EAGLES CAN’T LOSE (THEY’RE OFF)! HERE’S TODAY’S NFL SCHEDULE

By Michael Donovan

The Eagles are off after their awful Thanksgiving Day loss to the Lions, so at least they won’t lose.

Here’s today NFL schedule:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-0) AT DENVER BRONCOS (8-2)

TV: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)

Line: Patriots by 3

Story lines: The Patriots have 15 consecutive winning seasons, tied for third most in history with the Chicago Bears. … The Broncos, who will start AFC offensive player of the week Brock Osweiler under center for the second consecutive week, have scored 30 points in their past two games. Osweiler was sacked five times in his first NFL start but didn’t turn the ball over, injured Peyton Manning’s bugaboo all season. … Patriots DE Chandler Jones has 10½ sacks, second in the league. … If Danny Amendola’s knee injury keeps him out (he’s questionable), the Patriots won’t have much experience at wideout beyond Brandon LaFell. … Can the Broncos keep the ball out of the hands of Patriots QB Tom Brady (above)? Maybe. Denver held the ball for 33 minutes thanks to 33 rushing attempts in Week 11. … Eleven of Osweiler’s 20 completions last week went to tight ends.

ST. LOUIS RAMS (4-6) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (8-2)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Tony Siragusa)

Line: Bengals by 9

Story lines: Despite his infamous concussion, Rams QB Case Keenum will be under center if he’s cleared physically. However he remains questionable, and Nick Foles is ready to return to the lineup. … St. Louis RB Todd Gurley is finding little room to run, totaling just 200 rushing yards the past three weeks. He did score a TD in each of those games, though. … Bengals RB Jeremy Hill has seven rushing TDs in 2015, but they’ve been clustered into three games. … Cincinnati’s last three-game losing streak occurred in 2012.

OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-6) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (2-8)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl)

Line: Raiders by 1½

Story lines: Oakland has lost three in a row after a 4-3 start. … Titans TE Delanie Walker has 53 catches, 25 more than any of his teammates but should have WR Kendall Wright back to carry the load. … The Raiders have allowed just 13 sacks. … Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski has 51 career field goals from 50 yards or beyond. His next one will tie him for the NFL record with Jason Hanson. … Tennessee’s defense is allowing just a 37.4% success rate on third downs.

NEW YORK GIANTS (5-5) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-6)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin)

Line: Giants by 2½

Story lines: All four of the Redskins’ win have come at FedEx Field. … After a two-year absence, the Giants recently re-signed WR Hakeem Nicks, whose 306 career catches from QB Eli Manning are more than any other player. … New York has four defensive TDs this year. … Washington rushed for a season-low 14 yards in Week 11. Owners of the No. 1 ground game early in the season, the Redskins have been held under 100 yards in six of the past eight games.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-3) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (6-4)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver)

Line: Falcons by 1

Story lines: Despite just 45 yards in Week 11, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is the only back in the league to gain 1,000 yards so far this season. … The Falcons have an NFL-low 12 sacks, good news for battered Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater. … Atlanta has gone 1-4 after its 5-0 start. … Falcons WR Julio Jones leads the NFL in catches (89) and receiving yards (1,189). … The Vikings has 110 penalty yards last week, their most in 12 years. … Falcons QB Matt Ryan has committed 13 turnovers this season, including 10 interceptions. … Atlanta RB Devonta Freeman, who is tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns, won’t play due to a concussion.

BUFFALO BILLS (5-5) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-5)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon)

Line: Chiefs by 6½

Story lines: The red-hot Chiefs have won four in a row by an average margin of 22.8 points. … The Bills are seeking their first playoff trip since 1999. … Kansas City RBSpencer Ware rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in relief of injured Charcandrick West on Sunday. West (hamstring) and TE Travis Kelce (groin, ankle) are questionable. … At 346 pounds, Chiefs NT Dontari Poe became the heaviest player in NFL history to score a touchdown last week. … Buffalo is on pace for 26 sacks after racking up 54 in 2014. … Chiefs QB Alex Smith has thrown 253 passes without an interception, a team record. … The Bills have surrendered 852 yards on penalties this season, most in the NFL.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-6) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (5-5)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Joe Davis, David Diehl, Krista Pink)

