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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.

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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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

 

New Orleans (4-5) at Carolina (3-6), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Twitter. They’re both coming off losses at home last Sunday and both are trying to catch Atlanta in the NFC South. Carolina and Cam Newton host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South rematch, with the setting this time in the Tar Heel State.

The Thursday night week 11 opener at Bank of America Stadium features a pair of teams that want to be in the playoff hunt with a chance to gain a half game on Atlanta, who has a bye this week. The game features NBC’s debut in the “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast, cable (NFL Network) and digital (Twitter).

Last week, New Orleans rallied to tie the defending Super Bowl champs at 23 all with 1:22 left when Brees and wR Brandin Cook connected on a 32 yard pass play. The Saints attempting the extra point, which would have made it a 1-point game at that point before Justin Simmons blocked the try and the ball was scooped up by Wil Sparks, who ran the ball back for a defensive two point conversion to give Denver the 25-23 win. Denver outrushed New Orleans 103-80, while Brees threw for 303 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice. Trevor Simeian of Denver threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs in the win in the Big Easy but was sacked six times and picked off twice.

Carolina also lost at home and lost in the final minutes of play, coming up on the short end of a 20-17 loss to Kansas City at Bank of America Stadium last Sunday. The defending NFC champions led 17-3 at the half before the Chiefs roared back in the fourth quarter to come away 20-17 winners. Carolina was threatening in the final 30 seconds of play when Newton and WR Kelvin Benjamin connected on a 14-yard pass. Benjamin had the ball stripped from his hands by CB Marcus Peters, who returned the ball to Carolina’s 24. From there, the Chiefs’ Chris Santos connnected on a 37-yard field goal as time ran out, sending Panther fans home in a somewhat foul mood. While Alex Smith threw for 178 yards with three sacks and an interception, Newton threw for 261 yards and a TD and had a rushing TD himself in the contest, which didn’t have a lot of firepower in the run game, as neither team breched the 100-yard barrier (Carolina did manage to outrush Kansas City 99-91).

They met in week six in the Big Easy and Carolina rallied from a 24-10 deficit at the half and tied things up when Newton scored on a 1-yard run with 2:58 left, only to see New Orleans take the lead back for the second time and for keeps when Saints K Will Lutz connected on a 52-yard try with 11 seconds left to play for the 3-point win buy a 41-38 final. Carolina won the rushing battle in the first meeting in the Big Easy, tallying 103 yards on the ground to New Orleans’ 63. Brees did win the passing battle, throwing for 465 yards and four TDs, while Newton threw for 322 yards and two TDs (each man threw an interception in the NFC South contest). Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart led all rushers with 85 yards (19 carries) and a pair of TDs for Carolina, while the Saints were led by Mark Ingram with 51 yards on 16 carries.

Carolina was favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 55 1/2. The Saints covered the spread with their 3-point win and both teams covered the over/under with 79 combined points. The oddsmakers in Vegas are going out on a limb and picking Carolina as the favorite again, this time by 3 1/2 with a 52 1/2 over/under. One team will be a 1/2 game behind Atlanta in the NFC South, the other will gain a 1/2 game. Carolina gains the 1/2 game and wins in the Tar Heel State but they won’t cover the 3 1/2.

The 2016 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues with the Carolina Panthers hosting the New Orleans Saints in a NFC South divisional matchup Thursday, November 17 at 8:25 p.m. from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on NBC, NFL Network, Twitter and NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth along with reporter Heather Cox call the action. Saints-Panthers is the first of five Thursday Night Football games which will be broadcast on NBC, simulcast on NFL Network and streamed on Twitter.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Saints-Panthers matchup from outside Bank of America Stadium. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, along with reporters Heather Cox and Stacey Dales.

At 7:30 p.m., Football Night in Carolina Presented by Mercedes-Benz airs from inside Bank of America Stadium with Bob Costas, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. Coverage continues at 8 p.m. with Tostitos Football Night in Carolina providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Saints-Panthers.

Among the NFL Network pregame topics are:
•Feature on former NFL running back Warrick Dunn and the Saints bringing two families together that have been impacted by violence
•Why has Panthers quarterback Cam Newton struggled this season, and what should be expected from him vs. the Saints?
•How Saints quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton have kept their offense elite despite changing skill players
•Which NFC team will make a playoff run?

