NFL CONFIDENCE PICKS WEEK 17 NFL 01/03/2020

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JAGUARS: Fire HC, Doug Marrone.

COLTS: In playoffs.   Rookie RB, Jonathan Taylor, crushes RB, Edgerron James, franchise high record of 209, yds in a game.  Taylor, (just the 2nd Colt to run 200 yds in a game), Ran 253 yds.

BILLS: Will be #4 seed.

BEARS: In playoffs.

BROWNS: Earn playoff spot.

RAMS:  QB, John Wolford, in his 1st ever NFL game, leads Rams to playoff.

PACKERS:  Clinch NFC number 1 seed.

TITANS: Win AFC SOUTH.   RB,  Derrick Henry rushes for 2,000 Yd regular season.

BUCCANEERS:  WR,  Mike Evans, breaks record for MOST CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1000 Yds.  Evans, now has 7 straight seasons with 1,000 Yds.   However just one play after reaching that plateau,  Evans suffered a knee injury, (not know how serious), when he slipped in the end zone.   The previous record was held by  VIKINGS, Randy Moss.

QB, Tom Brady breaks Brett Favre’s record for MOST REGULAR SEASON STARTS,  with today 299 th start.

RAVENS: Clinch playoff spot. 

CARDINALS: In playoff. 

QB, Lamar Jackson becomes 1st  QB, to rush for BACK TO BACK 1,000 Yds season.   A NEW NFL RECORD.  The only other QB to rush for 1,000 Yds in a season was, FALCONS, Michael Vick, in 2006.

BROWNS: Clinch 1st playoff spot since 2002

VIKINGS:  Rookie   WR, Justin Jefferson sets record for MOST RECEIVING Yds BY A ROOKIE IN SUPER BOWL ERA, with 1,400 Yds.  The previous record of  1,377 Yds. was held by   CARDINAL   WR, Anquan Bodin set in 2003.  Earlier in the game today he broke the franchise record of 1,313 Yds, held by ROOKIE, Randy Moss, in 1998.  (This just isn’t Randy Moss’ day.  Two records broken in 1 day).

AFC: (12/30/20) With 7 playoff berths,  has one too many teams with a winning record.  So 1 team, (NFC East) with a losing record will get into the playoffs, while a team now with 10, wins will sit out.  Vying now are the BROWNS, TITANS, RAVENS, DOLPHINS, and COLTS.   These teams have identical records of 10-5.  All are fighting for 3 wild card spots, and the AFC South Championship.    Indianapolis COLTS are the only team that needs help to make the playoffs.   First they need to beat the JAGUARS, this week.  Secondly, they need one of the other teams to lose.

However; the case is different in the NFC East.  The winner there is assured of having a losing record, while the 7th seed could be in with an 8-8 record if the CARDINALS, and BEARS lose, the BEARS will get the third wild card spot.

    

49’ERS: (12/30/20):   Added,   LS,  Colin Holb, to active roster.   TE, Charlie Woerner, off Covid-19/reserve. 

(01/01/21),   Signed   K, Tristan Vizcalino, from VIKINGS, practice squad, to fill in for  K, Tristan Vizcalino,  on COVID-19/reserve.     OUT,   WR , Brandon Aiyuk, (ankle),   DT,  Kevin Givens, (not injury related),   LB, Dre Greenlaw, (calf),   DT,  Javon Kinlaw, (knee),   WR,  Deebo Samuel, (hamstring),   CB, Richard Sherman, (calf),   CB,  K’Waun Williams, (shin).      QUESTIONABLE,   S,  Tarvarius Moore, (ankle),   CB, Emmanuel Moseley, (hamstring),   LB,  Mark Nzeocha, (illness). 

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BEARS:  (01/01/21),   OUT:   CB, Jaylon Johnson, (shoulder),   CB, Buster Skrine, (concussion).   QUESTIONABLE:   S, Deon Bush, (foot),  S, Tashaun Gipson, (neck),     TE, Demetrius Harris, (foot),   TE, Cole Kmet, (shoulder),    WR, Cordarrelle Patterson, (knee).

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BENGALS:  (01/01/21),  Signed   TE,  Mitchell Wilcox to active roster.  OUT:  C,  B.J. Finney ,(abdomen),    CB,  William Jackson, (concussion),    LB,  Logan Wilson, (ankle)

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BILLS:   (12/2920):   QB,  Josh Allen broke franchise record for TD passes a single season. The record was held by  former BILLS QB Jim Kelly. 

 (12/30/20):   WR, Cole Beasley (leg), is week-week. 

