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NFL Network and FOX announced the Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light primetime broadcast schedule for the 2018 NFL season today.

The 13-game Thursday Night Football schedule features 11 games on FOX which will be simulcast on NFL Network and two NFL Network exclusive games.

The 2018 Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off Week 2 when Baltimore visits the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, September 13 in an AFC North divisional matchup exclusively on NFL Network. All Thursday Night Football games will kick off at 8:20 p.m. Eastern.

The 2018 Thursday Night Football slate of games on FOX and simulcast on NFL Network begins Week 4 when the Los Angeles Rams host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, September 27 in a matchup of two playoff teams from 2017. This year marks the first year of a five-year partnership with FOX to broadcast Thursday Night Football games.

In addition to the 13 Thursday Night Football games, NFL Network will televise a Week 8 International Series matchup from London (Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville), a Week 15 Saturday doubleheader (Houstonvs. New York Jets and Cleveland vs. Denver) and a Week 16 Saturday doubleheader with matchups to be determined.

FOX will produce all 18 games on NFL Network this season, which feature 10 playoff teams from 2017, including the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.

2018 NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE
Week 2: Thursday, September 13 (NFL Network) – Baltimore at Cincinnati
Week 3: Thursday, September 20 (NFL Network) – New York Jets at Cleveland
Week 4: Thursday, September 27 (FOX/NFL Network) – Minnesota at Los Angeles Rams
Week 5: Thursday, October 4 (FOX/NFL Network) – Indianapolis at New England
Week 6: Thursday, October 11 (FOX/NFL Network) – Philadelphia at New York Giants
Week 7: Thursday, October 18 (FOX/NFL Network) – Denver at Arizona
Week 8: Thursday, October 25 (FOX/NFL Network) – Miami at Houston
Week 8: Sunday, October 28 (NFL Network) – Philadelphia at Jacksonville (London)
Week 9: Thursday, November 1 (FOX/NFL Network) – Oakland at San Francisco
Week 10: Thursday, November 8 (FOX/NFL Network) – Carolina at Pittsburgh
Week 11: Thursday, November 15 (FOX/NFL Network) – Green Bay at Seattle
Week 13: Thursday, November 29 (FOX/NFL Network) – New Orleans at Dallas
Week 14: Thursday, December 6 (FOX/NFL Network) – Jacksonville at Tennessee
Week 15: Thursday, December 13 (FOX/NFL Network) – Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City
Week 15: Saturday, December 15 (NFL Network) – Houston at New York Jets
Week 15: Saturday, December 15 (NFL Network) – Cleveland at Denver
Week 16: Saturday, December 22 (NFL Network) – Teams TBD
Week 16: Saturday, December 22 (NFL Network) – Teams TBD

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The who your team is playing and where was announced last January, while most of the country was shovleing snow and shivering. You wondered when your team would play and even wondered if they were going to be on Thursday, Sunday or Monday night.

Football fans, your wait is over.

Your patience has been rewarded, Grasshopper.

The National Football League announced the 2018 regular season schedule Thursday night and fans could not be happier.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia
Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6 in an NFC Dvivisional rematch at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with key games on Sunday, September 9 featuring Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys traveling to Charlotte to face off against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at 4:25 p.m. and Seattle visiting Denver at 4:25 p.m. Week 1 matchups on CBS include the Houston Texans at the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. and the Los Angeles Chargers hosting Kansas City at 4:05 p.m. Week 2 represents the first CBS national weekend with doubleheader games showcasing Oakland traveling to the Mile High City for a matchup with Denver at 4:25 p.m. and the Patriots visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars at 4:25 p.m.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 9 when the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears at 8:20
p.m. at Lambeau Field in the 195th regular-season meeting between the storied franchises. Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 10 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. Detroit hosts the New York Jets at 7:10 p.m. in the Motor City in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Rams visiting Oakland in the nightcap at 10:20 p.m.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season
weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. And fans will get to go to bed at a decent hour as prime time kickoffs will now be earlier – Thursday kickoffs that were at 8:25 p.m. will now be at 8:20 p.m., Sunday night games kick off at 8:20 instead of 8:30 and Monday games will now have an 8:15 kickoff, up 15 minutes from last year’s 8:30 p.m. start. Plus, as an added feature, all 32 teams are scheduled for at least one prime time game either on Thursday, Sunday or Monday night games (fans in Cleveland can rejoice).

