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The NFL announced today a scheduling change for Week 16 on Saturday, December 24. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans

Saints will be played on Saturday at 4:25 p.m. on Fox.

Following is the final Week 16 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, December 22
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFLN and Twitter

Saturday, December 24
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Seatle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, December 25
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 26
Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

Oakland (10-2) at Kansas City (9-3), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Twitter. They meet again. They STILL don’t like each other. Oakland at Kansas City. Football’s answer to the Hatfields and McCoys, the Capulets vs. the Montagues. North vs. South. Smooth peanut butter vs. chunky. You get the picture.

First place is on the line in the Show-Me State in a week 6 rematch at Arrowhead. Oakland, holding on to first place in the AFC West, takes on Kansas City, who is trying to catch the Raiders and prove to the Silver and Black that the first meeting was not a fluke.

Both teams are entering the opener of action in week 14 with huge wins in play last Sunday.

Oakland swept away a 3-0 defict in the first quarter against Buffalo last Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, coming away 38-24 winners over the Bills last Sunday. The Silver and Black trailed 10-9 at the half before outscoring the Bills 29-14 in the final 30 minutes of action. Buffalo did manage to outrush Oakalnd 212-139, with Bills RB LeSean McCoy doing much of the damage, rushing for 130 yards. Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WRs Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper on both strikes, while the Raider defense sacked Bills signal caller Tyrod Taylor four times.

Kansas City avoided an upset in Atlanta last Sunday as they escaped with a 29-28 win over the Falcons in the Big Peach. Atlanta had reclaimed the lead with 4:32 left when Matt Ryan and WR Aldrick Robinson connnected on a 5-yard pass to take a 28-27 lead. Atlanta then proceeded to go for the two point conversion to make it a 3-point contest and forced the Chiefs to march down the field for a field goal try when Eric Berry picked off the Ryan conversion attempt and took the ball back down the field unchallenged. For Berry, it was his second scoring play of the contest, having picked Ryan off earlier for a 37-yard interception return. Atlanta managed to outrush Kansas City 128-123 and Ryan threw for297 yards, while Alex Smith, back from a concussion, threw for 270 yards.

They met in Oakland in week 6 and the Chiefs came away 26-10 winners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kansas City led 13-10 at the half and proceeded to shut out the Raiders in the final 30 minutes of play. Kansas City outrushed Oakland 183-65 and the Chiefs’ Spencer Ware led all rushers with 131 yards and a TD.

In the week six contest, the Raiders were 1 point favorites at home and the over/under was 46 1/2. Kansas City covered the spread with their 16-point win on the road but both clubs missed the over/under, tallying only 36 points. This time, the oddsmakers like the Chiefs again, this time making them 3 point favorites at Arrowhead with aa 46 over/under. There’s a lot at stake here. Should the Chiefs win, they will not only be tied with the Raiders, they will have the tie-breaker with Oakland head to head. If Oakland wins, they will have an almost clear path to the AFC West. History has a way of repeating itself and those that forget the past repeat it. Chiefs complete the sweep in Arrowhead and wins the week 14 opener in the Show-Me State.

The 2016 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues with the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs battling for first place in the AFC West Thursday, December 8 at 8:25 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on NBC, NFL Network, Twitter and NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth along with reporter Heather Cox call the action.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Raiders-Chiefs matchup from outside Arrowhead 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 James Palmer.

At 7:30 p.m., Football Night in Kansas City Presented by Mercedes-Benz airs from inside Arrowhead Stadium with Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. Coverage continues at 8 p.m. with Tostitos Football Night in Kansas City providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Raiders-Chiefs.

Among the NFL Network pregame topics are:
How the Raiders built their roster from the ground up to become one of the best teams in the AFC
Feature on what Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is doing off the field to help kids leaving foster care
Which team has more to prove: Raiders or Chiefs?
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s gameplan vs. Eric Berry and the Chiefs defense
What are the matchups that will decide the outcome?

At halftime, the Lexus Halftime show breaks down the first half of Raiders-Chiefs from Kansas City.

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

Twitter will stream NBC’s broadcast of Raiders-Chiefs, 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.

Last week’s Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota Vikings game on Thursday Night Football was the most-watched Thursday Night Football game ever with a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 22.2 million viewers across all platforms – NBC, NFL Network, NBC Sports Digital, Twitter and NFL Digital. Cowboys-Vikings also averaged 21.8 million TV-only viewers – also the best ever for Thursday Night Football.

