threw for 159 yards without a TD (both men were sacked four times but neither threw an interception). While Jacksonville was 3 of 13 on third down and the Texans were 6 of 15, both teams had success on fourth down tries, with Jacksonville going 2 of 2 and Houston going 1 of 1. Jacksonville actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:01 to Houston’s 29:59.

The Titans lead the series 28-20 (which includes contests that were played in Houston when they were known as the Oilers), have outscored Jacksonville 995-903 and have won the last four meetings in the series, including sweeping the series in 2018 (Jacksonville’s last win came in 2016 in the Sunshine State by a final of 38-17).

Their first meeting was week three in Jacksonville and it was the kickers on display as Josh Lambo and Ryan Succop exchanged field goals in that contest. It would be Succop that would get the last word as he broke a 6-6 tie by nailing a 28-yard try with 4:06 left in the contest to give Tennessee a 9-6 win at TIAA Bank Field. Tennessee out-rushed Jacksonville 150-87 and Mariota threw for 100 yards, while Blake Bortles threw for 155 yards (Bortles was sacked three times, Mariota was sacked once; neither threw an interception). Jacksonville was 5 of 15 on third downs, 0 of 1 on fourth down and the Jaguars would hang on to the ball for 27:13, while Tennessee ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:47 and the Titans went 5 of 15 on third down tries.

The Titans completed the sweep of the series in the Music City and they would take care of business in week 14 in Nashville by a final of 30-9 at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee led 16-2 at the intermission, then went on to outscore the Jaguars 14-7 in the third (the two teams played a scoreless fourth quarter). The Titans out-rushed Jacksonville 264-60 with Tennessee’s Derrick Henry leading the way with 238 yards and four TDs, while Mariota threw for 162 yards (Jacksonville’s Cody Keesler threw for 240 yards and a TD toss to Dede Westbrook but was sacked four times and threw an interception). The Titans went 7 of 11 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:20, while the Jaguars were rulers of the clock, holding the pigskin for 30:40 and went 2 of 12 on third down, 2 of 5 on fourth down.

Jacksonville was favored by 3 in the week three contest in the Sunshine State but the Titans’ 3-point win meant that they did not cover and the 40 over/under was safe as both teams combined for only 15 points. Tennessee easily covered the 4-point spread in the week 14 contest and the 39 points barely covered the 37 1/2 over/under. The Titans may be the road team but the boys and girls in Las Vegas have made them a 1-point with a 39 over/under. Tennessee covers the 1 and wins in the Sunshine State Thursday night.

Broadcast Information – 8:15 p.m. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Rod Woodson; SIRIUS: 81 (Tennessee), 83 (Jacksonville); XM: 225 (Tennessee), 226 (Jacaksonville)

Referee: Shawn Hochuli

Injury Report

Tennessee
OUT: RB David Fluellen (Hamstring, CB Chris Milton (Collarbone), G Kevin Pamphile (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Wesley Woodyard (Quadricep)

Jacksonville
OUT: LB Donell Alexander (Hamstring), TE Josh Oliver (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Joshua Robinson (Foot), CB Arlandrus Bouye (Hip)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 77 degrees

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

Week 2 was one for the history books, as high scores, close games and prolific passers around the league highlighted a thrilling week of NFL action.

Offense has been the order of the day in the first 32 games played and through the first two weeks of the season, there have been 174 total touchdowns scored, the most in NFL history through Week 2 and the 1,506 total points are the second-most in league annals (1,556 in 2012) through the first two weeks of a season.

MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2018 – 174
2011 – 172
2015 – 170
2012 – 170

MOST TOTAL POINTS IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2012 – 1,556
2018 – 1,506
2011 – 1,502
2015 – 1,488

Close games continue to be the norm in 2018, as 25 of the season’s 32 games (78.1 percent) through two weeks of the season have been within one score in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in NFL history through Week 2.

Twenty-one games have been decided by eight or fewer points through Week 2, the third-most in league history through the first two weeks of a season. Nine teams, including four last week (Denver, Minnesota, New Orleans and Tennessee), have won or tied after trailing in the fourth quarter this season.

Last week, 17 of the league’s 32 starting quarterbacks (53.1 percent) recorded a passer rating of at least 100 and six passers completed at least 80 percent of their attempts (minimum 15 attempts), both the most in a single week in league history.

Three quarterbacks – Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (452 passing yards), Minnesota’s Kikr Cousins (425) and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick (402) – threw for at least 400 yards in Week 2. There have been six 400-yard passing performances in the first two weeks of the season, tied with the 2011 and 2013 seasons for the most 400-yard passers through the first two weeks of a season in league history. Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for at least 400 yards in each of the Buccaneers first two games of the season, looks to become the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards in three consecutive games.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdown passes against Pittsburgh last week and has 10 touchdown passes in two games this season, the most in NFL history by a quarterback in his team’s first two games of a season.

The 65 touchdown passes in Week 2 are tied for the most in a single week in league history (2015, Week 15) and the 8,385 net passing yards are the second-most in a single week in league annals (8,706 in Week 2, 2016).

MOST TD PASSES IN SINGLE WEEK IN NFL HISTORY

SEASON – WEEK (TD PASSES)
2018 – 2 (65)
2015 – 15 (65)
2013 – 14 (64)

MOST NET PASSING YARDS IN SINGLE WEEK IN NFL HISTORY

SEASON – WEEK (NET PASS YARDS)
2016 – 2 (8,706)
2018 – 2 (8,385)
2015 – 12 (8,287)

Entering Week 3, league-wide passing numbers are on a historic pace, as the marks for completions (1,516), completion percentage (65.3 percent), touchdown passes (114) and passer rating (92.6) are all the highest in NFL history through the first two weeks of a season.

SEASON – COMPLETIONS
2018 – 1,516
2013 – 1,489

SEASON – COMPLETION PCT.
2018 – 65.3
2015 – 64.9

SEASON – TD PASSES
2018 – 114
2013 – 111

SEASON – RATING
2018 – 92.6
2015 – 92.4

Seven teams enter Week 3 with a 2-0 record: Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Rams, Miami and Tampa Bay. Two teams from the NFC North – Green Bay and Minnesota – have a record of 1-0-1 after tying 29-29 at Lambeau Field last week. Five of the nine undefeated teams this season missed the 2017 postseason – Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Miami and Tampa Bay. Since 1990, when the current playoff format was adopted, 142 of the 228 teams (62.3 percent) to start 2-0 have qualified for the postseason.

Below are a few highlights of the Week 3 schedule, which features eight interconference matchups and two divisional contests:

Two first-year head coaches – Detroit’s Matt Patricia and Indianapolis’ Frank Reich – face their former teams as the Lions welcome the New England Patriots to Ford Field on Sunday night and the Colts travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles Sunday afternoon.

The Chargers travel to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face the Rams at 4:05 p.m. Eastern in the first matchup between two teams from LA since November 13, 1994, when the Raiders defeated the Rams 20-17 at Anaheim Stadium.

Monday night’s Week 3 finale features DeSean Jackson and the Buccaneers hosting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers at Raymond James Stadium. Jackson, who leads the NFL with 275 receiving yards and had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Week 2, has 23 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for the most such touchdowns in league history. Last week, Roethlisberger (51,852 career passing yards) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for the seventh-most passing yards in NFL history.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 28 attempts (82.1 percent) for 326 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 154.8 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-37 win at Pittsburgh.

Mahomes, who threw four touchdown passes in Week 1, has 10 touchdown passes in two weeks, the most by a quarterback in NFL history through his team’s first two games of a season. The previous record of nine touchdown passes was held by Peyton Manning (2013), Drew Brees (2009) and Charley Johnson (1965). Manning’s 2013 Denver Broncos and Brees’ 2009 New Orleans Saints advanced to the Super Bowl in their respective seasons.