FOX will kick off their Thursday Night Football package in Week 4 with a showdown of NFC playoff teams, as
Minnesota visits the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 8:20 p.m. on FOX/NFLN. FOX will
broadcast 11 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night), with those games also
being simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes. In addition, NFL Network will exclusively
televise seven games this season, with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games.

A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed
games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today and other “cross-flexed” games will be decided
during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 30. For the ninth consecutive year, all 16 games
scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

Other highlights of the schedule include:

Nine games in the 2018 regular season will feature a rematch from the 2017 postseason. In Week 2, Jacksonville hosts Tom Brady and New England at EverBank Field in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game at 4:25 p.m. on CBS and the Vikings travel to the City of Brotherly Love in a week five meeting, a rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship Game at 4:25 p.m. on FOX.

Fans of Thanksgiving Day football weren’t left out as Turkey Day features a trio of divisional matchups on Thursday, November 22. 2018 marks only the second time since 1970 (2014) that the holiday has featured exclusively divisional matchups. The first game will send the Bears to Detroit to face the Lions at 12:30 p.m. on CBS, Dallas hosts Washington in an NFC East matchup in Arlington at 4:30 p.m. on FOX and the Turkey Day festivities conclude with an NFC South showdown as Atlanta and Matt Ryan travels to New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints in the Big Easy on NBC at 8:20 p.m.

As for games outside of the United States, the NFL’s international slate includes three games in London – occurring in three consecutive weeks (Week 6-8) – and one in Mexico City. English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is the site of the first game of the 2018 London Series schedule in Week 6 on Sunday, October 14, as Oakland hosts Seattle at 1 p.m. on FOX. The following week, action returns to Wembley Stadium as the Los Angeles Chargers host Tennessee on Sunday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m. on CBS and the series on the other side of the pond concludes in Week 8 with Jacksonville hosting Philadelphia at Wembley on Sunday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Network and for the third consecutive season, the NFL will return to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. On Monday, November 19 (the Monday before Thanksgiving), the Los Angeles Rams host Kansas City in the historic venue on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 4 and end in Week 12.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no
more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only
Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night
game would be moved to an afternoon start time. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before
the game.

Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games
played on Saturday on NFL Network: Houston at the New York Jets and Cleveland at Denver, with the game times of 4:30
PM ET and 8:20 PM ET to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday:
Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville at Miami, the New York Giants at Indianapolis or Washington at
Tennessee. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with
the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 30. The schedule does
not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot.

Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance
to play their way into primetime. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card
Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 5-6. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will
earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday
and Sunday, January 12-13. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 20. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 3 in Super Bowl LIII at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium (CBS).

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television
in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally. Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

For ticket information, fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/tickets.

Note – Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD.

2018 National Football League Regular Season Schedule (All times Eastern)

Week 1
Thursday, September 6
ATLANTA at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, September 9
Buffalo at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Carolina, 4:25 p,m. on FOX
Seattle at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 10
New York Jets at Detroit, 7:10 p.m. on ESPN
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland, 10:20 p.m. on ESPN

Week 2

Thursday, September 13
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, September 16
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at New Orleans, 1 p..m. on FOX
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizonat at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 17
Seattle at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 3

Thursday, September 20
New York Jets at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, September 23
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New England at Detroit, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 24
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 4

Thursday, September 27
Minnesota at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, September 30
Cincinnati at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at New Engalnd, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 1
Kansas City at Denver, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 5 (Byes: Chicago and Tampa Bay)

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Indianapolis at New England, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, October 7, 2018
ATLANTA at Pittsubrgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Carolina, 1 p.m on FOX
Miami at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Houston, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, October 8, 2018
Washington at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 6 (Byes: Detroit and New Orleans)

