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Sunday playbook: Chiefs look to keep rolling against Falcons

The 12 teams that will make the National Football League playoffs are still anybody's guess. However, we have a pretty good idea about who will not make it, and some would-be contenders that are on the wrong side of the bubble.
Three teams that made the NFC playoffs in the 2015 season are in danger. Only one is in serious trouble in the AFC.
Most obviously endangered are the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers (4-7), who are three games behind first-place Atlanta in the NFC South with three road games and four games against playoff contenders left on the schedule. Also, they trail Washington by 2½ games in the race for the final wild-card berth.
 The Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1), who lost in the last NFC Championship Game, also look doomed. They are three games behind first-place Seattle in the NFC West.
Green Bay (5-6) and Minnesota (6-6) are also in danger of not making it. Each trails Detroit by two games in the loss column in the NFC North and are behind the New York Giants and Washington in the wild-card race.
If three NFC teams that made the playoffs last season do not qualify this time, it would be no surprise. It's happened three times in the last four seasons.
Cincinnati, the AFC North champion last season, is just about out of the divisional race this time with a 3-7-1 record behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh, each 6-5.
Kansas City, (8-3), Miami (7-4) and Denver (7-4) are the wild-card leaders in the AFC.
There are a lot of team teetering on the edge as they look ahead to Sunday's Week 13 games. A capsule look at the games:
Game of the day
Chiefs (8-3) at Falcons (7-4)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
The line: Falcons (-4).
The scoop: Game matches two serious playoff contenders. Atlanta leads NFC South, but by only one game over resurgent Tampa Bay. KC is in middle of three-team fight in AFC West but coming off huge OT win at Denver. ... Kansas City has won 18 of its last 21 regular-season games. Dee Ford (tied for second in league with 10 sacks) and Marcus Peters (tied for second with 5 INTs) go against No. 3 offense (411.5 yards per game) and No. 1 receiver Julio Jones (1,140 receiving yards).
Outlook: Chiefs have uncanny ability to come up with a big plays when they need them the most. KC keeps rolling, 20-17.
Top attractions
Bills (6-5) at Raiders (9-2)
TV: CBS, 4 p.m.
The line: Raiders (-3).
The scoop: Watkins, Dareus, Woods, Darby, McCoy, Ragland, Wood, Aaron Williams, Bryant, Henderson and Lawson. It's safe to say that no Bills team in history is missing or has been missing more frontline players than this one. ... Raiders have won last five and have hit big on recent high draft picks (Cooper, Carr, Mack). Somebody knows what he or she is doing in Oakland and his name isn't Davis.
Outlook: Just can't see Bills coming up with performance on both sides of ball it will take to defeat Raiders on road. Buffalo's last win in Oakland was 1966 and three others came before that! That's 50 years ago. Raiders, 31-17.
Dolphins (7-4) at Ravens (6-5)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
The line: Ravens (-3).
The scoop: Losing this one could hurt playoff hopes, but not that much. Dolphins' rivals for wild-card spot all have difficult games. Ravens are tied for division lead with Steelers, who have a toughie at home, too. ... Miami going for seventh in a row against QB Joe Flacco, who is 4-0 in career as starter against Fish.
Outlook: Ryan Tannehill of Dolphins has 9 TDs-1 INT in last six games, but four were at home. Hanging chad here for Ravens and Flacco, 31-27.
Texans (6-5) at Packers (5-6)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
The line: Packers (-6½).
The scoop: Two more bubble teams. Only three starting QBs in league have more INTs than TD passes. One is Brock Osweiler of Texans (12-13). Guess who other two are: Hint, one's initials are RF. ... Packers showed signs of waking up with 27-13 Monday Night win at Philadelphia. Pack QB Aaron Rodgers is on pace with 27 TD passes to exceed his 2015 total (31).
Outlook: Can't bet against Packers on unfrozen tundra at Lambeau. Green Bay, 23-13.
Lions (7-4) at Saints (5-6)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
The line: Saints (-6).
The scoop: If Lions are leading in fourth quarter it may mean trouble because they and QB Matthew Stafford seem to prefer coming from behind. Stafford had 148.6 rating with three TD passes when Lions visited New Orleans last season and won, 35-27. Drew Brees of Saints leads league in passing yards (3,587) and TD passes (30).
Outlook: Should be fun. Brees and Saints, 38-25.
Giants (8-3) at Steelers (6-5)
TV: Fox, 4:25 p.m.
The line: Steelers (-6).