Mahomes, who started the final game of the 2017 season and the first two games of this season for the Chiefs, has 10 touchdown passes in his first three career games. His 10 touchdown passes are the most by a player in his first three career games in NFL history, surpassing Marcus Mariota (eight) and Mark Rypien (eight).

At 22 years, 364 days old, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback in NFL history with at least six touchdown passes in a single game. The previous record was held by Nick Foles (24 years, 287 days), who threw seven touchdown passes on November 3, 2013.

•Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 33 attempts (81.8 percent) for 402 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 144.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 victory over Philadelphia.

Fitzpatrick, who threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1, joins Patrick Mahomes (2018) and Drew Bledsoe (1997) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least four touchdown passes in each of their team’s first two games of a season.

Fitzpatrick connected on 75-yard touchdown passes to wide receiver De Sean Jackson and tight end O.J. Howard in the contest. He has four touchdown passes of at least 50 yards this season, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath (four in 1972) for the most 50+ yard touchdown passes through a team’s first two games of a season in NFL history.

Jackson, who has 23 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (23) for the most such touchdowns in league annals.

•New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 21-18 win against Cleveland.

Thomas, who had a franchise-record 16 catches in Week 1, has 28 receptions in the Saints’ first two games of 2018 and surpassed Andre Rison (26 catches in 1994) for the most by a player in his team’s first two games to start a season in NFL history.

•Tennessee safety Kevin Byard threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to rookie defensive back Dane Cruikshank on a fake punt in the first quarter of the Titans’ 20-17 win against Houston.

Byard’s 66-yard touchdown pass was the longest by a defensive player in the Super Bowl era, surpassing the previous long of 18 yards set by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Ed Meador on November 19, 1967.

•Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all three of his extra-point attempts in the Colts’ 21-9 victory at Washington.

Vinatieri, who has 2,501 career points in 23 career seasons, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) as the only players in NFL history with at least 2,500 career points.

•NFC North foes Minnesota and Green Bay played to a 29-29 tie at Lambeau Field. Sunday’s game marked the second consecutive week with a tie (Cleveland-Pittsburgh in Week 1). This is the first season to feature a tie in each of the first two weeks since 1971, which saw Miami and Denver tie 10-10 in Week 1 and Atlanta and the Los Angeles Rams tie 20-20 in Week 2.

•Other notable performances from Sunday’s games:

Miami running back Frank Goroe rushed for 25 yards in the Dolphins’ 20-12 win at the New York Jets. Gore, who has 14,112 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin (14,101) for the fourth-most rushing yards in NFL history.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 39 of 60 attempts (65 percent) for 452 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.3 passer rating in the Steelers’ loss to Kansas City. Roethlisberger has 51,852 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for seventh place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leaderboard.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay had 111 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, four receiving) in the Broncos’ 20-19 win against Oakland. Lindsay, who had 102 scrimmage yards (71 rushing, 31 receiving) in his NFL debut last week, became the first undrafted player in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first two career games.

Oakland quarterback Derek Carr completed 29 of 32 for a 90.6 completion percentage in the Raiders’ loss at Denver. Carr’s 90.6 completion percentage was the fourth-highest in a single game in NFL history among quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts in a game.

Among quarterbacks with at least 20 passing attempts, Carr’s 288 passing yards are the most by a quarterback who completed at least 90 percent of his attempts in a single game in NFL history. He is the only quarterback with at least 30 pass attempts and a 90+ completion percentage in a single game.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 3

FAST START: Through the first two weeks of the season, there have been 174 total touchdowns scored, the most in NFL history through Week 2, and the 1,506 total points are the second-most in league annals (1,556 in 2012) through the first two weeks of a season.

MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2018 – 174
2011 – 172
2015 – 170
2012 – 170

MOST TOTAL POINTS IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2012 – 1,556
2018 – 1,506
2011 – 1,502
2015 – 1,488

Close games continue to be the norm in 2018, as 25 of the 32 games (78.1 percent) through two weeks of the season have been within one score in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in NFL history through Week 2. Twenty-one games have been decided by eight or fewer points through Week 2, the third-most in league history through the first two weeks of a season. Nine teams, including four last week (Denver, Minnesota, New Orleans and Tennessee), have won or tied after trailing in the fourth quarter this season.

FITZ-MAGICAL: Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 33 attempts (81.8 percent) for 402 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 144.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ Week 2 win over Philadelphia.

Fitzpatrick, who passed for 417 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1 and plays against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, can become the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in three consecutive games.

The players with at least 400 passing yards and four touchdown passes in consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – CONSEC. GAMES WITH 400 PASS YARDS & 4 TDs)
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tampa Bay (2018 – 2)*
Billy Volek – Tennessee (2004 – 2)
Dan Marino – Miami (1984 – 2)^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With another 400-yard performance, Fitzpatrick would become the first quarterback in NFL history to record three consecutive games with at least 400 passing yards.

CHILLING WITH MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 28 attempts (82.1 percent) for 326 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 154.8 passer rating in the Chiefs’ Week 2 victory at Pittsburgh. At 22 years, 364 days old, Mahomes became the youngest quarterback in NFL history with at least six touchdown passes in a single game.

Mahomes, whose 10 touchdown passes through Week 2 are the most by a quarterback in NFL history through his team’s first two games, needs three touchdown passes on Sunday against San Francisco at Arrowhead to surpass Peyton Manning (12 in 2013) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history by a quarterback through his team’s first three games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN TEAM’S 1ST 3 GAMES)
Peyton Manning – Denver (2013 – 12)
Tom Brady – New England (2011 – 11)
Many tied with 10
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City (2018 – 10)*
*Through first two games

COMPLETE CONTROL: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has 6,287 career completions during his 18-year NFL career.

With 14 completions on Sunday at Atlanta, Brees would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (6,300) for the most completions in NFL history.

The players with the most career completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (COMPLETIONS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (6,300)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (6,287)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees has at least 30 pass attempts and completed at least 80 percent of his passes in each of his past two games. He can surpass Peyton Manning (2013) as the only quarterback in NFL history with three consecutive games with at least 30 pass attempts and a completion percentage of 80 or higher.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 30 pass attempts and a completion percentage of 80 or higher in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 30+ ATTEMPTS & 80%+ COMPLETION PCT.)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2018 – 2)*
Peyton Manning – Denver (2013 – 2)
*Active streak

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck has 19,576 career passing yards in 72 career games.

Luck, who will play at Philadelphia on Sunday, needs 424 passing yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (74 games) and Matthew Stafford (71 games) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for 20,000 yards in 75 games or fewer.

The players to reach 20,000 career passing yards in the fewest number of games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO REACH 20,000 PASSING YARDS)
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (71)
Dan Marino – Miami (74)^
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona (76)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (78)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (72)*
*Has 19,576 career passing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DEEP THREAT: Buccaneers wide receiver De Sean Jackson had 129 receiving yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch, in Tampa Bay’s Week 2 victory over Philadelphia.

Jackson, who had 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in each of his team’s first three games of a season.

The players with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in each of their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON)
Randy Moss – New England (2007)#^
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1999)^
Jerry Rice – San Francisco (1989)^
Dwight Clark – San Francisco (1982)
DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay (2018)*
*Through first two games
#Had 100+ rec. yards and TD in team’s first four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GREEN IS GOOD: Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green had three touchdown receptions in the Bengals’ Week 2 victory over Baltimore.

Green, who has four touchdown receptions through two games, needs two touchdowns at Carolina to become the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to record six touchdown catches through his team’s first three games of a season.

