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Date: Sunday, Jan. 24
Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver
This season’s AFC championship game looks very familiar, with the New England Patriots battling it out with the Denver Broncos. These two teams are the best when it comes to quarterback power — Tom Brady of the Pats and Peyton Manning of the Broncos. And what’s even more interesting is that these two American football greats will be facing each other in a rather colorful rivalry spanning more than a decade.
This matchup will be a little different, however. Peyton Manning, not Brock Osweiler, will be the Broncos’ quarterback, and the Patriots will have receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and tight end Rob Gronkowski back and healthy. Jamie Collins, who injured his back Saturday against the Chiefs, also could play after missing the regular-season matchup. The Patriots lost Hightower and Gronkowski to injuries during the game earlier this season before the Broncos won in overtime. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s receivers were Brandon LaFell, Keshawn Martin and Chris Harper (yikes) with Edelman and Amendola out with injuries
The New England Patriots hope to clinch their third Super Bowl appearance since the 2011 season. Tom Brady is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 302 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brady has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 183 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Keshawn Martin has two receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 38 yards per contest, and Steven Jackson leads the way with 16 yards on six carries. Defensively, New England is allowing 20 points and 378 yards per game. Patrick Chung leads the Patriots with nine tackles, Chandler Jones has a sack and Dont’a Hightower has a pass deflection.
The Denver Broncos look to reach their second Super Bowl in the last three seasons. Peyton Manning is completing 56.8 percent of his passes for 222 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Manning has two touchdown passes in his last five games. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas have combined for 125 receiving yards while Bennie Fowler has two receptions. The Denver Broncos ground game is averaging 109 yards per contest, and C.J. Anderson leads the way with 72 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Denver is allowing 16 points and 396 yards per game. Danny Trevathan leads the Broncos with nine tackles, Derek Wolfe has one sack and Aqib Talib has two pass deflections.
The Patriots are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Broncos are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Patriots are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Denver and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.
The Broncos defense is good enough to keep them in this game, but Manning is less than a shell of himself. The Broncos struggle to run the football and have a quarterback who can’t throw the ball like he used to. Brady has his weapons back, and the Pats are back to being that scary football team that’s hard to stop.
When: Saturday, December 19, 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
The New York Jets are 3-0 straight up and against the spread over their last three games. The Jets will try to stay in the playoff picture in the AFC with another win this Saturday night on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.
The New York Jets hope to remain in the AFC playoff race with their fourth straight victory. Ryan Fitzpatrick is completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,129 yards, 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Fitzpatrick has nine touchdown passes in his last three games. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker have combined for 2,062 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns while Bilal Powell has 35 receptions. The New York Jets ground game is averaging 117.7 yards per contest, and Chris Ivory leads the way with 914 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, New York is allowing 19.7 points and 323.8 yards per game. David Harris leads the Jets with 86 tackles, Muhammad Wilkerson has 12 sacks and Antonio Cromartie has 12 pass deflections. Dion Bailey and Marcus Williams are questionable.
The Dallas Cowboys hope to keep their slim NFC East hopes alive with a victory here. Matt Cassel is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Cassel has one touchdown pass in his last four games. Jason Witten and Terrance Williams have combined for 1,186 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Cole Beasley has 42 receptions. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 118.2 yards per contest, and Darren McFadden leads the way with 798 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 23.5 points and 334.8 yards per game. Sean Lee leads the Cowboys with 105 tackles, DeMarcus Lawrence has six sacks and Byron Jones has eight pass deflections. Rolando McClain is questionable with a concussion.
The Jets are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games in December. The Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
When: Monday, November 30, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Baltimore Ravens are 13-2 straight up and 9-6 against the spread in their last 15 games against the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens will try to avoid a second loss to the Browns this season on Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Baltimore has two Super Bowl rings since its franchise packed up and left the shores of Lake Erie in 1995. Alternately, the Browns have just one playoff appearance since returning to the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999.