The scoop: When you think of Giants vs. Steelers, doesn't famed photo of Y.A. Tittle bleeding after hit by Pitt's John Baker in 1964 come to mind? Going farther back, some remember 63-7 Steelers win over Giants at old Forbes Field in 1952. It used to be that kind of rivalry.
Outlook: See rough ride for Ben Roethlisberger coming against improving Giants' pass rush. Jason Pierre-Paul had three of his seven sacks last week against the Browns. Giants, 24-21.
Best of the rest
Eagles (5-6) at Bengals (3-7-1)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
The line: Pick'em.
The scoop: If these teams are on bubble, it's a big bubble. Loss could put end to whatever playoff hopes Philly has left. ... Injury to WR A.J. Green has Bengals reeling with three losses in a row. Eagles have dropped last two.
Outlook: Cincy overdue. Bengals, 24-21.
Broncos (7-4) at Jaguars (2-9)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
The line: Broncos (-4).
The scoop: Punt or go for it instead of 62-yard FG try in OT? Debate still rages around Denver coach Gary Kubiak. Under-producing Jaguars gave Bills all they could handle last week, but continued to do just enough to lose, including giving up 75-yard TD run and 62-yard pass.
Outlook: Still waiting for the great Von Miller to make a play or for DC Wade Phillips to think of something brilliant on one of Kansas City's four drives in fourth and OT last week. Another Jags heartbreaker. Denver, 24-23.
Rams (4-7) at Patriots (9-2)
TV: Fox, 1 p.m.
The line: Patriots (-13½).
The scoop: No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff passed for his first three NFL TDs in second start last week. Now he gets chance to watch The Master (initials T.B.) live. The Master leads league with 116.7 rating and has 18-1 TD-INT ratio. Goff is 3-1.
Outlook: Losing Gronk will really test creativity of Belichick and OC Josh McDaniels. Patriots, 24-14.
Redskins (6-4-1) at Cardinals (4-6-1)
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.
The line: Cardinals (-2½).
The scoop: Arizona leads the NFL in total defense (294.0). When was last time top defensive team in stats didn't make the playoffs? Answer: Pittsburgh in 2012 finished 8-8. Also San Diego in 2010 finished 9-7. Bills led AFC in 2003, early in Drought Era, and finished 6-10.
Outlook: Free-agent-elect Kirk Cousins of Redskins has 3,540 passing yards, 20 TDs, 101.4 rating. Carson Palmer's 83.3 for Cards is even below Colin Kaepernick (87.8). Redskins, 20-17.
Buccaneers (6-5) at Chargers (5-6)
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.
The line: Chargers (-3½).
The scoop: Bucs have suddenly become a defensive juggernaut, after some ghastly showings. They blanked Russell Wilson, Doug (not Alex) Baldwin and Co. from field last week, 14-5. Chargers are No. 4 in best division in football.
Outlook: Chargers end Tampa Bay win streak at three. Bolts, 30-21.
Panthers (4-7) at Seahawks (7-3-1)
TV: NBC, 8:30 p.m.
The line: Seahawks (-7).
The scoop: After four trips to Eastern Time Zone, Seahawks stay out west rest of the way except for visit to cozy Green Bay next week. ... Both teams coming off bad showing. Seahawks lost, 14-5, at Tampa. Panthers rallied for lead in Oakland, then lost, 35-32.
Outlook: Russell Wilson can't keep carrying Seahawks by himself. He accounted for 35 TDs last year. He has 12 so far. Seattle, 16-14.
Colts (5-6) at Jets (3-8)
TV: ESPN, Monday, 8:30 p.m.
The line: Colts (-1).
The scoop: Will Colts get Andrew Luck (concussion) back for this one? If not Scott Tolzien gets another start. Jets put it all on the line last week against Patriots, but couldn't hold on and lost their third in a row.
Outlook: Ryan Fitzpatrick (10 TD, 13 INTs) enjoys a fun day for a change. Jet, 27-20.
Dog of the day
49ers (1-10) at Bears (2-9)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
The line: Bears (-1).
The scoop: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick enjoying renaissance since election of Trump. He accounted for 409 yards in 31-24 loss at Miami last week. Matt Barkley of Bears stepped in for injured Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer last week and passed for three TDs and 316 yards in loss to Titans.
Outlook: Handicapping tip: Always lean to the Bears at home in a year when Cubs win the World Series. Bears, 27-24.
Last week's results: 9-4 outright; 6-5-2 versus spread.
Season's record: 101-60-2 outright; 81-74-8 versus spread.
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