(01/01/21),   Activated WR, John Brown, from COVID-19/reserve.   OUT:,   WR, Cole Beasley, (knee),   TE, Reggie Gilliam, (knee, hamstring)

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BRONCOS:  (01/01/21),   DE, Bradley Chubb, (ankle),  and  G,  Graham Glasgow,  (shoulder),  listed as QUESTIONABLE for Sunday’s game.   OUT:   WR,  K.J. Hamler, (concussion).    QUESTIONABLE:   RB, LeVante Bellamy,  (ankle),   LB, Anthony Chickillo, (ribs),   DE, Bradley Chubb, (ankle),   G, Graham Glasgow (shoulder),   S,   Trey Marshall (quadricep).

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BROWNS: (12/30/20):  TE, Harrison Bryant,   DBs, Andrew Sendejo, and Karl Joseph,  on COVID-19/reserve. 

(12/31/20):  LB, Malcolm Smith, and    TE, Harrison Bryant,  OUT, (COVID-19).   LB, B.J. Goodson,   CB, Denzel Ward, and    S, Andrew Sendejo, (COVID-19; close contact), OUT.  Further testing, and tracing may result in more players being ruled out.  The team is HOPEFUL they will get back,   WRs, Jarvis Landry,  Rashard Higgins,  Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Khadrel Hodges. 

(01/01/21), NO  NEW  COVID-19 POSITIVES.  OUT:,   C,  Nick Harris,  (knee).  QUESTIONABLE:   LB, Tae Davis (ankle),   T,  Kendall Lamm, (illness),   LB, Sione Takitaki, (ankle),   G,  Wyatt Teller (ankle)

(01/02/21),  Close Facility after a member   of the coaching staff  tests COVID-19 positive.

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BUCCANEERS:  (12/30/20): Activated    RB, Ronald Jones, from COVID-19/reserve.   

(01/01/21),   CB, Carlton Davis, (groin),  GTD (game time decision).    S, Mike Edwards, (hip),  Ready to play Sunday.   LB,  Devin White (COVID-19 POSTIVE), and OLB,  Shaquille Barrett, (COVID-19 Close contact),  placed on COVID-19/reserve.  OUT:   DT,  Jeremiah Ledbetter (calf); DOUBTFUL:  CB,   Carlton Davis (groin)

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.BROWNS: (12/30/20):  TE, Harrison Bryant,   DBs, Andrew Sendejo, and Karl Joseph,  on COVID-19/reserve.  (12/31/20):  LB, Malcolm Smith, and    TE, Harrison Bryant,  OUT, (COVID-19).   LB, B.J. Goodson, and    S, Andrew Sendejo, (COVID-19; close contact), OUT.  Further testing, and tracing may result in more players being ruled out.  The team is HOPEFUL they will get back,   WRs, Jarvis Landry,  Rashard Higgins,  Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Khadrel Hodges. 

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CARDINALS:  (12/2920):   QB.  Kyler Murray (lower leg), is questionable.   

(12/30/20):  Kyler Murray expects to play Sunday. 

(01/01/21),   QUESTIONABLE:   S,  Budda Baker, (neck),   TE, Darrell Daniels,  (hamstring),    RB, Chase Edmonds, (hip),   WR, Larry Fitzgerald, (groin),   TE, Maxx Williams, (ankle).

(01/03/21),   RB, Chase Edmonds, (hip) now a GTD.

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CHARGERS:  (01/01/21), OUT:   DE, Joey Bosa, (shin, concussion),   T,  Bryan Bulaga, (foot),   CB, Casey Hayward, (hamstring),    LB, Malik Jefferson, (shoulder),    S Rayshawn Jenkins, (ankle).    QUESTIONABLE:    S,  Jahleel Addae ,(calf),   T, Sam Tevi (knee).

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CHIEFS:  (12/30/20)    Decision time for   HC, Andy Reid, with 1st round bye in his pocket.  Play his 1st stringers, and risk injuries, or let his 2nd stringers get some game experience.  He claims, it will be a, “game day”, decision.     QB, Patrick Mahomes resting this weekend.    QB,  Chadd Henne, will start Sunday. 

(01/01/21),  OUT:   RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, (ankle),   WR, Tyreek Hill, (hamstring),    LB, Ben Niemann,  (hamstring),   T,  Mike Remmers, (back),   WR,  Sammy Watkins, (calf);   QUESTIONABLE:   RB, Le’Veon Bell, (knee),  DT, Derrick Nnadi (knee).

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COLTS; (12/30/20),  RT,  Braden Smith, activated from COVID-19/reserve.  Lose  LT,  Anthony Castonzo, (ankle), for the season.  Injured ankle will need to have surgery.   (01/01/21),   Signed  C, Joey Hunt from practice squad.  OUT:   T,  Will Holden, (ankle), S Khari Willis (concussion), CB Rock Ya-Sin (concussion);     QUESTIONABLE:   WR, Michael Pittman, (concussion).

