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Denver (2-4) at Arizona (1-5), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. Week 7 kicks off on Thursday as Denver pays a visit to the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium as both teams look to rebound from Week 6 losses.

The Broncos fell to the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams 23-20 last Sunday at chilly Broncos Stadium at Mile High last Sunday. Denver trailed 13-3 at the half, then pulled themselves to within 7 with 8:54 left in the third when K Brian McManus connected on a 24yard field goal. Los Angeles would then respond with a 21-yard field goal from Chris Santos to pull themselve back to a 10-point cushion. Denver would make it a 3-point contest with 82 seconds left when WR Demaryius Thomas and QB Case Keenum connected on a 1-yard TD toss. The Rams burned Denver for 270 yards on the ground with Los Angeles RB Todd Gurley running for 208 yards and a pair of TDs (Denver rushed for 60 yards, with Keenum throwing for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Emmanuel Sanders on the other toss), while Jarred Goff threw for 201 yards with five sacks and an interception (Keenum was sacked twice and threw an interception).

Denver on third down tries in the home loss went 3 of 10 (the Broncos were 0 of 1 on fourth down conversions and held the ball for 24:50, while the Rams ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 35:10, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Arizona was taken to the woodshed by Minnesota 27-17 at US Bank Stadium last Sunday in the Twin Cities. The Desert Angry Birds trailed 13-10 at the half, then watched the Vikings pull away in the second half, outscoring Arizona 14-7 in the final 30 minutes. Minnesota outrushed Arizona 195-61, with Vikings RB Latavius runnig for 155 yards and a TD, while Kirk Cousins threw for 233 yards and a TD to wR Adam Thielen. Arizona’s Josh Rosen threw for 240 and four sacks in the loss (both Rosen and Cousins threw an interception in the contest). Arizona, who turned the ball over twice and got a fumble recovery by S Budda Baker, went 0 of 10 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 25:45, while the Vikings held the ball for 34:15, gonig 5 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver leads the series 8-1-1, which includes games that were played in St. Louis and at old Mile High Stadium and they have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 289-149. They last met in the Mile High City in 2014 and the Broncos were 41-20 winners, while Arizona’s last win in the series came in 2010 in Glendale by a final of 43-13. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 on the road and the over/under’s 40 1/2. We wouldn’t blame you if you decide to watch “Big Bang Theory” or “Young Sheldon” this week. Both teams are struggling in their respective divisons and would love nothing more than to right their respective ships. Denver covers the 2 1/2 and wins in the desert.

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: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Denver), 83 (Arizona); XM: 226 (Denver), 225 (Arizona)

Referee: Alex Kemp

Injury Report

Denver
OUT: CB Adam Jones (Thigh), G Ronald Leary (Achilles), LB Shane Ray (Ankle), S Dymonte Thomas (Chest), T Edwin Veldheer (Knee)

Arizona
OUT: S Jayestin Boston (Shoulder) G Mike Iupati (Back), G Jeremy Vujnovich (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G Justin Pugh (Hand), CB Jamar Taylor (Back)

Weather Forecast: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 79 degreees

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)

 

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Denver (4-9) at Indianapolis (3-10), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. A pair of AFC teams with almost no playoff hopes open action in week 15 as the Indianapolis Colts return to Indianapolis to face off against the Denver Broncos.

Denver aims for its second consecutive win after defeating the New York Jets 23-0 in Week 14. The Broncos led 13-0 at halftime at Sports Authority Field, then added more fuel to the fire by scoring their last 10 points of the contest unchallenged. Denver outrushed the Jets 84-59 and held Josh McCown to 46 yards passing, sacking him four times and knocking him out of the contest with a broken hand, while Trevor Siemian threw for 200 yards, connecting with WR Demaryius Thomas on a 20-yard TD strike in the first quarter. Denver went 7 of 17 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:35, while New York was 3 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the pigskin for 22:25.

