Two of the NFL's most intense rivalries have turned sour.
When the Chiefs visit the Raiders in a series that goes back to the AFL and was as good in professional football as anyone else, the contestants see Oakland (2-9) take over from Kansas City at home. Most Americans see it that way.
"I know that when it comes to Chiefs and Raiders, it does not matter," said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose team is 9-2. "It's one of those offers, and you'd better compete against a football team coached by Jon Gruden, so I'm going to deal with these guys now, I think that's very important."
Since the Raiders returned to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995, there was only one season in which both clubs had record records (2016). The rivalry was less intense since Marty Schottenheimer retired as coach of Kansas City in 1998 and Raiders owner Al Davis died in 2011. But this gap is ridiculous.
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A newer rivalry to enjoy was San Francisco vs. Seattle. With the Seahawks (6-5) still competitive and the 49s (2-9) constantly being rebuilt, this magic seems to have disappeared. In fact, the league has distracted this game beyond primetime.
"We've had some great battles over the years," says Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. He refers in particular to the encounters with Jim Harbaugh when he led the 49ers. "If you guys want to call a rivalry, I'm not trying to minimize that part, it's just not how I talk and act and think about it, the better the other team is, the more it brings out the best that you have and I love that. "
The weekend started on Thursday night with Dallas' 13-10 home win over New Orleans. Ezekiel Elliott scored the only Dallas touchdown, and the Cowboys (7-5) strangled Drew Brees and the Saints (10-2), ending New Orleans' winning streak in 10 games. New Orleans scored in the first half, Brees threw 39 yards.
There are no more byes on schedule.
Kansas City (10-1) in Oakland (2-9)
It's a bit complicated, but a Chiefs wins and loses Miami, Tennessee, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Cincinnati in certain combinations and gives KC a playoff berth. Not that anyone doubts that someone is coming.
The Chiefs have won six out of seven in this series, and Reid's teams are 16: 3 good bye.
Here's a weird stat: Oakland is fifth in the NFL with 34 points in fifth. It is worst with 1.32 points per drive after third.
San Francisco (2-9) in Seattle (6-5)
The most fascinating is Richard Sherman, who now wears a 49ers jersey. The seven-year defensive defensive in Seattle has not done much in San Francisco: Sherman had 32 picks for Seattle, most of them in the NFL. He has no interceptions and four passes defended this season.
"It's different, only the dynamics of NFC West has changed," says Sherman. "It has changed a few times over the years, and when I first entered the league in the league, San Fran was in the lead, winning the division and going to some NFC championships, with Seattle in the middle and fought With Frisco and a crazy year, Arizona came out of nowhere, had a really good season and made it to the NFC championship.
"There were many reasons for the rivalry in those middle years, for several reasons, because there were several storylines, and since then, coaching has changed, and elsewhere, the change of personnel has changed, and the Rams have become unbelievable in the division They play really good football, so much has changed. "
The Seahawks have won eight straight and 10 of the last 11 against the 49ers. Seattle, who plays four of his last five at home – the other one being the Niners – are in Carroll's regular season games between December 26 and 13 in December / January.
Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) in Pittsburgh (7-3-1)
The scoreboard could explode on Heinz Field when Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger of Class of 2004 light up.
Rivers set an NFL record for the highest graduation rate (96.6 percent) and scored the consecutive year mark in Arizona last week (25). He has multi-TD games in each season this season but will run back without Melvin Gordon (knee).
Roethlisberger's 97-yard touchdown pass for JuJu Smith-Schuster last week gave him four passes of over 90 yards, the most in NFL history. He threw in the defeat against the Broncos for 462 yards, his sixth game of over 450 meters. No other QB in NFL history has more than four.
Pittsburgh has won four of the last five meetings and is home 15 against the Chargers.
No team can afford to stumble if it is likely to approach the moorings of the postseason. LA can not go further behind KC in AFC West, and the Steelers are hoping for a first round.
Minnesota (6-4-1) in New England (8-3)
Other records are within reach of Tom Brady. With two touchdown passes against Minnesota, Brady would pass Peyton Manning's 579 to pass most of the passive touchdowns in NFL history, including the postseason. He would also beat Brett Favre's 508 for the third-most regular-season touchdown passes.
With the Viking's best cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, who had a thigh injury last Sunday night, Brady could be a Stymie, which could be a major challenge for Minnesota.
"I remember when we were in Cincinnati, I watch him before the game and he just threw those darts," says Vikings coach Mike Zimmer of Brady, "and I'm like," Oh my God, we have problems today , & # 39; But his accuracy, I think he sees so many things now, I think with the experience. I do not know that he has changed so much. "
Washington (6-5) in Philadelphia (5-6), Monday night
Among the many so-nude teams in the playoff competition are the Redskins, who manage without a quarterback # 1, Alex Smith, and defending Super Bowl champion Eagles with a ripped-off secondary.
Colt McCoy finished 268 yards last week, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Looking for something: Adrian Peterson needs two TDs to overtake Jim Brown (106) as fifth-best in NFL history.
Philly's abutment is affected by injuries, so a strong pass rush is likely to be needed.
Los Angeles Rams (10-1) in Detroit (4-7)
The Rams keep an eye out for victory to take advantage of the heat in New Orleans for home advantage in the NFC. First of all, a pair of NFC Central opponents – next week in Chicago is the tougher test.
