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NFL Week 3 Odds, TV Info, Predictions and Picks Against the Spread

John Morgan
September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET

Only ten teams remain undefeated after just two weeks, and two of those clubs are 1-0. The best game of the week includes a pair of those teams and two of the NFL’s highest paid quarterbacks. Atlanta is at Detroit in a matchup that actually looks better now than it did when the schedule was released last spring.

Atlanta (at Detroit) and Oakland (at Washington) are both three point road favorites, highlighting the slate of NFL Week 3 games. The Patriots are favored by two touchdowns in Foxboro against Houston in a rematch of last year’s playoff game. The Browns are surprise road favorites at Indianapolis as the Colts continue their post-deflategate descent into the abyss.

Four of the nine winless teams will attempt to avoid an 0-3 start while facing a 2-0 club. Starting the season in that manner will put any head coach and general manager on the hot seat. Teams such as the Giants and Bengals that are taking an unexpected drastic downturn are already feeling the heat. In other cases owners of bad teams don’t have enough patience for a team to develop, a situation exacerbated by sports talk radio and anonymous internet commentary. The inevitable result will be another HC or GM change, and the losing cycle simply continues.

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 9:30 am ET on Yahoo.com. Announcers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton.
Baltimore Ravens ‘at’ Jacksonville Jaguars in London
No television broadcast except in each team’s home market.
Ravens favored by 3½; point total 39½

Sunday kicks off with the first of three 2017 breakfast football games. The Ravens and Jaguars play at Wembley Stadium, one of five international contests to take place this season. The Baltimore defense already has ten turnovers, eight interceptions and eight sacks. In case any defensive coordinator could not figure it out, last week Tennessee gave the league a blueprint on how to game plan against the Jags. It’s simple: put eight in the box to neutralize Leonard Fournette and dare Jacksonville to pass. Since 2014 Blake Bortles has an NFL high 66 turnovers and 53 picks.

Ravens 24, Jaguars 13
Baltimore -3½ (three units)

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Beth Mowins, Jay Feely
Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts
Broadcast in Ohio and Indiana.
Browns favored by 1½; point total 42½

For the Browns to be favored against anybody other than the Jets is a surprise. For that to happen on the road is newsworthy. The Colts had gotten away with dominating a weak division from 2003 on, after Eddie George retired and Steve McNair’s body gave out for Tennessee. Indy may very well win this game, but the cosmic retribution for attempting to frame the Patriots will continue for years.

Colts 23, Browns 20
Colts +1½

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Pittsburgh Steelers at Chicago Bears
Broadcast throughout most of the Mid-Atlantic states and Great Lakes region.
Steelers favored by 7; point total 44

Pittsburgh is notorious for playing down to (or below) their competition when away from Heinz Field. That shouldn’t be of any concern Sunday. Mike Glennon has thus far proven that he did not deserve his free agency contract and should forever return to backup status. The Steelers have attempted to upgrade their secondary the last two off seasons. This is just another tuneup for them until they face some real competition.

Steelers 24, Bears 16
Steelers -7

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Tom McCarthy, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Broadcast in eastern New York and Florida (except Jacksonville and Tallahassee).
Dolphins favored by 6; point total 43

Among other deficiencies, the Jets have been been terrible against the run. Team Green is giving up 185 rushing yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry. Miami’s Jay Ajayi is leading the NFL with 122 rushing yards per game and is averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Even Jay Cutler can’t screw this game up.

Dolphins 27, Jets 17
Dolphins -6 (two units)

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills
Broadcast in New York (except NYC and Albany), and most of the western US.
Broncos favored by 3; point total 39

Who are the Broncos? The team gifted with a slim home victory against an average team in week one? Or the the one that looked like a well balanced machine, dominating against what we thought was a formidable opponent last week? The Buffalo offense is far too one-dimensional and reliant on LeSean McCoy for him to be effective.

Broncos 24, Bills 13
Broncos -3 (three units)

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Broadcast in New England, Tennessee (except Memphis), Greenville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Los Angeles, Hawaii, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.
Patriots favored by 14; point total 44

A repeat of last season’s playoff game would not be a surprise. The Houston defense is still as formidable as it was last year when they led the NFL in total yards allowed. The Texans have not given up a touchdown pass this season and are limiting opponents to a 26% conversion rate on third down. Most remarkably they have not permitted an opponent to pass for 300 yards in 31 consecutive games.

The Patriots will be without tackle Marcus Cannon, which makes an already tough job more difficult for the offense. The problem for Houston is that their offense is a work in progress. Rookie QB DeShaun Watson is still learning the game and has no playmakers to work with. The Patriot offense will eventually get it in gear and Houston doesn’t have the horses to keep up.

Patriots 27, Texans 16
Texans +14

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on Fox; Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Broadcast in North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Panthers favored by 3½; point total 46½

Carolina has allowed a mere six points in two games but now faces their first legitimate offense. The problem for New Orleans is that their defense is one of the worst in the NFL for the fourth straight season, and seems to be getting worse rather than better.

Panthers 27, Saints 20
Panthers -3½

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on Fox; Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
Broadcast in Florida (except Miami and West Palm Beach), parts of Illinois, Wisconsin (except Green Bay and Milwaukee), Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana, and North and South Dakota.
Bucs favored by 2½; point total 39

Minnesota is another of many teams that looked great one game (week one) and awful (week two) this season. The Bucs have only played one game and since it was against Chicago we have to take it with a grain of salt. Despite that caveat Tampa looks strong on both sides of the ball and should be considered a serious playoff contender.

Bucs 24, Vikings 17
Bucs -2½ (one unit0)

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on Fox; Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston
Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
Broadcast in Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, most of Illinois, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Topeka.
Falcons favored by 3; point total 50½

The much anticipated Super Bowl hangover has not materialized for Atlanta. 2-0 Detroit has looked good in both of their games as well. RB Ameer Abdullah appears to be fully recovered from a 2016 Lisfranc injury, which has helped to diversify the Lion offense. A dome road game aids Atlanta’s chances, but the Falcons will be without leading pass rusher Vic Beasley (hamstring).

