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Tampa Bay (3-1) at Chicago (3-1), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. They met in Super Bowl LII and Nick Foles came out on top against Tom Brady. They meet again, this time wearing different jerseys, with Brady leaving the Pats for Tampa Bay, while Foles traded his Eagles green for Bears Orange and Blue. Tampa Bay and Chicago, both 3-1, meet Thursday night at Soldier Field in the week five opener.

Brady and the Buccaneers erased a 24-14 deficit against the Los Angeles Chargers at Raymond James Stadium and came away 38-31 winners in the Sunshine State last Sunday. Trailing by 10 at the intermission, the Buccaneers proceeded to outscore the Chargers 24-7 in the final 30 minutes of action, taking the lead for good as they would use a 9-yard TD toss from Brady to RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn and a Ryan Succop field goal to take the win. Tampa Bay’s Ronald Jones led all rushers with 111 yards as the Bucs out-rushed the Chargers 115-46. Brady threw for 369 yards and five TDs without a sack, while Los Angeles’ Justin Hebert threw for 290 yards with three TDs and was sacked twice (both men threw an interception; Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans led all recievers with 122 yards and a TD). Tampa Bay went 5 of 11 on third down conversions and ruled the clock as they held on the ball for 34:55, while the Chargers, keeping the pigskin for 25:05, was 4 of 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Chicago suffered their first loss of the 2020 season, falling to Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field 19-11 last Sunday afternoon. Da Bears trailed Rivers and the Colts 13-3 at the break but managed to outscore the Colts 8-6 in the final 30 minutes of play to keep the contest close. Chicago found themselves held to a season-low 28 yards along the shores of Lake Michigan as the Colts ran for 103 yards. Rivers threw for 190 yards with a TD toss to Mo Alie-Cox, while Foles threw for 249 yards and a TD to Allen Robinson II (Robinson had seven catches for 101 yards; both Foles and Rivers were sacked once and Foles threw the game’s only interception). Chicago went 4 of 14 on third down tries in the Windy City and kept the ball for 27:32, while the Colts ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:28 and went 8 of 19 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead the series 39-20 (which includes games that were played when both teams were in the same division) and they have outscored the Buccaneers 1,279-962. Their last meeting was in 2018 in the Windy City and would be Da Bears coming away 48-10 winners, while Tampa Bay’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 2017 by a final of 29-7.

Tampa Bay’s favored by 5 and the over/under for the Windy City contest is 44 1/2. Brady is looking for some measure of revenge from the loss to Foles in SB LII, while Da Bears are looking to right their ship from their loss at home to the Colts. Da Bears bounce back from their loss at home in the Windy City but expect the Bucs to make things closer than the 5.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Tampa Bay), 83 (Chicago); XM: 226 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Chicago)

Referee: Alex Kemp

Injury Report

Tampa Bay
OUT: WR Chris Godwin (hamstring), RB LeSean McCoy (ankle), WR Justin Watson (chest)
DOUBTFUL: RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Mike Evans (ankle), WR Scott Miller (hip, groin)

Chicago
OUT; S Deon Bush (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: S Sherrick McManis (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Darnell Mooney (shoulder)

Weather: Mostly clear and 59 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

Denver (0-3) at New York Jets (0-3), 8:20 p.m. Thursday on NFL Network, A pair of 0-3 AFC teams meet in upstate New Jersey to open action in week four. Denver makes their way Eastward to face off against the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium Thursday night. Both teams took losses in last week’s action.