The Colts return home from chilly and snowy Buffalo and looks to rebound following a 13-7 overtime loss at Buffalo last week. Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards at New Era Stadium in a contest that was played pretty much in a blizzard (game time temperature? 32 degrees with snow and a wind chill of 16) in upstate New York. Indy trailed 7-0 at the break, then tied things up with 76 seconds left in regulation when TE Jack Doyle and QB Jacoby Brissett connected on a 3-yard TD strike, sending the contest into overtime. Buffalo won the toss in overtime but failed to score in their first possession and the Colts did likewise when they had the ball in the overtime.

The Bills then got the ball back after a Colts punt with 2:25 left in the extra period and they wasted little time to take the win, using a five-play, 65-yard drive that took 52 seconds, sending their fans home happy if not warm when LeSean McCoy dashed through the snow and scored from 21 yards out to take the win. Buffalo rushed for 227 yards (McCoy led all rushers with 156 yards), while the Colts tallied 163 in the overtime loss. Brisset threw for 65 yards while Nick Peterman threw for 57. The Colts went 4 of 16 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down and held the ball for 36:02, while Buffalo kept the pigskin for 32:25, going 10 of 18 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver leads the regular season series 13-10 (including games that took place in Baltimore) and the Broncos have outscored the Colts 526-483 in those contests. Denver won the last meeting with the Colts in the Mile High City last year, taking a 34-20 win last year (Indy’s last win over the Colts came in 2015 in the Hoosier State by a final of 27-24).

They met in week 2 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the Broncos broke a 3-3 first quarter tie, taking a 13-6 lead with them to the break, then outscoring the Colts in the second half by a 21-14 margin. Denver outrushed Indy 134-83, Siemian threw for 266 yards for Denver, while Andrew Luck threw for 197 yards with a TD but was sacked five times and picked off once. Denver was 5 of 11 on third down and the Broncos ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:41, while the Colts went 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 29:19.

In the week two contest in the Rocky Mountains, Denver was favored by 6 and covered the spread, winning by 14. Both clubs combined for 54 points, covering the 46 over/under. In the Thursday evening contest in Indy, Denver’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under is 40 1/2. It’s safe to say that neither team will reach the .500 mark or will be going to the post-season, so feel free to watch “Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal” this week. Denver covers the 1 1/2 and wins in the Hoosier State.

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: Kenny Albert, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Denver), 83 (Indianapolis);| XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Denver), 83 (Indianapolis)

Referee: Terry McAulay

Injury Report

Denver
OUT: QB Paxton Lynch (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Domata Peko (Knee)

Indianapolis
OUT: WR Donte Moncrief (Ankle), C Ryan Kelly (Concussion), TE Darrell Daniels (Hamstring), CB Nathan Hairston (Concussion), CB Rashaan Melvin (Hand)

Weather Information: Game indoors; if roof is open, cloudy and 27 degrees

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

New Orleans (9-3) at ATLANTA (7-5), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. They came into the league at the same time. They don’t like each other. One city’s hosted an Olympics, the other’s hosts Mardi Gras. It’s Peach Pie vs. Gumbo as NeW Orleans travels to Atlanta for an important NFC contest to open play in week 14.

The Saints swept their series with Carolina Sunday afternoon in the Big Easy, as New Orleans came away 31-21 winners over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Carolina trailed 21-14 at the intermission before the Saints pulled away in the second half to take the win. Carolina made it a 10-point contest with 3:57 left in regulation when Newton (183 yards) and WR Devin Funchess connected on a 24-yard TD pass (it was the second TD pass of the day for Newton; he had connected with WR Christian McCaffrey in the first half to pull the Panthers to within seven). Carolina then tried an onside kick which they thought was successful but Funchess’ effort to keep the ball failed after the Saints challenged the call. New Orleans won the challenge and took control after that. New Orleans outrushed Carolina 148-112 and it was the Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara show as Ingram ran for 85 yards and TD, while Kamara chipped in with 60 yards and a pair of rushing TDs of his own and Brees threw for 269 yards in the contest in the Big Easy without being intercepted. New Orleans was 6 of 15 on third down conversions in the rematch (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:21, while the Panthers were 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the pigskin for 26:39.