Lions 27, Falcons 24
Lions +3

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 ET on Fox; Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Broadcast in most of the northeast (except Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh), Cincinnati, eastern Kentucky, West Palm Beach, Texas (except Houston), Oklahoma, Kansas (except Topeka), Utah, Arizona, Las Vegas and southern California.
Eagles favored by 6; point total 42½

Fox is sending their number one announcing crew to this game, and beaming it in to nearly every neutral television market. Considering how the Giants have played so far that may be a mistake, despite all the scattered New York transplants. Despite some injuries the Eagle defense should dominate New York’s porous offensive line. The vaunted Giant defense hasn’t done anything special yet, though that could change against an inconsistent Philly offense. Perhaps the G-men get it together with their backs up against the wall, but the Eagles are the superior team.

Eagles 24, Giants 14
Eagles -6

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 4:00 pm ET on Fox; Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans
Broadcast in Alaska, northern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Ohio (except Cincinnati), Tennessee, Wyoming, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Pittsburgh and Reno.
Titans favored by 2½; point total 41

Seattle is one of many teams that looks awful early this season due to the deficiencies with their offensive line. Facing an aggressive Dick LeBeau defense without the benefit of their 12th man won’t help. Seattle’s potent defense will once again have to carry the day for the Seahawks to eek out a road victory.

Seahawks 17, Titans 16
Seahawks +2½, under 41 (one unit)

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 4:30 pm ET on CBS; Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers
Broadcast in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Reno.
Chiefs favored by 3; point total 47½

In recent seasons the Chargers seemed to lose every close game they played in, losing games they should have won. The proper response of a change in head coach was supposed to curtail that epidemic. So far this year we just have more of the same. If you enjoy watching good running backs then this game is a must-see, featuring Kareem Hunt and Melvin Gordon. KC has the better defense and better head coach.

Chiefs 27, Chargers 23
Chiefs -3

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 4:30 pm ET on CBS; Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers
Broadcast in all markets except Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Nashville and Reno.
Packers favored by 8; point total 46½

This looked like it should be a quality, highly competitive game when the schedule was announced back in April. Both offensive lines are sieves, the Bengals don’t know what it is like to score a touchdown, and Green Bay’s defense is a work in progress. Despite injuries and their o-line, Green Bay should win this game easily.

Packers 24, Bengals 13
Packers -8, under 46½ (two units)

 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins
Broadcast in all Markets.
Raiders favored by 3; point total 55

The Washington offense is still forming an identity after free agent departures of wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Marshawn Lynch has added another dimension to an already potent Oakland offense. The Raider defense (4.8 yards per carry) hasn’t noticeably improved so the Redskins should be able to keep this game tight.

Raiders 31, Redskins 24
Raiders -3

 

Monday, Sept 25 at 8:30 pm ET on espn; Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden
Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
Broadcast in all markets.
Cowboys favored by 3; point total 47

Here we are with yet another schizophrenic team, the Cowboys. Expect Dallas to rebound after last week’s embarrassment. The Arizona offense is lost with no compass without RB David Johnson. The Cardinal defense used to dominate but that is no longer the case. Expect the Cowboy offensive line to control the game while the Arizona offense sputters.

Cowboys 27, Cardinals 17
Cowboys -3 (two units)

 

NFL Week 16 Odds, TV Coverage and Broadcast Distribution

John Morgan
December 21, 2016 at 8:45 pm ET

With the NFL now playing games on Saturday, Week 16 features five nationally televised games. The week kicks off Thursday night with another NFC East prime time game, this time between the Giants and Eagles. Then with Christmas on Sunday the standard slate of games is moved back a day to take place on Saturday. On Saturday night Cincinnati is at Houston on the NFL Network. Then on Sunday there are two unopposed matchups. Late afternoon it’s Baltimore at Pittsburgh, also on NFLN. Then NBC has their normal marquee Sunday night game, with Denver at Kansas City. The week wraps up with Detroit at Dallas on Monday Night Football.

For out of town Patriot fans their is some good news. The Patriots-Jets game receives some fairly extensive broadcast distribution. That game will be available from most of the eastern seaboard, across the gulf states to Texas. It will also be shown in most of the northwest, from South Dakota to Washington as well as in Alaska.

The bad news is that Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will again be calling the game. If you have surround sound set up as part of your entertainment system just mute (or unplug) the front center speaker. Voila! No more insane commentary from the Bird and the Beard.

The Patriots are listed as 16½ point favorites, which is the largest spread of the week. If you want to win $100 taking the Pats straight up without any points then you would have to risk $2500 to do so.

CBS has the single game this week and most of the western states will receive Indianapolis at Oakland in the late time slot. On Fox Minnesota at Green Bay will be televised almost everywhere in the early time frame. After that the eastern United States gets Tampa Bay at New Orleans, while most of the west receives Arizona at Seattle. Unfortunately fans in California are stuck with the 49ers at Rams dumpster fire.

 

NFL Week 16 Schedule and Odds

10-4 New York Giants at 5-9 Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday Dec 22 at 8:25 pm ET on NBC, NFLN and Twitter; Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox.
Giants -2½ . . . . over/under 41½ . . . . NYG -150, PHI +130
Broadcast in all US television markets.

7-6-1 Washington Redskins at 3-11 Chicago Bears
Saturday Dec 24 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink.
Redskins -3 . . . . over/under 46½ . . . . WAS -175, CHI +155
Broadcast in DC, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Harrisburg PA, Virginia and West Virginia.

9-5 Miami Dolphins at 7-7 Buffalo Bills
Saturday Dec 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl.
Bills -3½ . . . . over/under 41½ . . . . BUF -185, MIA +165
Broadcast in Ft Smith AR, Florida (except Jacksonville), Albany GA, western New York, Erie PA and Spokane WA.

9-5 Atlanta Falcons at 6-8 Carolina Panthers
Saturday Dec 24 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager.
Falcons -2½ . . . . over/under 52 . . . . ATL -140, CAR +120
Broadcast in Alabama, parts of Florida (Ocala, Panama City, Tallahassee, Tampa), Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

7-7 Minnesota Vikings at 8-6 Green Bay Packers
Saturday Dec 24 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews.
Packers -6½ . . . . over/under 43 . . . . GNB -320, MIN +260
Broadcast in all markets with the exceptions of Boston, Buffalo, Cleveland, Harrisburg PA, Washington DC, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Also broadcast in parts of southern Florida (Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers).

