The Seattle Seahawks travel to the Philadelphia Eagles in one of several mouth-watering matchups as we head into Week 12 of the NFL season.

Both sides are looking to make a push for the playoffs and Sunday's meeting at Lincoln Financial Field could prove pivotal.

Elsewhere across a jam-packed schedule, reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots welcome the Dallas Cowboys, while the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers also go toe-to-toe in a heavyweight clash.

It all kicks off with the Indianapolis Colts at the Houston Texans in a Thursday showdown that is sure to whet the appetite as the division lead is on the line.

We take a look at the Week 12 schedule using Stats Perform data.

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Colts (6-4) at Texans (6-4) 8:20pm

- The Colts defeated the Texans 30-23 in Indianapolis in Week 7, their fourth win in their last five games against Houston. 

- DeAndre Hopkins has made seven or more receptions in his last six games, tied with two Andre Johnson streaks (in 2006 and 2012-13) for the longest in Texans history. 

- The Texans fell 41-7 to the Ravens in Baltimore last week – the fourth biggest loss in franchise history. Houston have not lost back-to-back regular-season games since the start of 2018.

 

SUNDAY

Giants (2-8) at Bears (4-6) 1pm

- The Giants will be making their first appearance at Soldier Field since a 27-21 loss to the Bears in 2013. 

- Chicago are allowing 16.4 points per game at home this season, the third lowest tally in the NFL behind New England (11.0) and Minnesota (15.6)

- The Giants have lost six consecutive games, the franchise's longest skid since a seven-game slide in 2014.

Panthers (5-5) at Saints (8-2) 1pm

- The Saints had won four straight games in the series, including a 2017 Wild Card Game, before dropping a Week 17 game last December in which New Orleans rested their key players.

- Christian McCaffrey has accounted for 45.5 per cent of the Panthers' total net yards in 2019 – easily the highest such percentage in the NFL.

- Michael Thomas needs six receptions to secure a third consecutive season with 100 or more catches. The Saints star would become the eighth player all-time to reach triple figures in three consecutive years.

Broncos (3-7) at Bills (7-3) 1pm

- The Bills have won three of the last four meetings with the Broncos, including a 26-16 triumph in New York in Week 3 of 2017, which was head coach Sean McDermott's third game at the helm of Buffalo.

- Denver have led in the fourth quarter in seven of their 10 games but have held on to win just three of them. 

- The Bills are 7-3 (or better) for the first time since 1999 (also 7-3). 

Steelers (5-5) at Bengals (0-10) 1pm

- The Steelers have won nine straight against the Bengals, including an 18-16 victory in the 2015 Wild Card round. 

- Pittsburgh lost at Cleveland last week, 21-7, putting up fewer than 300 yards of total offense for the seventh time this season.

- Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught one pass for zero yards last week, the first time in his career he has been held without at least one receiving yard. 

Dolphins (2-8) at Browns (4-6) 1pm

- The Dolphins and Browns will be meeting for the first time since 2016, a 30-24 Miami home win in overtime. 

- Cleveland will be vying to win three straight home games for the first time since 2014 after defeating the Bills and the Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium in the past two weeks. 

- The Dolphins rank last in the NFL with 603 rushing yards, the second lowest total by any team through 10 games in a season during the Super Bowl era (1991 Colts, 591). 

Buccaneers (3-7) at Falcons (3-7) 1pm

- Atlanta have swept the season series with Tampa Bay in each of the past two years and are seeking a sixth consecutive victory over the Buccaneers, which would match their longest winning streak against a divisional opponent since 2000-02 (Panthers). 

- Atlanta have produced 80.1 per cent of their total net yards via the pass, the highest percentage in the NFL this season, while Tampa Bay have allowed a league-high 78.1 per cent of their total yards through the air. 

- Jameis Winston has thrown three or more touchdown passes and recorded a passer rating of 110.0 or better in five straight meetings with the Falcons, the only quarterback to do so against one team in the Super Bowl era. 

Lions (3-6-1) at Redskins (1-9) 1pm

- The Lions have won four straight games against Washington, dating back to the 2009 season. 

- The Lions fell to the Cowboys, 35-27, in Detroit in Week 11, their third straight loss and sixth loss in their last seven games. 

- Washington fell to the Jets 34-17 at home in Week 11, the team's ninth straight home loss. This is tied for the second-longest home losing streak in franchise history and one shy of the longest such streak, which bridged the 1960 and 1961 seasons.

Raiders (6-4) at Jets (3-7) 1pm

- The Raiders have lost their last five road games against the Jets, last beating them in the Meadowlands in 1996.

- After having just 13 sacks on defense last season, the Raiders have totalled 25 so far this year, the largest sack increase by any team from last year to this year.

- Oakland's Josh Jacobs has averaged at least 4.00 yards per carry on at least 10 carries in each of his last nine games, the longest streak by any NFL rookie in the Super Bowl era.

Seahawks (8-2) at Eagles (5-5) 1pm

- Seattle have played consecutive overtime games for the second time in franchise history (Week 12-13 of 1990). 

- Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia have a 9-11 record from Weeks 1-11, ranking 19th in the NFL.