Denver trailed Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High, coming out on the short end of a 28-10 loss in the Mile High City. Tampa Bay led 23-10 at the break, then used a safety by Shaqule Barrett, who sacked Broncos QB Jeff Driscoll in the end zone and a Ryan Succop field goal to close out the scoring in the second half. Tampa Bay out-rushed Denver 68-42 and Brady burned the Broncos for 297 yards and three TDs (two of them to Mike Evans), while Driscoll threw for 176 yards with a TD but he was sacked five times (including the safety) and threw an interception. Denver was 5 of 14 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 26:58, while Brady and the Buccaneers kept the clock hostage, holding on to the pigskin for 33:02 and went 8 of 16 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

GangGreen watched Indianapolis break a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter as Philip Rivers and the Colts would score their next 29 points of the contest unchallenged to come away with the 36-7 win at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Hoosier State. Indianapolis led 17-7 at the break, then floored the gas in the second half to seal GangGreen’s fate. The Colts out-rushed GangGreen 119-109 and Rivers threw for 217 yards with a TD and no sacks or interceptions, while Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 168 yards and a TD but was sacked twice (one sack resulting in a safety in the third quarter) and three interceptions, two returned for TDs by Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 3 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and kept the ball for 29:52, while the Colts ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:08, while going 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games played at Shea, Met Life and Mile High Stadiums and games when the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were known as the Titans, the Broncos lead the series 19-16-1 and they have outscored GangGreen 870-765. GangGreen took a 34-16 win in the Meadowlands in their last meeting, which took place at Met Life Stadium in 2018, while Denver’s last win came in the Mile High City in 2017, as they would pitch a 23-0 shutout.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Denver), 83 (New York Jets); XM: 226 (Denver), 225 (New York Jets)

Referee: Jerome Boger

Injury Report

Denver
OUT: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep), QB Drew Lock (right shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Davontae Harris (hamstring), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot)

New York Jets
OUT: WR Breshad Perriman (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: S Ashtyn Davis (groin), LB Jordan Willis (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), DE John Franklin (knee), WR Chris Hogan (ribs, knee), LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder)

Weather: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 56 degrees.

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

Indianapolis (6-4) at Houston (6-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. A pair of AFC South rivals, tied for first in the division, open play in week 12 as Houston hosts the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium.

Indianapolis comes into the Thursday night contest with a 33-13 win at home against Jacksonville under their belts. After Jacksonville’s D.J. Chark gave them a 7-0 lead in the first, the Colts evened things up with 35 seconds left in the quarter on a 13-yard run by RB Marlon Mack. Indianapolis then broke the tie on a 34-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to take a 10-3 lead with them to the intermission, then scored 14 third quarter points unchallenged and added a 7-yard TD run by Nyheim Hines to widen the deficit. Jacksonville would score again late in the contest when Chark scored on a 20-yard TD toss from Nick Foles but the Colts then proceeded to add insult to injury when rookie LB Bobby Okereke scored on a defensive 2-point conversion to close things out.

The Colts rushed for 264 yards in the win, with Jonathan Williams (116 yards) and Mack (109 yards) leading the way, while Indianapolis held Jacksonville to a dismal season-low 29 yards. Jacoby Brissett returned to the lineup, throwing for 148 yards with a TD toss to Marcus Johnson and had a rushing TD of his own, while Foles threw for 296 yards and the two TDs to Chark but was sacked twice and Brissett was sacked three times (both men threw an interception). The Colts went 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:52, while Jacksonville, keeping the ball for 26:08, went 6 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Texans were taken to task by Lamar Jackson and Baltimore Sunday afternoon in Charm City, as the Ravens manhandled Houston 41-7. After a scoreless first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens took a 14-0 lead with them to the break and scored 13 more points in the third quarter unchallenged as they would lead 27-0 after three quarters of play. Houston ended Baltimore’s bid for a shutout when RB Carlos Hyde scored from a yard away early in the fourth quarter. Baltimore outrushed the Texans 263-122 and Hyde led the Texans with 65 yards while Baltimore’s Gus Edwards led all rushers with 112 yards and a TD. Jackson burned Houston for 222 yards with four TDs and a sack and no interceptions, while DeShaun Watson threw for 169 yards with an interception and six sacks. Houston went 2 of 10 on third down tries (they were 1 of 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:41, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:19, going 5 for 9 on thrid down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Thursday contest in the Lone Star State is a rematch of their week seven meeting in the Hoosier State, where the Colts came away 30-23 winners. The Colts led 14-9 at the half at Lucas Oil Stadium, then increased that lead to 21-9 early in the third quarter before the Texans would eventually make the contest a 5-point contest before Indianapolis restored order when WR Zach Pascal got himself a sack in the end zone for a safety.