4-10 New York Jets at 12-2 New England Patriots
Saturday Dec 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn.
Patriots -16½ . . . . over/under 43½ . . . . NWE -2500, NYJ +1100
Broadcast in New England, Alabama (except Mobile), Alaska, Arkansas (except Ft Smith), some of Georgia (Augusta, Columbus, Savannah), Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Cape Girardeau MO, Mississippi (except Tupelo), Montana, eastern New York, North Carolina (except Charlotte), Cincinnati OH, Oklahoma, Oregon (except Eugene), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas (except Beaumont, Houston and Tyler), western Virginia and West Virginia.

8-6 Tennessee Titans at 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars
Saturday Dec 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker.
Titans -5 . . . . over/under 43½ . . . . TEN -220, JAC +190
Broadcast in Mobile AL, Gainesville FL, Jacksonville FL, Hawaii, Bowling Green KY, Tupelo MS, Tennessee and southeastern Texas (Beaumont, Houston, Tyler).

5-9 San Diego Chargers at 0-14 Cleveland Browns
Saturday Dec 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots.
Chargers -6 . . . . over/under 44 . . . . SDG -260, CLE +220
Broadcast in Yuma AZ, southern California and Ohio (except Cincinnati).

 

7-7 Indianapolis Colts at 11-3 Oakland Raiders
Saturday Dec 24 at 4:05 pm ET on CBS; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson.
Raiders -3½ . . . . over/under 53 . . . . OAK -180, IND +160
Broadcast in DC, northern California, Colorado, northern Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (except Bowling Green), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri (except Cape Girardeau), Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, southern Oregon, Utah, eastern Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

8-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 6-8 New Orleans Saints
Saturday Dec 24 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin.
Saints -3 . . . . over/under 52½ . . . . NOR -150, TAM +130
Broadcast in all markets east of the Mississippi River. Also broadcast in Iowa, Topeka KS, Louisiana, Minnesota, northern Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

1-13 San Francisco 49ers at 4-10 Los Angeles Rams
Saturday Dec 24 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale.
Rams -3½ . . . . over/under 40 . . . . LAR -180, SFO +160
Broadcast in California (except San Diego) and Reno NV.

5-8-1 Arizona Cardinals at 9-4-1 Seattle Seahawks
Saturday Dec 24 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Seahawks -8½ . . . . over/under 43 . . . . SEA -360, ARI +300
Broadcast in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Wichita KS, southern Missouri, Montana, Las Vegas NV, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

5-8-1 Cincinnati Bengals at 8-6 Houston Texans
Saturday Dec 24 at 8:25 pm ET on NFLN; Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Stacey Dales.
Texans -1 . . . . over/under 41 . . . . HOU -120, CIN +100
Broadcast in all television markets.

8-6 Baltimore Ravens at 9-5 Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Dec 25 at 4:30 pm ET on NFLN; Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, Heather Cox.
Steelers -5 . . . . over/under 44½ . . . . PIT -230, BAL +190
Broadcast in all television markets.

8-6 Denver Broncos at 10-4 Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday Dec 25 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsowrth, Michele Tafoya.
Chiefs -3½ . . . . over/under 37½ . . . . KAN -175, DEN +155
Broadcast in all television markets.

9-5 Detroit Lions at 12-2 Dallas Cowboys
Monday Dec 26 at 8:30 pm ET on BSPN; Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters.
Cowboys -7 . . . . over/under 44½ . . . . DAL -340, DET +280
Broadcast in all television markets.

 

NFL Week 8 TV & Odds: Patriots at Bills gets primary early distribution on CBS

John Morgan
October 24, 2016 at 11:15 pm ET

The 6-1 New England Patriots and 4-3 Buffalo Bills renew their rivalry in Week 8. The AFC East clubs meet for the 114th time since the American Football League’s inception in 1960. The Patriots lead the series 69-43-1 and would love to avenge their sole loss on the 2016 season. The game kicks off at 1:00 pm eastern time at Ralph Wilson Stadium New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York.

On Monday the Patriots were listed as 6½ point road favorites.

CBS will broadcast the Pats’ game. I am hoping that CBS will send their top broadcasting crew of Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson to announce the contest, though that has not been officially announced. The reason I say ‘hope’ is because if they are given Sunday off since CBS only has the single game then that means it will once again be Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.

The game is scheduled to air throughout almost all of the east coast, as well most of the southeast. As of Monday WBZ’s transmission problems have been fixed, so hopefully for Patriot fans that will not be an issue this weekend.

FOX owns the doubleheader tripleheader next weekend and two games dominate their distribution plans. Seattle at New Orleans will be broadcast by most all of the FOX affiliates in the early time slot. Green Bay at Atlanta is the only late game on FOX, and will be available everywhere except for Denver.

Originally the Packers-Falcons was to be an early game but ten days ago the league moved it to the late time slot. Part of that was due to the Falcons’ hot start, but the biggest reason was the underwhelming performances of two other teams. Arizona and Carolina were expected to be two of the best teams in the NFC, but right now they are a combined 4-8-1. As a result the Cardinals-Panthers game was demoted from the late time slot to an earlier kickoff.

The third and final London game of the 2016 season happens Sunday morning, with Washington taking on Cincinnati.

The prime time games are Jacksonville at Tennessee on Thursday, Philadelphia at Dallas on Sunday and Minnesota at Chicago on Monday. For Dallas this marks the seventh time in seven games that the Cowboys will receive nationwide or near-nationwide broadcast distribution this season.

The Dolphins, Ravens, Steelers, Rams, Giants, and Forty Niners are all off with a bye in Week 8. The Patriots will receive their bye next week, followed by games against Seattle and San Francisco.

As always, these broadcast listings are preliminary. Between now and Sunday there will be changes for some network affiliates.

 

NFL Week 8 Television Coverage and Odds

 

2-4 Jacksonville Jaguars at 3-4 Tennessee Titans
Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 pm ET on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
Titans -3½ . . . . over/under 44½
Broadcast in all markets.

 

★★★ 4-3 Washington Redskins ‘at’ 3-4 Cincinnati Bengals in London
Sunday, October 30 at 9:30 am ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
Bengals -3 . . . . over/under 46½
Broadcast in all markets.