- Carson Wentz has 86 touchdown passes in 50 career starts for Philadelphia, the most in franchise history. 

Jaguars (4-6) at Titans (5-5) 4:05pm

- The Jaguars have lost back-to-back games by 20 or more points for the first time since 2014. Jacksonville have never lost by 20 or more points in three straight games.

- Tennessee are coming off a bye after erasing a nine-point deficit in the final seven minutes to beat the Chiefs 35-32 in Week 10. 

- Leonard Fournette has 1185 scrimmage yards, the most through the Jaguars' first 10 games of a season in franchise history.

Cowboys (6-4) at Patriots (9-1) 4:25pm

- The Patriots have won the last five meetings between these teams after the Cowboys won the first seven matchups. 

- The Cowboys have won three of their last four games after defeating the Lions 35-27 in Detroit in Week 11.

- After throwing for 444 yards in the win over the Lions, Dak Prescott of the Cowboys is now leading the NFL in passing yards per game this season (322.1). 

Packers (8-2) at 49ers (9-1) 8:20pm

- The Packers and 49ers are off to their best 10-game starts since 2011, when Green Bay won their first 10 and San Francisco started 9-1

- Green Bay have won two in a row against San Francisco and own a 36-30-1 all-time record in the matchup.

- Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a career-high 424 yards in the 49ers' win over the Cardinals in Week 11. 

MONDAY

Ravens (8-2) at Rams (6-4) 8:15pm

- Baltimore last faced the Rams when they were still in St Louis (Week 11 of 2015) and have won three straight fixtures between the teams dating back to 2007.

- The Ravens lead the NFL in rushing yards this season with 2031 in 10 games. 

- Lamar Jackson has 781 rushing yards this season, already the seventh-most by a quarterback in a single season. 

The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers bounced back to improve to 9-1 in the NFL on Sunday.

Coming off losses in their previous matches, the Patriots and 49ers overcame the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals respectively.

Meanwhile, the struggling Cincinnati Bengals became the first team to be officially eliminated from play-off contention, while the Los Angeles Rams were too good for the Chicago Bears.

 

PATS SURVIVE EAGLES TEST

Super Bowl champions the Patriots needed 17 unanswered points to get past the Eagles 17-10.

After three field goals from Nick Folk dragged New England to a 10-9 deficit, Julian Edelman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett before a two-point conversion.

The Patriots held on as the fourth quarter finished scoreless, keeping them clear atop the AFC East.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 26 of 47 for 216 yards, while Carson Wentz (20 of 40 for 214 yards) threw one TD pass for the Eagles.

The Eagles (5-5) are second in the NFC East but lost ground to the Dallas Cowboys, who edged the Detroit Lions earlier in the day.

 

49ERS NEED DRAMATIC COMEBACK TO BOUNCE BACK

The 49ers rallied to bounce back from their loss to the Seattle Seahawks, edging past the Cardinals 36-26.

San Francisco fell 16-0 behind and then trailed 26-23 in the final minute after a 22-yard run from Kyler Murray put the Cardinals back ahead.

However, Jimmy Garoppolo – who finished 34 of 45 for 424 yards and four TDs – found Jeff Wilson with just 31 seconds remaining before a late D.J. Reed score.

The 49ers are top of the NFC West, while the Cardinals (3-7-1) have lost four straight.

 

RAIDERS GET PAST BAD BENGALS

Derek Carr led the Raiders past the Bengals 17-10, completing 25 of 29 passes for 292 yards and a TD while also rushing over for a score.

Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 yards for the Raiders, who are 6-4 after winning three straight games.

They have the same record as Kansas City as the Chiefs prepare to face the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday.

 

RUNNING COLTS, SAINTS WIN

The Indianapolis Colts (6-4) relied on their running game to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-13.

The Colts ran the ball 36 times for 264 yards at an average of 7.3 yards per carry. It was the 12th highest total in team history and their best since 2004, according to Colts.com.

Jonathan Williams (116 yards on 13 carries) and Marlon Mack (109 on 14) led the Colts, but the latter suffered a hand injury in the win.

"I don't think you ever expect to run for that many yards in an NFL game, just 'cause defenses are too good," Colts head coach Frank Reich said.

"And I've got so much respect for that defense. I'm just telling you. I was telling Nick [Sirianni, Colts offensive coordinator], I got over here this morning, I said, 'Man, I know we're gonna run the ball, we're gonna call runs, we're gonna stay committed to it, our guys have had a great week of practice, but this is a good defensive front.' So, again, I can't give our players enough credit for how well they played."

The New Orleans Saints improved to 8-2 thanks to a 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saints head coach Sean Payton was pleased with his team, who were led by Drew Brees' three TD passes as they responded to their loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

"It wasn't our best game but I felt like there were a lot of good things to win. Too many penalties, we had a touchdown brought back, third down conversion brought back, and we gave up a couple plays big on defense," he said.

"We still think that we have better football ahead of us, but I was proud of how we responded form last week. The guys had a good week of practice and I think it carried over into this game."

Lamar Jackson overshadowed fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the NFL season.