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Networ

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Oakland, 1 p.m. on FOX (London)
Carolina at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at New England, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, October 15, 2018
San Francisco at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 7 (Byes: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Seattle)

Thursday, October 18
Denver at Arizona, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, October 21
Tennessee at Los Angeles Chargers, 9:30 a.m. on CBS (London)
New England at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Baltimore, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m, on NBC*

Monday, October 22
New York Giants at ATLANTA, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 8 (Byes: ATLANTA, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee)

Thursday, October 25
Miami at Houston, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, October 28
Philadelphia at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on NFL Network (London)
Baltimore at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, October 29
New England at Buffalo, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 9 (Byes: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants and Philadelphia)

Thursday, November 1
Oakland at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, November 4
ATLANTA at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at New England, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, November 5
Tennessee at Dallas, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 10 (Byes: Baltimore, Denver, Houston and Minnesota)

Thursday, November 8
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, November 11
ATLANTA at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, November 12
New York Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 11 (Byes: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, New York Jets and San Francisco)

Thursday, November 15
Green Bay at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, November 18
Dallas at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, November 19
Kansas City at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN (Mexico City)

Week 12 (Byes: Kansas City and Los Angeles Rams)

Thursday, November 22
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. on NBC
Chicago at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on FOX

Sunday, November 25
Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, November 26
Tennessee at Houston, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 13

Thursday, November 29
New Orleans at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, December 2
Baltimore at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at New England Patriots4:25pFOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, December 3
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 14

Thursday, December 6
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Sunday, December 9
ATLANTA at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
New England at at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Denver at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, December 10
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 15

Thursday, December 13
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on FOX and NFL Network

Saturday, December 15
Houston at New York Jets, 4:30 p,m or 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network
Cleveland at Denver, 4:30 p.m. or 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 16
Arizona at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBs
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, December 17
New Orleans at Carolina, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 16

Saturday, December 22
Game TBD, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Game TBD, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network
New York Giants at Indianapolis, Time and Network TBD
Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers, Time and Network TBD
Jacksonville at Miami, Time and Network TBD
Washington at Tennessee, Time and Network TBD

Sunday, December 23
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOx
Pittsburgh at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC*

Monday, December 24
Denver at Oakland, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 17

Sunday, December 30
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

It’s a chance for coaches to evaulate rookies and free agents.

It’s also a chance for fans to see their teams for the first time since last January.

While these don’t count, it’s also a chance to work on those tailgating skills.

Even though it’s preseason, are you ready for some football?

The NFL announced Wednesday that they have finalized its 65-game 2018 preseason schedule, which includes a slate of eight nationally-televised games. Start times will be announced later and the 2018 regular season schedule will come out after the draft.

The 2018 preseason will kick off on Thursday, August 2 on NBC at 8 p.m. in Canton, Ohio when Chicago faces off against  Baltimore in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.

The following is the complete 2018 NFL preseason national television, along with the week-by-week schedule:

2018 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Times listed are Eastern)

Thursday, August 2
NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio: Chicago vs. Baltimore, 8 p.m. on NBC

Preseason Week 2 (August 16-20)

Thursday, August 16
New York Jets at Washington, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Monday, August 20
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Preseason Week 3 (August 23-26)

Thursday, August 23
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 8 p.m. on FOX

Friday, August 24
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. on CBS

Saturday, August 25
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers, 8 p.m. on CBS

Sunday, August 26
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 4 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Dallas, 8 p.m. on NBC

2018 NFL PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 2
Chicago vs. Baltimore

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
ATLANTA at New York Jets
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona
Los Angees Rams at Baltimore
Carolina at Buffalo
Chicago at Cincinnati
Minnesota at Denver
Tennessee at Green Bay
New Orleans at Jacksonville
Houston at Kansas City
Tampa Bay at Miami
Washington at New England
Cleveland at New York Giants
Detroit at Oakland
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Dallas at San Francisco
Indianapolis at Seattle

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 16-20
Kansas City at ATLANTA
Miami at Carolina
Buffalo at Cleveland
Cincinnati at Dallas
Chicago at Denver
New York Giants at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Green Bay
San Francisco at Houston
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Seattle at Los Angeles Chargers
Oakland at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville at Minnesota
Philadelphia at New England
Arizona at New Orleans
Tampa Bay at Tennessee
New York Jets at Washington