Los Angeles brings the NFC West with a win or a loss of Seattle. Todd Gurley leads the league with 1,484 scrimmage yards and 17 scrimmage TDs, and DT Aaron Donald was virtually unblockable at times. He had two garbage bags in the victory against the Chiefs.
The Lions lost four out of five when Matthew Stafford threw three TDs and four INTs in their last four games.
Chicago (8-3) in New York Giants (3-8)
NFC North, the leading Chicago, is aiming for a sixth win in a row; The Bears won three times within 12 days, once without quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Chase Daniel started against Thanksgiving against the Lions and went from 27 to 37 for 230 yards with two touchdowns and no interruptions.
But it's no surprise the defense that characterizes these bears. They lead the NFL with the lowest permissible values for the first half (64), are front-runners with 20 interceptions and are tied to the championship lead with 16 forced fights.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley is one of four newcomers in NFL history where touchdowns are stormed and received in consecutive games. He has more than 100 yards to go in 10 of 11 games and Barkley is third in the NFL with 1,410 yards to go. He will probably find it hard on Sunday.
Cleveland (4-6-1) in Houston (8-3)
Houston has been in a good role with eight wins in a row, beating Cleveland four times in a row and six of their last seven meetings.
Nevertheless, the Browns under interim coach Gregg Williams are dangerous, and Baker Mayfield, who represents the best overall selection for Drafts, is playing well. Cleveland ended a 25-game defeat in Cincinnati last week as Mayfield threw four seasonal touchdown passes.
Mayfield has to take care of J.J. Watt, whose sensational comeback season peaked last Monday night with nine tackles, 1½ sacks and a forced fumble. Watt, who took second place in the NFL with 11½ sacks, had forced three sackbacks for losses, a sack, and recovered a fad and had a TD reception in his final game against Cleveland in 2014.
Indianapolis (6-5) in Jacksonville (3-8)
Indy is up, Jacksonville is awful.
A victory would give the Colts the first six-success series since the opening of the AFC Championship season 2009 14-0. Andrew Luck has a TD pass in a NFL Best 34 straight game and three or more TDs in eight consecutive games, with Peyton Manning number two.
The Jaguars have dropped seven opposing offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and deployed QB Blake Bortles. Cody Kessler was 0-8 in 2016 as Cleveland starter.
Jacksonville is without RB Leonard Fournette, a game suspended because of leaving the bank and fighting in Buffalo.
Denver (5-6) in Cincinnati (5-6)
The Bengals have lost five of six and are now without Andy Dalton (thumb); Third quarterback Jeff Driskel celebrates his first NFL start on Sunday.
Basic games could be the key here. Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay ranks second among the NFL rookies with 780 yards, and with Dalton Joe Mixon – 89 yards. Browns – playing the ball for Cincinnati.
Broncos star linebacker Miller has six sets of games.
Baltimore (6-5) in Atlanta (4-7)
Only the sixth meeting with Baltimore's 19:13 OT victory in Atlanta in 1999 was the only win for a visiting team.
Baltimore owns the NFL's best defense, which allows a league low of 18 points per game, and has found an obvious formula as the undaunted rookie Gus Edwards has raced at least 100 yards in two consecutive games. Rookie QB Lamar Jackson was dynamic on the floor while Joe Flacco healed a hip injury.
The extremely disappointing Falcons have lost their second defeat in three games this season, but Matt Ryan needs two successes to make Carson Palmer eleventh in the career ladder. In five of the last six games he has exceeded 300 yards and scored a 100 QB rating.
Carolina (6-5) in Tampa Bay (4-7)
Carolinas three defeats endanger the playoff pursuit. Do not blame RB Christian McCaffrey, who had 125 yards to go, to get 112 for a club record of 237 battles and two TDs against Seattle last week. Top Draftee D.J. Moore has 17 receptions for 248 yards in the last two games.
Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 10 ½ sacks.
New York Jets (3-8) in Tennessee (5-6)
For Tennessee to have any thoughts on how to design the postseason, it has to win games like these. The jets have lost five consecutive and offer little resistance alongside placekicker Jason Myers. Myers has five field goals of 55 yards or more this season, most of every kicker since 2000.
The Titans have won 13 of their last 16 home games and are doing well. They have a total of 56 penalties, of which the least in the league, and they have allowed 25 TDs, which are the fifth-lowest in the NFL.
Arizona (2-9) in Green Bay (4-6-1)
Not much to see with these Auch-Rans. Cardinal star Larry Fitzgerald needs four catches to overtake most celebrations in NFL history with a Hall of Famer Jerry Rice team (1,281 with 49ers). Fitzgerald has scored against the Packers in all five previous games.
Packers WR Davante Adams has a career of 1,022 yards, scoring at least 10 TD for a third straight season.
Buffalo (4-7) in Miami (5-6)
Do not look for a gateworm here: Buffalo is in attack at # 31, Miami at # 28.
Although the banknotes have exceeded 300 yards in the last two games, after failing to do so in the first six, their passer rating of 58.9 is the worst in the NFL. They were surpassed by 111 points.
Miami has regularly returned QB Ryan Tannehill from a shoulder injury. He has won his last seven starts.