Jackson had four touchdown passes as the in-form Ravens recorded a sixth straight victory – their longest winning streak since 2000 – with a resounding 41-7 result at home in what was the headline act in the early schedule on Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys had to work far harder to see off a Detroit Lions team once again without Matthew Stafford, while the Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 20-0 half-time deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 27-23.

Kyle Allen endured a rough outing as the Carolina Panthers surprisingly fell to the Atlanta Falcons, a result that puts the New Orleans Saints – 34-17 winners over the Tamp Bay Buccaneers – in the driving seat in the NFC South.

The Buffalo Bills moved to 7-3 with a 37-20 result against the Miami Dolphins and there was an excellent outing for Sam Darnold, his four touchdown passes helping the New York Jets to a 34-17 victory over a Washington Redskins franchise who now own a sorry 1-9 record.

 

RAVENS CONTINUE TO BE LEMAR-VELLOUS

It was billed as the battle between the former first-round picks and college rivals. Instead, the clash between dynamic duo Jackson – who threw four touchdown passes and also ran for 86 yards – and Watson turned into a lopsided contest.

Mark Ingram caught a pair of touchdowns while Gus Edwards galloped in on the ground for a 63-yard score against a Houston team who struggled badly, meaning they slip to 6-4 for the season.

They did at least avoid a shut-out loss on their travels, Carlos Hyde rumbling in from 41 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. It was a tough outing for Watson, though, as he managed just 169 yards passing while also throwing an interception.

With the Texans beaten, the Indianapolis Colts now top the AFC South after quarterback Jacoby Brissett led them to a 33-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on his return from a knee injury.

 

VIKINGS BUCK TREND TO BEAT BRONCOS

A first home loss of the season appeared on the cards for Minnesota when they mustered just 47 yards of offense in the first half.

However, Kirk Cousins engineered a stunning turnaround after the interval, the quarterback throwing for 319 yards and three scores, including a stunning 59-yard effort to Stefon Diggs.

They still had to survive a dramatic finish to prevail, though, as Denver failed to cap off a late fourth-quarter drive with a touchdown, throwing three incomplete passes after they had moved the ball to the four-yard line in the closing seconds.

 

NO DOUBTING THOMAS AS PANTHERS SLIP UP

After a stunning home loss to Atlanta in Week 10, New Orleans relied on Michael Thomas to help them returning to winning ways at the expense of Tampa Bay.

Wide receiver Thomas finished with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, in the process becoming the first player in NFL history to record 90 or more receptions in the first 10 games of a season.

The Saints' 8-2 record gives them a comfortable cushion at the top of their division after nearest rivals Carolina fell to the Falcons, who picked off Panthers quarterback Allen four times in a dominant 29-3 road win.

Both the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots will be hungry to show a positive response to their first defeats of the NFL season in Week 11.

Inspired by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks ended San Francisco’s perfect record with a 27-24 overtime victory at Levi's Stadium on Monday, Jason Myers settling it with a field goal.

The 49ers will look to take their frustration out on the struggling Arizona Cardinals, who have lost three in a row, on Sunday

The Patriots are also 8-1 after going down 37-20 to the Baltimore Ravens at the start of November - they return to action following a bye week with a trip to the Philadelphia Eagles.

We take a look at the Week 11 schedule using Stats Perform data.

 

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Steelers (5-4) at Browns (3-6), 8:20pm

- Pittsburgh have won four in a row despite averaging 299 yards per game. The only other time in the last three years that a team won four straight despite averaging less than 300 total yards was the Bears in November 2018 (291 per game).

- The Browns have not committed a turnover in back-to-back games for the first time since December 2016.

- Mason Rudolph is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first seven NFL games – injured team-mate Ben Roethlisberger is also on that list.

 

SUNDAY

Jets (2-7) at Redskins (1-8), 1pm

- The Jets have won their last two games against Washington after losing eight of the first nine clashes between the franchises.

- Washington, coming off a bye week, have failed to score 10 points in any of their last three outings.

- The Jets are averaging 164.0 net passing yards per game this season, the lowest mark in the NFL. Their opponents are only fractionally better at 169.7 yards.

 

Saints (7-2) at Buccaneers (3-6) 1pm 

- The Saints earned a 31-24 home win over the Buccaneers in Week 5 and will attempt to record the first season sweep by any team in the series since New Orleans won both in 2014.

- Tampa Bay will be bidding to score 30 points or more in three consecutive games for the second time in franchise history.

- With his season-high 13 catches in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Thomas surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. (61 games) for the fastest player in NFL history (56 games) to reach 400 career receptions.

 

Broncos (3-6) at Vikings (7-3) 1pm 

- The two franchises have won seven games apiece in their 14 previous meetings, with the last 10 contests decided by a margin of eight points or less.

- Kirk Cousins is three touchdown passes shy of 150 for his career after throwing for 15 in six games since the beginning of October. 

- Denver have not forced a single turnover in six different games this season, already tied for the most zero-takeaway outings in any season in franchise history.

 

Bills (6-3) at Dolphins (2-7) 1pm 

- In their last three meetings, Miami have a +13 point differential in the first half while Buffalo are +44 after the interval.