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COWBOYS:  (01/01/21),  OUT:   CB,  Rashard Robinson (knee), LB,  Leighton Vander Esch (ankle); QUESTIONABLE:    S  Darian Thompson (concussion),   S,  Xavier Woods (ribs)

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DOLPHINS: (12/30/20),  LB, Elandon Roberts,  (significant injury ?),  OUT. this week.                                                                                                                              (01/01/21), QUESTIONABLE:   WR,  Jakeem Grant, (ankle),   G, Solomon Kindley, (knee, foot),     DE, Shaq Lawson, (shoulder),    WR, DeVante Parker, (hamstring).

(01/02/21,   QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick put on COVID/reserve.   Sign QB, Jake Rudock, to back up   QB,  Tua  Tagovailoa.                

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EAGLES:  (01/01/21),   OUT:   DE, Derek Barnett,(calf),   LB,  Shaun Bradley, (neck),     DT, Fletcher Cox, (neck),   TE, Dallas Goedert, (calf),   WR, DeSean Jackson, (ankle),    T, Jordan Mailata, (concussion),   LB, Duke Riley, (biceps),   TE,  Richard Rodgers, (ankle),   RB, Miles Sanders, (knee).   QUESTIONABLE:   CB, Michael Jacquet, (calf).

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FALCONS: (01/01/21),  OUT: CB,   Darqueze Dennard (quadricep), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), WR Brandon Powell (foot); QUESTIONABLE: DE Charles Harris (not injury related).

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FOOTBALL TEAM:  (12/30/20)   LB, Thomas Davis, plans to retire at seasons end.   QB, Dwayne Haskins, goes unclaimed off waiver; now a free agent.   QB, Alex Smith, (calf sprain),  “AIMS”  to play Sunday. 

(01/01/21),  OUT:   LB, Thomas Davis, (knee).   QUESTIONABLE:   RB, Antonio Gibson,(toe),    WR, Terry McLauri, (ankle),   LB, Kevin Pierre-Louis, (ankle),    QB, Alex Smith, (calf).

(01/03/21),   QB. Alex Smith cleared to play tonight.

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GIANTS:  (01/01/21),  OUT: RB, Elijhaa Penny (illness).  DOUBTFUL   WR,  Golden Tate (calf).  QUESTIONABLE:  LB,  Cam Brown (illness)

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JAGUARS: (12/30/20)  RB, James Robison (ankle) out for game against COLTS.

(01/01/21),  OUT:   WR,  D.J. Chark, (shin),    WR, Collin Johnson, (hamstring),    RB, James Robinson, (ankle).    QUESTIONABLE:   RB, Nathan Cottrell, (hip). 

(01/02/21),  Expected to replace   HC, Doug Marrone,  with Urban Meyer.

JETS: (12/30/20):   Acivate   TE, Ryan Griffin, from COVID-19,/reserve. 

(01/01/21),  QUESTIONABLE,   CB, Blessuan Austin (illness), CB,  Javelin Guidry (knee),   WR, Jeff Smith (shoulder) 

(01/02/21).  Expected to release HC, Joel Thomas, after Sunday’s game.

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LIONS:  (01/01/21),  OUT:  T,  Tyrell Crosby, (ankle),   G,  Joe Dahl, (back),   WR, Kenny Golladay, (hip).   QUESTIONABLE:   LB, Jamie Collins, (neck),   C, Frank Ragnow (throat),  QB,  Matthew Stafford, (right thumb, rib,

(01/02/21),   Hopeful,   C,  Frank Ragnow., (throat),  will return Sunday.  Ragnow isn’t sure how his throat was fractured,  but thinks the pads hit his neck in an “odd fashion”.

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PACKERS: (12/30/20), Claimed DT, Damon Harrison, off waivers from Seahawks.

(01/01/21),  OUT:  T, David Bakhtiari, (knee),   DE, Kingsley Keke, (concussion);     QUESTIONABLE:   G, Simon Stepaniak, (knee).

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PANTHERS:  (01/01/21),   DOUBTFUL:   DE, Brian Burns, (shoulder),   RB,  Mike Davis, (ankle),    RB, Christian McCaffrey, (thigh),   T, Russell Okung, (calf),   CB, Troy Pride, (hip).   QUESTIONABLE:   DE, Yetur Gross-Matos, (shoulder),    DE, Austin Larkin, (shoulder),    DE, Efe Obada, (shoulder, toe).