Houston outrushed the Colts 100-62 with Brissett throwing for 326 yards and four TDS without an interception (he was sacked once; Pascal had six catches for 106 and a pair of TDs), while Watson threw for 308 yards and a TD, with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Colts were 8 of 16 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down conversions) and were the rulers of time, keeping the ball for 32:52, while the Texans held on to the pigskin for 27:08 and went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week seven contest, the Colts were favored by 1 and covered the spread, winning by 7 and both teams took care of the 47 1/2 over/under with 53 total points. This time, Houston’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Houston and Indianapolis, both tied for first in the AFC South, are in survival mode with the winner having an upper hand on the divison, while the loser can look forward to at best being a Wild Card team. Houston gets their revenge Thursday night in the Lone Star State, taking the win and covering the 3 1/2.

Broadcast Information – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Houston); XM: 225 (Indianapolis), 226 (Houston)

Referee: Ronald Torbert

Injury Report

Indianapolis
OUT: RB Marlon Mack (Hand), CB Shakial Taylor (Ankle), S Khari Willis (Concussion), WR Parris Campbell (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), WR T.Y. Hilton (Calf) CB Abdurrahman Ya-Sin (Ankle), TE Mo Alie-Cox (Thumb)

Houston
OUT: CB Lonnie Johnson (Ankle), S Justin Reid (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Back), RB Bradley Roby (Hamstring)

Weather: Game indoors; if roof is open, cloudy and 72 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

New York Giants (2-3) at New England (5-0), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. The defending Super Bowl champions open week six as they welcome Daniel Jones and the New York Giants to Foxboro. New England looks for their sixth win in as many tries, while the Giants look to even their record in the 2019 campaign.

New York could never get on track against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday at Met Life Stadium, taking a 28-10 loss in upstate New Jersey. Minnesota led 18-7 at the intermission and the Giants never threatened, as Minnesota held them to a Aldrick Rosas field in the third quarter. Delvin Cook ran for 132 yards as the Vikings outrushed the Giants 211-64 and Cousins threw for 306 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Adam Thielen, while Jones threw for 182 yards with a TD (Jones was sacked four times and picked off once, Cousins was sacked three times). The Giants were 8 of 16 on third down, 0 for 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:20, while the Vikings ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 32:40, going 5 of 11 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

New England and Tom Brady manhandled Washington 33-7 last Sunday in Landover in what would be the last game that Jay Gruden would coach for Washington at Fed Ex Field. Steven Sims opened the scoring for Washington, scoring on a 65-yard TD run in the first quarter. After that. New England led 12-6 at the half and scored their remaining 21 points of the contest unchallenged. Washington did manage to outrush New England 145-130 but Brady burned Washington for 348 yards and three TDs, despite being sacked four times and picked off once, while Colt McCoy threw for 119 yards with six sacks and an interception. The Patriots were 5 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:52, while the Redskins kept the ball for 28:08, going 1 for 11 on third down tries at Fed Ex Field.

While New England leads the series 6-4, the Giants have outscored the Patriots 193-189. New England survived a scare in the Meadowlands in their last meeting, taking a 27-26 win at Met Life Stadium in 2015, while the Giants’ last win in the series came in Foxboro in 2011 by a final of 24-20. New England’s favored by 17 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 41. The 41? Makes a lot of sense. The 17? What? That’s a little steep. Granted, the Giants aren’t that good and they’ll make things interesting for Brady and the Pats but New England prevails in Foxboro.