- Buffalo rushed for a season-low 84 yards in a 19-16 loss in Cleveland last week. Since 2017, the Bills are 1-13 when gaining less than 100 yards on the ground, tied for the worst record in such games over that span.

- Miami had three takeaways in a 16-12 win over the Colts last time out, nearly doubling their season total (four to seven), and 13 points off takeaways nearly tripled their season total (seven to 20).

 

Jaguars (4-5) at Colts (5-4) 1pm

- The Jaguars have posted two shutouts over the previous three seasons – and both came against the Colts.

- Nick Foles, named the starter again on his return from injury, has posted a 10-2 record as a starter in November or later since 2016, the best in the NFL (including postseason - minimum 10 starts).

- Each of Indianapolis' nine games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the second-longest streak to start a season in NFL history (Lions had 11 straight in 2016).

 

Cowboys (5-4) at Lions (3-5-1) 1pm

- Dallas have won three in a row against the Lions (regular and postseason), dating back to their 24-20 win in the 2014 Wild Card game.

- The Cowboys were held to just 50 yards rushing in a 28-24 loss to the Vikings last weekend and did not gain a single first down on a run play for the first time since a defeat to Washington 12 years ago.

- Detroit's 20-13 defeat to the Bears last week saw all three Chicago scores coming on passing touchdowns. That was Detroit's fifth consecutive game allowing multiple passing scores, the longest single-season streak for the Lions since the first six games of the 2016 season.

 

Falcons (2-7) at Panthers (5-4) 1pm

- Atlanta have had the better results in this divisional series in recent years, having won three straight and six of the last seven between the teams. 

- Last week's 26-9 victory at New Orleans was Atlanta's third straight on the road in NFC South play, dating back to last December's win at Carolina.

- Christian McCaffrey will be attempting to become the first player with a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games in the same season since another Panther, DeAngelo Williams, did so in 2008.

 

Texans (6-3) at Ravens (7-2) 1pm

- The Texans are 0-5 in road games against the Ravens, including their 20-13 loss in the 2011 postseason. 

- Houston are one of two teams that have not lost by more than seven points over the last two seasons, along with the Chiefs.

- The Ravens have rushed for at least 130 yards in 16 straight games, tied for the longest streak in the Super Bowl era with the 1975-76 Steelers.

 

Cardinals (3-6-1) at 49ers (8-1) 4:05pm

- The Cardinals suffered a third successive loss when going down to the Buccaneers last week - their fifth game decided by three points or less this season.

- San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks was their first in which they forced at least four turnovers since 2016 – when the opponents were Arizona.

- The Niners had a season-low 87 rushing yards against the Seahawks, but still rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 161.8, behind only Baltimore (197.2).

 

Patriots (8-1) at Eagles (5-4) 4:25pm

- The 37 points conceded by New England in the loss to Baltimore were 20 more than they had had yielded in any other contest this season.

- Over their last eight games, the Eagles have alternated either winning two in a row or losing two in a row. They will be looking for a third victory on the spin this weekend.

- After scoring 41 points in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots two seasons ago, Philadelphia have not scored as many as 35 points in any game since.

 

Bengals (0-9) at Raiders 5-4) 4:25pm

- The Bengals are 4-1 in games played in California since 2010. 

- All five of the Raiders' wins this season have come by one possession (eight points or fewer). The only team in the NFL with more one-possession wins this year is Seattle (seven).

- The Raiders have not turned the ball over in their previous three games, only the second time in franchise history they have gone three straight without a giveaway (also in 1979).

 

Bears (4-5) at Rams (5-4) 8:20pm

- Chicago have won six of the last seven games against the Rams, allowing just 10.7 points per game in the six wins but 42 points in the one loss (21-42 in 2013). 

- The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Lions despite putting up just 226 yards of total offense.

- The Rams and Bears have both allowed 18 rushing plays of 10 or more yards, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Offensively, the Bears have just nine rushing plays of 10+ yards, fewest in the NFL, while the Rams have 22.

 

MONDAY

Chiefs (6-4) at Chargers (4-6) 8:15pm

- The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Chiefs with a 29-28 road victory in Week 15 of last season. 

- The Chiefs have lost four of their last six after starting the season 4-0, including a 35-32 loss in the final seconds against the Titans last time out. 

- Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Titans after putting up 140 yards and a score in Week 9 against the Vikings. He is the first player in franchise history with at least 140 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.

Lamar Jackson enhanced his MVP bid with his second perfect passer rating of the season as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Cincinnati Bengals 49-13 in Week 10 of the NFL season.

Patrick Mahomes, the reigning MVP, was unable to lead the Kansas City Chiefs past the Tennessee Titans, despite throwing for over 400 yards in his return from a dislocated kneecap.

Elsewhere, the Atlanta Falcons claimed a shock win over the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana, while  the Jets claimed New York bragging rights over the Giants.

 

RAVENS KEEP ROLLING AGAINST WINLESS BENGALS

Baltimore, fresh from handing the New England Patriots their first loss last week, moved to 7-2 with a 49-13 annihilation of the winless Bengals.

