The Patriots-Saints game will be available in all but a handful of states, which should be welcome news to out of town Pats fans that were forced to hit sports bars to watch a game they probably wished they had not seen. It will be the late game on FOX with Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman calling the game; Brennaman temporarily replaces Joe Buck, who will be announcing a baseball playoff game.

Most of the country (including New England) gets the Packers-Ravens game as the preliminary game early on FOX. CBS has a rather paltry choice of games this week, with the winless Steelers at the Jets being their primary game that merits their top broadcasting crew.

One other programming note: the PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis premieres Tuesday night at 10:00 pm ET.

The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? In a special two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries.

Here’s a look at all the NFL television coverage for week six, along with early odds:

Late games on FOX

New Orleans Saints (5-0) at New England Patriots (4-1)
Patriots favored by 2½
Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman
Available everywhere except as noted below

Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
49ers favored by 11
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
Washington (except Seattle), northern Idaho, most of Oregon, northern California, Reno and northern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Chicago

No game due to blackout rules: Seattle, Denver

Late Games on CBS

Tennessee Titans (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
Seahawks favored by 13½
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Tennessee, Houston, Tampa, New York City/New Jersey, Alaska, Hawaii, St. Louis

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) at Denver Broncos (5-0)
Broncos favored by 28
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Dakotas, northern Florida, southern Georgia

Early Games on FOX

Green Bay Packers (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Packers favored by 3
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
Most everywhere except as noted below

St. Louis Rams (2-3) at Houston Texans (2-3)
Texans favored by 7
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
Texas, southern Illinois, Missouri

Detroit Lions (3-2)at Cleveland Browns (3-2)
Lions favored by 2½
Tom McCarthy, Heath Evans
Ohio, Michigan

Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) at Tampa Bay Bucs (0-4)
Eagles favored by 1
Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber
Florida (except Miami), Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey

Carolina Panthers (1-3) at Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Vikings favored by 2½
Sam Rosen, Brian Billick
North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa, Dakotas

Early Games on CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) at New York Jets (3-2)
Jets favored by 2½
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
New England, eastern new York, northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Carolinas, Georgia, southern Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, Las Vegas

Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-3)
Bengals favored by 7½
Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Ohio, western New York, Kentucky

Oakland Raiders (2-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
Chiefs favored by 7½
Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
California, western Nevada (Reno), Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Dallas

Night Games

Thursday Night: New York Giants (0-5) at Chicago Bears (3-2)
Bears favored by 8
Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock

Sunday Night: Washington Redskins (1-3) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Cowboys favored by 5½
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday Night: Indianapolis Colts (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-3)
Colts favored by 1½
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Atlanta and Miami have a bye this week.



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