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New York Jets (5-8) at Baltimore (11-2), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. It’s the final Thursday night game of the 2019 season as the New York Jets make the 3-hour, 188-mile trip down I-95 to face off against the Baltimore Ravens in Charm City. Both clubs took wins in last Sunday’s action.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! rallied from behind in their contest with the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, taking a 22-21 last second win at Met Life Stadium. GangGreen led 16-9 at the break before Miami stormed their way back in the second half to lead 21-19 with 93 seconds left. That would be all the time the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would need, as they engineered a 7-play, 49-yard drive that used all of the available time left on the clock as K Steven Ficken connected on a 44-yard field goal as time expired. Miami outrushed GangGreen 122-112 with Jets RB Bilal Powell leading all rushers with 74 yards, while Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins with 65 yards rushing. Fitzpatrick would throw for 245 yards with a pair of sacks, while Jets signal called Sam Darnold threw for 270 yards with a pair of TDs (one to WR Robby Anderson) and was sacked once (both threw an interception in the contest). GangGreen was 5 of 13 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball (including the final 93 seconds of the contest) for 29:54, while the Dolphins ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:06 and went 4 of 13 on third down.

The Ravens picked up their ninth win in a row, holding off a late Buffalo rally to come away 24-17 winners at New Era Field in Orchard Park, clinching a spot in the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 10-6 at the intermission in upstate New York and led 24-9 with 9:49 left in the contest before the Bills rallied to make it a 7-point contest with 7 minutes left when Cole Beasley and Jeff Allen connected on a 3-yard TD toss and a two-point conversion. The Ravens then put an end to a Bills rally that would have tied the contest up when Allen’s pass to WR John Brown sailed incomplete.

Baltimore outrushed Buffalo 118-104 with Bills RB Devin Singletary leading all rushers with 89 yards on the ground. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson threw for 145 yards with three TDs, a sack and an interception, while Allen threw for 146 yards with the TD toss to Beasley (Allen was sacked six times but did not throw an interception). Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down tries in upstate New York and ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:49, while the Bills, who kept the pigskin for 27:11, went 4 of 17 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Baltimore leads the series 8-2 and the Ravens have outscored GangGreen 206-135. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! won their last meeting in the series, taking a 24-16 win at Met Life Stadium in 2016, while the Ravens were 19-3 winners in Charm City in 2013. Baltimore’s favored by 14 1/2 in Charm City and the over/under’s 45. The 45 makes a huge ammount of sense, the 14 1/2? Not so much. GangGreen’s played some decent football of late but the Ravens have already punched their playoff dance card and would love nothing more than to run the table in the AFC North and win their last three contests. Baltimore may not cover the 14 1/2 but they do take the win in Charm 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 (New York Jets), 83 (Baltimore); XM: 225 (New York Jets), 226 (Baltimore)

Referee: John Hussey

Injury Report

New York Jets
OUT: T Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness)
DOUBTFUL: S Jamal Adams (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee), DT Quinnen Williams (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip), DE Nathan Shepherd (ankle)

Baltimore
OUT: LB Chris Board (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: T Ronnie Stanley (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (quadricep), S Anthony Levine (ankle), DT Jihad Ward (elbow)

Weather: Mostly clear and 34 degrees

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

Pittsburgh (5-4) at Cleveland (3-6), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. A pair of AFC North rivals open action in week 11 as Pittsburgh travels to Cleveland to take on the Browns at First Energy Field Thursday night. Both teams came away from Sunday’s action with close wins at home.

Pittsburgh held off a late Los Angeles Rams rally at Heinz Field last Sunday, coming away 17-12 winners. The Steelers led 14-7 at the intermission in the Steel City, then were outscored by the Rams 5-3 in the last 30 minutes of action. Los Angeles trailed by only 2 with 12:40 left in the contest when Steelers QB Mason Rudolph was sacked by Aaron Donald in the end zone for a safety before Chris Boswell connected on a 32-yard field goal with 2:46 left in regulation to give the home team a little more breathing room. After the teams exchanged the ball on punts, the Rams would get it back with 61 seconds left in an attempt to take a win on the road. Los Angeles would get as close as their 42-yard line, thanks to two penalties and their hopes of winning would come to an end when Mike Fitzpatrick intercepted Jarod Goff to seal the win.