Ravens quarterback Jackson once again impressed, completing 15 of 17 passes and tossing three scores, while ripping off a 47-yard touchdown run too.

Ryan Finley was making his NFL debut after the Bengals benched Andy Dalton, but the quarterback managed just 167 yards through the air and saw an interception returned to the house by Marcus Peters.

TITANS SNEAK PAST CHIEFS AS MAHOMES IMPRESSES ON RETURN

The Chiefs had Mahomes back from a two-game absence on Sunday and though he threw for 446 yards, it came in a losing cause as the Titans upset Kansas City in Nashville.

Tyreek Hill had 157 receiving yards and a score as the Chiefs put up 530 yards of offense, but Derrick Henry had 188 yards and two scores on the ground for Tennessee, who went ahead with 23 seconds remaining through Adam Humphries' 23-yard catch.

Kansas City lined up for a field goal that would have forced overtime, yet Harrison Butker's attempt was blocked.

FALCONS STUN SAINTS

The Falcons picked up just their second win of the season, while the Saints suffered only their second loss as Dan Quinn's team claimed a 26-9 triumph on the road, kicker Younghoe Koo making four field goals on his Atlanta debut.

Daniel Jones threw four touchdowns but the Giants lost 34-27 to the Jets in the clash between the two New York teams, while the Cleveland Browns beat the Buffalo Bills 19-16 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed a 30-27 success over the Arizona Cardinals.

Matthew Stafford's streak of 136 successive starts came to an end as the Detroit Lions, for whom Jeff Driskel played at quarterback instead, were beaten 20-13 by the Chicago Bears.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is set to return against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Ryan missed the Falcons' 27-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on October 27 due to a sprained right ankle.

But he is set for a return against the Saints as the struggling Falcons look to end a six-match losing streak.

"He's ready," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said, via ESPN.

"Just mobility. I would say that would be probably the biggest thing where you can, not on design plays out of the pocket, but when you have to improvise and move without having [a] certain number of steps or such."

Drew Brees returned under center for the New Orleans Saints in his first game since undergoing thumb surgery and showed no signs of rust in a 31-9 NFL win over the Arizona Cardinals.

The veteran quarterback had not played since September 15, but in that span, New Orleans won all five games with backup Teddy Bridgewater as the starter.

The Saints, as well as Brees, are showing no signs of slowing down as they steamrolled the Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday to break Arizona's three-game winning streak — and move their own to six straight wins.

Brees finished 34-of-43 passing for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady and reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots overcame a hungry Cleveland Browns team 27-13.

After leading by just a touchdown at the start of the third quarter, the Patriots broke away with the game to improve to 8-0 as one of the NFL's two undefeated teams.

The San Francisco 49ers (7-0) are the other team with a perfect record after easing past the Carolina Panthers 51-13 at Levi's Stadium.

The Philadelphia Eagles thumped the Buffalo Bills, 31-13, while the Los Angeles Rams came away with a big win of their own — a 24-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals — across the pond.

Injury report

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt left Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter, and the star later revealed he will miss the remainder of the season. Cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. left the game with a concussion.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold sprained his thumb during Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Adam Gase told reporters after the game. 

Two Cardinals left the game against the Saints. Running back Chase Edmonds (hamstring) and linebacker Cassius Marsh (concussion) both sustained injuries.

Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks sustained a concussion against the Bengals.

Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt suffered a knee injury and coach Pete Carroll later told reporters, it "looks like an ACL" injury.

Denver Broncos right tackle Ja'Wuan James injured his knee against the Indianapolis Colts.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Cominsky did not return after injuring his ankle.

Los Angeles Chargers tackle Russell Okung suffered a calf injury against the Chicago Bears.

Dede Westbrook exited the game versus the Jets. The Jaguars receiver sustained a neck/shoulder injury.

Eagles running back Miles Sanders did not return after hurting his shoulder against the Bills.

By the numbers

Russell Wilson joined Brees (2018) as the only players since the 1970 merger to throw 17-plus touchdowns and one or fewer interceptions over their first eight games of a season.

The Gardner Minshew era continues. He became the first Jaguars quarterback to throw for three touchdowns in a game in his rookie season. It is the first three-plus touchdown game for Jacksonville since Blake Bortles' outing against the Patriots in Week 2 of 2018.

Cooper Kupp had 220 total yards in the Rams' win over the Bengals in London, which is the most ever in an international NFL game. 

Quotables

Joe Flacco was understandably frustrated after the Broncos' 15-13 loss to the Colts. It pushed Denver to 2-6 for the season. The quarterback voiced his opinion on the lowly start: "We're now a 2-6 football team and we're afraid to go for it in a two-minute drill. … I just felt like, what do we have to lose? Why can't we be aggressive in some of these situations."

It was another rough week for the Falcons, who dropped to 1-7 with the 27-20 loss to the Seahawks. Owner Arthur Blank addressed the grim situation: "I'm extraordinarily disappointed in the season. Nobody would have anticipated 1-7 and the lack of consistency. Today was a prime example of that, down 24-0. If we could just play the second half, we would have won the game; but it doesn't work that way. We'll take the next couple of weeks during this bye period of time and evaluate where we are."