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

Referee – Terry McAulay

Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. Thursday night on NBC, NFL Network and Twitter: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Trent Green. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Oakland), 81 (Kansas City). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Oakland), 225 (Kansas City).

Injury Report

Oakland
OUT: LB Shilique Calhoun (Knee), S Karl Joseph (Toe), DT Stacy McGee (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cory James (Shoulder), DT Darius Latham (Ankle), G Kelechi Osemele (Knee)

Kansas City
QUESTIONABLE: DT Dontari Poe (Back), DE Kendall Reyes (Knee)

Weather: Clear and 23 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. 

Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter. They meet for the 191st time in the regular-season, the most between two teams in NFL history, it’s Packers vs. Da Bears. Chicago at Green Bay at Lambeau. It’s the opener for week seven action in the 2016 campaign as a pair of NFC North rivals meet in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst on Thursday night.

Both teams are looking to get back to the win column, with both losing at home last Sunday.

Da Bears lead the series 93-91-6 (which includes contests that took place at Wrigley Field and Milwaukee County Stadium and the Bears were known as the Chicago Staleys) and Chicago has outscored Green Bay 3,247-3,244. They split last season’s contests and took wins in the other team’s stadium.

Round 1?

The Pack and Da Bears meet in week one in the Windy City and Green Bay rallied from a 13-10 deficit at the intermission to come away with the 31-23 win at Soldier Field. Rodgers threw for 189 yards and three TDs without being sacked or intercepted, while Cutler threw for 225 with a TD and a pick. Da Bears managed to outrush Green Bay 189-133, with Matt Forte doing most of the heavy lifting, rushing for 141 yards and a TD. Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the season opener, as Green Bay was 6 of 10, while Da Bears were 11 of 17 in the contest. As far as fourth down tries? They did a pretty good job in that column; Green Bay 1 of 1, Chicago 2 of 3 and time was on the side of Chicago, who held the ball for 31:52, while the Packers kept it for 28:08.

That was round one between the two NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls the divison).

Round 2?

Lambeau Field… a somewhat chilly Thanksgiving night in upstate Wisconin (39 degrees at kickoff, wind chill of 29… so cold you eat gravy like ice cream)… it would have seemed as if both teams overdid it on the Thanksgiving Day eats but Chicago managed to get revenge from their 8-point loss in the Windy City in the season opener and squeaked by with a 17-13 win on the not-quite-Frozen Tundra. Chicago led 14-13 at the break, pulled away in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 12:15 left and then held off the Packers as they made a dash for a score that would have given them the win at home as four Rodgers pass attempts late in the game fell short of their intended marks.

Chicago would then get the ball back on downs and run out the clock for the win. Green Bay did manage to outrush Da Bears 177-101 and this time, it was the Packers’ Eddie Lacy that was the leading rusher with 105 yards and caught Rodgers’ only TD pass of the contest, a 25-yard strike to open the scoring in the contest. In the Turkey Day contest, Rodgers outpaced Cutler 202-200, with each man throwing a TD pass in the contest.

As good as they were on third down in the first meeting, such was not the case in the second meeting, as both clubs struggled in the Thursday night affair (Green Bay 3 of 11; Chicago 5 of 14) and the Packers were 0 of 2 on fourth down tries. As was the case in the first meeting, Da Bears ruled the clock, keeping the ball to themselves for 31:12, while the Packers kept the pigskin for 28:48.

Green Bay’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. While most of Chicago will be paying attention to what’s going on in Wrigleyville, it still could very well be entertaining to watch. Da Bears would love nothing more than to take a second win in Lambeau but Green Bay will have something to say about it. Packers may not cover the 8 1/2 but they win at home in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

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 Bears-Packers matchup from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, while host Amber Theoharis and analyst LaDainian Tomlinson join from outside Lambeau Field. Reporters Tracy Wolfson and Mike Garafolo 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 Lambeau 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 Bears-Packers.

Among the pregame topics are:

A visit with legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr to watch last Sunday’s Green Bay-Dallas game with him and his wife of 62 years, Cherry. The winning quarterback of Super Bowl I is 82 and struggles with health issues but is still energized by his favorite team. Starr sits down to revisit a lifetime of memories

Former Packers wide receiver James Jones joins to discuss quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Is there cause for concern with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense?