 

★★★ 4-3 Detroit Lions at 4-3 Houston Texans
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
Texans -3 . . . . over/under 45½
Broadcast in Illinois, Indiana (except Indianapolis), Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Jacksonville FL, Toledo OH and Nashville TN.

 

★★★★ 4-1-1 Seattle Seahawks at 2-4 New Orleans Saints
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis and Chris Spielman
Seahawks -3 . . . . over/under 48
Broadcast in all markets with the following exceptions. Markets listed above for the Detroit-Houston game. Markets listed below for the Arizona-Carolina game. Buffalo, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Tampa will also not receive this game due to NFL/FCC rules.

 

★★★ 3-3-1 Arizona Cardinals at 1-5 Carolina Panthers
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Panthers -2½ . . . . over/under 48
Broadcast in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee and western Virginia.

 

★★★★★ 6-1 New England Patriots at 4-3 Buffalo Bills
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
Patriots -6½ . . . . over/under 47½
Broadcast in New England, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, DC, Florida (except Tampa, Orlando and Fort Myers), Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana (except Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York (except NYC), North Carolina (except Charlotte), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin (except Green Bay), Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH and Las Vegas NV.

 

2-5 New York Jets at 0-7 Cleveland Browns
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker
Jets -4½ . . . . over/under n/a
Broadcast in Ohio and New York City. (The Albany station which nearly always airs Jet games thought this was such a dumpster fire they went with the Pats-Bills instead.)

 

★★ 5-2 Oakland Raiders at 3-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Buccaneers -1 . . . . over/under 49½
Broadcast in northern California, central Florida (Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers), southern Oregon and Reno NV.

 

★★★ 4-2 Kansas City Chiefs at 3-4 Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
Chiefs -2½ . . . . over/under 50
Broadcast in Illinois (except Chicago), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee (except Memphis) and Fargo ND.

 

★★★★ 3-4 San Diego Chargers at 5-2 Denver Broncos
Sunday, October 30 at 4:05 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Greg Gumbel/Trent Green
Broncos -6 . . . . over/under 44½
Broadcast in Arizona, southern California, Colorado, Idaho, southern Louisiana (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Charlotte NC, Bismark ND, Portland OR, Houston TX and Green Bay WI.

 

★★★★★ 4-2 Green Bay Packers at 4-3 Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, October 30 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Falcons -3 . . . . over/under 52½
Broadcast in all markets except for Denver.

 

★★★★ 4-2 Philadelphia Eagles at 5-1 Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, October 30 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Cowboys -4½ . . . . over/under 43½
Broadcast in all markets.

 

★★ 5-1 Minnesota Vikings at 1-6 Chicago Bears
Monday, October 31 at 8:30 pm ET on BSPN; Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Vikings -6 . . . . over/under 40½
Broadcast in all markets.

 

 

Early Week Eight Prediction:

2-4 Jacksonville Jaguars at 3-4 Tennessee Titans (-3) [NFLN]
Thursday, October 27 on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
Titans -3 . . . . over/under 43½ . . . . TEN -150, JAC +130
Broadcast in all markets.

This week we once again have a real clunker on Thursday night. Preseason predictions of Jacksonville progressing to become a playoff team look absurd right now. Tennessee has improved, but that is not saying anything. Last year the Titans were the worst team in the NFL. Jacksonville’s offensive line cannot open up any holes in the running game. Blake Bortles has thrown as many picks as touchdowns (nine) and has an abysmal 76.4 passer rating. To make matters worse the Jaguars have lost NT Roy Miller for the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles heel.

Prediction: Titans 23, Jaguars 13
Titans -3 (two units) . . . . under 43½ (one unit) . . . . Tennessee -150

 

NFL Week 6 Predictions and Picks Against the Spread

John Morgan
October 16, 2016 at 8:15 am ET

After an impressive 33-13 victory at Cleveland, the Patriots return to Foxboro to face the Cincinnati Bengals. Gillette Stadium will be rocking for the 2016 home debut of Tom Brady after his four game Article 46 exile. With clear skies and only a slight breeze perhaps the wine and cheese crowd might even remain in their red seats and brave the 67° forecasted temperature to view TB12 live, rather than retreating to the Putnam Club lounge.

The game kicks off at 1:00 pm eastern time with fairly extensive nationwide coverage by CBS. Ian Eagle will handle the play-by-play duties, with Dan Fouts adding in the commentary. Why these two are considered by CBS to be the number two broadcast team while the Greg Gumbel-Trent Green duo is third is baffling.

In the late time slot there are two interesting NFC contests. Green Bay hosts a much improved Dallas team seeking its fifth straight win. The Packers need a win to stay close to undefeated Minnesota in the NFC North. At the same time the Falcons take their Space Invaders Offense to the CLink against Seattle. Atlanta owns the best offense in the NFL while the Seahawks rank third, averaging just 13.5 points allowed per game. To see what is being broadcast where you live, check out Pats fan JP Kirby’s NFL Maps.

 

New England Patriots Game of the Week

 

★★★★★ 2-3 Cincinnati Bengals at 4-1 New England Patriots
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
Patriots -7½ . . . . over/under 47½ . . . . NWE -360, CIN +300

Any defense with Geno Atkins, Vontaze Burfict, Domato Peko, Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson – complimented with AJ Green at wide receiver – cannot be taken lightly. More disconcerting to me is that teams tend to rebound after a poor performance, and Cincy looked awful last week. Even though the Bengals are a desperate team on the ropes, the Patriots should win this game easily. Considering the stinker against Buffalo is still fresh in their memory, there is no reason for the Patriots to be looking ahead to next week’s game at Pittsburgh.

Once again an Ohio team is in the wrong place at the wrong time. The scorched earth tour continues.

Prediction: Patriots 31, Bengals 17
Patriots -7½ (one unit) . . . . . over 47½ . . . . . New England -360

Final Score: Patriots 35, Bengals 17 ✓
Patriots -7½ . . . . over 47½ ✓ . . . . Patriots -360 ✓

 

NFL Week 6 Predictions and Picks Against the Spread

 

★★ 3-2 Baltimore Ravens at 2-3 New York Giants
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
Giants -3½ . . . . over/under 44½ . . . . NYG -175, BAL +155

I am not buying the ‘Ravens could be 5-0’ line after losing two close games. Baltimore’s three wins were against bad teams, while the Giants had to go on the road to play Minnesota and Green Bay. The Giants should dominate the Baltimore offensive line, but New York’s 29th ranked minus-7 turnover differential is disconcerting.