Matthew Stafford does not know if his 3-3-1 Lions are a good team, an average team or a bad team: "I'll let you know at the end of the year. Right now we're a tough football team. I know that. We've got guys banged up all sorts of places. .. We're mentally tough."

Week 8 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Cowboys, Ravens

Thursday's game

Vikings 19, Redskins 9

Sunday's games

Seahawks 27, Falcons 20 Eagles 31, Bills 13 Chargers 17, Bears 16 Lions 31, Giants 26 Titans 27, Buccaneers 23 Colts 15, Broncos 13 Rams 24, Bengals 10 Saints 31, Cardinals 9 Jaguars 29, Jets 15 49ers 51, Panther 13 Patriots 27, Browns 13 Texans 27, Raiders 24

New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 75,000 career passing yards on Sunday.

Brees returned from a five-game absence after missing time with a thumb injury and the signal caller reached an impressive landmark in the Saints' 31-19 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

A Super Bowl champion and MVP, Brees reached the feat after throwing for 373 yards and three scores against the Cardinals.

Brees now sits atop the all-time list with a total of 75,218 yards.

While Brees dominated in his return, he made sure to give credit to Teddy Bridgewater, who has led the Saints to five wins as a starter this season.

"I can't say enough great things about Teddy and his leadership over the last five weeks," Brees told reporters.

"He basically stepped into the role that obviously I would normally have. ... addressing the team, addressing the skill players and different things throughout the week.

"He took on that role. Not just the guy throwing the ball or the guy handing off the ball, but the guy being in charge of the huddle and being a leader."

Thanks to Bridgewater's solid stand-in efforts, New Orleans enter their Week 9 bye week at 7-1 and hold first place in the NFC South.

The Saints have two very capable players they can use under center but are glad to have a future Hall of Fame player like Brees back in the fold.

"Drew Brees is who you thought he was. He's the best quarterback in the NFL," wideout Michael Thomas said.

The Saints will resume play on November 11 as they take on the Atlanta Falcons (1-7).

Drew Brees will reportedly make his return from a thumb injury and start when the New Orleans Saints host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. 

ESPN reported the Saints quarterback will be back after missing the last five games.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton had not named a starting QB for his team's Week 8 matchup while speaking with media on Friday.

That came after Brees had worked his way back from the injury - a torn ligament in the thumb of his passing hand - slightly sooner than expected.

The 6-1 team had the option to continue starting Teddy Bridgewater, who went 5-0 in Brees' absence, but will go with the veteran instead.

Brees was listed as a limited participant on Friday's injury report, but he said earlier this week he plans to play, explaining that taking snaps was easier than expected and he can now grip the ball comfortably.

"The hardest part was just getting it to where I could grip the ball again and grip it with authority, grip it with strength and be able to guide the ball, manoeuvre the ball," Brees said.

Brees, a five-time All-Pro selection, injured his thumb in a Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams after making contact with Aaron Donald.

He had surgery on September 18 after consulting with two doctors and speaking to other top athletes who had experienced similar injuries, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul.

The 40-year-old had completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 408 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions before he was injured, with his return coming against a Cardinals team who hold a 3-3-1 record.

Quarterbacks around the league are on the mend.

We dive into the latest injury updates around the league and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Brees expects to play Week 8

While no definitive decision has been made, veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told reporters he anticipates he will be ready to take the field against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday after missing the last six weeks with a thumb injury.

Brees underwent surgery and sported a brace on his hand as he recovered but was seen throwing earlier this month. In his absence, Teddy Bridgewater has proven to be a reliable backup by winning five straight starts.

Mahomes throws at practice after knee injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was not running, but he was active during the team's workout and has yet to be ruled out for Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Matt Moore will get the majority of reps at practice this week, though Mahomes will toss the ball and take part in individual drills.

Reigning MVP Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap in last week's win over the Denver Broncos but reportedly could return in as soon as three weeks. The Chiefs are hopeful he could return in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers, though they could choose to wait until after the team's Week 12 bye.

Darnold has ripped toenail removed

Another day, another odd setback for the New York Jets quarterback. Sam Darnold practiced on a limited basis Wednesday because he had a ripped toenail removed after Monday's loss to the New England Patriots. The good news is coach Adam Gase said Darnold will be able to participate in individual drills and is still expected to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Sam will do individual drills, we'll evaluate him after," Gase told reporters. "Hoping to get seven-on-seven in, not sure if we're going to put him in team periods yet. Kind of that toe, we're just trying to make sure that he's good, feels good with the shoes that he's got.

"So we'll kind of progress as we go through practice. If he ends up getting a 'Did Not Participate', he'll at least do individual and then we'll see where he's at after that."

Two things that don't matter

Brady embracing career uncertainty

Patriots star Tom Brady is in his 20th season with the Super Bowl champions and said he wants to keep playing into his mid-40s, but he could become a free agent after this campaign, leaving his future with the franchise in question.