Atlanta was held without a TD for the first time since they were shutout at Carolina in 2015, scoring only three Matt Bryant field goals to fall to Minnesota 14-9 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta trailed 7-6 at the half, then took a 9-7 lead with 11:57 left in the third and took that lead into the fourth quarter, when Minnesota took the lead back for keeps when Vikings QB Case Keenum (227 yards, two sack) and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on a 6-yard TD pass to open play in the fourth quarter. Minnesota outrushed Atlanta 105-102 and held Matt Ryan to 173 yards in the air in the win. Atlanta on third down was a somewhat dismal 1 of 10 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:58, while the Vikings went 6 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 34:02.

They’ve met 95 times since joining the National Football League, the Falcons lead the series 50-45 and Atlanta has outscored the Saints 2,113-1,985. They met last year and Atlanta swept the series, taking wins in the Big Peach and the Big Easy (New Orleans’ last win in the series came in 2015, when they swept the series that year).

Round 1… week 3… the Big Easy. Atlanta broke a 7-7 first quarter tie, took a 28-17 at the intermission and left the Mercedes Benz Superdome with a 45-21 under their belts. Ryan (240 yards) threw a pair of TDs, while Brees (376 yards, interception) threw three TD passes in the Monday night affair that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina almost destoryed it. (Each man was sacked twice) Atlanta outrushed New Orelans 217-115, with Falcons RB DeVonta Freeman leading all rushers with 152 yards. The Falcons on third down tries went 5 of 11 but found success on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and the Falcons kept the ball for 27:26, while the Saints ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:34, going 7 of 13 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

That was round one. There’s a sequel to the series, you know.

They met again in the Big Peach in week 17 to close out the season. Winning the NFC South the week before in Charlotte, the Falcons sealed the deal and swept the series, coming away 38-32 winners in the final regular season game in the Georgia Dome. Leading 35-13 at the half, the Falcons held off a late New Orleans rally that would have ruined things for the Falcons. Ryan (331 yards) threw four TD passes in the contest, while Brees (350 yards) threw two fourth quarter TDs in the contest. As was the case in the first meeting, Atlanta outrushed New Orleans, this time tallying 142 yards to New Orleans’ 132. Ingram led all rushers with 103 yards on the ground, while Freeman tallied 96 (each had a rushing TD in the contest). The Falcons on third down in the rematch went 6 of 11 and kept the ball for 29:45, while the Saints were 7 of 16 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 30:15.

New Orleans was favored by 3 in the week 3 Monday night contest and the Falcons covered the spread, winning by 13. Both teams scored a combined 66 points, covering the 54. In the season finale, the Falcons were favored by 7 but barely won by 6. The two clubs easily took care of the 55 1/2 over/under, combining for 70 points.

In the Thursday night matchup in the Big Peach, the Saints are favored by 1 and the over/under’s 53 1/2. Atlanta would like nothing more than to catch the Saints (who they will play in New Orleans in two weeks) and rule the NFC South again. As for the Saints, they’re on top of the NFC South and want to stay there. Someone’s going to cover the 1 and that someone will be Atlanta. The Falcons prevail in the Big Peach and let the Saints know they rule the roost.

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 (New Orleans), 83 (Atlanta); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Atlanta)

Referee: Clete Blakeman

Injury Report

New Orleans
OUT: G Andrus Peat (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Mark Ingram (Toe), T Terron Armstead (Thigh), DE Collins Hendrickson (Knee), CB Marshon Lattimore (Ankle), S Marcus Williams (Groin)

Atlanta
OUT: G Andrew Levitre (Triceps), TE Eric Saubert (Back)

Weather: Game Indoors; if roof is open, Cloudy with a 60 percent chance of rain and 43 degrees

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

Washington (5-6) at Dallas (5-6), 8:30 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. A pair of NFC East rivals chasing Philadelphia meet in the Lone Star State as Dallas takes on Washington in a week eight rematch in prime time.