Broadcast information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (New York Giants), 83 (New England); XM: 225 (New York Giants), 226 (New England)

Referee: Brad Allen

Injury Report

New York Giants
OUT: RB Wayne Gallman (Concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (Concussion), RB Saquon Barkley (Ankle), TE Evan Engram (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Lorenzo Carter (Neck)

New England
OUT: WR Phillip Dorsett (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Burkhead (Foot), LB Shilique Calhoun (Ankle), S Patrick Chung (Heel), S Nate Ebner (Groin), WR Julian Edleman (Chest), WR Josh Gordon (Knee)

Weather: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of rain and 52 degrees.

Broadcast Information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. The final Thursday night game of the 2018 campaign features a pair of AFC West rivals, looking to make the post-season party. The Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers travel to Arrowhead to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes in an AFC West showdown in the Show-Me State. Both teams enter the Thursday night contest with close home wins under their belts.

Los Angeles survived a scare from the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday at Stub Hub Centre, coming away 26-21 winners on the West Coast. The Chargers led 17-12 at the intermission, then held off a late Cincinnati rally in the second half to take the win. Cincinnnati did outrush Los Angeles 144-85, with Bengals running back Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 111 yards and a TD but Rivers threw for 220 yards with no interceptions, as he outpaced Bengals backup QB Jeff Driskel (who took over for Andy Dalton), who threw for 170 yards and no interceptions (both men threw a TD pass, Driskel was sacked three times, Rivers was sacked twice). Both teams were 5 of 13 on third down conversions in the late afternoon contest on the West Coast and the Chargers were 1 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 27:22, while Cincinnati ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:38 but went 0 for 1 on fourth down tries.

The Chiefs clinched a playoff spot in the AFC last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens but needed overtime to come out on top 23-20 at Arrowhead. Kansas City led 17-10 at the break before the Ravens would storm back in the second half and took a 24-17 lead with 4:04 left to play when Lamar Jackson (who took over for Joe Flacco) and WR Darnell Brown connected on a 9-yard TD toss. Kansas City would bring things back to even when Mahomes and RB Darrien Williams connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 58 seconds left. The Chiefs then prevented Baltimore from driving in the final seconds of regulation and the two clubs went into overtime. Kansas City won the toss, got the ball first and made the most of their first possession as K Harrison Butker, who missed earlier from 43 yards, connected on a 35-yarder with 4:42 left in the extra period. Baltimore then got the ball back and threatened to either re-tie the contest or take the win, as they would get as close as Kansas City’s 47-yard line before the two-minute warning came. After the two-minute warning, Jackson scrambled to the Chiefs’ 44-yard line but the Ravens were penalized for holding and were pusshed back. Jackson scrambled again for four yards but the Ravens were again flagged for holding again and Jackson was injured on the play. The Ravens then used a timeout and Robert Griffin III came into to replace Jackson and his first attempt to WR John Brown was incomplete. After the Chiefs burned a timeout and the Ravens had one last chance but the Chiefs would seal the win when Griffin’s pass to Willie Snead IV sailed incomplete.

Baltimore did outrush Kansas City 198-94 but Mahomes threw for 377 yards and a pair of TDs (including one to TE Travis Kelce) with an interception, while Jackson threw for 147 yards and a pair of TDs of his own, with three sacks and no interceptions (Mahomes sacked three times and picked off once). The Chiefs were 6 of 16 on third down but was successful on fourth down tries at Arrownhead, going 3 for 3 and kept the ball for 37 minutes, while the Ravens kept the ball for 31:27 and were 5 for 12 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down.

They met in week one at the Stub Hub Centre in Carson and the Chargers trailed Kansas City 17-12 at StubHub Center at the intermission and the Chiefs would go on to take a 38-28 AFC West win in the season opener for both teams. The Chargers did manage to outrush Kansas City 123-106 and Philip Rivers threw for 424 yards and three TDs, while the Chiefs’ Pat Mahomes threw for 256 yards with four TDs and no interceptions (Mahomes was sacked once, while Rivers was sacked once and picked off once). The Chargers were 3 of 11 on third down but found success on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and kept the ball for 34:26, while the Chiefs kept the ball for a mere 25:34, going 4 of 10 on fourth down.