"That is the great part for me, I don't know," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" in Boston. "I think that has been a unique situation that I have been in because I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years you kind feel like [there is] the responsibility to always fulfil the contract.

"One day I will wake up and I will feel like, 'OK, that will be enough'. When that day comes, that day comes. I don't know if it will be after this year. I don't know if it will be five years from now. I don't have to determine those things right now, either. That is kind of a good part of where I am at. Just take advantage of the opportunities that I have this year and do the very best I can do and then those decisions come at probably more appropriate times."

Reid motivated entering matchup with former team

The veteran safety has been preparing to face the 49ers since San Francisco opted not to re-sign him after the 2017 season, which ultimately paved his path to the Carolina Panthers.

"I just don't forget," Eric Reid told reporters.

Reid, who later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick stating teams would not sign the pair due to their stances against social injustices, added he does not feel "bitter" or want "revenge," just a win.

One video you have to see

Kansas City are ready to light up Green Bay.

Wednesday's tweet of the day

Too soon, Myles Garrett.

Drew Brees is optimistic he will be on the field on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints take on the Arizona Cardinals. 

The quarterback, who has missed the last five games because of a thumb injury, told reporters on Wednesday that he "plans" to play in Week 8 - though a definitive decision has not been made yet.

Brees went on to explain that he needs to make sure he continues to feel comfortable and like himself this week. He threw during Wednesday's practice and said he feels good so far.

The veteran said taking snaps "was easier than expected" and he can now grip the ball comfortably.

"The hardest part was just getting it to where I could grip the ball again and grip it with authority, grip it with strength and be able to guide the mall, manoeuvre the ball," Brees said. 

The quarterback injured his thumb in a Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He had surgery on September 18 after consulting with two doctors and speaking to other professional athletes who had a similar injury, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul.

Brees, 40, had completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 408 yards and two touchdowns before he was injured.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 7 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy admitted his team should have had more balance: "I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot," Nagy told reporters. "I never go into a game saying, 'I want to throw the ball 54 times.' I'd love to go into a game saying, 'I'd like to run the ball 54 times,' but that hasn't happened."

— New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple on Teddy Bridgewater's performance this season: "He's a real great quarterback. To me, he was making all the right passes and all the right decisions. He's our leader out there, and he was picking them apart. I'm just really proud of him, his story and where he came from."

— Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott when asked if he thinks the Bills are running the ball enough: "Well, we're going to do whatever it takes to win by game plan. I know when we've run it, we’ve had some good runs and I like some of the things we're doing."

— Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did not care for the Philadelphia Eagles' comments last week: "Honestly, we don't give a f-*** what Doug Pederson says," Elliott told reporters, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

— The Eagles slumped to back-to-back losses with a dismal showing against the Cowboys, to the embarrassment of quarterback Carson Wentz: "Frustrated, a little embarrassed, they beat the crap out of us, we didn't show up and we've got to be better but I'm confident in this group," he told reporters.

— Despite getting a win on Sunday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still has mixed feelings about coach Jason Garrett's hot-and-cold season: "I am looking for reasons. I'm looking for reasons to keep him," Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. "It's merited here. It's hard to get an effective coach."

— New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold set the Internet on fire with his off-the-cuff comment during "Monday Night Football" against the New England Patriots: "Seeing ghosts."

— Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined more than $14,000 for violating the NFL's uniform policy, and he was not happy about it: "$14k for some pants that are NOT gonna protect me from anything … this s*** is ridiculous," Beckham wrote via Instagram.

— Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was disappointed by his performance in Week 7: "Obviously, didn't play great myself. I've got to be better, I will be better. Everyone has bad games. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and showing my true colours. I think everybody knows that last game wasn't my true colours."

— Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis issued a statement on the passing of Hall of Famer Willie Brown: "It's a very sad day for the Raider Nation as a whole. … and for my family in particular. … Willie Brown was one of the greatest to ever play the game … but it was off the field and how he treated my mom for which I will forever be indebted to him … it was Willie who was her best friend … we loved and will miss you Willie…"

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said he never considered benching quarterback Mitch Trubisky against the New Orleans Saints.

Making his first NFL start Sunday since dislocating his non-throwing shoulder last month, Trubisky struggled as the Bears went down 36-25 to the Saints.

At one point late in the fourth quarter, Trubisky was 20 for 35 for 119 yards, before padding his final stats on two late scoring drives after the game was out of hand.

But despite Trubisky's issues, Nagy said he never considered benching him for backup Chase Daniel – who filled in as the starter while Trubisky was injured. 

"Because there's just so many parts of it," Nagy said. "And Mitch is a competitor, and I think for all of us, it just was one of those deals where you would love — you would really love it to be able to get the run game going early, early, early so you can do more things, and we didn't do that."

Bears fans on social media were brutal to Trubisky during and after the game.

After a Pro Bowl season last year, Trubisky appears to have taken a step back this term. It does not help matters that, as the second overall pick in 2017, he will forever be compared to the two quarterbacks (Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson) taken after him in the first round that same year.

When a reporter asked Nagy if he is still committed to his young quarterback, he responded, "Yeah. Absolutely, yeah."