Prediction: Giants 23, Ravens 21
Ravens +3½ . . . . . under 44½ . . . . . Baltimore +155

Final Score: Giants 27, Ravens 23 ✓
Ravens +3½ x . . . . under 44½ x . . . . Ravens +155 x

 

★★★★ 1-3 Carolina Panthers at 1-3 New Orleans Saints
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Panthers -3 . . . . over/under 53½ . . . . CAR -150, NOR +130

This is a big game for the two NFC South rivals. Neither team has lived up to preseason expectations and one of these two clubs will drop to 1-4. While the Super Bowl hangover is a real thing for teams that have less time to rest and rehabilitate their bodies after playing until February, it seems unfathomable that the Panthers are on the precipice of tumbling from 15-1 to 1-5. The New Orleans running game has improved, taking some pressure off of Drew Brees to do it all. Even so I will take Cam Newton’s return to give Carolina enough of a lift to overcome a raucous partisan N’awlins dome crowd.

Prediction: Panthers 31, Saints 27
Panthers -3 . . . . . over 53½ . . . . . Carolina -150

Final Score: Saints 41, Panthers 38 x
Panthers -3 x . . . . over 53½ ✓ . . . . Panthers -150 x

 

★★★ 4-1 Pittsburgh Steelers at 1-4 Miami Dolphins
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
Steelers -7 . . . . over/under 49 . . . . PIT -330, MIA +270

Miami’s off-season game plan was to shore up their defensive front line, but that investment has yet to show any dividends. The Dolphins are giving up an incredible league-worst 151 rushing yards per game. The offensive line is equally chaotic, with three o-linemen just released even though there were no apparent improvements available. Normally I would consider this to be a trap game for Pittsburgh with the Patriots on the schedule next week. That is not going to be the case after the 34-3 loss to the Eagles in their most recent road game.

Prediction: Steelers 31, Dolphins 13
Steelers -7 (two units) . . . . . under 49 . . . . . Pittsburgh -330

Final Score: Dolphins 30, Steelers 15 x
Steelers -7 xx . . . . under 49 ✓ . . . . Steelers -330 x

 

★★ 1-3 Jacksonville Jaguars at 1-4 Chicago Bears
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Andrew Catalon and Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein
Bears -1½ . . . . over/under 45½ . . . . CHI -125, JAC +105

Make no mistake, the Bears are not good. That being said, the Chicago offense is improving. Jordan Howard is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and has compiled 295 yards from scrimmage in the last two games since assuming his role as the starting running back. On the other hand the Bear defense may be just what the doctor ordered for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars for back-to-back victories.

Prediction: Jaguars 27, Bears 24
Jaguars +1½ . . . . over 45½ . . . . Jacksonville +105

Final Score: Jaguars 17, Bears 16 ✓
Jaguars +1½ ✓ . . . . over 45½ x . . . . Jaguars +105 ✓

 

★★ 1-4 San Francisco 49ers at 3-2 Buffalo Bills
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman and Kristina Pink
Bills -8½ . . . . over/under 44½ . . . . BUF -360, SFO +300

Blaine Gabbert has been awful at quarterback, and Colin Kaepernick is a better fit in Chip Kelly’s offense. Buffalo’s defense is improved over last year, particularly on third down and in the red zone. San Francisco’s defense is in shambles, allowing an average of 35 points over the last four games. If the Niners were incapable of slowing down David Johnson at home, how can they be expected to slow down LeSean McCoy on the road?

Prediction: Bills 34, Niners 17
Bills -8½ (one unit) . . . . over 44½ . . . . Buffalo -360

Final Score: Bills 45, Niners 16 ✓
Bills -8½ . . . . over 44½ ✓ . . . . Bills -360 ✓

 

★★★ 3-2 Los Angeles Rams at 2-3 Detroit Lions
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis and Peter Schrager
Lions -2½ . . . . over/under 44½ . . . . DET -160, LAR +140

Detroit is not the same defense without DE Ziggy Ansah, but the LA offensive line has been ineffective. The Rams depend on RB Todd Gurley, but opponents are selling out to stop the run, resulting in Gurley repeatedly being hit in the backfield prior to having a chance to go anywhere. Jeff Fisher’s annual quest for 7-9 continues as planned.

Prediction: Lions 20, Rams 16
Lions -2½ . . . . under 44½ . . . . Detroit -160

Final Score: Lions 31, Rams 28 ✓
Lions -2½ ✓ . . . . under 44½ x . . . . Lions -160 ✓

 

0-5 Cleveland Browns at 2-3 Tennessee Titans
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Tom McCarthy and Adam Archuleta
Titans -7½ . . . . over/under 43½ . . . . TEN -330, CLE +270

Tennessee won last week’s game at Miami by playing keep away. The Titans rushed for 235 yards and ran 29 more plays (70-41) than the Dolphins, en route more than a 13 minute advantage in time of possession. If the Browns let anything close to that happen then they have no chance. Cleveland does have a much better running game than Miami does, and the Tennessee offense is not built to come from behind to win. Do the Titans know how to handle success? If not, this could be Cleveland’s best chance for a win this season.

Prediction: Titans 23, Browns 17
Browns +7½ (one unit) . . . . under 43½ . . . . Cleveland +270

Final Score: Titans 28, Browns 26 ✓
Browns +7½ . . . . under 43½ x . . . . Browns +270 x

 

★★★★ 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles at 3-2 Washington Redskins
Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
Eagles -3½ . . . . over/under 44½ . . . . PHI -150, WAS +130

The reason that Philadelphia has looked so much better than last year is their defense. The Eagles rank second in scoring (12.8 points per game), second in yardage (267 per game) and are eighth at 5.0 yards per play. The Washington defense will surely target RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The rookie will be making his first start thanks to the ten-game suspension of Lane Johnson. I’ll take a hot Washington team at home over a Philly club on the road that is cooling off.

