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LA Charg­ers (8-3) at Pitts­burgh (7-3-1): The score­board might ex­plode at Heinz Field as Class of 2004 QBs Philip Rivers and Ben Roeth­lis­berger light it up. Rivers set an NFL record for high­est com­ple­tion rate (96.6 per­cent) and tied the mark for con­sec­u­tive com­ple­tions (25) in last week’s rout of Ari­zona. He has multi-TD games in ev­ery out­ing this sea­son, but will be with­out run­ning back Melvin Gor­don (knee). Roeth­lis­berger has six games of 450-plus yards in his ca­reer. No other QB in NFL his­tory has more than four.

Min­nesota (6-4-1) at New Eng­land (8-3): More records are within Tom Brady’s reach. With two touch­down passes, Brady would pass Pey­ton Man­ning’s 579 for the most pass­ing touch­downs in NFL his­tory, in­clud­ing the post­sea­son. He also would beat Brett Favre’s 508 for the third-most reg­u­larsea­son touch­down passes. LA Rams (10-1) at Detroit (4-7): The Rams have their eyes on win­ning out to put the heat on New Or­leans for over­all home­field ad­van­tage in the NFC. LA clinches the NFC West with a win or Seat­tle loss. Todd Gur­ley leads the league with 1,484 scrim­mage yards and 17 scrim­mage TDs, and DT Aaron Don­ald has been prac­ti­cally un­block­able at times. He had two strip­sacks in the win over the Chiefs. The Lions have lost four of five as Matthew Stafford has thrown for three TDs and four INTs in the past four games.

Chicago (8-3) at New York Giants (3-8): NFC North-lead­ing Chicago aims for a sixth straight win. Giants RB Saquon Barkley is one of four rook­ies in NFL his­tory with touch­downs rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing in con­sec­u­tive games.

Cleve­land (4-6-1) at Houston (8-3): Houston is on quite a roll with eight con­sec­u­tive wins, has beaten Cleve­land four straight times and six of the past seven meet­ings. In­di­anapo­lis (6-5) at Jack­sonville (3-8): A vic­tory would give the Colts their first six-game win­ning streak since open­ing their 2009 AFC cham­pi­onship sea­son 14-0. The Jaguars have dropped seven straight. Den­ver (5-6) at Cincin­nati (5-6): The Ben­gals have lost five of six, and thirdyear quar­ter­back Jeff Driskel gets his first NFL start. Bron­cos RB Phillip Lind­say ranks sec­ond among NFL rook­ies with 780 yards rush­ing. Bal­ti­more (6-5) at Atlanta (4-7): Bal­ti­more owns the NFL’s top-ranked de­fense, al­low­ing a league-low 18 points per game. The highly dis­ap­point­ing Fal­cons have their sec­ond three-game los­ing streak this sea­son. Carolina (6-5) at Tampa Bay (4-7): Carolina’s three straight losses en­dan­ger its play­off chase. Don’t blame RB Chris­tian McCaf­frey, who had a club-record 237 scrim­mage yards and two TDs last week vs. Seat­tle.

New York Jets (3-8) at Ten­nessee (5-6): The Jets have lost five in a row. The Ti­tans have won 13 of their past 16 home games. Ari­zona (2-9) at Green Bay (4-6-1): Not much to watch with these al­so­rans. Car­di­nals star Larry Fitzger­ald needs four catches to pass Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,281 with 49ers) for most re­cep­tions in NFL his­tory with one team.

Buf­falo (4-7) at Mi­ami (5-6): Don’t look for a scor­ing spree here: Buf­falo ranks 31st in of­fense, Mi­ami is 28th. The Dol­phins do have reg­u­lar QB Ryan Tan­nehill back from a shoul­der in­jury.

SAM RICHE TNS

Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill is sched­uled to re­turn from a shoul­der in­jury for the game against the Bills. He has won his past seven home starts.

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