Los Angeles did manage to outrush the Steelers 88-42 with Rams RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 73 yards, while Rudolph threw for 242 yards and a TD; Goff threw for 243 yards with a pair of interceptions (Goff was sacked four times, Rudolph was sacked three times, including the sack for the Rams’ safety). The Steelers were 5 of 13 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:40, while the Rams were a dismal 1 of 14 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 28:20.

Like Pittsburgh, Cleveland held off a rally at home, coming away 19-16 winners over Buffalo last Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland led 9-7 at the break, then trailed 16-12 with 1:44 left when WR Rashard Higgins and QB Baker Mayfield connected on a 7-yard TD toss. The Bills would get the ball back with the 1:44 left and made their way down the field to set up what they hoped would be the game-tying field goal that would send the contest into overtime. The football gods decided to shine on Cleveland at that point as Stephen Hauschka’s 53-yard field goal try sailed wide left. Cleveland then got the ball back and ran out the clock to take the win.

Cleveland outrushed Buffalo 147-84, with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading everyone with 116 yards; Mayfield threw for 238 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game winner), while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 266 yards with a pair of rushing TDS (neither man threw an interception, Allen was sacked once, Mayfield was sacked twice). The Browns were 4 of 11 on third down (they went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:46, while the Bills, keeping the ball for 28:14, went 5 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh leads the series 73-58-1 and have outscored the Browns 2,720-2,540. They met twice last year, with the first contest a tie and Pittsburgh winning in the Steel City in the second meeting (Cleveland’s last win over the Steelers came in 2014, when they were 31-10 winners along the shores of Lake Erie).

The first meeting… Cleveland in week one in the season opener and the two clubs played to a 21-21 tie. After a scoreless first quarter, Pittsburgh took a 7-0 lead with them to the intermission at FirstEnergy Stadium on a 4-yard run by Steelers RB James Conner, only to see the Browns even things up in the third quarter when Browns QB Tyrod Taylor scored on a 20 yard run. A Ben Roethlisberger TD pass to Antonio Brown and a second rushing TD by Conner would give the Steelers a 2-TD lead before the Browns stormed back to even things up, thanks to a 1-yard run by Carlos Hyde and a 17-yard TD pass from Taylor to Josh Gordon. The two clubs would then go into the overtime and each team punted the ball to the other in the extra period. Pittsburgh could have won the contest in the extra period but Chris Boswell’s 42-yard field goal try sailed wide right.

Cleveland outrushed Pittsburgh 177-159 and Conner led all rushers with 135 yards to go with the two TDs, while Taylor (197 yards, seven sacks, interception) led Cleveland with 77 yards and the TD pass to go with his rushing TD (Roethlisberger threw for 335 yards with the Brown TD pass but was sacked four times and picked off three times). Pittsburgh went 7 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 35:12, while Cleveland clung to the pigskin for 34:48, going 5 of 18 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Steelers did manage to take a win out of the series in the Steel City in week eight, coming away 33-18 winners at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh erased a 6-0 deficit on a pair of Greg Joseph field goals and took a 14-6 lead with them to the intermission. The Steelers, using a pair of Conner TD runs, then proceeded to outscore Cleveland 19-12 in the final 30 minutes of action to come away with the win. Conner again led all rushers in the rematch, tallying 146 yards (Cleveland was led by Nick Chubb with 65 yards) as Pittsburgh outrushed 168-74 and Roethlisberger threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs to Brown, while Mayfield threw for 180 yards with a pair of TDs of his own (both threw an interception, Mayfield was sacked twice, Roethlisberger was sacked once).