Prediction: Redskins 24, Eagles 20
Redskins +3½ (one unit) . . . . over 44½ . . . . Washington +130

Final Score: Redskins 27, Eagles 20 ✓
Redskins +3½ . . . . over 44½ ✓ . . . . Redskins +130 ✓

 

Late NFL Week 6 Games

 

★★★★ 2-2 Kansas City Chiefs at 4-1 Oakland Raiders
Sunday, October 16 at 4:05 pm ET on CBS; Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
Chiefs -2½ . . . . over/under 46 . . . . KAN -130, OAK +110

This game started out with Oakland favored by one, but has swung 3½ points the other way. Jamaal Charles is reportedly ready for a full workload, which is bad news for an Oakland defense that has allowed 28 or more points in four out of five games. Raider RB Latavius Murray is out with a toe injury, which means that this game will likely come down to the KC pass defense versus Derek Carr throwing to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

Prediction: Raiders 31, Chiefs 28
Raiders +2½ . . . . over 46 (two units) . . . . Oakland +110

Final Score: Chiefs 26, Raiders 10 x
Raiders +2½ x . . . . over 46 xx . . . . Raiders +110 x

 

★★★★★ 4-1 Atlanta Falcons at 3-1 Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, October 16 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
Seahawks -6½ . . . . over/under 45½ . . . . SEA -260, ATL +220

Matt Ryan has been spectacular in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, spreading the ball around and keeping opposing defenses on their heels. Seattle’s defense – and their loud home field advantage – is suited to take advantage of a very average Atlanta offensive line though. The Falcons were able to take advantage of mismatches against Denver with their linebackers unable to keep up with running backs Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Seattle is solid at the second level with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, but that is still a matchup that favors the Falcons. This should be an exciting game and it is unfortunate that so many will not see it. As well as Atlanta has been playing, it is extremely rare for a team to win back-to-back road games against quality opponents.

Prediction: Seahawks 27, Falcons 24
Falcons +6½ (one unit) . . . . over 45½ (one unit) . . . . Seattle -260

Final Score: Seahawks 26, Falcons 24 ✓
Falcons +6½ . . . . over 45½ . . . . Seahawks -260 ✓

 

★★★★ 4-1 Dallas Cowboys at 3-1 Green Bay Packers
Sunday, October 16 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Packers -4½ . . . . over/under 47½ . . . . GNB -220, DAL +180

Jerry Jones quietly ceded some decision making to his son Stephen a few years ago, and it has paid off. Rather than fixate on name stars, Dallas invested early draft picks on their offensive line – and it has paid off. This game will be determined in the trenches even if this isn’t the Ice Bowl. The Cowboys are averaging an NFL-best 155 yards per game rushing, while Green Bay is allowing a league-best 43 yards rushing per game and a minuscule 2.0 yards per carry. Rookie Ezekiel Elliott has lived up to the hype for Dallas. The former Buckeye leads the league in rushing (109 yards per game) and first downs (31), and already has five rushes for 20+ yards and twelve carries for 10+ yards.

Prediction: Packers 20, Cowboys 17
Cowboys +4½ (one unit) . . . . under 47½ . . . . Green Bay -220

Final Score: Cowboys 30, Packers 16 x
Cowboys +4½ . . . . under 47½ ✓ . . . . Packers -220 x

 

★★★ 2-3 Indianapolis Colts at 3-2 Houston Texans
Sunday, October 16 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Texans -3 . . . . over/under 48 . . . . HOU -150, IND +130

On one hand I want Indianapolis to win enough games to just barely miss the playoffs, and at the same time miss out on having an early draft pick. On the other hand it won’t really matter because Ryan Grigson has proven that he cannot build a decent roster. In case you wonder why Grigson succumbed to the temptation to attempt to frame the Patriots, consider his work history. In 2001 Grigson was with the Rams when the Patriots beat them in the Super Bowl. Three years later he was with the Eagles when Philly lost to New England in the big game. Then he is hired by Indianapolis, a franchise that has nightmares for all the would-be glory that dissipated with losses to New England. Nothing like a football Sunday to be capped off with Grigson and Irsay having to suffer another loss by the Colts.

Prediction: Texans 31, Colts 24
Texans -3 (one unit) . . . . over 48 . . . . Houston -150

Final Score: Texans 26, Colts 23 (OT) ✓
Texans -3 push . . . . over 48 ✓ . . . . Texans -150 ✓

 

★★ 1-4 New York Jets at 2-3 Arizona Cardinals
Monday, October 17 at 8:30 pm ET on BSPN; Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Cardinals -7½ . . . . over/under 46 . . . . ARI -335, NYJ +275

Back-to-back prime time schadenfreude. Gang Green’s superb front line cannot mask their deficiencies in the secondary. Going on the road to face a team that thrives on the vertical passing game is a recipe for more embarrassment, turmoil and finger pointing from the Jet locker room.

Prediction: Cardinals 27, Jets 17
Cardinals -7½ . . . . under 46 . . . . Arizona -335

Final Score: Cardinals 28, Jets 3 ✓
Cardinals -7½ ✓ . . . . under 46 ✓ . . . . Cardinals -335 ✓

 

★★ 4-1 Denver Broncos at 1-4 San Diego Chargers
Thursday October 13 at 8:30 pm ET on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson

Did you notice the absolute lack of poise by San Diego head coach Mike McCoy in the final minute of Thursday’s game? With the outcome on the line after Denver recovered an onside kick McCoy was kneeling on the headline with his eyes closed and head down for an interminable amount of time. What kind of leadership is that? San Diego won in spite of McCoy’s chokefest and complete lack of aplomb. Fortunately for San Diego they were facing a road team on a short week with questions at quarterback.

Prediction: Chargers 20, Broncos 17
Chargers +3½ (one unit). . . . under 45 . . . . San Diego +155

Final Score: Chargers 21, Broncos 13 ✓
Chargers +3½ …. under 45 ✓ …. Chargers +155 ✓

 

3-Team Parlay (one unit): x
Falcons +6½ at Seahawks ✓
Steelers -7½ at Dolphins x
Raiders at Chiefs over 46 x

4-Team 6-Point Teaser (three units): ✓✓✓
Patriots -1½ vs Bengals ✓
Cowboys +10½ at Packers ✓
Falcons +12½ at Seahawks ✓
Bills -2½ vs Rams ✓

 

Tale of the Tape

Week 5 was so-so, with a teaser bailing me out of what would have been a losing week. Best calls were Vikings -6½ at Houston, Titans +3½ at Miami and Falcons +5½ at Denver. As bad as taking the Rams at home against the Bills and Baltimore over Washington, the worst prediction by far was Cincinnati over Dallas. 37-23-1 and plus $2470 is something I will take any time after five weeks.