The Chargers were 3 1/2 point favorites at Stub Hub Centre and the the Chiefs covered with the 10-point win in the first meeting. As for the 48 1/2 over/under? Both teams took care of that, tallying 56 points. With the AFC West on the line, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 3 1/2 point favorites at Arrowhead with a 53 over/under. The Chiefs are trying to win the West, the Chargers are trying to make the playoffs in the last Thursday night contest of the 2018 season. This one is worth taping “Big Bang” and “Young Sheldon” this week. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City. Chiefs win at home but expect the Chargers to make this one closer than 3 1/2 at Arrowhead.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Los Angeles Chargers), 225 (Kansas City)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: DT Brandon Mebane (Not Injury Related)
OUT: TE Sean Culkin (Back), RB Austin Ekeler (Neck), CB Trevor Williams (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Melvin Gordon (Knee)

Kansas City
DOUBTFUL: G Cameron Erving (Knee), RB Spencer Ware (Shoulder)
OUT: WR Sammy Watkins (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S James Berry (Heel), WR Tryeek Hill (Heel)

Weather: Overcast with a 30 percent chance of rain and 38 degrees :

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)

Carolina (6-2) at Pittsburgh (5-2-1), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. Week 10 opens in the Steel City as Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. Both teams took major divisional wins in last Sunday’s action, with Carolina winning at home, while the Steelers were road victors.

The Panthers, in picking up their third win in a row, took a 35-14 lead with them to the intermission against Tampa Bay last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium and came away 42-28 winners over their NFC South rivals. The Panthers outrushed Tampa Bay 179-82 (Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey led all rushers with 79 yards and a pair of rushing TDs), while Newton threw for 247 yards and a pair of TDs. Carolina, who sacked Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (243 yards, four TDs, two interceptions) four times, went 4 for 10 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31 minutes, while the Buccaneers kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 for 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Pittsburgh got their revenge on Baltimore from their week four loss to Baltimore at Heinz Field and took down the Ravens 23-16 at M&T Bank Stadium in Charm City, giving the Ravens their third loss in a row. Pittsburgh led 14-6 at the intermission, then held off the Ravens as they were outscored by Baltimore 10-9 in the final 30 minutes of action. Pittsburgh outrushed Baltimore 113-61, with Steelers RB James Conner leading everyone with 107 yards. Roethlisberger threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Antonio Brown, the other to Conner), while Joe Flacco led Baltimore with 209 yards (Roethlisberger was sacked once, Flacco was sacked twice; neither man threw an interception). Pittsburgh was 10 for 16 on third down tries and kept the ball for 36:29, while the Ravens, who held the pigskin for 23:31, went 4 for 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh leads the series 5-1, the Steelers have outscored Carolina 175-77 and after Carolina won the first meeting, taking an 18-14 win in Charlotte in 1996, Pittsburgh has won five in a row, with their last win coming in 2014 in Charlotte by a final of 37-19. The odds makers in Vegas like the Steelers at home as a 4-point favorite on Thursday night and the over/under’s 52. Both numbers make sense and both Newton and Roethlisberger could put the over/under up by the end of the 3rd quarter. These two are playoff contenders, which could very well mean that we will see them come January. Carolina makes it closer than the 4 but the Steelers take the win in the Steel City.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Carolina), 83 (Pittsburgh); XM: 226 (Carolina), 225 (Pittsburgh)

Referee: Walt Coleman

Injury Report

Carolina
OUT: DE Marquis Haynes (Illness), WR James Smith (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: C Ryan Kalil (Ankle), DE Mario Addison (Shoulder), LB David Mayo (Groin), S Eric Reid (Shoulder)

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (Knee), DT Daniel McCullers (Ankle)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 40 degrees

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)

 

Oakland (1-6) at San Francisco (1-7), 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network. A pair of struggling Bay Area neighbors meet Thursday evening in Santa Clara as San Francisco, in last place in the NFC West, host struggling Oakland, last in the AFC West to open play in week nine. Both teams enter Thursday night’s prime time contest with losses under their belts.