Nagy was quick to point out that Chicago's struggles were a team effort on Sunday. Bears rushers gained only 17 yards on seven carries, the fewest in franchise history.

"I mean, right now we have no identity," Trubisky said. "We're just searching. We don't have any rhythm. We're not the offense we were last year, and every year is different, every game is different. We've just got to find ways, look within ourselves, and we've got to have guys step up."

Aaron Rodgers is a cheat code after the Green Bay Packers quarterback put up Madden-like numbers in Sunday's 42-24 NFL win over the Oakland Raiders.

Rodgers finished 25-for-31 passing for 429 yards, five touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 rating, while the Packers star also had one rushing touchdown.

His performance, which helped push Green Bay to 6-1 for the season, put him in elite company. Rodgers registered his fifth career game with five-plus scoring passes, joining just six other quarterbacks to perform that feat, including Drew Brees (10), Peyton Manning (nine) and Tom Brady (six).

It was arguably the best game of his career.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers remain undefeated thanks to a 9-0 win over the lowly Washington Redskins. 

It was messy and wet, very wet, but San Francisco were able to go on the road and keep their perfect streak alive. It is the first time the 49ers have started 6-0 since 1990 and while they did not put up many points, it was another good defensive outing. They have allowed just three, seven and zero points in their last three respective games.

Across the league, Earl Thomas returned to Seattle for the first time as a Baltimore Ravens player and helped the defense make a big stand in a hostile environment. They went on to beat the Seahawks 30-16 after two defensive scores.

The Atlanta Falcons continue to sputter after a 37-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams that saw Devonta Freeman ejected for picking a fight with Aaron Donald and quarterback Matt Ryan limp off the field after taking his fifth sack in the fourth quarter.

Injury report

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller was ruled out against the Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury.

Ito Smith was carted off the field with both head and neck injuries. The Falcons running back did not return to the game versus the Rams.

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Najee Goode exited the game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a foot injury. Left tackle Cam Robinson sustained a toe injury and never returned.

Adam Thielen left the Minnesota Vikings matchup with the Detroit Lions. The receiver suffered a hamstring injury. He said after the game he will get an MRI but is optimistic he will play Thursday against the Redskins.

Detroit running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) and cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) also left the game and never returned.

By the numbers

Deshaun Watson joined Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton as the only other player in the Super Bowl era to record 7,500-plus pass yards and 1,000-plus rush yards in their first 30 career games. 

Marvin Jones Jr. had a day. He entered Sunday with just one touchdown reception all season. He came out of it with four total touchdowns. Jones Jr. also became the first Lions player to have three touchdown receptions in a half since Herman Moore in 1995.

Marcus Peters had a great debut for the Ravens, posting his fifth career interception return for a touchdown, which is the most in the NFL since his rookie season in 2015. It was also his 25th career interception, the most in the NFL during that time.

Quotables

There seems to be no immediate coaching change in Atlanta's future. Falcons owner Arthur Blank discussed the matter during half-time of the eventual loss to push the team to 1-6: "I don't have any specific timetable, just looking at each game one at a time. It's the bye week, yes, but it's not a trigger for making any changes. We'll just continue to look at what we see developing."

The Bengals have yet to win a game this season. They also have yet to see receiver A.J. Green on the field after he sustained an ankle injury during the team's first practice. The 0-7 skid, however, will not affect his return: "Everybody knows what type of guy I am. I'm not going to fake anything. I'm not going to milk anything. When I'm ready to play, you know it's time for me to go. It doesn't matter what the record [is]. Nobody can hold me back when it's time to play." 

Watson has provided some incredible insight at the podium as of late. After the Texans' 30-23 loss to the Colts, he talked about a questionable call. Watson was sacked and ruled down on what would have been a touchdown: "He said that I was down. I don't — If you watch the tape of all the plays that I extend and make plays, especially in the red zone. I mean. He said he was trying to protect my health, so, it goes back and forth. But hey, that's the call he made. We have to live with it."

Week 7 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Panthers, Browns, Steelers, Buccaneers

Thursday's game

Chiefs 30, Broncos 6

Sunday's games

Rams 37, Falcons 10 Bills 31, Dolphins 21 Jaguars 27, Bengals 17 Vikings 42, Lions 30 Packers 42, Raiders 24 Colts 30, Texans 23 Cardinals 27, Giants 21 49ers 9, Redskins 0 Titans 23, Chargers 20 Saints 36, Bears 25 Ravens 30, Seahawks 16

Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook have been ruled out for the New Orleans Saints' meeting with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Friday.

Running back Kamara has been dealing with an ankle injury over the past week and was listed on the Saints' injury report with a knee issue in addition.

Tight end Cook has also dealt with an ankle injury and neither player practiced this week.

Kamara was last week listed as questionable ahead of the Saints' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and wound up playing, rushing 11 times for 31 yards and catching seven passes for 35 yards.

He has rushed for 373 yards and one touchdown on 86 carries this season. Kamara has also caught 33 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Cook has appeared in six games, catching 15 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

The injury report also stated quarterback Drew Brees will miss Sunday's game with a thumb injury he suffered in New Orleans' Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

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