The players with the most touchdown receptions through his team’s first three games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES IN TEAM’S 1ST 3 GAMES)
Calvin Johnson – Detroit (2011 – 6)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1999 – 6)^
Daryl Turner – Seattle (1985 – 6)
A.J. Green – Cincinnati (2018 – 4)*
*Through first two games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas recorded 12 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ Week 2 win over Cleveland. Thomas has 28 receptions in the Saints’ first two games, the most by a player in his team’s first two games in NFL history.

Thomas needs seven receptions at Atlanta on Sunday to surpass Julio Jones (34 in 2015) for the most catches by a player in his team’s first three games to start a season in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in his team’s first three games of the season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS IN TEAM’S 1ST 3 GAMES)
Julio Jones – ATLANTA (2015 – 34)
Troy Brown – New England (2002 – 31)
Clark Gaines – New York Jets (1980 – 31)
Wes Welker – New England (2011 – 31)
Michael Thomas – New Orleans (2018 – 28)*
*Through first two games

Week three got underway in Cleveland as the Browns ended a 635-day, 19-game losing streak to take down the New York Jets 21-17 along the shores of Lake Erie Thursday night and concludes in the Sunshine State as the Steelers and Buccaneers meet under the lights on Monday. As for last week, we went 10-6 and for the season, we’re 21-11. That’s pretty good. It could be better but it is what is is. With that being said, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week three.

New Orleans (1-1) at ATLANTA (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Gumbo vs. Peach Pie. The Big Easy vs. The Big Peach. They meet again and don’t expect any Facebook friend requests from these two teams. A pair of NFC South foes meet in the Big Peach as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are coming off close wins at home after losses in the opening weekend and both are chasing Tampa Bay for the top spot in the NFC South.

New Orleans erased a 12-3 deficit at the end of the third quarter against Cleveland (the Browns led 9-3 at the half) and prevailed 21-18 in the Big Easy. Saints WR Michael Thomas caught a pair of Brees TD passes, the first to pull them to within two with 8:41 left, then a catch that would give them the lead with 2:40 left before the Browns would tie the contest with 76 seconds left in regulation when WR Anthony Calloway and QB Tyrod Taylor hooked up on a 47-yard toss (Cleveland would miss the PAT). New Orleans went back to work and used a 6-play, 49-yard drive that used only 55 seconds, with K Will Lutz sending Saints fans home happy when he connected on a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left. Suprisingly, the Browns outrushed New Orleans 93-62, with Brees throwing for 243, while Taylor threw for 246 and a TD (each was sacked three times and picked off once). Cleveland was 4 of 12 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:19, while the Saints ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:41, going 3 of 12 on third down tries.

Atlanta took a 17-10 halftime lead against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in the Big Peach and came away 31-24 winners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Ryan threw a pair of TD passes, the first to rookie WR Calvin Ridley, the second to TE Austin Hooper but Ryan also contributed with a pair of rushing TDs inside the red zone. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 170-121, with Falcons RB Tevin Coleman leading all rushers with 107 yards in the contest. Newton threw for 335 yards and three TDs, while Ryan threw for 272 yards (both Ryan and Newton were picked off once). Atlanta would go on to hold off a late Carolina rally that would have tied things up in the final seconds of the fourth quarter when Newton’s final pass attempt fell short of its mark and went incomplete. Carolina was 5 of 11 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 30:18, while Atlanta was 6 of 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:42.

Atlanta leads the series 51-46 and the Falcons have outscored New Orleans 2,146-2,025. The NFC South rivals met twice last year, with each team taking wins in their home facility.

Meeting one… Atlanta in week 14 in a Thursday night contest, which Atlanta won 20-17. The two clubs entered the half tied at 10-10 before the Saints would take the lead in the third quarter when Brees and WR Michael Thomas connected on a 1-yard TD toss to lead 17-10. That lead would not last long as Ryan and WR Mohamed Sanu connected on an 8-yard toss to tie things up. Matt Bryant would then give the Falcons the lead for good with a 52-yard field goal with 3:49 left in the contest. Atlanta fans then held their breaths as the Saints would try one last drive to either tie things up or take a win out of the Peach State. New Orleans got the ball back with 3:44 left to play and started their drive from their 20 yard line. The Saints would then march their way downfield and got as far as Atlanta’s 11 yard line when Brees was picked off by Deion Jones with 90 sesconds left. After the Saints burned a pair of timeouts, Atlanta was allowed to run out the clock when Saints head coach Sean Payton was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty and take the Thursday night win in the process.

Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 132-50, with DeVonta Freeman leading all rushers with 91 yards and a TD, while Ryan threw for 221 yards and the TD toss to Sanu. For the Saints, Brees threw for 271 yards with two TDs and the interception. Atlanta was 7 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 34:41, while the Saints kept the ball for 25:19, gokng 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

They met again, this time in the Big Easy and this time it’s week 16 on Christmas Eve afternoon. This time, the Saints acted in a somewhat Grinch-like manner at home and got revenge, taking a 23-13 win over the Falcons. New Orleans led 13-0 at the intermission, then held off a second half Atlanta rally that saw the Falcons outscore the Saints 13-10 in the final 30 minutes of action. Atlanta was outrushed 86-67 and Ryan threw for 288 yards but was sacked 5 times, while Brees threw for 239 yards (both men threw a TD pass and each threw an interception). Atlanta was 2 of 13 on third down (the Falcons were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:12, while the Saints kept the ball for 33:48, going 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Although the Saints were favored by 1, the Falcons covered the spread with the 3-point win in the Big Peach. The 52 1/2 over/under was intact in the week 14 contest, with the two clubs combining for 37 points. The Saints easily covered the 5 1/2 point spread in the week 16 Christmas Eve rematch but the 52 over/under went untouched as New Orleans and Atlanta merged for 36 points.

Atlanta’s favored by 3 in the Big Peach and the over/under’s 53. These two teams won the NFC South in the last two seasons and both made their way deep into postseason action. In the end, Atlanta prevails at home and covers the 3.

Denver (1-1) at Baltimore (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of 1-1 teams meet in Charm City as Denver comes to Baltimore for an early afternoon meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.

Denver trailed AFC West rival Oakland late into the third quarter, then went on a scoring binge in the final 15 minutes of play and came away 20-19 winners at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Denver trailed 12-0 at the break and saw the Raiders take a 19-7 lead late into the third quarter before Denver took control of things in the final few minutes of the game. Denver’s winning points came with 6 seconds left when K Brian McMannus connected on a 36-yard field goal to give the home team the lead for the first time and for good. Denver outrushed Oakland 168-92 (Denver’s Patrick Lindsey led all rushers with 107 yards, while Oakland was led by Marshawn Lynch wtih 65 yards and a TD) and Case Keenum threw for 222 yards in the contest, while Derek Carr threw for 288 yards and a TD (each was sacked once). Denver was 8 of 16 on third down (the Broncos were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:04, while the Raiders, who had a final rally come to an end in the closing seconds, went 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 32:56.

Baltimore limps back home to Charm City after they were taken to task by Cincinnati 34-23 last Thursday night in the Queen City. Baltimore trailed 28-14 at the half and found themselves being outrushed Baltimore 108-66 and Andy Dalton threw for 265 yards and four TDs, connecting with A.J. Green on three of those tosses, while Joe Flacco threw for 376 yards and a pair of TDs with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Bengals outrushed Baltimore 108-66 in the Thursday night win along the shores of the Ohio River, forcing three Baltimore turnovers and went 5 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:50, while Baltimore kept the pigskin for 28:10, going 7 of 16 and 2 of 4 on third and fourth downs.