At halftime, the Lexus Halftime show breaks down the first half of Saints-Panthers from Charlotte.

Immediately following the Volkswagon Postgame Show on NBC/NFL Network, the Mazda Postgame show airs live on NFL Network from Bank of America Stadium with Eisen, Mariucci, Faulk and Irvin providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

Twitter will stream NBC’s broadcast of Saints-Panthers, providing free, live streaming video on the Twitter platform on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs. Fans can visit Twitter Moments or TNF.Twitter.com to view the live stream.

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule, including the live games and pre- and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

Watch TNF GameDay on NFL Network for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LI. Every Thursday, the TNF Big Heads will compete in weekly challenges. Tweet who won this week’s challenge using #BigHeadBlitz #Promotion for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LI. Visit bigheadblitz.com for details.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on NBC and NFL Network.

Injury Report

New Orleans
OUT: T Terron Armstead (Knee), RB Daniel Lasco (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Delvin Breaux (Fibula), RB Travaris Cadet (Toe)

Carolina
OUT: LB Aaron Klein (Concussion), T Michael Oher (Concussion), S Colin Jones (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: C Gino Gradkowski (Knee), C Ryan Kalil (Shoulder)

Referee: Pete Morelli

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Twitter: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (New Orleans), 81 (Carolina). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (New Orleans), 225 (Carolina).

Weather Outlook: Clear and 55 degrees.

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

Jacksonville (2-4) at Tennessee (3-4), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network and Twitter. A pair of AFC South foes, chasing Houston, meet in the Music City to open play in week 8.

Both teams enter the Thursday night contest at Nissan Stadium with losses under their belts and both losses were at home.

Jacksonville could not get out of the gates against Oakland last Sunday at EverBank Stadium and came out on the short end of a 33-16 loss. The Jaguars trailed 20-6 at the half and found themselves being outscored by the Raiders 13-10 in the last 30 minutes of play. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (246 yards, TD) was picked off twice in the loss, as Oakland outrushed Jacksonville 144-105.

The Titans led Indianapolis 23-20 with 6:02 left to play before letting that lead get away from them and fell to the Colts and Andrew Luck 34-26. Luck (353 yards, 3 TDs) and TE Jack Doyle teamed up for the TD that gave them the lead for good and Robert Mathis’ fumble recovery took place within eight seconds of each other and all but iced the game away for Indy in the fourth quarter. Tennessee’s Ryan Succop’s 44-yard field goal with 43 seconds left pulled the Titans to within eight but they could come no closer. De Marco Murray ran for 107 yards and a TD and Mariota threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times.

Tennessee leads the series 23-19 and have outscored Jacksonville 851-802. They split last year’s meetings, with each club taking wins at home.

They met in week 11 in Jacksonville and the Jaguars came away 19-13 winner at EverBank Stadium. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the Jaguars rallied fro a 13-9 deficit to score twice in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good. Tennessee outrushed Jacksonville 104-90 and Mariota threw for 231 yards but was sacked four times, while Bortles threw for 242 yards and a TD with an interception. Tennessee on third down tries went 5 of 13 and kept the ball for 31:35, while the Jaguars held the pigskin for 28:25, going 4 of 13 on third down tries.

Two weeks later… week 13… Music City and the Titans got their revenge on Jacksonville, coming away 42-39 winners at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee led 21-12 at the break, then held off Jacksonville in the second half as the Jagaurs would outscore Tennessee 27-21 in the final 30 minutes of action. This time, Mariota ran for 112 yards (Tennessee ran for 210, while they held Jacksonville to 81 yards on the ground) and threw for 268 yards and three TDs, while Bortles threw for 322 yards and five TDs. Both teams did quite well on third down conversions in the second contest, as Jacksonville was 10 of 14 and Tennessee was 8 of 13 (Jacksonville was 0 of 1 on fourth down) and time was on the side of Tennessee, who kept the ball for 33:34, while Jacksonville kept it for 26:26.