But after 10 games in 2015, both are falling way short of expectations. The Browns have just two wins—one over Baltimore—and the Ravens haven’t been much better with three total victories. That makes this Monday night matchup an underwhelming on.
The Baltimore Ravens could use a nice road win after losing four of their last five games. Matt Schaub will get the nod due to Joe Flacco tearing his ACL last week. Schaub has just 10 pass attempts since the 2014 season. Kamar Aiken and Crockett Gillmore have combined for 841 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kyle Juszczyk has 26 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 97.9 yards per contest, and Javorius Allen leads the way with 249 yards on 64 carries. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 24.9 points and 354 yards per game. Daryl Smith leads the Ravens with 83 tackles, Elvis Dumervil has 4.5 sacks and Jimmy Smith has eight pass deflections. Kelechi Osemele and Nick Boyle are questionable.
The Cleveland Browns could use a nice home victory to snap a five-game losing streak. Johnny Manziel is completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Manziel has 78 pass attempts in his last two games. Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge have combined for 1,403 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Duke Johnson Jr. has 39 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 75.6 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 328 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 27.7 points and 407.3 yards per game. Karlos Dansby leads the Browns with 79 tackles, Armonty Bryant has 3.5 sacks and Tramon Williams has six pass deflections. Donte Whitner and Joel Bitonio are questionable while Joe Haden is doubtful.
The Ravens were trash before they lost Flacco and Justin Forsett for the season. Now Baltimore will be relying on a quarterback who has thrown the ball just 10 times in the last two years? Right. Manziel has some weapons around him and the Browns usually put up a fight when playing at home.
The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-0 straight up and 7-0-1 against the spread through their first eight games of the season. The Bengals will go for another win and cover this Monday night when they host the Houston Texans at Paul Brown Stadium.
Houston entering this game has an overall record on the season of 3-5 straight up and against the spread. The Texans on the road are 1-3 SU and ATS. Cincinnati entering the game has an overall record of 8-0 SU and 7-0 ATS. At home, the Bengals are 4-0 SU and 3-0 ATS.
Cincinnati has a 3-game cushion at the top of the AFC North and has rested for 10 days coming into this game, since defeating Cleveland November 5, in a Thursday night game. The Bengals cannot afford to look ahead. Next week they face Arizona in a tough game but cannot overlook the Texans.
Houston started its season slow by losing four out of five and has had to change quarterbacks twice already. Brian Hoyer has taken back the starting role as signal caller and Houston has won two of its past three games overall prior to this past week’s bye.
The three wins for Houston came against teams that heading into this week were just 7-15, but still is within a half game of first in the AFC South behind the Indianapolis Colts.
When: 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Bengals are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history, and should have plenty of motivation facing the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football to get their eighth straight win.
The Cleveland Browns need a big road win after losing five of their last six games. Josh McCown is completing 65 percent of his passes for 1,897 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. McCown has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge have combined for 1,168 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Duke Johnson Jr. has 33 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 84 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 295 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 27 points and 405.4 yards per game. Karlos Dansby leads the Browns with 61 tackles, Armonty Bryant has 3.5 sacks and Tramon Williams has five pass deflections. Andrew Hawkins, Donte Whitner and Joe Haden are questionable.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to remain unbeaten by winning their fifth straight home game. Andy Dalton is completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 1,992 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Dalton has six touchdown passes in his last three games. A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert have combined for 1,030 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Marvin Jones has 26 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 115.9 yards per contest, and Giovani Bernard leads the way with 439 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cincy is allowing 18.9 points and 368.6 yards per game. Vincent Rey leads the Bengals with 65 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has 6.5 sacks and Adam Jones has seven pass deflections. Rey Maualuga is questionable.
The Bengals are one of the most complete teams in football, and while I don’t expect either quarterback to put on a show, Cincinnati’s offensive skill-position players and defensive line should be able to do enough to help Marvin Lewis’ team cruise to a relatively easy victory at home.