Denver holds a 6-5 lead in the series and the Ravens have outscored the Broncos 245-238. Denver’s last win in the series came in the Mile High City in 2015 by a final of 19-13, while the Ravens’ last win in the series came in 2010 in Charm City by a final of 31-17. The oddsmakers like the Ravens as 5 point favorites in Charm City and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. In the bigger scheme of things, Baltimore prevails at home and covers the 5.

Cincinnati (2-0) at Carolina (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Cam Newton vs. Andy Dalton. A pair of top first-round QBs meet in the Tar Heel State as Carolina hosts the Cincinnati Bengals at Bank of America Stadium.

Cincinnati manhandled Baltimore 34-23 last Thursday night in the Queen City. The Bengals, leading 28-14 at the half, outrushed Baltimore 108-66 and Dalton threw for 265 yards and four TDs, connecting with A.J. Green on three of those tosses, while Joe Flacco threw for 376 yards and a pair of TDs with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Bengals outrushed Baltimore 108-66 in the Thursday night win along the shores of the Ohio River, forcing three Baltimore turnovers and went 5 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:50, while Baltimore kept the pigskin for 28:10, going 7 of 16 and 2 of 4 on third and fourth downs.

Newton and Carolina trailed Atlanta 17-10 at halftime in the Big Peach and came away on the short end of a 31-24 loss to their NFC South rivals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It was Matt Ryan that would do damage with his arm, as he threw a pair of TD passes, the first to rookie WR Calvin Ridley, the second to TE Austin Hooper and then with his feet as he contributed with a pair of rushing TDs inside the red zone. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 170-121, with Falcons RB Tevin Coleman leading all rushers with 107 yards in the contest. Newton threw for 335 yards and three TDs, while Ryan threw for 272 yards (both Ryan and Newton were picked off once). Atlanta would go on to hold off a late Carolina rally that would have tied things up in the final seconds of the fourth quarter when Newton’s final pass attempt fell short of its mark and went incomplete. Carolina was 5 of 11 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 30:18, while Atlanta was 6 of 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:42.

The “Litter Box Series” is tied at 2-2-1 and Carolina has outscored Cincinnati 137-108. Their last meeting was in Cincinnati and that contest resulted in a 37-37 tie in 2014. Carolina’s last win in the series came in 2002 in the Tar Heel State by a final of 52-31, while Cincy’s last win also came in Charlotte by a final of 20-7 in 2010. Carolina’s favored by 3 in the Tar Heel State and the over/under’s 43 1/2. The Bengals are trying to be 3-0, while the Panthers are looking to bounce back from their loss to Atlanta last Sunday afternoon. Cincinnati may not cover the 3 but they’re finer in Carolina and takes the road win.

Tennessee (1-1) at Jacksonville (2-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in north Florida as Marcus Maritoa and the Tenneessee Titans travel to the Sunshine State to square off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tennessee, who may or may not have Marcus Mariota under center, held off a late Houston rally in Nashville and came away 20-17 winners at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 14-7 at the break before Houston would rally in the second half and outscore Tennessee 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. Houston did outrush Tennessee 148-100 with Texans RB Lamar Miller leading the way with 68 yards on the afternoon. Blaine Gabbard, who took over for Mariota, threw for 117 yards and a TD, while Texans QB DeShaun Watson threw for 310 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once. Houston on third down tries went 5 of 11 and held the ball for 29:38, while the Titans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:22, going 5 of 15 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Jacksonville finally got over the hump of losing to New England in regular season play at home last Sunday to take a 31-20 win in the Sunshine State. Blake Bortles threw for 377 yards and four TDs, outpacing New England’s Tom Brady (234 yards, two TDs, two sacks) as the Jaguars led 21-3 at the break, outrushing the defending AFC champs 104-82 in the 11-point win to break their eight-game losing streak to New England. Jacksonville was 10 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 30:46, while the Patriots were 4 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 29:14.

Tennessee leads the series 26-20 (including contests that were played when the Titans were based in Houston and were known as the Oilers), the Titans have outscored Jacksonville 956-888 and they have won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Jacksonville’s last win over Tennessee came in 2016 in the Sunshine State by a final of 38-17).

The first meeting took place in the Sunshine State in week two and the Titans took control of things at Everbank Field, coming away 37-16 winners. Tennessee led 6-3 at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Jaguars 31-13 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Titans outrushed Jacksonville 179-99 and Mariota threw for 215 yards, while Bortles threw for 223 yards (Bortles was picked off twice and sacked twice, Mariota was picked off once and was sacked once). Each club went 6 of 13 on third down and the Titans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:46 to Jacksonville’s 29:14.

Tennessee made it a clean sweep in the series, taking a 15-10 win in the Music City in week 17. In the season finale, the Titans led 12-3 at the intermission, then held off a late Jacksonville rally in the final 15 minutes of play (Jacksonville had already clinched the AFC South title). Tennessee outrushed the Jaguars 116-83 and Mariota threw for 134 yards and a TD, while Bortles threw for 158 yards with two sacks and two interceptions (Mariota was sacked three times). Tennessee was 3 of 16 on third down (the Titans were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 33:27, while the Jaguars kept it for 26:33, going 6 for 16 on third down.

In the week two contest, Tennessee covered the 1 1/2-point spread with their 21-point win and both teams covered the 48 1/2 over/under with 53 points. In the week 17 contest, the Titans barely missed the 5 1/2 spread, winning by 5 and neither club breached the 41 over/under, as both clubs tallied only 25 points. The oddsmakers like Jacksonville as a 9-point favorite and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Jacksonville wins in the Sunshine State but won’t cover the 9.

Oakland (0-2) at Miami (2-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of teams going in different directions meet in the Sunshine State as Oakland travels to Miami Gardens for a contest with the resurging Miami Dolphins.

Oakland saw AFC West rival Denver go on a scoring binge in the final 15 minutes of play and watched the Broncons come away 20-19 winners at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Silver and Black, dropping their second in a row, led 12-0 at the break and took a 19-7 lead late into the third quarter before Denver took control of things in the final few minutes of the game. Denver’s winning points came with 6 seconds left when K Brian McMannus connected on a 36-yard field goal to give the home team the lead for the first time and for good. Denver outrushed Oakland 168-92 (Denver’s Patrick Lindsey led all rushers with 107 yards, while Oakland was led by Marshawn Lynch wtih 65 yards and a TD) and Case Keenum threw for 222 yards in the contest, while Derek Carr threw for 288 yards and a TD (each was sacked once). Denver was 8 of 16 on third down (the Broncos were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:04, while the Raiders, who had a final rally come to an end in the closing seconds, went 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 32:56.

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnaold made his first start at home, passing for 334 yards with one touchdown and safety Jamal Adams and linebacker Jordan Jenkins each recorded a sack and forced fumble but it wasn’t enough as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! took a 20-12 loss to Miami last Sunday. Darnold, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, became the youngest player in NFL history (21 years, 103 days old) to throw for at least 300 yards in a single game, surpassing the previous record held by Jacky Lee (21 years, 137 days old), who threw for 331 yards on November 25, 1960. Miami outrushed GangGreen 135-42 and Ryan Tannehill threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked four times. Leading 20-0 at the intermission, the Dolphins were 6 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:25, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 31:35, going 3 for 10 on third downs.

Including games that were played at the Orange Bowl and in Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 17-16-1 and the Dolphins have outscored the Silver and Black 706-686. They met last year in the Sunshine State and Oakland came away with the 27-24 win (Miami’s last win over the Raiders came on the other side of the Atlantic in 2014 by a final of 38-14).