Oakland and David Carr lost their third game in a row after Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts left the Oakland Coliseum with a 42-28 win. The Silver and Black led 14-13 at the intermission after Colts K Adam Vinatieri made it a one-point contest with 26 seconds left, then watched the Colts outpace them 29-14 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Colts outrushed Oakland 222-103, with RB Marlon Mack leading the way with 132 yards and a pair of rushing TDs, while Raiders RB Doug Martin rushed for 72 yards in the contest. Passing-wise, Luck threw for 239, while Carr tallied 244 (each man threw three TDs without a sack or interception). The Raiders were 4 of 8 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 23:30, while the Colts had time on their side (apologies to Mick Jagger fans!) and held on to the ball for 36:30, going 9 for 13 on third down conversions.

The 49ers saw a 12-3 lead at the end of the third quarter escape from them as Arizona would score 15 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take an 18-15 win in Glendale last Sunday. San Francisco led the Desert Angry Birds by a baseball-like score of 5-3 at the break, then scored their lone TD of the contest when WR Marquise Goodwin and QB C.J. Beatherd connected on a 55-yard TD toss late in the third quarter. After the 49ers added a Robbie Gould field goal, Arizona then went to work in the final 15 minutes of action, with Josh Rosen connecting on TD passes to WR Larry Fitzgerald and WR Christian Kirk to give Arizona the lead for keeps. Arizona then held off a late 49er rally to come away with the win, while giving San Francisco their fifth loss in a row. While the 49ers did outrush Arizona 107-88, Rosen outpaced Beatherd, throwing for 252 yards with three sacks and an interception to go with the two TDs (Beatherd threw for 190 yards with four sacks and no interceptions). Third down tries? San Francisco was 5 of 15, Arizona was 6 of 14 at State Farm Stadium Sunday afternoon and the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:19 to Arizona’s 27:41.

Oakland leads the series 7-6, while San Francisco has outscored the Silver and Black 291-240 (which includes contests that took place at Keezar Stadium, Candlestick Park and in Los Angeles). Oakland won the last meeting with San Francisco, taking a 24-13 win at home in 2014, while San Francisco’s last win in the series came in 2010 at Candlestick by a final of 17-9.

San Francisco’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. These are two really bad teams and we wouldn’t blame you one bit if you watched “Young Sheldon” or “Greys Anatomy” instead of this contest. Pickiing a winner is like chugging castor oil. It’s not pleasant but it’s got to be done. san Francisco takes this one and covers the 3.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Mike Holmgren; SIRIUS: 81 (Oakland), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Oakland), 225 (San Francisco)

Referee: Carl Cheffers

Injury Report

Oakland
OUT: T Trevor Clemmings (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Gareon Conley (Foot), G Kelechi Osemele (Knee), CB Daryl Worley (Shoulder)

San Francisco
OUT: S Antone Exum (Concussion), LB Reuben Foster (Hamstring), S Jaquiski Tartt (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Casey Beathard (Right Wrist), RB Matthew Breida (Ankle), WR Pierre Garcon (Shoulder), RB Dominique Mostert (Ankle), C Weston Richburg (Knee), CB Richard Sherman (Calf)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 78 degrees

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)

The National Football League Monday announced the following scheduling change for Week 15 (Sunday, December 17)

The Houston at Jacksonville game will be cross-flexed to FOX and remain at 1 p.m.