Third down tries in the rematch? Cleveland was 3 of 13, Pittsburgh was 6 of 13 and time was on the side of the Steelers, who kept the ball for 32:12 to Cleveland’s 27:48 (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

In the week one contest, Pittsburgh was favored by 4 1/2 and the tie meant that neither team covered the spread. As for the 41 1/2 over/under? Both teams scored 21 points, which allowed them to cover the over/under. Pittsburgh covered the 8-point spread, winning by 15 and both clubs matched the 51 over/under. For the Thursday night contest along the shores of Lake Erie, the Browns are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers are reasonable and sound reasonable. Both teams are chasing Baltimore for the top spot in the AFC North. For the winner, they’re a bit closer; as for the loser? They’re not out altogether but it’ll be harder for them. It’s going to be closer than the 3 Thursday night but Pittsburgh comes out of Cleveland with the win.

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 (Pittsburgh), 83 (Cleveland); XM: 225 (Pittsburgh), 226 (Cleveland)

Referee: Clete Blakeman

Injury Report

Pittsburgh
OUT: RB Roosevelt Nix (Knee), RB Benny Snell (Knee), WR Ryan Switzer (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Anthony Chickillo (Rib)

Cleveland
OUT: S Eric Murray (Knee), DE Olivier Vernon (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Kendall Lamm (Knee), TE Roderick Seals-Jones (Knee)

Weather: Mostly clear and 33 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 (4-5) at Oakland (4-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. They’ve been AFC/AFL West rivals since the 60s. They share the same state and are separated by 373 miles along I-5. Thursday night, Philip Rivers and the the Los Angeles Chargers make that trip northward to square off against Derek Carr and their AFC West foes in a key Thursday night battle to open play in week 10. Both teams were in their home facilities last Sunday and both teams defeated NFC North opponents in the process.

Los Angeles led Green Bay from start to finish last Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park, taking down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 26-11 in Carson. The Chargers scored the first nine points of the contest unchallenged thanks to three Michael Badgley field goals, taking a 9-0 lead with them to the intermission. Badgley would add another field goal at the halfway point of the third quarter and the Chargers would score the first TD of the game when Melvin Gordon II tallied his first of two TDs from a yard out.

Green Bay would then end any bid for a Charger shutout when K Mason Crosby connected on a 54-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the third. Gordon would add a second TD early in the fourth quarter to all but ice the contest away from the Packers on the West Coast. Gordon led all rushers with 80 yards and the two TDs as the Chargers outrushed Green Bay 159-45 and Rivers threw for 294 yards without a sack, while Rodgers threw for 161 yards and a TD to Jamaal Williams with three sacks (neither QB threw an interception).

The Bolts were 5 of 11 on third down on the West Coast (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and were stingy with the football, keeping it away from the Packers for 35:51, while Green Bay went 2 of 10 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), holding on to the pigskin for 24:09.

Oakland held off a late Detroit rally last Sunday on the other side of San Francisco Bay, coming away 31-24 winners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Oakland took a 17-10 lead with them to the break on the West Coast, only to see that lead get away from them as the Lions would tie things up at 17-17 on a Matt Prater field goal from 23 yards out with 4:45 left in the third. Oakland then reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter, as Carr and rookie TE Foster Moreau connected on a 3-yard TD toss to lead by 7, then clung to that lead until the Lions and Matthew Stafford and WR Josh McKissic connected on a 26-yard TD pass to re-tie the contest. Oakland would then get the final word in the contest, first with Carr and WR Hunter Renfrow connecting on a 9-yard TD pass with 2:04 left in the contest, then held off a late Detroit rally as the Lions would get to the Raiders’ 1-yard line before Stafford’s pass attempt to TE Logan Thomas fell short.

oakland outrushed Detroit 171-90 and rookie RB Josh Jacobs led all rushers with 120 yards and a pair of TDs in the win, Carr threw for 289 yards and a pair of TDS (including the game-winner), while Stafford threw for 406 yards and three TDs (Stafford was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Carr was sacked once). Oakland was 7 of 13 on third down tries and the Raiders held the ball for 32:50, while the Lions kept the ball for 27:10, going 5 of 11 on third down (both clubs were 1 of 2 on fourth down conversions).