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 23-26
ATLANTA at Jacksonville
Cincinnati at Buffalo
New England at Carolina
Kansas City at Chicago
Philadelphia at Cleveland
Arizona at Dallas
San Francisco at Indianapolis
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers
Houston at Los Angeles Rams
Baltimore at Miami
Seattle at Minnesota
New York Giants at New York Jets
Green Bay at Oakland
Tennessee at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Denver at Washington

WEEK 4 – AUGUST 30-31
Miami at ATLANTA
Denver at Arizona
Washington at Baltimore
Buffalo at Chicago
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Cleveland at Detroit
Dallas at Houston
Green Bay at Kansas City
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans
New England at New York Giants
New York Jets at Philadelphia
Carolina at Pittsburgh
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco
Oakland at Seattle
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay
Minnesota at Tennessee

With the close of another NFL season, NFL Network and AT&T AUDIENCE Network personality Rich Eisen begins his preparation for the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, which features top prospects showcasing their athletic skills for a chance to become a part of the league’s next generation of talent.

Since 2004, “The Rich Eisen Show” host has capped off his week at the NFL Scouting Combine by taking his talents from the broadcast booth to the Lucas Oil Stadium field with a 40-yard dash. Clad in a suit, tie and Under Armour cleats, this display of athletic prowess by Eisen has morphed ‘Run Rich Run’ into an entertaining charitable initiative embraced by NFL fans.

In its 14th year, NFL Network will once again partner with NFL PLAY 60 to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Since 2012, NFL PLAY 60 has been the ‘Official Champion of Play’ at St. Jude, helping to give all kids the chance to play.

“We are thankful for the NFL PLAY 60 partnership and Rich Eisen for the continued support of our lifesaving work and commitment to raising awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The NFL PLAY 60 collaboration puts a spotlight on our Child Life program, and Eisen’s broadcasting influence, passionate voice and commitment to the St. Jude kids during the ‘Run Rich Run’ campaign contributes to the success of our mission of finding cures for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

“I’m touched and honored by the chance to do anything on behalf of St. Jude and the terrific partners of Run Rich Run who support it. I want to thank everyone in advance of those who will send in a video and take part to save the lives of children who need the help,” Eisen told NFL Network, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. “If only any of that could make me run faster.”

NFL Network will donate $25,000 to the cause. Fans can show their support, while demonstrating their own athleticism by submitting videos of themselves running the 40-yard dash. Along with their submissions, fans are encouraged to donate money to help support the lifesaving mission and ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

To kick off ‘Run Rich Run’ fundraising, AT&T AUDIENCE Network, Courtyard by Marriott and Under Armour have also pledged $25,000 each to help support play therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As the Official Champion of Play at St. Jude, NFL PLAY 60 has pledged to support the needs of its Child Life program, which helps children cope with the stress of their illness through therapeutic play and other activities, promoting development, self-expression and peer interaction among other benefits. Child Life is an integral part of the medical team at St. Jude and is visible in every clinical arena from patient care to program development.

To submit videos running the 40 and to support NFL PLAY 60’s collaboration along with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, fans can visit: NFL.com/RunRichRun.

Fans can also submit ‘Run Rich Run’ videos via YouTube, Twitter and Instagram using the following hashtags: #RunRichRun #StJude.

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine will air exclusively on NFL Network March 2 through March 5.

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ABOUT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Barring trades, it’s finally set.

Cleveland is still on the clock.

The National Football League announced the 2018 NFL Draft first round order.

The first round will start on Thursday, April 26 in Arlington, Texas with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 28. The 2018 NFL Draft will be televised on ESPN and NFL Network.