The 2017 meeting took place in week nine at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and the Raiders held off a late Miami rally after taking a 13-9 lead at the intermission. Miami outrushed Oakland 86-84 and Carr threw for 300 yards with a TD (Carr was picked off once and sacked once), while Jay Cutler, who took over for Tannehill (knee) threw for 311 yards and three TDS with one sack. Miami was 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:04, while the Silver and Black ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 30:56, going 8 of 15 on third down.

Oakland covered the 3-point spread with the 3-point win and both clubs covered the 44 over/under by tallying 51 points in the Sunshine State. Miami’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Could this be a playoff preview? Hard to say. Miami’s been hot the last two games, while the Raiders let leads get away from them in the first two contests. Miami covers the 3 and wins in the Sunshine State.

Buffalo (0-2) at Minnesota (1-0-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. The winless Buffalo Bills travel to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a showdown with the Minesota Vikings. Both teams are looking to right their ships after failure in their contests last week.

Buffalo dropped their second contest of the 2018 season against the Los Angeles Chargers, falling to the Bolts 31-20 in upstate New York. Held to 84 yards of rushing, the Bills trailed 28-6 at the intermission and could never get back on track in their home opener. Josh Allen threw for 245 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once, while Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 256 yards and three TDs. Buffalo went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 26:58, while the Chargers ruled the clock and held the ball for 33:02, going 3 of 9 on third down tries.

Minnesota erased a 29-21 deficit at Green Bay and came out of Lambeau Field with a 29-29 tie in overtime. The Packers led 17-7 at the intermission before the Vikings rallied in the second half to outscore Green Bay 22-12. Minnesota then trailed 29-21 with 31 seconds left when QB Kirk Cousins and wR Adam Thielen connected on a 22-yard TD strike to pull to within two. The Vikings then hit paydirt when Cousins and WR Stefon Diggs connected on the 2-point conversion. After the two clubs had the ball twice in the overtime, Minnesota got the ball one more time and marched from their 20-yard line to Green Bay’s 17-yard line. After both clubs burned time outs, Minnesota’s Daniel Carlson attempted a 35-yard field goal try with four seconds left to win the game and send Vikings fans home happy. It was not to be, as the kick sailed wide to the right, allowing Packer fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Green Bay outrushed Minnesota 98-68 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards and a TD, despite being sacked four times, while Cousins threw for 425 yards and four TDs. Minnesota was 7 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:52 (including the overtime), while the Packers were 38:08 in time of possession, going 4 of 13 on third down conversions at Lambeau.

Including contests that took place in Bloomington, old War Memorial Stadium and the Metrodome, the Vikings lead the series 8-5 and the Purple Gang has outscored Buffalo 314-222. Their last meeting took place in 2014 along the shores of Lake Erie and the Bills would be victorious by a final of 17-16, while Minnesota’s last win came in 2010 in the Twin Cities, taking a 38-14 win in that contest. The Vikings are a huge 16 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 41. The 41 points makes sense. The 16 1/2-point spread? That’s a bit much. While the Bills have been struggling the last two games, they’re not 16 1/2 points bad. They will make things interesting and could make it a much closer contest but the Vikings prevailed at home in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

New York Giants (0-2) at Houston (0-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Eli Manning and the Giants continue their trip through the Lone Star State as they travel to Houston to face off against the Texans at NRG Stadium with each searching for their first win after losses on the road.

The Giants would rally and pull themselves to within three but came up on the short end of a 20-13 loss at Dallas last Sunday night in the Lone Star State. Big Blue trailed 10-0 at the intermission, then rallied to make the NFC East contest a 3-point affair when K Aldrick Rosas connected on a 38-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. While rushing for 138 yards, Dallas held the Giants to 35 yards on the ground and sacked Eli Manning six times (Mannning threw for 279 yards), while Dak Prescott threw for 160 yards (both Prescott and Manning threw a TD pass) in the win. Dallas was 3 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:48, while the Giants ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:12, going 8 of 17 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

A late Houston rally in Nashville fell short for the Texans as Tennessee would hold on and came away 20-17 winners at Nissan Stadium. Houston kept the contest close, trailing 14-7 at the break before they rallied rally in the second half and outscore Tennessee 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Texans did outrush Tennessee 148-100 with Texans RB Lamar Miller leading the way with 68 yards on the afternoon. Blaine Gabbard, who took over for Mariota, threw for 117 yards and a TD, while Texans QB DeShaun Watson threw for 310 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once. Houston on third down tries went 5 of 11 and held the ball for 29:38, while the Titans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:22, going 5 of 15 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

A late Houston rally in Nashville was not enough as the Titans held off the Texans 20-17 at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 14-7 at the break before Houston would rally in the second half and outscore Tennessee 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. Houston did outrush Tennessee 148-100 with Texans RB Lamar Miller leading the way with 68 yards on the afternoon. Blaine Gabbard, who took over for Mariota, threw for 117 yards and a TD, while Texans QB DeShaun Watson threw for 310 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once. Houston on third down tries went 5 of 11 and held the ball for 29:38, while the Titans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:22, going 5 of 15 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Big Blue leads the series 3-1, the Giants have outscored Houston 92-53 and have won the last three meetings, including taking a 24-17 win in the Lone Star State in 2015, while Houston’s lone victory came in their first meeting in Houston in 2002 by a final of 16-14. Houston’s favored by 6 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both are looking for the first win of the 2018 campaign. Houston covers the 6 and picks up win number one in the Lone Star State.

San Francisco (1-1) at Kansas City (2-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. The 49ers travel to the Midwest for a showdown at Arrowhead against the undefeated Chiefs.

San Francisco held off a late Detroit rally last Sunday on the West Coast and came out on top 30-27 at Levis’ Stadium. San Francisco led the winless Lions 13-10 at the intermission as the two clubs played even football in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francsico outrushed the Lions 190-98 with 49ers RB Matt Breida rushing for 138 yards and a TD, while Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked six times, while Matt Stafford threw for 347 yards and three TDs with a pair of sacks. Detroit was 7 of 16 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 30:26, while the 49ers went 3 of 11 on third down, holding the ball for 29:34.

Kanas City and Pat Mahomes broke a 21-21 halftime tie at Heinz Field as the Chiefs left the Steel City with a 42-37 win. The Steelers and Chiefs would later pull even at 28-28 with 7:12 left in the third quarter thanks to a 1-yard run by RB James Conner before Kansas City scored twice when WRs Demarcus Robinson and Tyreek Hill caught TD passes from Mahomes to take the lead back for keeps. Pittsburgh would then tally a safety thanks to CB Artie Burns and a 1-yard run by Roethlisberger to make the contest closer. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 452 yards and the three TD tosses in addition to the TD run, while Mahomes threw for 326 yards and six TDs (each man was sacked once and did not throw an interception). Kansas City outrushed Pittsburgh 127-33, with Chiefs TE Travis Kelce catching seven passes for 109 yards and two TDs, while Steelers WR Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster had 13 catches for 121 yards and a TD. The Chiefs were 2 for 5 on third down tries and kept the ball for 27:49, while the Steelers, who ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 32:11, went 3 of 11 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions.

San Francisco leads the series (which includes contests that took place at Swope Field in Kansas City, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park in San Francisco) 7-5, while the Chiefs have outscored the 49ers 236-218. San Francsico won the last meeting on the West Coast in 2014, coming away with a 22-17 win, while the Chiefs’ last win in the series came at Arrowhead by a final of 31-10 in 2010. Kansas City’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 58. The Chiefs look to remain unbeaten, the 49ers look to get over the .500 mark. Kansas City prevails but San Francisco will make this one closer than 6 1/2.

Indianapolis (1-1) at Philadelphia (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of 1-1s meet in the City of Brotherly Love as as Andrew Luck leads the Indianapolis Colts into Philadelphia to take on the defending Super Bowl champions at Lincoln Financial Field.