How do the Packers get the running game going without running back Eddie Lacy?

What is next for quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears?

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 Lambeau Field providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

Twitter will stream CBS’s broadcast of Bears-Packers, 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 and 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: John Parry

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Chicago), 81 (Green Bay). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Chicago), 225 (Green Bay)

Injury Report
Chicago
OUT: CB Deiondre’ Hall (Ankle), WR William Royal (Toe)
DOUBTFUL: QB Jay Cutler (Thumb), DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), RB Jeremy Langford (Ankle), G Josh Sitton (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Samuel Acho (Ribs), CB Bryce Callahan (Hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (Knee), RB Ka’Deem Carey (Hamstring), LB Leonard Floyd (Calf), LB Jerrell Freeman (Wrist), TE Zachary Miller (Ribs)

Green Bay
OUT: S Ayorunmi Banjo (Hamstring), TE Jared Cook (Ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (Ankle), CB Damarious Randall (Groin), CB Quinten Rollins (Groin), RB James Starks (Knee), WR Jared Abbrederis (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Davante Adams (Concussion)

Weather Outlook: Partly cloudy and 47 degrees.

Broadcast information, injury report and officials 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.

Arizona (1-3) at San Francisco (1-3), 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter. A pair of NFC West rivals, sitting in the division cellar, meet in wine country Thursday afternoon to open play in week five. Both teams enter the NFC West contest with losses under their belts.

Arizona led Los Angeles 13-10 at the end of 45 minutes of play before the Rams rallied to take the lead with a 4 yard TD pass from Case Keenum to WR Brian Quick with 2:36 left in regulation, giving the Rams a 17-13 win in Glendale. Arizona and Los Angeles were tied 10-10 at the half before the Desert Angry Birds took the lead on a 21 yard fieid goal by Chandler Catanzaro as the third quarter came to an end.

While Arizona ran for 118 yards, they held Los Angeles to 41 in the contest and Carson Palmer threw for 288 yards and a TD (he was sacked three times) before leaving the contest with a shoulder injury. Keenum threw for 266 yards and a pair of TDs, both to Quick, including the game-winner. Arizona, who turned the ball over five times, went 6 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 32:09, while the Rams were 6 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 27:51.

San Francisco was also tied at the half on Sunday, as they squared off against the Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara last Sunday. Dallas erased a 14-14 tie at the intermission and came away 24-17 winners at Levi’s Stadium. Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot (TD) ran for 138 of his team’s 194 yards, while San Francisco tallied 106, while 49ers QB Blaine Gabbard threw for 196 yards with a TD, sack and an interception. For Dallas, rookie QB Dak Prescott threw for 245 yards and a pair of TDs on the West Coast. San Francisco was 8 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions and kept the ball for 23:33, while Dallas ruled the clock, holding the ball for 36:27 and going 6 of 14 on third down tries.

San Francisco leads the 29-20 (which includes contests that were played at Keezar Stadium, Candlestick Park in San Francisco and old Busch Stadium in St. Louis) and the 49ers have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,138-983. But…. Arizona won the last two meetings, including sweeping last year’s series, taking wins in northern California and in the desert (San Francisco’s last win over Arizona came in 2014, when they were 20-17 winners at Candlestick Park).

Week three… Glendale. San Francisco was manhandled by Arizona 47-7. Colin Kaepernick scored the 49ers’ lone TD, a 12 yard run with 2:03 left before halftime. Arizona led 31-7 at the half and were never threatened by San Francisco after that. Arizona RB Chris Johnson (2 TDs) ran for 110 of his team’s 139 rushing yards in the contest, while San Francisco ran for 103. The Arizona defense managed to sack Kaepernick (67 yards passing) twice and picked him off four times in the lopsided contest, while Palmer threw for 311 yards, connecting with All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald on a pair of TD strikes. Arizona went 6 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions in the desert, keeping the ball for 36:32, while San Francisco kept the pigskin for 23:28, going 4 of 12 on third down.