#  Team (W-L-T, Winning Pct.) (Opp. W-L-T, Strength of Schedule)
1. Cleveland (0-16-0, .000)(133-123-0, .520)
2. New York Giants (3-13-0, .188)(136-120-0, .531)
3. Indianapolis (4-12-0, .250)(123-133-0, .480)
4. Houston (traded to Cleveland) (4-12-0, .250)(132-124-0, .516)
5. Denver (5-11-0, .313)(126-130-0, .492)
6. New York Jets (5-11-0, .313)(133-123-0, .520)
7. Tampa Bay (5-11-0, .313)(142-114-0, .555)
8. Chicago (5-11-0, .313)(143-113-0, .559)
9 San Francisco (6-10-0, .375)(131-125-0, .512)^
10. Oakland (6-10-0, .375)(131-125-0, .512)^
11. Miami (6-10-0, .375)(139-117-0, .543)
12. Cincinnati (7-9-0, .438)(119-137-0, .465)
13. Washington (7-9-0, .438)(138-118-0, .539)
14. Green Bay (7-9-0, .438)(138-118-0, .539)
15. Arizona (8-8-0, .500)(125-131-0, .488)
16. Baltimore (9-7-0, .563)(113-143-0, .441)
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7-0, .563)(117-139-0, .457)
18. Seattle (9-7-0, .563)(126-130-0, .492)
19. Dallas (9-7-0, .563)(127-129-0, .496)
20. Detroit (9-7-0, .563)(127-129-0, .496)
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21. Buffalo (9-7-0, .563)(126-130-0, .492)
22. Kansas City (traded to Buffalo) (10-6-0, .625)(122-134-0, .477)
23. Los Angeles Rams (11-5-0, .688)(129-127-0, .504)
24. Carolina (11-5-0, .688)(131-118-0, 539)
25. Tennessee (9-7-0, .563)(111-145-0, .434)
26. Atlanta (10-6-0, .625)(139-117-0, .543)
27. New Orleans (11-5-0, .688)(137-119-0, .535)
28. Pittsburgh (13-3-0, .813)(116-140-0, .453)
29. Jacksonville (10-6-0, .625)(111-145-0, .434)
30. Minnesota (13-3-0, .813) (126-130-0, .492)
31. New England (13-3-0, .813) (124-132-0, .484)
32. Philadelphia (13-3-0, .813) (118-138-0, .461)

^ – The ninth and 10th selections was decided by coin flip at the NFL Combine and San Francisco won the toss.

In other NFL Draft News…

The free ticket lottery for the 2018 NFL Draft, taking place in Dallas from April 26 to April 28, is now open. This year will mark the first time that the event is hosted at an NFL stadium, creating opportunities to accommodate the most fans in history.

By visiting NFL.com/FanMobilePass, fans can register for an opportunity to win free tickets for themselves and a guest to access seating inside of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, to watch the event live.

The 2018 NFL Draft site will also encompass the outdoor plazas, creating a larger than life atmosphere. This includes the free NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, which will take over the area directly outside the stadium. It will be the largest free festival ever created by the League, spanning the size of 26 football fields and featuring immersive experiences, virtual reality, player appearances and more.

Fan Mobile Pass also provides fans attending the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero with the chance to receive standby theater tickets – as seats become available – by checking-in on Thursday for Round 1, Friday for Rounds 2-3 and Saturday for Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest sporting events of the year. A record-breaking 250,000 fans attended the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, along with more than 1,800 accredited media who covered it. In total, the event generated more than $94 million in economic impact for the city, surpassing initial projections and supporting an estimated 30,000 local jobs.

Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft – which was broadcast live on ESPN and NFL Network – was the most-watched cable program of the week and the most-watched sports event of the week on both broadcast and cable networks. During its three days, Draft programming claimed five out of the top 10 spots among sports events, including the #1 spot.

Important Dates for Fans:

February 20: Fans may now register for Fan Mobile Pass at NFL.com/FanMobilePass. By registering, fans will have access to NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, as well as the chance to win a free ticket for themselves and a guest to access seating inside the NFL Draft Theater.

March 14: Until Wednesday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, fans may register for Fan Mobile Pass to be eligible for free seated tickets inside the NFL Draft Theater. After March 14, registration remains open for NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, also giving fans a chance to win standby theater tickets.

