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Green Bay (3-3-1) at New Eng­land (6-1): Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady com­bined for 613 yards pass­ing the only time they faced each other, a 26-21 Green Bay win in 2014. Rodgers (103.6) and Brady (97.6) also rank first and third, re­spec­tively, in NFL his­tory in ca­reer passer rat­ing.

LA Rams (8-0) at New Or­leans (6-1): The un­beaten Rams boast the No. 2 over­all of­fense with the top-ranked run­ning game in the league. But the Saints have the No. 1 run de­fense in the NFL, so some­thing’s got to give, right?

Pitts­burgh (4-2-1) at Bal­ti­more (4-4): The Ravens won the first meet­ing 26-14 on Sept. 30, and will try to com­plete their first se­ries sweep since 2015. The surg­ing Steel­ers are look­ing for their fourth straight vic­tory but face the NFL’s top-ranked de­fense.

Kansas City (7-1) at Cleveland (2-5-1): The Chiefs av­er­age a league­high 36.3 points per game and Patrick Ma­homes has been put­ting up eye-pop­ping num­bers. De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gregg Wil­liams will make his de­but as in­terim Browns coach af­ter the fir­ings of coach Hue Jack­son and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Todd Ha­ley.

LA Charg­ers (5-2) at Seat­tle (4-3): The Charg­ers are well-rested af­ter their bye week. Philip Rivers will start in his 200th straight game, be­com­ing just the 10th player since the merger in 1970 with such a streak. The Sea­hawks have won four of five and be­gin a stretch of six of nine games at home.

Hous­ton (5-3) at Den­ver (3-5): Wide re­ceiver De­mary­ius Thomas will make his de­but with the Tex­ans against the team with which he spent his first eight-plus NFL sea­sons be­fore Tues­day’s trade. Hous­ton is the fifth team since the 1970 merger to win five con­sec­u­tive games fol­low­ing an 0-3 start.

Tampa Bay (3-4) at Carolina (5-2): Ryan Fitz­patrick, 35, will start at quar­ter­back for the Buc­ca­neers, who rank No. 1 in the NFL in to­tal of­fense. He’ll look to re­cap­ture some of the suc­cess he had dur­ing his four-game stint as the starter to start the sea­son.

Cam New­ton has the Pan­thers look­ing for their 10th straight home win with him un­der cen­ter.

NY Jets (3-5) at Mi­ami (4-4): Sam Darnold faces the Dol­phins for the sec­ond time, look­ing for a much bet­ter out­ing than the one he had in Week 2 when New York lost 2012. Brock Osweiler has played well with six touch­down throws and three in­ter­cep­tions in his three starts, dur­ing which the Dol­phins are 1-2.

At­lanta (3-4) at Wash­ing­ton (5-2): Wash­ing­ton will try to go two games up on Philadel­phia in the NFC East. At­lanta has won each of the last five meet­ings.

Detroit (3-4) at Min­nesota (4-3-1): Vik­ings wide re­ceiver Adam Thie­len is tied with for­mer Lions star Calvin John­son (2012) with eight straight games of 100 or more yards re­ceiv­ing, the long­est streak in NFL his­tory. To get the record, he’ll have to do it against Matt Pa­tri­cia’s fourth-ranked pass­ing de­fense.

Chicago (4-3) at Buf­falo (2-6): The Bears stopped a two-game skid last week by man­han­dling the Jets. The Bills are turn­ing back to turnover-prone Nathan Peter­man, who’s start­ing with rookie Josh Allen (el­bow) and Derek An­der­son (con­cus­sion) out. Peter­man has thrown 10 in­ter­cep­tions in just 84 ca­reer at­tempts.


The Pa­tri­ots’ Tom Brady, left, will face off against the Pack­ers’ Aaron Rodgers on Sun­day night for only the sec­ond time in their sto­ried ca­reers.

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