The Silver and Black lead the series 62-54-2 (which includes contests that were played in Los Angeles and San Diego) and have outscored the Chargers 2,563-2,555. However, the Chargers have won the last four meetings, including sweeping the last two series and taking last year’s contests (Oakland’s last win in the series came in 2016, when the Raiders left Qualcomm Stadium with a 19-16 win.)

The first meeting…. week 5 in Carson at StubHub Center. The Chargers led Oakland 17-3 at the half and came away with the 26-10 win. Rivers (339 yards, no interceptions) threw a pair of TD passes in the contest with one sack, while Carr threw for 268 yards with a TD (Carr was sacked three times and threw an interception). Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the contest but the Chargers, who forced a pair of Oakland turnovers, outrushed the Raiders 79-41. Los Angeles went 7 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 34:40, while the Silver and Black, keeping the pigskin for 25:20, went 4 of 11 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Chargers completed the series sweep in northern California at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, leaving that facility 20-6 winners in week 10. Los Angeles erased a 3-0 lead, took a 10-3 with them to the intermission and took control from there, holding Oakland to a Daniel Carlson field goal in the fourth quarter. Rivers in the rematch threw for 223 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with Gordon and Keenan Allen on both tosses (Rivers was sacked once and threw an interception), while Carr threw for 243 yards with four sacks. Gordon led all rushers with 93 yards but the Silver and Black barely outrushed the Chargers 114-113 in the contest. Third down tries in the rematch? Oakland was 5 of 15 (the Silver and Black was 1 of 3 on fourth down), while the Chargers were 2 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down). As far as the clock was concerned, the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:10, while the Chargers held the ball for 28:50.

In the week five contest in Carson, the Chargers were 5 1/2-point favorites and covered, winning by 16. As for the 53 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as both team combined for 36 points. In the week 10 rematch in northern California, the Chargers covered the 9 1/2-point spread that they were favored by, winning by 13 but the 50 1/2 over/under stayed in tact as both clubs merged for only 26 points.

Vegas likes the Chargers as a 1-point favorite in Wine country Thursday night and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers are reasonable. Both teams are trying to catch Kansas City and take the top spot away from the Chiefs in the AFC West. The winner is a little closer to that goal. Chargers cover the 1 and takes the win on the road.

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: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson; SIRIUS: 81 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Oakland); XM: 225 (Los Angeles Chargers), 226 (Oakland)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: WR Geremy Davis (Hamstring), RB Justin Jackson (Calf), CB Roderic Teamer (Groin)
OUT: DT Cortez Broughton (Illness), DT Justin Jones (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Denzel Perryman (Knee), T Samiuela Tevi (Knee), DT Brandon Mebane (Knee)

Oakland
OUT: DE Arden Key (Foot), DE Josh Mauro (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trenton Brown (Knee), WR Dwayne Harris (Foot), C Rodney Hudson (Ankle)

Weather: Sunny and 61 degrees

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

San Francisco (7-0) at Arizona (3-4-1), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. The only unbeaten team in the NFC travels to the desert for a week nine NFC West Thursday night contest in Glendale as San Francisco and Arizona meet at State Farm Stadium.

The 49ers took their seventh win in as many tries last Sunday afternoon at Levis Stadium, taking Carolina to task 51-13 in Wine Country. San Francisco, holding on to first place in the NFC West, led 27-3 at the half and never looked back, holding the Panthers in check for the rest of the contest. Tevin Coleman ran for 105 yards and three TDS in the contest, as the 49ers outrushed Carolina 232-130 (Christian McCaffrey led Carolina with 117 yards and a TD). Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 175 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Coleman, the other to newly accquired WR Emanuel Sanders), despite being sacked three times (one for a safety) and throwing an interception, while Carolina’s Kyle Allen threw for 158 yards, was sacked seven times (three times by rookie LB Nick Bosa) and picked off three times (once by Bosa). San Francisco went 5 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:01, while the Panthers, holding the ball for 26:59, went 2 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

New Orleans welcomed the return of Drew Brees, then held Arizona to three Zane Gonzalez field goals as they dropped a 31-9 decision in the Big Easy Sunday afternoon. The Desert Angry Birds led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, then watched as New Orleans erased that lead and Arizona trailed 10-6 at the intermission and would be outscored 21-3 in the final 30 minutes of play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Arizona found themselves held to 40 yards of rushing, while the Saints tallied 137 (Saints RB Latavius Murray led all rushers with 102 yards and a TD), Brees threw for 373 yards and three TDs without a sack (he was picked off once), while Kyler Murray threw for 220 yards with three sacks. New Orleans went 7 of 12 on third down and kept the ball to themselves, ruling the clock for 37:59, while the Desert Angry Birds were 2 of 12 on third down (they went 0 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 22:01.