Late March: Fans randomly selected for seated tickets will receive an e-mail notifying them of the date (one of three days) and instructions for confirming attendance.

April 26 to April 28: The NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero   opens for fans of all ages and teams. Through Fan Mobile Pass, fans attending this free football festival will have the chance to receive stand-by tickets for seats inside the NFL Draft Theater.

The National Football League and FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today quarterbacks Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs), Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles) and Tom Brady (New England Patriots) are the finalists for the 2017 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year honors, while running backs Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs), Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams) are the finalists for the 2017 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year.

In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII, fans have the chance to cast their vote for the one quarterback and one running back they feel had the year’s best Air & Ground performances. Through February 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern, fans can cast their vote for each category at nfl.com/fedex​ or on Twitter by tweeting @FedEx using the hashtag #AirandGround and listing their nominee’s last name to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year.

As part of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year program, FedEx will donate $100,000 to the USO – $50,000 in each player’s name. The donation will be used to support the USO, a military support organization dedicated to connecting service members and their families to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.

Throughout the 2017-18 season, FedEx supported its commitment to serving the community by making weekly $2,000 donations to the USO in each of the weekly winning players’ names. The total contribution will amount to $168,000 this season.

New this year, NFL Network Analyst, 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, 2006 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year and former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson served as the primary voice for the program.

FedEx will announce the 2017 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year winners at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 3, the night before Super Bowl LII, at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on NBC.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year finalists:

•Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith led the NFL with a 104.7 passer rating. Smith threw for 4,042 yards with five interceptions and became the first player in league history to record five consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards and fewer than 10 interceptions. Smith ranked 3rd in the NFL with a 67.5% completion percentage, completing 341 of 505 passes.

•Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz’s 33 touchdown passes were the second-most in the NFL despite missing the final three games of the season due to injury. Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and had the league’s fourth best passer rating at 101.9. A 2018 Pro Bowl selection, Wentz led the Eagles to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s number one seed in the playoffs.

•New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl. Brady led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards and ranked third in touchdown passes with 32 and passer rating with a 102.8 rating. With eight interceptions this season, Brady joined Alex Smith as the only players in NFL history to have four consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards and fewer than 10 interceptions.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year finalists:

•Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt led the league with 1,327 rushing yards and ranked third in scrimmage yards with 1,782. Hunt is the second rookie not selected in the first round to lead the league in rushing yards in the common draft era, since 1967. The 2018 Pro Bowl selection is the only rookie to have two games in a single season with at least 200 scrimmage yards, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown.

•Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell led the AFC with 1,946 scrimmage yards and finished tied for the AFC lead with nine rushing touchdowns. Bell was selected to his third Pro Bowl and led all players in Pro Bowl fan voting with 855,539 total votes. Bell’s 1,946 scrimmage yards and 1,291 rushing yards are both the second-most in his five-year career.

•Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley led the NFL with 2,093 scrimmage yards and 19 total touchdowns. The 2018 Pro Bowl selection set career highs in rushing yards, 1,305, and rushing touchdowns, 13. Gurley is the third different player in NFL history to have at least 2,000 scrimmage yards, 10 rushing touchdowns and more than five touchdown catches in a single season.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx is proud to sponsor the 15th annual FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards. The awards highlight the league’s leaders at the quarterback and running back positions, recognizing the players that consistently delivered the best results throughout the season.

The $100,000 donation is part of the company’s FedEx Cares global giving platform, in which FedEx will invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver solutions around the world.

For more information, visit nfl.com/fedex or follow the conversation on Twitter at @NFL.

About FedEx Corporation: FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $62 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

About the USO: The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

In other NFL award news…

The National Football League announced the five finalists for the 2017 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR award.

2017 PEPSI NEXT NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Player Position Team
Alvin Kamara, Running Back – New Orleans Saints
Christian McCaffrey, Running Back – Carolina Panthers
Kareem Hunt, Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs
Leonard Fournette, Running Back – Jacksonville Jaguars
Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback – New Orleans Saints

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/Rookies through Thursday, January 25 to determine the 2017 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.

The 2017 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR award will be recognized in Minneapolis during Super Bowl LII festivities and online at NFL.com/Rookies.