Line: Texans by 3

Story lines: The New Orleans defense is allowing the most yards (424.3) and points (31.5) per game in the league but will make its first appearance under new coordinator Dennis Allen after the firing of Rob Ryan. Expect a more aggressive approach under Allen. … The Texans are tied atop the AFC South after winning four of five. They’ll have QB Brian Hoyer back from a concussion this week. … Houston’s J.J. Watt is now tied for the NFL lead in sacks (11½). … Houston ran seven Wildcat plays in Week 11. … The Saints’ second-ranked offense has kept them on the fringe of the playoff conversation. QB Drew Brees is again leading the NFL in completion rate (69.5%).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, (Announcers: Dick Stockton, Matt Millen, Peter Schrager)

Line: Colts by 3

Story lines: After exploding for 45 points and 521 yards last week, the Bucs have won consecutive games for the first time in two years. … Fresh off a 235-yard day, tops in the NFL this season, Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin faces an Indianapolis defense that allows 113.4 yards per week on the ground. … Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck is 40 but is 3-0 as the starter this year. Bucs QB Jameis Winston is 21. Winston has 10 TD passes and one INT in five road games this season.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-6) AT NEW YORK JETS (5-5)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn)

Line: Jets by 3½

Story lines: Miami is averaging 14.5 points in the last four games. … The Jets have dropped four of five and won’t have CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) in Sunday’s lineup. … Jets WR Brandon Marshall, hampered by ankle and toe problems, has just 25 catches despite 53 targets over his last five games. … Miami is 0-4 this year against AFC East teams. … The Dolphins have allowed at least 400 yards in three of their last four games and have just three takeaways in that span.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-8) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-6)

TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots)

Line: Jaguars by 4

Story lines: San Diego has lost six in a row and is winless on the road this season. … The last time the Jags won at least five games was 2011. … The Chargers have allowed 100 rushing yards in all but two games, including 130 or more six times. Jacksonville rookie RB T.J. Yeldon will try to take advantage. Conversely, the Chargers have rushed for 100 yards only once in 2015. … San Diego has forced two turnovers in its last five games. … Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has thrown at least one TD pass in every game this season and needs three more to tie David Garrard’s single-season team mark (23).

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-7)

TV: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox (Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale)

Line: Cardinals by 10

Story lines: The Cardinals picked off four Colin Kaepernick passes when these teams met in Week 3, a 47-7 blowout by Arizona. Kaepernick’s replacement, Blaine Gabbert, has 26 INTs in 29 career starts. … San Francisco is 0-4 in division games. … Arizona leads the league in points (33.6) and yards (417.3) per game. … Cardinals rookie speedster WR J.J. Nelson had 142 yards on just four catches in Week 11.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-4) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-5)

TV: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson)

Line: Seahawks by 3½

Story lines: Seahawks rookie RB Thomas Rawls rushed for 209 yards last week, his second 160-plus yard effort of the season. Starter Marshawn Lynch, out for the foreseeable future after sports hernia surgery this week, has never rushed for 160 yards in a game. … The Steelers last played at CenturyLink Field in 2003. … Enjoy watching Steelers WR Antonio Brown, who has 27 catches in his last two games, match wits with Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. … Seahawks K Steven Hauschkamissed two PATs in Week 11, matching his total number of misfires in the previous five seasons.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-7) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-8)

TV: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)

Line: Browns by 2½

Story lines: Rookie RB Javorius “Buck” Allen and graybeard QB Matt Schaub now comprise the Ravens’ starting backfield after another round of devastating injuries claimed QB Joe Flacco (knee) and RB Justin Forsett (broken) arm for the rest of the season. … Things aren’t much better in Cleveland, where the Browns have lost five straight and had to turn back to QB Josh McCown in the wake of Johnny Manziel’s latest off-field antics. … The Browns have a chance to sweep the Ravens for the first time since 2007.

 

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