NFL PRE­VIEWS

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Kan­sas City (9-2) at Oak­land (2-9): It’s a bit com­pli­cated, but a Chiefs win and losses by Mi­ami, Ten­nessee, Hous­ton, Indianapolis, Bal­ti­more and Cincin­nati in cer­tain com­bi­na­tions hand KC a play­off berth. The Chiefs have won six of seven in this se­ries.

San Fran­cisco (2-9) at Seat­tle (6-5): The Sea­hawks have won eight straight and 10 of the past 11 vs. the 49ers. Seat­tle, which plays four of its fi­nal five at home, are 26-13 in reg­u­lar-sea­son games in De­cem­ber/ Jan­uary un­der coach Pete Car­roll.

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 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 reg­u­lar-sea­son 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 home-field ad­van­tage in the NFC. LA clinches the NFC West with a win or Seat­tle loss. The Lions have lost four of five.

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 third-year 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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