Manziel will make some plays, but he’s still not effective enough inside the pocket and what he does outside the pocket carries too much risk.
If the Browns’ defense was better, they’d be able to hang in. At this point though, that side is, surprisingly, still a work in progress.
When: Monday, October 26, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals are just 2-10 straight up in their last 12 appearances on Monday Night Football. Venturing for a fourth game to the West this season, the Ravens look to turn around the franchise’s worst six-game start Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Baltimore Ravens look for their second road win in order to climb out of a 1-5 hole. Joe Flacco is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,605 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Flacco has thrown at least one pick in five of the six games this year. Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken have combined for 775 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Crockett Gillmore has 13 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 111.2 yards per contest, and Justin Forsett leads the way with 457 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 27 points and 380.7 yards per game. Daryl Smith leads the Ravens with 55 tackles, Lawrence Guy has three sacks and Lardarius Webb has five pass deflections. Kendrick Lewis, Chris Canty and Darren Waller are questionable.
The Arizona Cardinals look for a big home victory to improve to 5-2 on the season. Carson Palmer is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,737 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Palmer has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown have combined for 1,080 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Michael Floyd has 13 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 121.5 yards per contest, and Chris Johnson leads the way with 445 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 19.2 points and 328.7 yards per game. Deone Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 42 tackles, Kevin Minter has eight tackles for loss and Rashad Johnson has three interceptions. Earl Watford is questionable.
The Ravens are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
It seems like a tough matchup for the Ravens on paper. However, football games aren’t decided on paper, so the Ravens could surely come in and stun the Cardinals on Monday night
New Orleans Saints (2-4) at Indianapolis Colts (3-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -5 — Over/Under: 52
The New Orleans Saints could use a big road victory to rebound after a rough 2-4 start. Drew Brees is completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 1,616 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Brees has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks have combined for 799 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Benjamin Watson has 25 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 84.7 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 307 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 27.3 points and 409.7 yards per game. Kenny Vaccaro leads the Saints with 39 tackles, Hau’oli Kikaha has four sacks and Delvin Breaux has seven pass deflections. Marques Colston, Terron Armstead and Damian Swann are questionable.
The Indianapolis Colts look for a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. Andrew Luck is completing 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,065 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Luck has five touchdown passes in his last two games. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief have combined for 803 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Coby Fleener has 19 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 96.7 yards per contest, and Frank Gore leads the way with 403 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 24.5 points and 401.8 yards per game. D’Qwell Jackson leads the Colts with 71 tackles, Henry Anderson has six tackles for loss and Vontae Davis has six pass deflections. Bjoern Werner and Nate Irving are questionable.
The Saints are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in October and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Colts are 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 7. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
The Saints are playing better ball as of late and have had extra days to prepare for a Colts team that played Sunday night. Also, the Colts still have a banged up Luck at QB with offensive line issues that still linger. The Saints should also be fairly comfortable playing in another dome, as Brees and company are at their best in doors.
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Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Patriots by 6.5
After seven long months of waiting, the NFL is back. As the NFL season kicks off, the New England Patriots quarterback, will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Thursday night.
After an offseason dominated by endless DeflateGate headlines and courtroom drama, the Patriots are ready to get back to the version of football played on the gridiron, where they’ll attempt to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champs in more than a decade.
On the bright side, future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady will be on the field, and wide receiver Julian Edelman most likely will as well. Unfortunately, the Patriots do have some key injuries. Brandon LaFell is on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and it will be up to Aaron Dobson to finally step up. Danny Amendola will also be playing.
Thankfully for the Patriots, Robert Gronkowski will be playing. Gronkowski is viewed as the best tight end in the league, and rightfully so.
The Patriots defense will look different from what we saw last season,. Long time defensive captain Vince Wilfork is now with the Houston Texans.