Tennessee’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Music City and the over/under’s 44 1/2. These are not bad teams, inspite their records. Still, we’ll understand if you want to watch “Big Bang Theory,” “Life In Pieces,” or “Grey”s Anatomy.” Tennessee covers the 3 1/2 at home in the Music City and takes the win.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms along with reporter Tracy Wolfson call the action and are joined by kicking analyst Jay Feely.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Jaguars-Titans matchup from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, while host Amber Theoharis and analyst LaDainian Tomlinson join from outside LP Field. Reporters Tracy Wolfson and Tiffany Blackmon join to provide the latest news leading up to kickoff.

At 7:30 p.m., NFL Thursday Night Kickoff airs from inside LP Field with James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. Coverage continues at 8 p.m with NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Tostitos providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Jaguars-Titans.

Among the pregame topics are:

•Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher take to the field to demonstrate how the Jaguars will slow down Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota

•Which team will win the AFC South?

•Preview of the Sunday night matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys

•How Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has improved without Calvin Johnson

At halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher break down the first half on the Lexus Halftime show.

Immediately following the game, the Mazda Postgame show airs live on NFL Network from both Los Angeles and LP Field providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule, including the live games and pre- and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on NFL Network.

Referee – John Hussey

Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network and Twitter: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock. SIRIUS: 83 (Jacksonville), 81 (Tennessee). XM: 226 (Jacksonville), 225 (Tennessee).

Injury Report

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: DE Jared Odrick (Quadricep), TE Julius Thomas (Ankle)

Tennessee
OUT: CB Perrish Cox (Concussion), S Julian Johnson (Neck), G Quinton Spain (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Kevin Dodd (Foot), WR Tajae Sharpe (Knee)

Weather Outlook: Mostly clear and 68 degrees

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

Denver (4-1) at San Diego (1-4), 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter. A pair of AFC West rivals open play in week six of the 2016 season. Denver, knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens, travels to Qualcomm for an AFC West showdown to open play in week 6.

Both teams enter tonight’s contest with losses under their belts. The defending Super Bowl champs trailed Atlanta throughout their contest last Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and fell to the Falcons 23-16. Atlanta led 13-3 at the intermission before the Broncos, with Paxton Lynch (223 yards) in at QB for Trevor Siemian (shoulder) launched a comeback that put Denver a little closer but not close enough. Denver was held to 84 yards on the ground, while Atlanta tallied 122 (DeVonta Freeman led all rushers with 88), while Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 267 yards in the contest. Denver was 4 of 16 on third down tries, 4 of 4 on fourth down and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Falcons were 2 of 12 on third down conversions and 2 of 3 on fourth down, holding the ball for 28:52.

For San Diego, if it weren’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck. Once again, they carried a lead into the fourth quarter and like Wile Coyote, the lead fell off the cliff. This time, it was in Oakland against their AFC West rivals the Raiders. Leading 24-16 with 10:10 left to play in the third quarter, San Diego saw that lead get away from them as Oakland scored their final 25 points to take a 34-24 lead. The Chargers then responded with a 4-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers (359 yards)  to All Pro TE Antonio Gates to pull to within 3 at 34-31 with 6:21 left to play. San Diego then tried a 35-yard FG by Josh Lambo that would have tied things up and perhaps send the contest into overtime. As if things could not have gone worse for San Diego, the snap from center failed and holder Sean McGrath tried to run the ball in, to no avail. The attempt failed and Oakland got the ball back and after a Raiders punt, San Diego got the ball back with one last chance to take a win on the road. For the Chargers, they felt like Cinderella. The clock struck midnight, the coachmen turned back into mice and their carriage turned back into a pumpkin as several lateral passes failed and Oakland came away with the 3-point win.

Oakland outrushed San Diego 89-72 and David Carr threw for 317 yards and a pair of TDs, although he was sacked three times, while Rivers was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions. The Chargers, who suffered four turnovers, went 2 of 8 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:42, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:18, going 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver holds a 62-49-1 lead in the series (which includes games that took place when the Chargers were in Los Angeles), has outscored San Diego 2,413-2,407 and won 5 of the last six regular season meetings, including sweeping the series last year (San Diego’s last win over Denver came in 2013 when San Diego came away 27-20 winners in the Mile High City).