Both clubs played home games on Thanksgiving and both had different results. Dallas trailed the Los Angeles Chargers 3-0 at the half at AT&T Stadium before the Chargers and Philip Rivers would outscore them 25-6 in the final 30 minutes of action to lose 28-6 Thanksgiving afternoon. The Bolts outrushed Dallas 81-79 and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott threw for 179 yards but was sacked twice and picked off twice, one returned by Chargers rookie CB Desmond King 90 yards for a TD. Rivers burned the Cowboys, who lost their third contest in a row and did not have the services of RB Ezekiel Elliott (suspension), for 434 yards and three TDs. Dallas on third down tries actually did well, going 6 of 11 and kept the ball for 23:55, while the Chargers kept the pigskin hostage, keeping it for 36:05, going 9 of 14 on third, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Washington broke a 3-3 tie against the New York Giants last Thursday night at FedEx Field and came away 20-10 winners in prime time. The Redskins would take a 10-3 lead with 6:32 left in the third when Kirk Cousins and WR Jamison Crowder connected on a 15-yard TD strike. Cousins would then be the victim of a turnover when Giants CB Janoris Jenkins picked him off and returned the ball 53 yards to tie the contest up with 2:52 left in the third. Washington then restored order in the fourth, as Cousins would connect with WR Josh Doctson on a 14-yard TD strike to take the lead back for good and K Nick Rose would seal the deal, connecting on a 33-yard field goal with 1:49 left in the contest. Washington outrushed the Giants 122-84, with Redskins RB Samaje Perine leading the way with 100 yards, while Cousins threw for 242 yards and the two TDs, despite being sacked six times, while Eli Manning threw for 113 yards with four sacks and an interception. Washington went 4 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 34:37, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 25:23, going 2 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

The Thursday night contest in Arlington is a rematch of their week eight contest in Landover that saw the Cowboys lead 14-13 at FedEx Field before pulling away to take a 33-19 win over their NFC East rivals. Dallas outrushed Washington 169-49, with Elliott accounting for 150 of those yards with a pair of TDs, while Prescott threw for 143 yards and Cousins throwing for 263 yards and a TD to Doctson (Cousins was sacked four times and threw an interception). Dallas went 5 of 14 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:19, while the ‘Skins were 4 of 13 on third down and like the Cowboys, they were 1 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 26:41.

Dallas covered the 2 1/2 point spread in Landover, winning by 14 and both teams combined for 52 points, covering the 50 1/2 over/under. Dallas is favored again, this time by 2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. For the winner of this one, they’re a little bit closer to catching Philadelphia in the NFC East, while the loser puts themselves in a little deeper hole. Dallas has scored 22 points in 12 quarters of football since Elliott’s suspension. Washington has been hot and cold at best. Washington gets revenge in the rematch in the Lone Star State and covers 2.

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli

Referee: Craig Wrolstad

Injury Report

Washington
OUT: DE Terrell McClain (Toe), S Montae Nicholson (Concussion), TE Jordan Reed (Hamstring), C Chase Roullier (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Zach Brown (Shoulder), DE Matthew Ioannidis (Hand), T Morgan Moses (Knee), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle), G Brandon Scherff (Knee), LB Martrell Spaight (Ankle), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Dallas
OUT: LB Justin Durant (Concussion), LB Sean Lee (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T La’el Collins (Back), DT Maliek Collins (Foot), LB Anthony Hitchens (Groin), G Zach Martin (Concussion), T Tyron Smith (Back), WR Ryan Switzer (Ankle)

Weather: Game Indoors; if roof is open, 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

 

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.