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PATRIOTS  (12/2920):  Belichick stands behind   QB, Cam Newton.  He says Newton is not the problem for the team.   (I agree whole-heartedly). 

(01/01/21),  OUT:  C, David Andrews (calf),   RB,  Damien Harris (ankle),   G, Shaquille Mason (calf),   QUESTIONABLE:   LB, Ja’Whaun Bentley (shoulder),   CB, Justin Bethel (neck),   DT.  Adam Butler (shoulder),   LB,  Shilique Calhoun (knee),   LS,  Joe Cardona (ankle),    DT,  Byron Cowart (back),  T,  Jermaine Eluemunor (ankle),   K,  Nick Folk (back),   DT,  Lawrence Guy (shoulder),   LB,  Terez Hall (ankle),   T,  Justin Herron (ankle),   CB,  J.C. Jackson (knee),   LB,  Anfernee Jennings (shoulder),   S,  Devin McCourty (shoulder),   WR,  Donte Moncrief (thigh),   WR,  Matt Slater (knee)

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RAMS:   (12/2920):   QB. Jared Goff having surgery,  (broken right thumb). However the team is hopeful Goff will return for the playoffs.  Will miss Sunday’s game. However the team is hopeful Goff will return for the playoffs  QB John Wolford (has not taken a snap in the NFL).  will fill the spot.  QB, Bryce Perkins (from the practice squad), will be the backup QB.  Rams  signed  QB Blake Bortles from Broncos practice squad. 

(12/30/20):    WR, Cooper Kupp, on COVID-19/reserve     RB, Darrell Henderson, (ankle)  to IR.  Activated   OT,  Bobby Evans, from COVID-19/reserve.   WR, Cooper Kupp, (covid-19), will miss game Vs CARDINALS.

(12/31/20):   DE,  Michael Brockers (COVID-19/reserve), OUT. 

 (01/01/21),  OUT:   QB,  Jared Goff, (right thumb),   LB, Micah Kiser, (knee);     QUESTIONABLE: RB, Cam Akers, (ankle),    LB, Leonard Floyd, (abdomen). 

(01/03/21),   QUESTIONABLE:   RB,  Cam Akers, (ankle), GTD, (game time decision).

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RAIDERS: (01/01/21),  OUT:   T, Trenton Brown, (knee).   QUESTIONABLE:   G, Denzelle Good, (ankle),    DT,  Maurice Hurst, (calf),   CB, Lamarcus Joyner, (thigh).

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RAVENS:  Signed a 1 year extension with   CB,  Jimmy Smith.   

(01/01/21),QUESTIONABLE:    DT, Calais Campbell,  (calf, not injury related),    RB,  Gus Edwards,  (back),   T,  D.J. Fluker,  (knee),    CB,  Marlon Humphrey, (knee, shoulder),   RB,  Mark Ingram,  (illness),   C,  Patrick Mekari,  (back),   DE,  Yannick Ngakoue (thigh),    CB,  Marcus Peters, (calf),    CB,  Jimmy Smith, (ribs, shoulder),       WR,  Willie Snead, (ankle).

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SAINTS: (01//01/21),   RB, Alvin Kamara, fined $5,000.oo for non conforming shoes,  (The CHRISTmasy RED and GREEN shoes).   Kamara says he will match the fine and send it to charity.   Kamara says, “The Grinch always tries to steal CHRISTmas”.   RB,  Alvin Kamara, placed on COVID-19/reserve.  Earliest return would January 10, 2020.  OUT:  TE, Josh Hill, (hand),   S, Marcus Williams, (ankle).

  (01/02/21),  OUT:  RB,  Alvin Kamara, tests positive, for COVID-19.  Also missing will be   RBs Latavius Murray, Dwayne Washington, Michael Burton, and RB coach Joel Thomas, (close contact with Kamara).   

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SEAHAWKS: (01/01/21),   WR,  DK Metcalf need just 6 yards Sunday to pass a 35 year old franchise record of 1,287 receiving yards held by Steve Largent in 1987.   WR, Tyler Lockett needs 36 yards to attain 1,000 yards this season.   This would make Metcalf and Lockett the 2nd Seattle history to reach 1,000 yards in the same season the first were Brian Blades and Joey Galloway, in 1995.  OUT,   RB,  DeeJay Dallas,(ankle),   CB, Jayson Stanley, (hamstring),   TE,  Greg Olsen, (foot).         QUESTIONABLE,   RB,  Carlos Hyde, (illness),   G, Mike Iupati, (neck),    S,  Damarious Randall, (foot)

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STEELERS: (12/2920):  Still in play for the AFC number 2 seed; will rest   QB, ‘BIG’  Ben Roethlisberger to rest this week and start   QB,  Mason Rudolph.    STILL looking for AFC’s  Number 2 seed.   OUT:   K, Chris Boswell, (groin)   S, Terrell Edmunds (shoulder).