The first meeting… week 13 in San Diego and the Broncos held San Diego to a 51-yard field goal by Josh Lambo as they would take a 17-3 win at Qualcomm Stadium. The defending Super Bowl champs led by the 17-3 score at the break and both teams took it upon themselves to shut the other out in the second half. Denver outrushed San Diego 134-93 but Rivers managed to outpace Brock Osweiler (who was taking over for Peyton Manning) 202-186. Osweiler had the only TD pass in the contest, a 3-yard strike to WR Demaryius Thomas to open the scoring in the contest, while the Broncos’ defense chipped in with the other TD when LB Danny Trevathan picked off Rivers and returned the ball 21 yards for the second TD. Denver in the first meeting was 6 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:57, while the Chargers were 5 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth down, holding the ball for 27:03.

Meeting number two… week 17 in the Mile High City and the Broncos completed the sweep and took a 27-20 come-from-behind win at Sports Authority Field in the process. The Charger trailed 7-6 at the half and then took a 20-17 lead late into the final period of play before K Brandon McManus connected on a 35-yard field goal with 9:45 left in regulation. Denver would take the lead for keeps when Ronnie Hillman scored on a 23-yard TD run with 4:44 left. Hillman tallied 117 yards on the ground and Denver outrushed San Diego 210-110, while Osweiler outpaced Rivers 232-228 (Manning did enter the contest, going 5 of 9 for 65 yards). Despite turning the ball over five times, Denver managed to go 5 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 25:28, while San Diego ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:32, while going 6 of 18 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth down conversions.

Denver’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Siemian’s back under center and that’s a good thing for Broncos fans, who saw their hopes of running the table unblemished melt like a snowflake in the sun. For the Chargers, things don’t get any easier, as they get to go to the Big Peach next before a rematch with the Broncos in the Mile High City. Denver takes this one and covers the 3.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms along with reporter Tracy Wolfson call the action, and are joined by kicking analyst Jay Feely.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Broncos-Chargers matchup from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, while host Amber Theoharis and analyst Terrell Davis join from outside Qualcomm Stadium. Reporters Tracy Wolfson and Steve Wyche join to provide the latest news leading up to kickoff.

At 7:30 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter, NFL Thursday Night Kickoff airs from inside Qualcomm Stadium with James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. Coverage continues at 8:00 PM ET with NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Tostitos providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Broncos-Chargers.

Among the pregame topics are:
•Feature on All-Pro Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. The last three years have produced not only a career-defining Super Bowl championship but also the birth of his young daughters. Thursday Night Kickoff goes home with Harris to Parker, Colorado to see how he balances the demand of being a full-time athlete with those of being a full-time Dad
•Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher take to the field to demonstrate the Chargers’ gameplan against the Broncos’ defense
•Discussion of rookie defensive end Joey Bosa’s impact on the Chargers’ defense
•What have we learned about Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian in his four starts?
•Does Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers have enough around him to turn the season around?

At halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher break down the first half on the Lexus Halftime show.

Immediately following the game, the Mazda Postgame show airs live on NFL Network, CBS and Twitter from both Los Angeles and Qualcomm Stadium providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

Twitter will stream CBS’s broadcast of Broncos-Chargers, providing free, live streaming video on the Twitter platform on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs. Fans can visit Twitter Moments or TNF.Twitter.com to view the live stream.

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule, including the live games and pre- and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on CBS and NFL Network.

REFEREE: Craig Wrolstad

Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. on CBS. NFL Network and Twitter: JJim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Denver), 81 (San Diego). XM: 226 (Denver), 225 (San Diego).

Injury Report

Denver
OUT: LB DeMarcus Ware (Forearm)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Trevor Siemian (Shoulder), CB Kayvon Webster (Hamstring)

San Diego
Jahleel Addae S Collarbone Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Brandon Flowers CB Concussion Did Not Participate In Practice Out
QUESTIONABLE: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), G Orlando Franklin (Ankle) T Christian Hairston (Groin), CB Craig Mager (Shoulder), RB Dexter McCluster (Hamstring), LB Denzel Perryman (Shoulder)

Weather Outlook: Sunny skies and 70 degrees.

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