Round two… Santa Clara in week 12. This time, things were closer for 49ers fans and that was the good news. The bad news? They came up short, losing to Arizona 19-13. Leading 6-3 after 15 minutes of action, the Desert Angry Birds needed to hold off a San Francisco rally that made the contest a bit too close for their liking when they tied things up at 13-13 with a 33 yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 1:28 left in the third quarter. Arizona would eventually take the lead back and for good when Palmer (271 yards) took it in himself from eight yards out with 2:28 left in regulation. This time, neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but Arizona did somehow manage to outrush San Francisco 70-67 and Blaine Gabbert, subbing for Kaepernick, threw for 318 yards in a losing cause. San Francisco, who turned the ball over twice in the loss, was 0 of 9 on third down tries (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:33, while Arizona was 7 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 37:27.

The oddsmakers like Arizona on the road as 4 point favorites and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Both numbers make sense and both teams are somewhat bad, so if you decide that watching “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away With Murder” this week is for you, we’re not going to hold it against you. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Desert Angry Birds and the favorite and we agree with them. Arizona covers the 4 and wins this one in Napa Valley.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Cardinals-49ers 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 Levi’s 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 Levi’s 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 Cardinals-49ers.

Among the pregame topics are:
•Feature on veteran Cardinals star defensive lineman Calais Campbell, providing a glimpse into his life and family. Campbell was raised in Denver with seven brothers and sisters, nearly all of whom have moved to the Phoenix area to be close together
•Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher take to the field to break down the gameplan for Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton
•Essay by NFL Network’s Steve Wyche on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s social impact
•How do the Cardinals get back on track?
•How do the 49ers replace linebacker NaVorro Bowman?

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 Levi’s Stadium providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

Twitter will stream CBS’s broadcast of Cardinals-49ers, 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.

Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field
reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Arizona), 81 (San Francisco). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Arizona), 225 (San Francisco).

Referee – Carl Cheffers.

Injury Report

Arizona
OUT: TE Darren Fells (Shoulder), QB Carson Palmer (Concussion), DT Edward Stinson (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Justin Bethel (Foot), DT Josh Mauro (Chest), DT Frostee Rucker (Knee)

San Francisco
OUT: LB Navorro Bowman (Achilles), DT DeForest Buckner (Foot), CB Jimmie Ward (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Glenn Dorsey (Knee), WR Jeremy Kerley (Ankle), TE Vance McDonald (Hip)

Weather Forecast: Sunny and 74 degrees.

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

 

Miami (1-2) at Cincinnati (1-2), 8:25 p.m. Thursday on NFL Network and Twitter. Week 4 begins on Thursday night with  Cincinnati hosting Miami at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals and Dolphins both enter Thursday’s matchup with 1-2 records.

The Dolphins-Bengals game will also be available on local stations in Miami (WFOR) and Cincinnati (WKRC).

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 Dolphins-Bengals 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 Paul Brown Stadium. Reporters Tracy Wolfson and Mike Garafolo join to provide the latest news leading up to kickoff.

At 7:30 p.m., NFL Thursday Night Kickoff airs from inside Paul Brown Stadium 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 Dolphins-Bengals.

Among the pregame topics are:
Sitdown interview with Miami Dolphins defensive Cameron Wake, who had a game-winning safety in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football in 2013
What is the impact of linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s return for the Bengals?
What to expect from star wide receivers A.J. Green and Jarvis Landry
Do the 1-2 Bengals get back on track?

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 Paul Brown Stadium 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.

The Dolphins, whose win in Week 3 marked the first career victory for rookie head coach Adam Gaze, seek to win their fourth consecutive game against Cincinnati after their 30-24 overtime win over the Browns. Miami trailed Cleveland 13-10 at the half in the Sunshine State at Hard Rock Stadium, then took the lead when WR Jarvis Landry and Ryan Tannehill connected on a 42-yard TD pass with 5:17 left in the third quarter. Cleveland would storm back and eventually even things back up when K Chris Parkey connected on a 38-yard field goal with 3:14 left in regulation. With the contest tied at the end of the regulation period, both teams got a chance to score in their first try.

Miami won the toss to start the extra quarter but could not score but Cleveland was held in check in the overtime. After a 6-play Browns drive stalled, Miami got the ball back and needed only three plays and 44 yards to end the contest when ‘Fins RB Jay Ajayi carried the ball in from 11 yards with 8:26 left in the overtime. Miami was outrushed by Cleveland 169-115 in the contest, while Tannehill threw for 319 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being picked off twice and sacked once (Cleveland’s Case Keenum threw for 244 yards in the contest). Third down conversions at Hard Rock Stadium were not exactly a thing of beauty between Cleveland and Miami; the Browns were 4 of 15, while Miami was 2 of 10 but Cleveland did rule the clock, keeping the ball for 37:22 to Miami’s 29:12.