TEXANS: (12/30/20):  Claimed.  S, Geno Stone,  off Ravens waiver. 

(01/01/21),  OUT:   Tm  Brent Qvale, (concussion).  DOUBTFUL:   T,  Laremy Tunsil ,(ankle).   QUESTIONABLE:    CB,  Phillip Gaines, (knee),   RB, Duke Johnson, (neck).

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TITANS:  12/30/29:    P,  Brett Kern, on  COVID-19/reserve.

  (01/01/21),  OUT:   LB, Derick Roberson, (hamstring);    QUESTIONABLE:   LB, Daren Bates, (hip),   RB, Khari Blasingame, (ankle).  

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VIKINGS:  (01/01/21),  OUT: RB, Dalvin Cook, (not injury related),    CB, Dalvin Cook (hamstring),    DE,Dalvin Cook (groin),   CB, Chris Jones, (groin),   LB,  Eric Kendricks,  (calf),   DE,  Ifeadi Odenigbo, (chest.   QUESTIONABLE:   K,  Dan Bailey (back).

For those of you who are new here. This is  how confidence ranking goes, let me explain.

If we were playing an office pool,(which we ARE NOT).  The object is to score the most points. To obtain the score YOU rank the teams by how confident you are a team will win its game.  EXAMPLE:  Say this week we have 16 games.  The team you are most confident will win you would assign the number 16 and follow down to the team you are least confident in and assign that number 1.   You add up the TOTAL CORRECT PICKS.. That would be your score.  We use the Monday night (Last game played) as a TIE BREAKER.  The tie is broken by the closest to the total (that is the COMBINED score of the two participating teams) final score, without going over.

YOU can adopt the scoring  described above.  Or, the optional method.  A  negative score for missed games.  We will continue to get a positive score for correct predictions.  EXAMPLE:   if you scored     1 pt on the first game and you had 15 pts on the second game and lost you would still have  1 pt.

1.  HOWEVER. with the same scenario new scoring system would result with a –14 score

If we were playing this is how my sheet would look;  My pick will be in bold Capital letters.  you can use circling, underlining, or highlighting.  I will show my correct points in Bold

I will fill in my picks Thursday.  Until then feel free to:

Just copy and paste for your own Fun Pool Use.  Or to see if you can beat me.

IF YOU SEE I MADE A MIS-COPY OF THE GAMES AND TIMES FEEL  FREE TO EMAIL ME AND TELL ME I GOOFED.

BYES: NONE

(All Times EST)

GAME # TV VISITOR SCORE   HOME SCORE CONFIDENCE RUNNING SCORE
 
SUNDAY     01/03/21
13:00
1 FOX Falcons (4-11) 27 @ BUCCANEERS(10-5) 44 12 12/12
2 FOX COWBOYS(6-9) 19 @ Giants (5-10) 23 1 12/11
3 CBS Jets (2-13) 14 @ PATRIOTS (6-8) 28 6 18/17
4 FOX VIKINGS(6-9) 37 @ Lions (5-10) 35 8 26/25
5 CBS Steelers (12-3) 22 @ BROWNS (10-5) 24 14 40/39
6 CBS RAVENS (10-5) 38 @ Bengals (4-10-1) 3 16 56/55
7 CBS Dolphins (10-) 26 @ BILLS11-3) 56 2 58/57
SUNDAY 01/03/21 13:00
8 FOX SEAHAWKS (11-4) 26 @ 49’ers (6-9) 23 11 69/68
9 CBS CARDINALS ()8-7 7 @ Rams (9-6) 18 4 69/64
10 CBS Jaguars (1-14) 14 @ COLTS(10-5) 28 15 84/79
11 CBS TITANS(10-5) 41 @ Texans (4-11) 38  13 97/92
12 FOX RAIDERS (7-8) 32 @ Broncos (5-10) 31 3 100/95
13 FOX CHARGERS (6-9) 38 @ Chiefs (14-1) 21 7 107/102
14 FOX PACKERS(12-3) 35 @ Bears (8-7) 16 9 116/110
15 FOX SAINTS (11-4) 33 @ Panthers (5-10) 7 10 126/120
SUNDAY 01/03/21 20:20
15 NBC FOOTBALL TEAM(6-9) 20 @ Eagles


14 5 131/125
GAMES
Points Possible 136
(Total score
Last Game)
Tie Break 44
Total
Points Off

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