Thursday Night Football
In a battle of 2-12 teams, Jacksonville overcame a slow start to earn a 21-13 win. It wasn’t a masterpiece—the Jaguars totaled just 288 yards—but it wasn’t sloppy either. The game featured no turnovers and just 10 combined penalties.
You’ve probably been going to Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker most of the year, and he’s been quite productive with 793 yards and four TDs. However, he is highly questionable with a knee problem, and he cannot be recommended.
Two teams that have nothing to gain this season, but a lot to gain for next year, will battle it out on “Thursday Night Football.” The future of the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars is quite cloudy right now, but a lot is on the line this week and CBS Sports’ Steve Beuerlein took time to discuss the match-up between two very young teams.
If you’re wondering how Tennessee and Jacksonville, with their combined four wins, could be playing on a Thursday night at this point in the season, it’s because every NFL team is guaranteed at least one primetime game and the Thursday match-ups are decided before the season.
Two defensive-minded teams with sub-par quarterbacks produced the lowest-scoring game of the season last night. The Arizona Cardinals improved to 11-3 without scoring a touchdown, winning in St. Louis 12-6.
A win Thursday could put Arizona in the playoffs for the first time in five seasons; the simplest combination involves Dallas and Philadelphia not tying.
The Dallas Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears last night 41-28. Chicago scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make it look respectable, but a 21-0 third quarter for Dallas essentially sealed this one.
These two teams meet tonight at Soldier Field in what should be a high-scoring game. There are plenty of fantasy points on the board here.
The Cowboys are 8-4, but if the season ended today they would not be in the playoffs. After Thursday’s visit to Chicago, they go to Philadelphia, host Indianapolis, and finish at Washington.
The Detroit Lions are no strangers to Thanksgiving Day games and this year, they are taking on an NFC North rival in the Chicago Bears. Both teams need a win to stay in the playoff race and CBS Sports Tracy Wolfson took some time to talk Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford facing off at Ford Field on the big holiday.
The Oakland Raiders upset the Kansas City Chiefs last night 24-20 for their first win of the season. With the loss, the Chiefs (7-4) are no longer tied atop the AFC West with the Broncos.
With Kansas City’s impressive win against the Seahawks on Sunday and Denver’s shocking loss to the Rams, the Chiefs (7-3) are tied for first in the AFC West. After an 0-2 start, they’ll look for their sixth straight win and eighth in their last nine games.
In a critical AFC East showdown last night, the Dolphins emerged with a 22-9 victory, scoring the game’s final 19 points in the last 18 minutes. Miami is now 6-4 with favorable home games against Baltimore, Minnesota, and the Jets, while Buffalo is 5-5 and a longshot to make the playoffs.
Turnovers will again be key, for both teams. Miami and Buffalo are tied for second in the NFL with 19 takeaways.
The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are tied for second place in the AFC East with identical 5-4 records, and this Thursday night game is going to say a lot for what their postseason future may hold. Ian Eagle of CBS Sports took some time to talk about the big game and how it could affect the rest of the season for both teams. Let’s just say, this is a must-win for both the Bills and Dolphins.