The Bengals look to even their record to .500 after their 29-17 loss at home to the defending Super Bowl champs Denver. The Broncos managed to erase an early 7-0 lead after Bengals HB Jeremy Hill opened the contest’s scoring with a 3-yard run early in the first and never looked back afterward. Denver led 16-14 at the half and took control of things in the second half, outscoring the Bengals 13-3. Trevor Siemian threw for 312 yards and a pair of TDs in the game, including an 55 yard toss to WR Demaryius Thomas to seal the deal with 4:23 left to play. Although the Bengals did outrush Denver 143-52, Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton (206 yards) did not exactly have a good day under center, as he was sacked four times and threw a pick. Denver was 6 of 12 on third down tries at Paul Brown Stadium, keeping the ball for 27:54, while the Bengals held on to the pigskin for 32:06, going 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Dolphins hold a 15-5 lead in the series, have outscored Cincy 462-343 and have taken wins in the last three meetings, including a 22-20 overtime win in the Sunshine State in 2013 (the Bengals’ last win over Miami came in 2007, also in the Sunshine State by a final of 38-25). Cincinnati is favored by 7 and the over/under is 44 1/2. You might want to tape “Greys Anatomy” this week. This one might be worth watching. Bengals may not cover the 7 but they do reach the .500 mark with the win.

REFEREE: Walt Anderson.

Injury Report

Miami
OUT: TE Jordan Cameron (Concussion), RB Arian Foster (Hamstring), LB Nawa’akoa Misi (Neck), C James Pouncey (Hip)
DOUBTFUL: LB Jelani Jenkins (Groin), G Anthony Steen (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T Branden Albert (Ankle), T Jermon Bushrod (Not Injury Related), DE Jason Jones (Ankle), WR DeVante Parker  (Hamstring), LB Spencer Paysinger (Neck), LB Kristian Alonso (Hamstring), CB Xavien Howard (Quadricep), S Reshad Jones (Knee), WR Jarvis Landry (Shoulder), TE Dion Sims (Ankle) Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Cincinnati
DOUBTFUL: CB D’Andre Kirkpatrick (Hamstring), TE Tyler Eifert (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Derron Smith (Chest)

Broadcast Information: NFLN at 8:25 p.m.: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock.

Weather Forecast: Cloudy and 59 degrees.

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

Houston (2-0) at New England (2-0), 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter. Week 3 begins on Thursday night with a pair of unbeatens in Foxboro with the New England Patriots hosting the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots and Texans both enter Thursday’s matchup with 2-0 records and both teams took wins at home last week. The Patriots have won 27 of their past 29 games at home (including the postseason) and five of their past six regular-season contests against Houston. The Texans are aiming for their first 3-0 start since 2012. Houston head coach Bill O’Brien was an assistant under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with New England from 2007-11.

Tom Brady (suspension) has one more game to sit out before his return when the Pats host Cleveland. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) may not take the field Thursday night, so there is a chance that rookie signal caller Jacoby Brissett could make his first start Thursday evening.

Houston ended Kansas City’s 11-game win streak at NRG Stadium, coming away 19-12 winners over the Chiefs. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and QB Brock Osweiler connected for the game’s only TD, a 27-yard pass to open the scoring in the contest. It would be the field goal kickers after that, as Houston’s Nick Novak and Kansas City’s Cairo Santos each kicked four field goals in the contest. The Chiefs did manage to outrush Houston 119-97, Osweiler did out pass Alex Smith 268-186, while the Texans defense sacked Smith four times. Kansas City, who saw their regular season win streak come to an end deep in the heart of Texas, turned the ball over three times in the loss and went 3 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:01, while the Texans got a little measure of revenge for their playoff loss to Kansas City, going 4 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 33:59.