The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2017 NFL season.  Each week, five nominees were chosen for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL fans voted for the winner on NFL.com. Those results were used to help determine the finalists.

A closer look at the finalists:

•New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara: Kamara, a 2018 Pro Bowl selection, led all rookies with 14 total touchdowns and ranked second with 1,554 scrimmage yards. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (1965) as the only rookies in NFL history to have at least five rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown. Kamara led all rookies with 81 receptions, the third-most by a rookie running back in NFL history.

•Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey: McCaffrey set the Carolina Panthers franchise rookie record and ranked second among NFL rookies with 80 receptions, the fourth-most by a rookie running back in NFL history. He also set the franchise rookie record with 1,086 scrimmage yards and was one of four rookies with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards this season.

•Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt: Hunt, a 2018 Pro Bowl selection, led the league with 1,327 rushing yards and is the second rookie not selected in the first round to lead his league in rushing yards in the common draft era (since 1967). He became the second rookie in NFL history to record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards through his team’s first seven games and began his career with seven consecutive games of at least 100 scrimmage yards, an NFL rookie record. Hunt, who had six games with at least 100 rushing yards, finished with eight rushing touchdowns and 1,782 scrimmage yards, the most among NFL rookies.

•Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette: Fournette led all rookies and tied for third in the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns. He ranked second among rookie running backs with 1,040 rushing yards and was one of nine running backs to rush for at least 1,000 yards during the 2017 season. Fournette rushed for more than 100 yards on five occasions and helped the Jaguars win their division for the first time since 1999 (AFC Central).

•New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore: Lattimore, a 2018 Pro Bowl selection, led all rookies and tied for fifth in the NFL with five interceptions. He finished the season with 52 tackles, five interceptions, one forced fumble and 18 passes defensed, tied for the most by a rookie during the 2017 season.

This is Pepsi’s 16th year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the 15th year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

About PepsiCo: PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit http://www.pepsico.com.

The National Football League is giving its fans another early Christmas gift as a pair of game grace the gridiron on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Indianapolis (3-11) at Baltimore (8-6), 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network. Week 16 action opens in Charm City as the Baltimore Ravens host the struggling Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts let a a 7-3 halftime lead against Denver in Indianapolis last Thursday night get away from them. the watched the Broncos take control of things at Lucas Oil Stadium, outscoring the Colts 18-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, dropping a 25-13 decision. Denver’s C.J. Anderson ran amok, leading all rushers with 158 yards in the contest, as his team outrushed Indy 213-70, while Brock Osweiler, who took over for Trevor Siemian (left the contest with an injury), threw for 194 yards and a pair of TDs (Indy’s Jacoby Brissett threw for 158 yards with no TDs or interceptions but had a sack). Denver on third down tries went 7 of 15 (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down tries) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:51, while the Colts kept the pigskin for 23:09, going 6 of 13, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Ravens manhandled a winless Cleveland Browns club last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie and came away 27-10 winners at First Energy Field. Baltimore led 17-10 at the half, then pulled away from the Browns and scored their final 10 points of the contest unchallenged. Although the Browns outrushed Baltimore 130-97, Joe Flacco burned the Browns for 288 yards and a TD to TE Benjamin Watson, while Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer threw for 146 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Ravens on third down conversions went 7 of 16 and kept the ball for 36:48, while the Browns were 5 of 14, holding the pigskin for 23:12 (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down tries).

Indy leads the series 8-3 and the Colts have outscored the Ravens 272-210. Indy came away 20-13 winners in the Hoosier State in 2014, while Baltimore’s last win came in 2011 in Charm City by a final of 24-10. Baltimore’s favored by 13 and the over/under is 41. The Ravens are trying to get into the playoffs, while the Colts are trying to maintain some order for their season. While Indy will make this one close, Baltimore takes the win at home in Charm City.

Minnesota (11-3) at Green Bay (7-7), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Minnesota and Green Bay square off at Lambeau Field, as the Vikings have already clinched the NFC North, while the Packers look to somehow slow down the Purple Wave in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst on Saturday night.