The defending Super Bowl champs rallied from a 20-7 deficit at the intermission at Tampa Bay, only to fall to the Buccaneers 27-21 at Raymond James Stadium. Philadelphia pulled themselves to within seven with 2:46 left in the contest when Nick Foles (334 yards) and WR Nelson Agholor connected on a 2-yard TD toss, giving Bucs fans a scare at home in the Sunshine State. Although the Eagles outrushed Tampa Bay 91-43, Ryan Fitzpatrick (in his second game, taking over for the suspended Jameis Winston) burned Philly for 402 yards and four TDs in the home opener for Tampa Bay. The Bucs were 4 of 10 on third down and kept the ball for 24:21, while the Eagles were 5 of 15 on third down, 3 of 5 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:39.

Luck and the Colts picked up their first win of the season, ruining the home opener for the Washington Redskins and coming away 21-9 winners at FedEx Field. The Colts, who outrushed Washington 104-65 last Sunday, held the Redskins to three Dustin Hopkins field goals, while Luck threw for 179 yards and a pair of TDs (Washington’s Alex Smith threw for 292 yards and three sacks). Indy went 9 of 16 on third down tries, holding the ball for 26:40, while the Redskins were 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs and kept the ball for 33:20.

Including games that were played in Baltimore, the Liberty Bowl and Veterans Stadium, the Colts lead the series 10-8 and have outscored the Eagles 451-387. However, the Eagles have won the last two meetings, including a 30-27 win in the Hoosier State in 2014, while the Colts’ last win in the series came in 2006 by a final of 45-21. The Eagles are favored by 6 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. This contest could be pretty entertaining. Eagles bounce back from their loss in the Sunshine State and covers the 6 with the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Green Bay (1-0-1) at Washington (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. Green Bay makes their way to suburban Washington for an afternoon showdown with the Redskins at FedEx Field.

Packers fans watched a 29-21 fourth quarter lead at Lambeau Field get away from them against Minnesota and got some much needed luck in overtime as they left their NFC North contest with the Vikings tied 29-29. The Packers led 17-7 at the intermission before the Vikings rallied in the second half to outscore Green Bay 22-12. Minnesota then trailed 29-21 with 31 seconds left when QB Kirk Cousins and wR Adam Thielen connected on a 22-yard TD strike to pull to within two. The Vikings then hit paydirt when Cousins and WR Stefon Diggs connected on the 2-point conversion. After the two clubs had the ball twice in the overtime, Minnesota got the ball one more time and marched from their 20-yard line to Green Bay’s 17-yard line. After both clubs burned time outs, Minnesota’s Daniel Carlson attempted a 35-yard field goal try with four seconds left to win the game and send Vikings fans home happy. It was not to be, as the kick sailed wide to the right, allowing Packer fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Green Bay outrushed Minnesota 98-68 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards and a TD, despite being sacked four times, while Cousins threw for 425 yards and four TDs. Minnesota was 7 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:52 (including the overtime), while the Packers were 38:08 in time of possession, going 4 of 13 on third down conversions at Lambeau.

The Redskins came home to FedEx Field last Sunday and dropped their home opener to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts 21- 9. Held to three Dustin Hopkins field goals, Washington rushed for 65 yards with Alex Smith throwing for 292 yards and three sacks, while Luck threw for 179 yards and a pair of TDs with two interceptions. Indy went 9 of 16 on third down tries, holding the ball for 26:40, while the Redskins were 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs and kept the ball for 33:20.
The Packers lead the series 18-14-1 (including contests played in Milwaukee, in Boston when the Redskins were known as the Braves and at RFK Stadium) and have outscored Washington 646-549. Washington came away 42-24 winners in 2016 at FedEx Field in the last meeting, while Green Bay’s last win came in 2013 at Lambeau by a final of 38-20. The Packers are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Green Bay covers the 3 and delivers the win at FedEx Field.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) at Los Angeles Rams (2-0), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. It’s an all-LA battle as the Chargers and Rams meet in Tinsletown for an inner city showdown.

The Chargers manhandled Buffalo last Sunday in upstate New York, taking the Bills to task 31-20 in their home opener. Los Angeles held Buffalo to 84 yards of rushing and led 28-6 at the intermission, keeping their hosts in check. Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 245 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once, while Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 256 yards and three TDs. Buffalo went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 26:58, while the Chargers ruled the clock and held the ball for 33:02, going 3 of 9 on third down tries.

Meanwhile, the other LA team took Arizona to the woodshed last Sunday, scoring 34 points in their contest with the Desert Angry Birds unchalleged and shutting them out 34-0. Todd Gurley was good for three TDs in the contest as the Rams led 19-0 at the break, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, keeping Arizona in check. The Rams outrushed Arizona 90-54 and held Sam Bradford to 90 yards passing, while Jeff Goff threw for 354 yards and a TD for Los Angeles. The Rams on third down 8 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:08, while Arizona kept the pigskin for 25:52, going 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Including contests that took place in San Diego and St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 6-5 and the Rams and Chargers each have scored 290 points in the 11 contests. The Chargers won the last meeting, taking a 27-24 win at Qualcomm Stadium that season, while the Rams’ last win in the series came in 2010 in St. Louis by a final of 20-17. The Rams are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams can put up points when they need to. While Charger fans won’t have far to travel, they’ll leave the Coliseum with a loss under their belts. The Rams may not cover the 7 but they’ll take the win in their back yard.

Chicago (1-1) at Arizona (0-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. Chicago travels to the desert to face off against the winless Cardinals in Glendale.

Chicago led 10-3 Seattle at the intermission in the Windy City last Monday night, then held off the Seahawks 24-17 at Soldier Field. Da Bears outrushed Seattle 86-74, while Chicago’s Mitch Trubisky threw for 200 yards, with Russell Wilson throwing for 226 for Seattle (each threw a pair of TDs, Wilson was sacked six times and picked off once, while Trubisky was picked off twice). Chicago was 5 of 12 on third down (Da Bears were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:24, while Seattle was 5 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:36.

Arizona was taken to the woodshed by the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, watching the defending NFC West champs score 34 points in their contest with the Desert Angry Birds unchalleged and shutting them out 34-0. Todd Gurley was good for three TDs in the contest as the Rams led 19-0 at the break, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, keeping Arizona in check. The Rams outrushed Arizona 90-54 and held Sam Bradford to 90 yards passing, while Jeff Goff threw for 354 yards and a TD for Los Angeles. The Rams on third down 8 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:08, while Arizona kept the pigskin for 25:52, going 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs. Chicago’s favored by 6 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Chicago would like to move above the .500 mark, while the Desert Angry Birds want to take their first win of the season in their nest. Da Bears prevail in the desert and takes the win but expect Arizona to make things closer than 6 1/2.

Including games that took place when the Cardinals were in Chicago and Da Bears played their home games at Wrigley Field, Chicago has a 56-28-6 lead in the series (Da Bears also played games at Comiskey Park on the South Side of Chicago) and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,718-1,175. The Desert Angry Birds won the last meeting, coming away 48-23 winners in 2015 in the Windy City, while Da Bears were 28-13 winners in the desert in 2012. Chicago’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Da Bears are looking to move above the .500 mark, while the Desert Angry Birds are looking to avoid goinkg 0-3 for the first time since 2005 (Arizona would wind up going 5-11 that year). Da Bears win in the desert and may cover the 6 1/2 in the process.

Dallas (1-1) at Seattle (0-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. Dallas travels to the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks for a late-afternoon contest with Seattle in the Pacific Northwest.