The Patriots will have home field advantage, and they will have to take advantage of small ball offense. Brady is more than capable of connecting on deep throws, but without LaFell and a questionable new defense, controlling the time of possession is a must. Belichick surprised many by releasing Jonas Gray, who was actually the Patriots leading rusher last season. LeGarrette Blount is also suspended, so the Patriots ground game is a big question mark.
The defending AFC North champions will try and go into Foxborough on Thursday night and get a win. These Steelers aren’t the same as the ones we’re used to seeing in the 1970s and 2000s with elite defensive units. Last season the Steelers ranked 18th in points allowed and 18th in yards surrendered. We must also keep in mind the great Dick LeBeau is now with the Tennessee Titans.
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When: Friday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m./ET
Where: Everbank Field – Jacksonville, Florida
The Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars are set to meet on Friday night in Week 3 of the 2015 preseason at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The starters for both teams should see a lot of time on the field, as they get their most playing time in any game before the start of the regular season.
Last season, the Lions defeated Jacksonville 13-12 at Ford Field, improving the team’s all-time preseason series record to 2-0-0 against the Jaguars. The two teams last met in the regular season in 2012 when Detroit claimed a 31-14 victory at EverBank Field. Jacksonville holds the all-time regular season series edge, 3-2-0.
Week three of the NFL preseason is widely considered the most important of the four weeks of exhibition games. The reason being is that it’s usually the week that the first-team offense and defense will see the most reps prior to the beginning of the regular season.
When the defense takes the field there will also be no shortage of areas to pay attention to. The defensive line has a plethora of concerns, from injuries to uncertainty. All-Pro veteran Haloti Ngata will continue to sit out with a hamstring injury. Joining him on the sideline will be second-year, former Princeton graduate Caraun Reid. Reid injured his ankle last week during a tackle of Alfred Morris on the first play from scrimmage.
Calvin Johnson likely won’t play so he stays healthy, but a few of Detroit’s starting defenders will sit because they’re hurt. Haloti Ngata was on the practice field this week, but it’s unknown if the Lions’ biggest offseason acquisition will be ready for the regular season opener. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy is out for the foreseeable future with an injury. DeAndre Levy, whose hit sent Robert Griffin III out of last week’s game, has missed the last two practices.
Jacksonville will also have to wait until the regular season to see their top offseason addition take the field. Tight end Julius Thomas is set to miss the entire preseason with a fracture in his left hand. But the team will see a few players return to the field, as defensive end Chris Clemons, running back T.J. Yeldon and safety James Sample are expected to play in their first exhibition game in 2015.
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The Buffalo Bills are just 4-15 SU and 5-14 ATS over their last 19 preseason games, dating back to September 2010. The Bills will try to turn their preseason misfortunes around on Thursday night when they visit the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.
In Week 1 of the 2015 NFL preseason, Matt Cassel got the start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. When the team visits the Cleveland Browns on tonight, it will be Tyrod Taylor’s turn to take the reins as Buffalo searches for its No.1 signal caller.
Three quarterbacks are technically competing for the Bills’ starting job, though it appears to be a two-man race. Both Cassel and Taylor took reps with the first-team offense this week, heading into Week 2 of the preseason.
Buffalo is a 3-point underdog on Thursday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Cleveland Browns are a 3-point favorite but are 0-6 SU and 3-3 ATS in their last six games overall including last season and this preseason.
The Browns lost Justin Gilbert to a hip flexor on Tuesday night and receiver Terrelle Pryor to an aggravation of his hamstring injury on Monday night. By the time the Browns boarded the train for Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon, they had at least 17 players on the injured list.
But the Bills are just as banged up heading into the this nationally-televised clash on ESPN. Linebacker Ty Powell suffered a torn ACL during the first practice and is out for the season. Running back LeSean McCoy injured a hamstring on Tuesday night and will likely be out a couple of weeks.
So the goal for both teams will be to emerge from the game as healthy as possible.
Both the Bills and the Browns come into this game with something to prove. Ryan will be evaluating position battles at both quarterback and running back, and Manziel will be looking to show that he can be a starting quarterback in Cleveland.