While the 49ers lead the series 29-26 and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,237-1,123 (including contests that took place in Chicago, St. Louis, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park), Arizona has won the last eight meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s contests (San Francisco’s last win in the series came in 2014, when they left Candlestick Park 20-17 winners).

Their first meeting took place in Santa Clara in week five and it would be Arizona coming away 28-18 winners at Levis Stadium. The Desert Angry Birds led 13-6 at the intermission, then after a scoreless third quarter, outscored San Francisco 14-12 in the final frame. San Francisco did outrush their NFC West foe 147-56 and C.J. Bethard threw for 349 yards and a pair of TDs but threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked four times, while Cardinals QB Josh Rosen threw for 170 yards with a TD and a sack. San Francisco went 10 of 17 on third down tries (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 40:12, while the Desert Angry Birds, keeping the ball for 19:48, went 2 of 12 on third down tries.

Arizona completed the sweep in the desert in the week eight rematch at State Farm Stadium, rallying in the final seconds to come away 18-15 winners. San Francisco led by a baseball-like score of 5-3 at the half, then watched as Arizona would outscore the 49ers 15-10, with WR Christian Kirk scoring the game-winner with 34 seconds left when he and Rosen connected on a 9-yard TD toss. Rosen, who threw a TD pass to all-pro WR Larry Fitzgerald (8 catches for 102 yards) earlier in the contest, threw for 252 yards, despite being sacked three times with an interception. Bethard threw for 190 yards with a TD for the 49ers in the loss (Bethard was sacked four times). As was the case in the first meeting, the 49ers outrushed Arizona 107-88 and went 5 of 14 on third down tries and once again, they would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:19, while the Desert Angry Birds, keeping the ball for 27:41, while going 6 of 14 on third down tries.

In the week five contest in wine country, San Francisco was favored by 4 and the Desert Angry Birds covered with the win by 10 points and both teams covered the 41 over/under with 46 points. In the week eight contest in the desert, the Desert Angry Birds were favored by 1 and covered the spread, winning by 3; however, the 43 1/2 was intract as both teams combined for only 25 points. San Francisco’s favored by 7 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Arizona would love nothing more than to end the 49ers’ win streak, while the 49ers want to keep the streak alive. The streak lives on. San Francisco prevails in the desert and covers the 7 1/2.

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 Kugler, Matt Millen; SIRIUS: 81 (San Francisco), 83 (Arizona); XM: 225 (San Francisco), 226 (Arizona)

Referee: Brad Rogers

Injury Report

San Francisco
DOUBTFUL: T Joe Staley (Fibula)
OUT: RB Kyle Juszczyk (Knee), T Mike McGlinchey (Knee), CB James Witherspoon (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Matt Breida (Ankle), RB Dominique Mostert (Knee), TE Levine Toilolo (Groin)

Arizona
OUT: DE Zach Allen (Neck), RB Chase Edmonds (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Justin Murray (Knee), RB David Johnson (Ankle)

Weather Forecast: Game Indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 73 degrees

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

Washington (1-6) at Minnesota (5-2), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. A struggling Washington Redskins team makes their way to the Land of 10,000 Lakes as they take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Twin Cities to open action in week eight.