Dallas held off a late New York Giants rally and came away 20-13 winners last Sunday night in the Lone Star State. Dallas led 10-0 at the intermission, then held off a late Giants rally in the second half for the win to even their record in their home opener at Jerry World. While rushing for 138 yards, Dallas held the Giants to 35 yards on the ground and sacked Eli Manning six times (Mannning threw for 279 yards), while Dak Prescott threw for 160 yards (both Prescott and Manning threw a TD pass) in the win. Dallas was 3 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:48, while the Giants ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:12, going 8 of 17 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Seattle trailed Chicago 10-3 at the intermission in the Windy City, then rallied but came away 24-17 losers at Soldier Field last Monday night. Da Bears outrushed Seattle 86-74, while Chicago’s Mitch Trubisky threw for 200 yards, with Russell Wilson throwing for 226 for Seattle (each threw a pair of TDs, Wilson was sacked six times and picked off once, while Trubisky was picked off twice). Chicago was 5 of 12 on third down (Da Bears were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:24, while Seattle was 5 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:36.

While the Cowboys lead the series 10-7 and have outscored Seattle 411-304, Seattle has won the last two meetings, both wins coming in the Lone Star State and Seattle coming away with a 21-12 week 16 win last year in Jerry World. That contest was a “winner remains in the playoff hunt and the loser is out” contest, as Dallas led 9-7 at the intermission at AT&T Stadium before Seattle and Wilson took control of things in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring Dallas 14-3 and taking the lead for keeps when Prescott was picked off by Justin Coleman, who returned the ball 30 yards for a touchdown with 11:19 left in the third quarter. After Dallas’ Dan Bailey pulled his club to within 2 with a 39 yard field goal, Wilson and WR Doug Baldwin connected on a 6-yard TD toss to seal Dallas’ fate and knock the Cowboys out of the playoffs, as Bailey would miss a pair of fourth quarter field goal tries.

In the week 16 contest, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 and Seattle won by 9, covering the spread. The 47 over/under was untouched as both clubs scored 33 points. Seattle’s favored in the Pacific Northwest by 1 and the over/under’s 41 1/2 in the Sunday afternoon contest in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle covers the 1 and wins in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

New England (1-1) at Detroit (0-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Teacher meets pupil. Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots come to the Motor City to square off against their former defensive co-ordinator Matt Patricia, now the head coach of the Lions. Both clubs enter the Sunday night contest at Ford Field with road losses under their belts.

New England saw their eight-game win streak over Jacksonville come to an end in the Sunshine State as the Jaguars took care of the Patriots and Brady 31-20 in an AFC Championship game rematch. Blake Bortles threw for 377 yards and four TDs, outpacing Brady (234 yards, two TDs, two sacks) as the Jaguars led 21-3 at the break, outrushing the defending AFC champs 104-82 in the 11-point win to break their eight-game losing streak to New England. Jacksonville was 10 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 30:46, while the Patriots were 4 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 29:14.

Detroit’s late rally at San Francisco fell short, as the Lions took home a 30-27 loss to the 49ers at Levis’ Stadium. The Lions, who dropped their second game in as many tries, kept the West Coast close and trailed 13-10 at the intermission as the two clubs played even football in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francsico outrushed the Lions 190-98 with 49ers RB Matt Breida rushing for 138 yards and a TD, while Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked six times, while Matt Stafford threw for 347 yards and three TDs with a pair of sacks. Detroit was 7 of 16 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 30:26, while the 49ers went 3 of 11 on third down, holding the ball for 29:34

New England leads the series 7-4, the Pats have outscored Detroit 239-223 and New England has won the last four meetings, including taking a 34-9 win in Foxboro in 2014, while the Lions last win was in the Motor City by (ironically) a 34-9 final in 2000. New England’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 52. Both numbers make a lot of sense and given that it’s a former coach going up against the team that gave Patricia his start, we can’t help but 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 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

New England looks to right itself after their loss in Jacksonville, while the Lions want to keep pace in the NFC North and get that first win for Patricia. That first win will have to wait. Pats cover the 7 and win in the Motor City.

Pittsburgh (0-1-1) at Tampa Bay (2-0), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week three comes to its conclusion in the Sunshine State as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh saw Kanas City and Pat Mahomes break a 21-21 halftime tie at Heinz Field as the Chiefs left the Steel City with a 42-37 win. The Steelers and Chiefs would later pull even at 28-28 with 7:12 left in the third quarter thanks to a 1-yard run by RB James Conner before Kansas City scored twice when WRs Demarcus Robinson and Tyreek Hill caught TD passes from Mahomes to take the lead back for keeps. Pittsburgh would then tally a safety thanks to CB Artie Burns and a 1-yard run by Roethlisberger to make the contest closer. Roethlisberger threw for 452 yards and the three TD tosses in addition to the TD run, while Mahomes threw for 326 yards and six TDs (each man was sacked once and did not throw an interception). Kansas City outrushed Pittsburgh 127-33, with Chiefs TE Travis Kelce catching seven passes for 109 yards and two TDs, while Steelers WR Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster had 13 catches for 121 yards and a TD. The Chiefs were 2 for 5 on third down tries and kept the ball for 27:49, while the Steelers, who ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 32:11, went 3 of 11 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions.

In their home opener, Tampa Bay led the defending Super Bowl champs Philadelphia Eagles 20-7 deficit at the intermission at Tampa Bay, then held off the Eagles 27-21 at Raymond James Stadium. Philadelphia pulled themselves to within seven with 2:46 left in the contest when Nick Foles (334 yards) and WR Nelson Agholor connected on a 2-yard TD toss, giving Bucs fans a scare at home in the Sunshine State. Although the Eagles outrushed Tampa Bay 91-43, Ryan Fitzpatrick (in his second game, taking over for the suspended Jameis Winston) burned Philly for 402 yards and four TDs in the home opener for Tampa Bay. The Bucs were 4 of 10 on third down and kept the ball for 24:21, while the Eagles were 5 of 15 on third down, 3 of 5 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:39.

Pittsburgh holds an 8-2 lead in the series and the Steelers have outscored Tampa Bay 233-131 in the 10 games that have transpired. Tampa Bay won the last meeting, taking a 27-24 win in the Steel City in 2014, while Pittsburgh’s last win came in 2010 in Tampa Bay by a final of 38-13.

The Steelers on MNF are 46-24 and won their two meetings that they played last year, while the Buccaneers are 11-10 and lost their only prime time contest in the 2017 campaign to Atlanta at Raymond James Stadium. Pittsburgh’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 53 1/2. Both numbers make sense. This might be one of the better Monday night games this season, so you might want to tape “Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon” and “Bull” this week. Steelers cover the 1 1/2 and win in the Sunshine State.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Sam Rosen, Cris Carter, Sara Walsh (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (New  Orleans), 83 (Atlanta);| XM: 388 (New Orleans), 225 (Atlanta)

Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 127 (Denver), 108 (Baltimore); XM: 384 (Denver), 228 (Baltimore)

Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Cincinnati), 81 (Carolina); XM: 380 (Cincinnati), 226 (Carolina)

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 103 (Tennessee), 146 (Jacksonville); XM: 389 (Tennessee), 230 (Jacksonville)

Oakland at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Oakland), 82 (Miami); XM: 382 (Oakland), 227 (Miami)

Buffalo at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 125 (Buffalo), 105 (Minnesota); XM: 386 (Buffalo), 232 (Minnesota)

New York Giants at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Megan Olivi (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giants), 119 (Houston); XM: 383 (New York Giants), 229 (Houston)

San Francisco at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 106 (San Francisco), 113 (Kansas City); XM: 385 (San Francsico), 231 (Kansas City)

Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (Indianapolis), 94 (Philadelphia); XM: 387 (Indianapolis), 233 (Philadelphia)