The following is the final schedule for Week 15 (All times Eastern):

WEEK 15

Thursday, December 14
Denver at Indianapolis, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Saturday, December 16
Chicago at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 17
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Oakland, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 18
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

Tennessee (6-3) at Pittsburgh (7-2), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. Week 11 kicks off on Thursday night at 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon as AFC contenders Tennessee and Pittsburgh meet at Heinz Field. Both teams have won four consecutive games and both are coming into the Thursday contest with wins under their belts.

Pittsburgh, leaders of the AFC North with a 7-2 record, returns to the Steel City following a 20-17 victory at Indianapolis last week. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (236 yards) connected on second-half touchdown passes to rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster and tight end Vacne McDonald and kicker Chris Boswell converted the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired in the victory. Pittsburgh, who outrushed the Colts 88-71, trailed 10-3 at the half at Lucas Oil Stadium before they would rally in the secon half to outscore the Colts 17-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett threw for 222 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. Pittsburgh on third down tries went 5 of 13 and kept the ball for 29:58, while the Colts ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 30:02, going 6 of 15 on third down conversions.

Tennessee, tied with Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South with a 6-3 record, comes off a 24-20 win in Music City against Cincinnati. Last week, Titans running back De Marco Murray scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and Tennessee’s defense limited Cincinnati to 53 rushing yards in the win at Nissan Stadium. The Titans, who outrushed the Bengals 180-53, led 17-13 at the intermission in a game that saw a Bengals player get ejected for the second week in a row, when LB Vontaze Burfict was tossed for making physical contact with an official. Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for 264 yards for the Titans, despite being sacked four times, while Andy Dalton threw for 265 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR A.J. Green on one. Tennessee went 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 40:09, while the Bengals were 1 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 19:51.

Pittsburgh leads the series 42-31 (which includes contests that took place in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers) and the Steelers have outscored Tennessee 1,506-1,277. Pittsburgh won the last meeting, which took place in the Music City in 2014, when they left Nissan Stadium with a 27-24 win, while Tennessee’s last win in the series came in the Steel City in 2013 by a final of 16-9 at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh’s favored by 7 at home in the Steel City and the over/under’s 44. These two could meet in the post-season. Pittsburgh covers the 7 and wins at home.

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Tennessee), 83 (Pittsburgh) XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Tennessee), 83 (Pittsburgh)

Referee: Ronald Torbert

Injury Report

Tennessee – Tennessee reports no injuries.

Pittsburgh
OUT: CB Joseph Haden (Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Vance McDonald (Ankle), LB James Harrison (Back), S Michael Mitchell (Ankle)

Weather Outlook: Cloudy and 39 degrees

Broadcast information, injury report, officials and logos courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

 

Seattle (5-3) at Arizona (4-4), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in the desert to open action in week 10 as Seattle travels to Glendale for a Thursday night contest with the Arizona Cardinals.

Seattle looks to rebound following a 17-14 loss to Washington in Week 9. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 297 yards with two touchdowns and added 77 yards rushing last week and linebacker Bobby Wagner had 12 tackles and recorded a safety. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who signed with Seattle prior to Week 8, has three sacks in his first two games with the Seahawks. Washington led 7-2 at the half, thanks to a 1-yard run by RB Rob Kelly after the Seahawks sacked QB Kirk Cousins (247 yards, 6 sacks) for a safety to open the scoring. Washington then held off Seattle in the final 30 minutes of action and stopped a Seattle rally in the final seconds when Wilson’s pass to TE Jimmy Graham fell incomplete. Seattle, who outrushed Washington 148-51, went 5 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:19, while the Redskins kept the ball for 27:41, going 4 of 13 on third down tries.