After their first win in Miami two weeks ago, the Redskins reverted back to their former ways last Sunday in rainy Landover, as the San Francisco 49ers shut out Washington 9-0 at Fed Ex Field. After a scoreless first half, the 49ers kept themselves in the ranks of the unbeatens, using three Robbie Gould field goals in the second half to seal the win. San Francisco outrushed Washington 137-104, with Redskins RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 81 yards. Case Keenum threw for 77 yards with no TDs or interceptions (he was sacked three times), while Jimmy Garoppolo (sacked twice) threw for 151 yards with an interception. The Redskins were 3 of 9 on third down conversions in Landover (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:36, while the 49ers held the ball hostage for 33:24, going 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota erased a 21-21 tie against NFC North rival Detroit at Ford Field and the Vikings came away 42-30 winners Sunday afternoon. Lions fans watched with horror as Minnesota outscored them 21-9 in the final 30 minutes of action. Matthew Stafford threw for 364 yards but was sacked four times with an interception for the Lions, while Kirk Cousins threw for 337 yards with no interceptions or sacks (both men threw four TDs) in the contest in the Motor City. Minnesota outrushed Detroit 166-81, with Vikings RB Dalvin Cook leading all rushers with 142 yards and a pair of TDs. Minnesota ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:10 and went 6 of 10 on third down tries, while the Lions were 6 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:50.

The Vikings lead the series 11-10 (including the contests that took place at Metropolitan Stadium, RFK Stadium and the Metrodome) and have outscored the Redskins 538-481. Minnesota won the last meeting, which took place in Landover and the Vikings came away with the 38-30 win in 2017, while Washington’s last win in the series also came in Landover, as the Redskins were 26-20 winners in 2016. The Vikings are favored by 14 1/2 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 42. The 42? Makes a ton of sense. The 14 1/2? What were the odds makers thinking? Washington may make this one interesting but in the end, the Vikings prevail in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and take the win at home.

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: Mike Tirico, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Washington), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 225 (Washington), 226 (Minnesota)

Referee – Carl Cheffers

Injury Report

Washington
OUT: S Deshazor Everett (Ankle), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Hamstring), G Wesley Martin (Chest), RB Chris Thompson (Toe), TE Vernon Davis (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Montae Nicholson (Ankle), CB Josh Norman (Thigh), RB Adrian Peterson (Ankle), WR Steven Sims (Toe)

Minnesota
OUT: WR Adam Thielen (Hamstring)

Weather – Game indoors

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

Jacksonville (4-8) at Tennessee (6-6), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. In the next to last Thursday night game of the 2018 NFL season, a pair of AFC South rivals, both chasing Houston for the top spot in the division, meet in the Music City in a rematch from week three. Jacksonville and Tennessee both picked up huge home wins in last week’s action.

While Jacksonville was without RB Leonard Fournette, who sat out his one-game suspension for a fight in Buffalo, they got a pair of Josh Lambo field goals to shutout Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts 6-0 at TIAA Bank Field last Sunday. After a scoreless first quarter, Lambo’s 30-yard field goal would give the Jaguars a 3-0 lead with 2:03 left before the half to open the scoring in the contest. Jacksonville would then take that lead with them to the break and the contest stayed that way through the third quarter. Lambo would then connect again, this time from 37 yards out for the 6-0 lead. Jacksonville then proceeded to end a Colts threat that would have given Luck the lead late in the contest, as the Jaguars would wind up breaking their seven-game losing streak in the process.

Neither club broke the 100-yard rushing barrier but Jacksonville did win that battle, outrushing the Colts 79-41. Luck did manage to throw for 248 yards but threw an interception, while Cody Kessler threw for 150 yards and no interceptions (both Keesler and Luck were sacked three times).

Tennessee also picked up a close home winning, slipping by the New York Jets 26-22 at Nissan Stadium. Marcus Mariota and the Titans trailed 16-6 at the half, then rallied in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring GangGreen 20-6, chipping away at the New York lead with a pair of Ryan Succop field goals, then taking the lead for keeps with 36 seconds left when WR Corey Davis caught an 11-yard TD pass from Mariota for their first lead of the day. Tennessee then held off a late J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! rall to take the win in the late afternoon contest. GangGreen outrushed the Titans 156-130 with Jets RB Isaiah Crowell leading the way with 98 yards. Mariota threw for 282 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game-winner), while Josh McCown threw for 128 yards (McCown was sacked twice, Mariota sacked three times; both men threw an interception) for New York. The Titans were a somewhat dismal 1 for 11 on third down and kept the ball for 26:38, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:22, going 3 for 14 on third down conversions.