Green Bay at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Green Bay), 134 (Washington); XM: 381 (Green Bay), 234 (Washington)

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Chargers), 82 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 382 (Los Angeles Chargers), 227 (Los Angeles Rams)

Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 81 (Arizona); XM: 381 (Chicago), 226 (Arizona)

Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Dallas), 83 (Seattle); XM: 380 (Dallas), 225 (Seattle)

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

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Ed Werder; SIRIUS: 81 (Pittsburgh), 83 (Tampa Bay); XM: 226 (Pittsburgh), 225 (Tampa Bay)

Sunday and Monday Officials
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Oakland at Miami, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Buffalo at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
New York Giants at Houston, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
San Francisco at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Green Bay at Washington, 1 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: John Hussey
Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New England at Detroit, 8:20 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Pete Morelli

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite           Spread     Underdog                 O/U
ATLANTA            –  3       New Orleans              53
PHILADELPHIA       –  6       Indianapolis             47 1/2
CAROLINA           –  3       Cincinnati               43 1/2
JACKSONVILLE       –  9       Tennessee                40
BALTIMORE          –  5       Denver                   44
HOUSTON            –  6       New York Giants          41 1/2
MIAMI              –  3       Oakland                  43 1/2
Green Bay          –  3       WASHINGTON               45 1/2
MINNESOTA          – 16       Buffalo                  41
KANSAS CITY        –  6 1/2   San Francisco            58
LOS ANGELES RAMS   –  7       Los Angeles Chargers     48 1/2
Chicago            –  6 1/2   ARIZONA                  37 1/2
SEATTLE            –  1 1/2   Dallas                   41 1/2
New England        –  7       DETROIT                  41 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite           Spread     Underdog                 O/U
Pittsburgh         –  1 1/2   TAMPA BAY                53 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: DT Tyler Davidson (Foot), LB Manti Te’o (Knee)

Atlanta
QUESTIONABLE: RB Devonta Freeman (Knee), DE Takkarist McKinley (Groin), LB Corey Nelson (Calf), DE Derrick Shelby (Groin)

Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Denver
QUESTIONABLE: CB Adam Jones (Thigh), LB Brandon Marshall (Knee), S Dymonte Thomas (Abdomen), T Jared Veldheer (Concussion)

Baltimore
OUT: DT Willie Henry (Abdomen), TB Hayden Hurst (Foot), CB Anthony Averett (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB C.J. Mosley (Knee), DT Michael Pierce (Foot), LB Matthew Judon (Hamstring), T Ronnie Stanley (Elbow)

Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: OT Bobby Hart (Illness), HB Joe Mixon (Knee), C Billy Price (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Preston Brown (Ankle), DE Michael Johnson (Knee)

Carolina
OUT: TE Greg Olsen (Foot), WR Curtis Samuel (Illness), S Da’Norris Searcy (Concussion), G Trai Turner (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Damiere Byrd (Knee), CB Donte Jackson (Groin)

New York Giants at Houston, 1 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: CB Eli Apple (Groin), LB Oliver Vernon (Ankle)

Houston
OUT: CB Kaynon Webster (Achilles)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sammie Coates Jr (Hamstring), WR Keke Coutee (Hamstring), TE Jordan Thomas (Achilles)

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: RB David Fluellen (Groin), T Dennis Kelly (Illness)
QUESTIONABLE: T Jack Conklin (Knee), LB Kamalei Correa (Back), S Kendrick Lewis (Foot), QB Marcus Mariota (Right Elbow)

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: G A.J. Cann (Triceps), RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring), D.J. Hayden (Toe), Jalen Ramsey (Ankle), QB T.J. Yeldon (Ankle)

San Francisco at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: G Joshua Garnett (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Marquise Goodwin (Quadricep), S Jaquiski Tartt (Shoulder)

Kansas City
DOUBTFUL: S James Berry (Heel), LB Ben Niemann (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Spencer Ware (Knee)

Oakland at Miami, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: DT Patrick Hall (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Nick Nelson (Hamstring)

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: S Reshad Jones (Shoulder)

Buffalo at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: DE Shaq Lawson (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Gaines (Elbow), CB Taron Johnson (Shoulder), RB Taiwan Jones (Head), WR Ray-Ray McCloud (Knee), RB LeSean McCoy (Rib)

Minnesota
OUT: RB Dalvin Cook (Hamstring), DE Everson Griffen (Knee), TE David Morgan (Knee), CB Marcus Sherels (Ribs)

Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: DT Denico Autry (Ankle), T Anthony Castonzo (Hamstring), TE John Doyle (Hip), RB Marlon Mack (Foot), DT Hassan Ridgeway (Calf), CB Quincy Wilson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Clayton Geathers (Knee), CB Christopher Milton (Concussion)

Philadelphia
OUT: RB Jay Ajayi (Back), RB Darren Sproles (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Alshon Jeffery (Shoulder), T Jason Peters (Quadricep)

Green Bay at Washington, 1 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: CB Kevin King (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Aaron Rodgers (Knee), LB Oren Burks (Shoulder), CB Davon House (Biceps), S Josh Jones (Ankle)

Washington
OUT: S Troy Apke (Hamstring), G Shawn Lauvao (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Maurice Harris (Concussion), LB Zach Brown (Oblique), WR Paul Richardson (Shoulder)

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

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: T Joseph Barksdale (Knee), DE Joseph Bosa (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Travis Benjamin (Foot), TE Antonio Gates (Illness), RB Derek Watt (Thumb)

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: LB Mark Barron (Ankle)
OUT: K Greg Zuerlein (Groin)

Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Chicago
OUT: S DeAndre Houston-Carson (Forearm)

Arizona
OUT: DT Olsen Pierre (Toe), T Andre Smith (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: S Johnathan Ford (Ankle), DE Markus Golden (Knee), TE Jermaine Gresham (Achilles), WR Larry Fitzgerald (Hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (Ankle)

Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: DT Maliek Collins (Knee), C Travis Frederick (Illness)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cole Beasley (Ankle), LB Sean Lee (Hamstring), S Xavier Woods (Hamstring)

Seattle
OUT: WR Doug Baldwin (Knee), G Ethan Pocic (Ankle), LB Kenneth Wright (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: C Justin Britt (Shoulder), LB Marvin Kendricks (Ankle)

New England at Detroit, 8:20 p.m.

New England
DOUBTFUL: S Patrick Chung (Concussion), DE Trey Flowers (Concussion)
OUT: TE Jacob Hollister (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: T Marcus Cannon (Calf), CB Keion Crossen (Hamstring), S Nate Ebner (Hip), WR Josh Gordon (Hamstring), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)

Detroit
OUT: T Andrew Donnal (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Shoulder), LB Medgar Harold (Hip), WR Marvin Jones (Ankle), G Thomas Lang (Back),
TE Michael Roberts (Knee), CB Darius Slay (Concussion)

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Pittsburgh
DOUBTFUL: S Morgan Burnett (Groin), G David DeCastro (Hand), T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DT Beau Allen (Foot), CB Marcus Williams (Hamstring), DT Tevita Vea (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Brent Grimes (Groin), S Chris Conte (Knee)

Sunday and Monday Weather
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 82 degrees
Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and 63 degrees
Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and 79 degrees
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 84 degrees
Oakland at Miami, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 88 degrees
Buffalo at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
New York Giants at Houston, 1 p.m.; Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 82 degrees
San Francisco at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 74 degrees
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 90 percent chance of rain and 62 degrees
Green Bay at Washington, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 90 percent chance of rain and
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 81 degrees
Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 98 degrees
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 61 degrees
New England at Detroit, 8:20 p.m.: Game indoors
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Partly cloudy and 82 degrees

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