New England, 31-24 winners last Sunday, led 24-3 at the half before Garoppolo got hurt in the contest. That was all the momentum Miami needed in the contest, as they would rally to make things a lot closer than Pats fans wanted as the Fins would outscore New England in the second half 21-7. New England’s LeGarrette Blount led all rushers with 123 of the Patriots’ 161, outrushing Miami, who wound up with 70 and Garoppolo would throw for 234 yards and three TDs without an interception before the injury. Both teams were 50 percent on third down conversions in Foxboro (Miami was 5 of 10, New England 7 of 13 and the Pats were 0 of 1 on fouth down tries) and the Pats ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:46 to Miami’s 23:14.

New England leads the series 5-1, have outscored Houston 193-112 and have come away winners in the last three regular season meetings, including a 27-6 victory in the Lone Star State last year (Houston’s lone win in the series came in 2009 in Houston by a final of 34-27).

In the week 14 matchup at NRG Stadium, New England led 17-6 at the half and went on to shutout the Texans in the final 30 minutes of play (The Texans could only muster a pair of Nick Novak field goals in the first half). Houston found themselves outrushed 116-87 and Blaine Hoyer (155 yards) was sacked five times, while Brady threw for 226 yards and a pair of TDs, including one to Gronkowski. New England was 7 of 16 on third down tries in the Sunday night contest and kept the ball for 35:14, while the Texans on third and fourth downs went 3 of 14 and 0 of 2, holding the ball for 24:46.

The oddsmakers in Vegas are liking the Texans as a 1-point favorite in Foxboro. Something’s got to give here in the week three opener and at the end of the day, someone’s going to lose. Houston, you’ve got a problem. Pats remain unbeaten on Thursday night and cover the 1.

REFEREE – Walt Coleman

BROADCAST INFORMATION – 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Twitter: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.

Injury Report

Houston
OUT: T Duane Brown (Knee), LB Brian Cushing (Knee), WR Braxton Miller (Hamstring)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: CB Nelson Rowe (Ankle), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), TE Rob Gronkowski (Hamstring), LB Jonathan Freeny (Shoulder), DE Trey Flowers (Shoulder), G Jonathan Cooper (Foot)
DOUBTFUL: QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Shoulder)

Weather: Clear and 68 degrees.

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

They liked it so much, they decided to do it again.

Nike and the National Football League announced that Thursday Night Football is about to get faster, bolder and brighter with the return of NFL Color Rush. First tested in 2015, when eight NFL clubs took the field in Color Rush uniforms, this week the NFL and Nike unveiled Color Rush uniforms for all 32 NFL clubs. Comprising full-color head-to-toe look, each club’s Color Rush uniform takes inspiration from both its current and historic uniform colors and designs, combined with progressive innovation that will set the tone for the future of the game and light up Thursday Night Football.

Participating teams will take the field wearing special Color Rush uniforms (several wearing Nike’s Vapor Untouchable uniform) exclusively on Thursday Night Football in 2016, the fastest growing night of NFL football.

One hundred percent of the NFL’s proceeds from the sale of Color Rush jerseys will go directly to the NFL Foundation to fund health, safety and wellness programs for youth around the country. The NFL Foundation is the league’s nonprofit organization representing all 32 clubs and funds grants to support athletes, youth football and the communities which support our great game. The first $500,000 raised from this initiative will be earmarked to replace youth and high school football equipment and fields lost in last month’s devastating floods in Louisiana.

The Thursday Night Football Color Rush schedule for 2016 includes:

9/15 – New York Jets at Buffalo
9/22 – Houston at New England
9/29 –  Miami at Cincinnati
10/6 –  Arizona at San Francisco
10/13 –  Denver at San Diego
10/20 –  Chicago at Green Bay
10/27 –  Jacksonville at Tennessee
11/3 –  Atlanta at Tampa Bay
11/10 –  Cleveland at Baltimore
11/17 –  New Orleans at Carolina
12/1 –  Dallas at Minnesota
12/8 –  Oakland at Kansas City
12/15 –  Los Angeles at Seattle
12/22 –  New York Giants at Philadelphia
12/25 – Baltimore at Pittsburgh (special edition of Thursday Night Football)

Color Rush jerseys and other apparel are available at NFLShop.com, Nike.com, select Lids and Dick’s Sporting Goods locations and club retail outlets.

The 2014 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLIX on NBC was watched by an average of 114.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in television history.