They met in the Sunshine State in week three and the Titans were 9-6 winners in that contest. Jacksonville saw their hopes of an unbeaten season come to an end at TIAA Bank Field. Going into the intermission tied at 3-3, thanks to field goals from Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo and Tennessee’s Ryan Succop. The two men would late exchange field goal to tie things back up at 6-6 before Succop would give the Titans the lead back for good with a 28-yard field goal with 4:09 left in regulation. Tennessee outrushed Jacksonville 150-87 and Marcus Mariota threw for 100 yards in the win, while Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 155 yards with three sacks (Mariota was sacked once and neither man threw an interception). Jacksonville was 5 of 14 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:13, while the Titens ruled the clock and kept the ball for 32:47, going 5 of 15 on third down tries.

Although Jacksonville was a 9-point favorite in the week three contest in the Sunshine State, the Titans took the win and won by 3, which meant that the spread was not covered and the 40 over/under was safe and sound as the two teams combined for a mere 15 points. The Titans are favored by 4 in on Thursday night and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Tennessee’s fighting for a playoff spot, while the Jaguars would like nothing more than getting revenge on their AFC South foes and spoiling their party in the process. Jaguars cover in the Music City and crash Tennessee’s party on Thursday night.

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, Mike Mayock | SIRIUS: 81 (Jacksonville), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 226 (Jacksonville), 225 (Tennessee)

Referee: John Parry

Injury Report

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Darrell Chark (Quadricep), DT Abry Jones (Shin)
QUESTIONABLE: S Cody Davis (Hamstring), G Josh Walker (Foot)

Tennessee
OUT: S Dane Cruikshank (Knee), RB David Fluellen (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Derrick Morgan (Knee), WR Darrius Jennings (Knee)

Weather: Overcast and 42 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)

 

FOX Sports Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan will headline a new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW live from New York City for the 2018 NFL season. Beginning in Week 4, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on the FOX broadcast network and NFL Network, taking viewers up to kickoff.

Each and every week of the 2018 Thursday Night Football, Presented by Bud Light schedule will begin at 6 p.m. on NFL Network with Thursday Night Football Gameday. The Hall of Fame cast from NFL Network will get viewers ready for the NFL week and set the table for the upcoming Thursday Night game leading into the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW. Over the next hour, the trio of Bradshaw, Long and Strahan, with additional insight and commentary from NFL Network analysts, will breakdown the night’s matchup from all angles and provide the final say leading up to kick-off. (Complete talent details will be announced prior to the start of the 2018 season)

In January, FOX Sports was awarded a five-year deal for Thursday Night Football that includes games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

“Securing this trio of Hall of Famers to lead our inaugural THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW was paramount in continuing the NFL’s goal of establishing this night as appointment viewing,” Eric Shanks, President and Executive Producer, FOX Sports told USA Today. “Terry, Howie and Michael, along with our partners at NFL Network, will set the weekly tone with expert analysis and special guests for a dynamic lead-in to each Thursday Night matchup.”

As the host of the THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW, Strahan, a veteran on-air personality covering news, sports and entertainment is the first former professional athlete in the host role on a FOX NFL studio show. Strahan, Bradshaw and Long remain analysts on FOX NFL SUNDAY alongside Emmy-nominated host Curt Menefee and former coach Jimmy Johnson.

“I’m very fortunate to be part of award winning teams with Good Morning America and FOX NFL Sunday,” said Strahan. “I am looking forward to expanding FOX’s presence with the NFL and bringing the viewers a great evening of Thursday Night Football.”

In its 25th season of NFL coverage, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be FOX Sports first New York City-based live NFL studio show, complementing FOX NFL SUNDAY, the No. 1 NFL pregame show for the last 24 seasons and the network’s signature program, of which Bradshaw and Long have been an integral part since its inception in 1994.

The new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be produced by Executive Vice President, Production, Bill Richards, who also oversees FOX NFL SUNDAY.