The Cardinals enter Week 10 following a 20-10 victory at San Francisco. Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who led the team with 70 receiving yards in Week 9, has 14,953 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (14,934) for the sixth-most receiving yards in NFL history. Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones had a sack last week and ranks fourth in the NFL with nine sacks in 2017. Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby, who had a sack and an interception in Week 9, is one of five players with at least 40 career sacks (43) and 20 interceptions (20) since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Arizona led 14-3 at the half against the winless 49ers in a contest that got chippy when Arizona’s Frostee Rucker and San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde were both ejected from the contest for fighting in the fourth quarter. Arizona outrushed San Francisco 167-63, with Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson leading all rushers with 159 yards, while Drew Stanton threw for 201 yards and a pair of TDs and San Francisco’s C.J. Bethard threw for 294 yards with a rushing TD but was sacked five times in the 10-point loss. San Francisco went 6 of 17 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:38, while the Cardinals, who ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 36:22, went 7 of 16 on third down tries.

Week 10 marks the first of five Thursday Night Football games airing on NBC using the “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime). NBC will also broadcast the Pittsburgh at Houston game on Christmas Day.

Including games that were played in St. Louis when they called that city home, the Desert Angry Birds lead the series  18-17-1 and the Seahawks have outscored the Cardinals 903-691. They met twice last year, once in the desert and once in the Pacific Northwest.

Their first meeting took place in the desert and the two clubs played to a 6-6 tie at University of Phoenix Stadium on a Sunday night. That meeting took place in week 7 and the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead into the final quarter of play (they led 3-0 at the half) thanks to a 46-yard field goal by Carson Catanzaro with 3:11 left before the intermission. Seattle’s Stephen Hauschka would tie things up with a 40-yard field goal with four minutes left in regulation.

The two kickers then traded field goals in the overtime and both would have chances to win the contest for their teams but both failed in the overtime. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 113 yards on the ground, as the Cardinals outrushed Seattle 132-52 and Carson Palmer threw for 342 yards but was sacked four times, while Russell Wilson threw for 225 (neither man was sacked in the contest). Seattle on third down conversions went 3 of 14 and held the ball for 28:39, while the Cardinals, who kept the pigskin for 46:21, went 10 of 21 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Arizona took control of things in the Pacific Northwest in the second meeting in week 16 at CenturyLink Field, coming away 34-31 winners. The Desert Angry Birds led 14-3 at the break, then held off a late Seattle second-half rally and took the win as time expired when Catanzaro connected on a 43-yard field goal to take the road win. While Arizona failed to breach the 100-yard rushing mark in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, they did manage to outrush Seattle 94-78, sacking Wilson (350 yards, 4 TDs) six times, while Palmer threw for 284 yards. The Cardinals were a somewhat dismal 1 of 9 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:18, while Seattle went 8 of 17 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:42.

In the week 7 Sunday night affair in the desert, the Desert Angry Birds were favored by 1 1/2 and the two teams ended the contest in a tie, which made things even and the 12 combined points didn’t come anywhere near the 43 1/2 over/under. In the week 16 contest in Seattle, the Seahawks were favored by 8 1/2 and Arizona won by 3. The two clubs managed to cover the 43 1/2 over/under by combining for 65 points.

Vegas likes the Seahawks in this first meeting, making them a 6-point favorite in the desert with the over/under at 41 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both numbers are reasonable. They’ll meet again in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in week 17. Right now, it’s a Thursday night game in the desert and both clubs are trying to catch the suddenly hot Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. Seattle covers the 6 in the desert and beats the Desert Angry Birds in their nest.

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Seattle), 81 (Arizona); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Seattle), 81 (Arizona)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Seattle
OUT: DE Marcus Smith (Concussion), G Luke Joeckel (Knee), RB Eddie Lacy (Groin)
DOUBTFUL: S Earl Thomas (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Donell Alexander (Ankle), WR Paul Richardson (Groin), CB Richard Sherman (Achilles), DT Sheldon Richardson (Oblique)

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brittan Golden (Groin), WR Chad Williams (Back)

Weather Forecast: Game indoors (If roof is open, clear and 80 degrees)

Broadcast information, officials, logo and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.