Week 5 Results:
7-7 Straight Up
7-7 Against the Spread
5-9 Over/Under
2-unit plays: 3-4, -280
1-unit plays: 3-2, +80
3-Game Parlay: 1u, 0-1, -110
3-Game Teaser: 2u, 1-0, +360
22 units invested
7-7, +50 on $2420 risk
2.1% ROI

Year to Date Results:
39-38 Straight Up
42-34-1 Against the Spread
39-38 Over/Under
3-unit plays: 2-5-1, -1080
2-unit plays: 16-7, +1660
1-unit plays: 16-8, +720
Parlays: 1-2, +380
Teasers: 2-1, +790
37-23-1, +2470 on original $2310 risk.
106.9% ROI on original $2310 bankroll.
21.8% ROI on $11,330 (103 units) of total weekly investments.

7-7, +50 on 22 units (+2.1%) in Week 5.
9-2, +1910 on 18 units (+96.5%) in Week 4.
3-9-1, -1280 on 22 units (-58.2%) in Week 3.
9-3, +950 on 20 units (+43.2%) in Week 2.
9-2, +840 on 21 units (+36.4%) in Week 1.

 

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NFL Week 16 TV Info: Patriots-Jets, Panthers-Falcons Primary Early Game Distribution

John Morgan
December 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm ET

NFL Week 16 TV Info: Patriots-Jets, Panthers-Falcons receive Primary Early Game Distribution

For the second week in a row the best teams in each conference will not be televised in the late afternoon slot, but will instead receive primary network distribution among the NFL games kicking off early. CBS will televise the 12-2 New England Patriots at the 9-5 New York Jets in all or parts of 29 states, while FOX will air the 14-0 Carolina Panthers at the 7-7 Atlanta Falcons in all or parts of 40 states. The amount of coverage given divisional rivalries in an early time slot is quite rare; usually the early games are somewhat equally divided with regional coverage. CBS has designated Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts to announce the Pats-Jets game.

FOX has the doubleheader in Week 16 and the late time slot is almost exclusively devoted to what should be a very good game between the 10-4 Green Bay Packers and 12-2 Arizona Cardinals. Home teams are currently favored in all but three games; in addition to the Patriots and Panthers, Pittsburgh is a road fave at Baltimore. To get an idea how far the Ravens have fallen, consider this: before the season began Baltimore was considered to be a 2½- point favorite in this game; today they are a massive ten-point home underdog. The 12½-point swing in the odds for this game is a testament to how atrocious their play is at this time, and a divine retribution for having the gall to attempt to set up the Patriots in an ill-advised sting operation last January.

As we have seen in previous weeks, there is a dearth of quality games. This week we have just three matchups that include a pair of teams with winning records: the Pats-Jets in the early slot, Packers-Cardinals in the late slot, and a rare superior Monday night game with Cincinnati at Denver.

 

Here is a look at all of the initial NFL Week 16 TV info; please keep in mind that over the course of the week some scheduling changes can and will occur.

 

4-10 San Diego Chargers at 6-8 Oakland Raiders (-5; over/under 47)
Thursday Dec 24 at 8:25 pm ET on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

Nationwide broadcast distribution.

 

7-7 Washington Redskins at 6-8 Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 48)
Saturday Dec 26 at 8:25 pm ET on NFLN; Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

Nationwide broadcast distribution.

 

5-9 Chicago Bears at 6-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3, 45½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; announcers TBD

Broadcast on 20 stations, in central (Ft Myers, Ocala, Orlando) Florida, Illinois, South Bend IN, Iowa, St. Louis MO, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

 

14-0 Carolina Panthers at 7-7 Atlanta Falcons (+7, 47½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch

Broadcast in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, southern California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Florida panhandle, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky (except Louisville), Louisiana, Maine, Salisbury MD, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (except Kansas City and St. Louis), Montana, Nebraska, Las Vegas NV, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio (except Toledo), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee (except Nashville), Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

 

4-10 Dallas Cowboys at 6-8 Buffalo Bills (-6, 43½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston

Broadcast on 37 stations in Arkansas, Wichita KS, Shreveport LA, Springfield MO, New Mexico, New York (except New York City), Oklahoma, Erie PA and Texas.

 

4-10 San Francisco 49ers at 4-9 Detroit Lions (-8½, 42½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis

Broadcast on 17 stations in northern California, Toledo OH, Michigan and Reno NV

 

3-11 Cleveland Browns at 9-5 Kansas City Chiefs (-12½, 42½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Broadcast on 27 stations in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio (except Cincinnati and Dayton), Oklahoma, South Dakota and Cheyenne WY

 

6-8 Indianapolis Colts at 5-9 Miami Dolphins (no line)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD

Broadcast on just eight stations: Jacksonville, Miami and West Palm Beach FL; Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Terre Haute IN; and Louisville KY.

 

12-2 New England Patriots at 9-5 New York Jets (+3, 45½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

Broadcast in Alabama (except Huntsville), Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California (except San Francisco), Connecticut, Ft Myers FL, Panama City FL, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (except Chicago), Indiana (except Evansville and Indianapolis), Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan (except Detroit), Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York (except Buffalo), North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming

 

7-7 Houston Texans at 3-11 Tennessee Titans (-4½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

Broadcast on 29 stations in Huntsville AL, Evansville IN, Indianapolis IN, Bowling Green KY, Tennessee and Texas (except Dallas).

 

9-5 Pittsburgh Steelers at 4-10 Baltimore Ravens (+10, 47½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Broadcast on 31 stations in DC, Lexington KY, Louisville KY, Maryland, North Carolina (except Charlotte), Cincinnati OH, Dayton OH, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

 

5-9 Jacksonville Jaguars at 5-8 New Orleans Saints (-3½, 52)
Sunday Dec 27 at 4:05 pm ET on CBS; Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein

Broadcast on 31 stations in San Francisco CA, Florida (except Fort Myers and Panama City), Georgia, Chicago IL, Indianapolis IN, Louisiana, Detroit MI, Mississippi, Buffalo NY, Charlotte NC and Dallas TX.