The Vikings clinched the NFC North with a convincing 38-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota, who scored their first 27 points unchallenged (they led 20-0 at the half), held the Bengals to a 6-yard run by HB Giovanni Bernard with 6:22 left in the contest, when the game was all but settled. Minnesota outrushed the Bengals 124-46 and sacked Andy Dalton three times and picked him off twice, while Case Keenum threw for 236 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Sean Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph on both tosses. Minnesota was 4 of 12 on third down tries in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, while keeping the ball for 35:52. As for the Bengals? They were a somewhat dismal 1 of 13 on third down, went 1 of 3 on fourth down and held the ball for 24:08.

For the first time since 2008, the Green Bay Packers will not make the NFL Playoffs. The Packers welcomed the return of Rodgers but it wasn’t enough for them in Charlotte as they fell to Cam Newton and Carolina 31-24 at Bank of America Stadium. Rodgers threw his first of three TD passes of the afternoon as time expired in the first quarter when he and WR DaVonte Adams connected on a 13-yard TD strike after Carolina’s Cam Newton threw a 7-yard TD pass to Christian McCaffery to open the scoring in the contest. Green Bay would eventually take a 14-10 into the intermission when Rodgers and RB Randall Cobb hooked up on a 33 yard TD strike before Carolina took control of things, outscoring the Packers 21-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. Green Bay would eventually pull to within a touchdown with 2:43 left in the contest when WR Richard Rodgers caught a 24-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay then recovered the onside kick and got the ball as far as the Panthers’ 38-yard line when Geronimo Allison caught a 10-yard pass from Rodgers but fumbled the ball, which Carolina promptly recovered. Carolina then ran the clock out and took the win at home.

Rodgers threw for 290 yards and the three TDs but was picked off three times, while Newton threw for 242 yards and four TDs in the Tar Heel State. Carolina outrushed 151-120, the Panthers were 6 of 12 on third down conversions and held the ball for 33:57, while the Packers kept the pigskin for 26:03, going 4 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The NFC North affair is a rematch of the team’s week six contest in the Twin Cities (Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone), which the Vikings won 23-10 at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota led 14-10 at the half and the Vikings shut the Packers out in the second half. Minnesota outrushed Green Bay 112-72 and Keenum threw for 239 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brett Hundley, taking over for Rodgers, threw for 157 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off three times. Green Bay went 4 of 17 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:51

In the week six contest, the Packers were favored by 3 and the Vikings covered with the 13 point win in the Twin Cities. As for the 46 1/2 over/under? It was safe, as both clubs combined for only 33 points. In the rematch on the eve before Christmas Eve, the Vikings are favored by 9 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. The Vikings want to be home for the holidays and the playoffs. As for the Packers? They want to be the Grinch. You’re a mean one, Green Bay. Packers put a lump of coal and switches in the Vikings stocking, pull the upset at Lambeau and take the win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Cleveland-Baltimore Broadcast Information – 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Scott Graham, Mike Mayock, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Indianapolis), 83 (Baltimore); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Indianapolis), 83 (Baltimore)

Referee: Tony Corrente

Injury Report

Indianapolis
OUT: T Denzelle Good (Knee), WR Donte Moncrief (Ankle), TE Brandon Williams (Concussion), CB Rashaan Melvin (Hand)

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: WR Jeremy Maclin (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Maurice Canady (Knee), DT Carl Davis (Shoulder), S Anthony Levine (Thigh)

Weather: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 62 degrees

Minnesota-Green Bay Broadcast Information – 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker, Hub Arkush (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Minnesota), 83 (Green Bay); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 82 (Minnesota), 83 (Green Bay)

Referee: Carl Cheffers

Injury Report

Minnesota
OUT: CB Tramaine Brock (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (Rib), T Riley Reiff (Ankle), S Andrew Sendejo (Ankle)

Green Bay
OUT: WR Davante Adams (Concussion), CB Demetri Goodson (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: LB Nicholas Perry (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Jahri Evans (Knee), LB William Matthews (Hamstring), CB Davon House (Shoulder)

Weather: Clear and 10 degrees

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