Most-Watched TV Programs, Average Viewers

Game – Average Viewers
Super Bowl XLIX (Patriots-Seahawks), 2/1/15 – 114.4 million
Super Bowl XLVIII (Seahawks-Broncos), 2/2/14 – 112.2 million
Super Bowl XLVI (Giants-Patriots), 2/5/12 – 111.3 million
Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers), 2/6/11 – 111 million
Super Bowl XLVII (49ers-Ravens), 2/3/13 – 108.7 million
Sources: NFL and The Nielsen Company

Viewership peaked at 120.8 million viewers from 9:45 to 10 p.m. Eastern time during the fourth quarter.

The Patriots-Seahawks championship game was viewed by 161.3 million total viewers, marking the seventh consecutive Super Bowl to reach a total audience of more than 150 million viewers. Super Bowls account for the 24 most-viewed programs in history in terms of total audience.

Overall, traffic to NFL digital properties on Sunday set all-time records for a Super Bowl. Highlights include:

NFL digital properties saw more than 21 million visits on Sunday.

Nearly four million people watched live streaming video of Super Bowl XLIX on digital platforms between NBC Sports Live Extra (2.5 mm viewers) and NFL Mobile from Verizon (1.2 mm viewers).

The 1.2 million viewers on NFL Mobile from Verizon are up 224% from Super Bowl XLVIII.

Overall, NFL Mobile from Verizon visitors jumped to 3.3 million on Super Bowl Sunday and have tripled since 2012.

Facebook & Twitter

Once again, the National Football League hit a home run with social media and as Facebook has noted, Sunday’s game was the most-talked-about Super Bowl on Facebook ever.

More than 65 million people – up from 50 million in 2014 – joined in the conversation around Super Bowl XLIX with 265 million posts, comments and likes.

Twitter reported that more than 28.4 million global Tweets containing terms related to the game and halftime show were sent during the live telecast (from kickoff through 30 minutes after the clock expired). #SB49 was the most Tweeted @SuperBowl ever, surpassing last year’s game.

In other Super Bowl news…

With their victory in Super Bowl XLIX, the Patriots now have won their fourth Super Bowl championship to become the sixth NFL franchise to reach or exceed that number.

They are the first team in Super Bowl history to trail by 10-plus points during the second half and win the game. Teams trailing by 10 or more points entering the fourth quarter had been 0-29 in Super Bowl play.

The Patriots also faced a double-figure deficit (14 points at 21-35) before defeating the Ravens, 38-35, in the Divisional Playoffs. They are the first team to win a Super Bowl with a postseason where they overcame a pair of double-digit, second-half deficits.

The Patriots are the first team to trail by 10-plus points after three quarters in a postgame and win since the Colts beat the Chiefs on January 14, 2014. That was the only time it had happened since the start of the 2003 postseason. Teams were 1-62 when trailing by 10 or more entering the fourth quarter in that span before tonight.

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BILL BELICHICK

All four Patriots’ Super Bowl victories have comeunder coach Bill Belichick, who has now joined Chuck Noll of the Steelers as the only coaches to win four Super Bowls. Belichick also expands his career postseason record to 22 victories (two more than Tom Landry).

This was the sixth Super Bowl game for Belichick – and all six were decided by four or three points. Of the four wins, the four-point margin tonight was the largest. New England has scored 135 points in the Super Bowl under Belichick and allowed 129.

Belichick has joined Don Shula with a record six Super Bowl appearances as a head coach (five with the Dolphins, one with the Colts). Belichick also tied the mark of Dan Reaves for nine overall Super Bowl appearances as player or coach.

TOM BRADY

Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record with 37 completions, eclipsing the mark of 34 set last year by Peyton Manning (also against the Seahawks). His 50 pass attempts are tied for third most.

Tom Brady joins Joe Montana as the only three-time Super Bowl MVPs. Like Montana, he also had one of his receivers win MVP honors while winning a fourth Super Bowl. Brady joins Montana and Terry Bradshaw with a record four Super Bowl wins as a starting quarterback. Brady is the first player to play in six Super Bowls. It is the fifth time in the last six Super Bowls that the winning quarterback has been the MVP and the 27th time overall.

A total of 13 years have passed between Brady’s first Super Bowl victory (Super Bowl XXXVI) and tonight. That matches Ted Hendricks for the longest time elapsed between a first title and the most recent.

Brady became the sixth quarterback to throw four or more TD passes in a Super Bowl. He is the first to throw all of them to different receivers.