 

10-4 Green Bay Packers at 12-2 Arizona Cardinals (-4½, 49½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Broadcast nationwide with the exceptions of New Orleans, Alaska, Idaho, southern Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

6-8 St. Louis Rams at 9-5 Seattle Seahawks (-13½, 41)
Sunday Dec 27 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

Broadcast in Alaska, Idaho, southern Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

6-8 New York Giants at 9-5 Minnesota Vikings (-4, 44½)
Sunday Dec 27 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Nationwide broadcast distribution.

 

11-3 Cincinnati Bengals at 10-4 Denver Broncos (-3½, 41)
Monday Dec 28 at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN; Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Nationwide broadcast distribution.

 

Here is a bit of nostalgia: odds that were available back in April when the 2015 NFL schedule was announced.

Chargers (-3½) at Raiders
Redskins at Eagles (-7)
Panthers at Falcons (-1)
Jaguars at Saints (-8)
Bears (-1½) at Buccaneers
Packers at Cardinals (Pick’em)
Rams at Seahawks (-6½)
Texans (-2½) at Titans
Browns at Chiefs (-5½)
Cowboys at Bills (-1)
Colts at Dolphins (Pick’em)
Patriots (-4½) at Jets
Steelers at Ravens (-2½)
49ers at Lions (-1½)
Giants at Vikings (-1½)
Bengals at Broncos (-4½)

NFL Week 15 TV Info: Patriots-Titans gets extensive early broadcast coverage

John Morgan
December 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm ET

NFL Week 15 TV Info: Patriots-Titans gets extensive early broadcast coverage

 

Early NFL games typically do not receive extensive broadcast distribution, primarily since there are so many games being played at the same time. There are exceptions to every rule, and in Week 15 the 1:00 pm eastern time kickoff between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans will be available in either all or most of 31 states in the U.S. on CBS. The other primary games being televised are Carolina at the Giants early on FOX and a crucial matchup for the AFC playoff picture as Denver travels to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

 

 

There will also be a fourth prime time game this week; since the college football regular season is over, the NFL can now play games on Saturday. The Jets will play at Dallas on Saturday night; that game as well as Thursday’s between the Bucs and the Rams will start at 8:25 pm ET on the NFL Network. Sunday night’s game should be a good one with Arizona at Philadelphia, and Week 15 wraps up next Monday night with Detroit at New Orleans.

 

6-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 5-8 St. Louis Rams (pk, 41)

Thursday Dec 17 at 8:25 pm ET on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

Nationwide broadcast distribution.

 

8-5 New York Jets at 4-9 Dallas Cowboys (+3, 42)

Saturday Dec 19 at 8:25 pm ET on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

Nationwide broadcast distribution.

 

5-8 Chicago Bears at 8-5 Minnesota Vikings (-5, 43)

Sunday Dec 20 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch

Mostly upper midwest: broadcast in Illinois, Indiana (except Indianapolis), Iowa, Michigan (except upper peninsula), Minnesota, eastern Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

 

6-7 Atlanta Falcons at 5-8 Jacksonville Jaguars (-3, 48½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Dick Stockton, David Diehl

Only on ten stations: broadcast in northern Florida, Georgia and Chattanooga TN.

 

6-7 Houston Texans at 6-7 Indianapolis Colts
(no line due to uncertainty with both team’s quarterbacks)

Sunday Dec 20 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Regional coverage on 37 stations: broadcast in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Seattle WA and southern Wisconsin.

 

8-5 Kansas City Chiefs at 4-9 Baltimore Ravens (+7½, 42½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Most of the west: broadcast in Arkansas, California, Colorado, DC, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

 

6-7 Buffalo Bills at 6-7 Washington Redskins (pk, 44)

Sunday Dec 20 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston

Limited regional distribution on 14 stations: broadcast in DC, Salisbury MD, western New York, Virginia and West Virginia.

 

3-10 Tennessee Titans at 11-2 New England Patriots (-14, 46½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

Primarily available in the eastern United States: broadcast in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida (except Jacksonville), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota (except Minneapolis), Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New York (except NYC), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington (except Seattle), West Virginia and northern Wisconsin.

 

13-0 Carolina Panthers at 5-7 New York Giants (+6½, 48½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Primary game for FOX: broadcast in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, southern California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (except Jacksonville, Panama City and Tallahassee), Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts (except Boston), Mississippi, Missouri (except Kansas City), Las Vegas NV, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York (except Buffalo), North Carolina, Cincinnati OH, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee (except Nashville), Texas (except Houston), Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.

 

3-10 Cleveland Browns at 8-5 Seattle Seahawks (-14½, 43)

Sunday Dec 20 at 4:05 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis

Limited regional distribution on 22 stations: broadcast in Alaska, Idaho, western Montana, Ohio, Oregon and Washington.

 

9-4 Green Bay Packers at 6-7 Oakland Raiders (+3, 46½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 4:05 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

Limited regional distribution on 20 stations: broadcast in northern California, Indianapolis IN, Baltimore MD, Boston MA, Marquette MI, Kansas City MO, Reno NV, Houston TX and Wisconsin.

 

5-7 Miami Dolphins at 3-10 San Diego Chargers (-1, 45½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 4:25 pm ET on CBS; Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein

Broadcast on just two Charger stations (Yuma AZ and San Diego CA) and three Dolphin stations (Fort Myers, Miami and West Palm Beach FL).

 

10-3 Denver Broncos at 8-5 Pittsburgh Steelers (-6, 44½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 4:25 pm ET on CBS; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

Primary late game distribution: broadcast in all markets with the exception of Yuma AZ, northern California, San Diego CA, Fort Myers FL, Miami FL, West Palm Beach FL, Hazard KY, Lexington KY, Ohio and Seattle WA.

 

10-3 Cincinnati Bengals at 4-9 San Francisco 49ers (+4, 40½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 4:25 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

Limited regional distribution on 14 Bengal and Niner stations: broadcast in northern California, Reno NV, Hazard KY, Lexington KY and Ohio.

 

11-2 Arizona Cardinals at 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles (+3½, 50½)

Sunday Dec 20 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Nationwide broadcast distribution.

 

4-9 Detroit Lions at 5-8 New Orleans Saints (-3, 51)

Monday Dec 21 at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN; Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Nationwide broadcast distribution.