Brady now has 13 TD passes in Super Bowl play and with his third TD pass to Danny Amendola acquired the Super Bowl career record passing the 11 of Joe Montana. Brady entered the game as the career leader in passing yards and has extended his total to 1,605 with 328 yards passing tonight. His 164 career completions and 247 career pass attempts are also Super Bowl records.

MORE BILL BELICHICK

With New England’s victory Sunday, Bill Belichick (aged 62 years, 290 days) becomes the third-oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, supplanting Pete Carroll of the Seahawks who was 62-140 at the time of last year’s victory. Tom Coughlin (65-158) with the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI and Dick Vermeil (63-92) with the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV are the two oldest.

STREAKS

With Sunday’s thrilling game, six of the last seven Super Bowls have been decided by six points or less. The exception is Seattle’s 43-8 win over Denver last year.

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With New England’s victory Sunday, the team’s wearing white jerseys have won 10 of the last Super Bowl games. It is a run that began with the Patriots win over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX (the Packers in Super Bowl XLV are the exception).

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Wilson’s streak of defeating quarterbacks who have previously won Super Bowls ended at 10.

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The Patriots are only the fourth team to lose the turnover battle and win the Super Bowl. Teams with more turnovers are now 4-36 (equal in nine games).

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Teams scoring first are now 33-16 in the Super Bowl as the Patriots had the game’s first touchdown.

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New England’s victory cuts the NFC’s lead in Super Bowl play to 26-23. The AFC has won 11 of the last 18 Super Bowls with the Patriots owning four of those wins.

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This was the third Super Bowl to be tied at halftime (14-14). The last one also included the Patriots – a 7-7 deadlock with the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. The first was a 3-3 tie between San Francisco and Cincinnati in Super Bowl XXIII. None of the three games were ultimately decided by more than four points.

MORE TOM BRADY

In leading two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, Tom Brady was 13-for-15 for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

On the final 10-play drive, he was 8-for-8 for 65 yards (the 64-yard drive included a 10-yard penalty on the Patriots). It was the 46th game-winning drive of his career including nine in the postseason (four of which came in Super Bowl games).

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This was the 11th time Brady has passed for 300 yards in a postseason game. It was the second time in his six Super Bowl starts. He had 354 pass yards in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

His four touchdown passes are his second-highest total in a postseason game.

Brady now has a 21-8 record as a postseason starting quarterback. The 21 wins are an NFL record, five more than runner-up Joe Montana. His 29 postseason starts are also a record for an NFL QB.

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Brady’s two previous Super Bowl MVP awards came in Super Bowl XXXVI when the Patriots beat the Rams, 20-17 and in Super Bowl XXXVI when the Patriots beat the Panthers, 32-29. The other two involved game-winning field goals within the final four seconds. Today’s included a game-winning touchdown pass with 2:02 remaining.

The MVP of New England’s other victory under Brady was wide receiver Deion Branch, who caught 11 passes for 133 yards in the 24-21 win over Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX.

MORE PATRIOTS

The Patriots failed to score in the first quarter for the sixth consecutive Super Bowl of the Belichick/Brady Era.

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But New England has never trailed at halftime in any of those six Super Bowls – leading at the intermission in four and being tied after two.

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The Patriots are the youngest team ever to win a Super Bowl, with an average age of 25.2 years. The 2013 Seahawks (26.5 last year) were the youngest.

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At age 37, Tom Brady is the second-oldest MVP in Super Bowl history (John Elway was 38 when he ended his career as MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII).

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The Patriots finished the extended season 13-0 when scoring 23 or more points.

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Shane Vereen’s 11 receptions tied the New England postseason record (Deion Branch in Super Bowl XXXIX and Wes Welker in Super Bowl XLII).

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The Patriots previous Super Bowl in University of Phoenix Stadium was a 17-14 loss under a closed roof in Super Bowl XLII. In that game, David Tyree made a sensational 32-yard catch to set up 13-yard TD pass by Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress with :35 remaining. Tonight’s game was played under an open roof, making this the first stadium to host both an indoor and outdoor Super Bowl.

CHRIS MATTHEWS

In the contest against New England, Chris Matthews became the only player in NFL history to record his first 100-yard receiving game in a Super Bowl. He also is the only player whose first career catch was a Super Bowl touchdown