Lost in the hype of Manning-Brady XVI is that there will be a few other good NFL games this week. The Saints travel to Carolina in an important NFC South game on Thursday night. No more CBS for Thursday games – from here on it will be the same CBS broadcasting and production crew, but will televise strictly on the NFL Network – so some of you with low tier basic cable and no cable box may have to find another outlet to watch the game. The Pats-Broncos game gets near-national coverage in the late afternoon game; my condolences to those viewers in Arizona, northern California, Oregon and Washington for lack of easy access to this game. Sunday night it’s Baltimore at Pittsburgh, which is always a close game, and then it’s the Colts at the Giants on Monday night. There are also a few decent early afternoon games as a prelude to the Pats-Denver battle: San Diego at Miami, Philadelphia at Houston and Arizona at Dallas appear to be the best of the seven early games.

 

New Orleans Saints (3-4) at Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) ★★★
Thursday night game on NFLN
Announcing crew: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Saints favored by 2½ (1½ to 3 depending where you shop), with a point total of 48 (48-49)
Saints -140 and Carolina +120 is the average money line
Broadcast in all US television markets

San Diego Chargers (5-3) at Miami Dolphins (4-3) ★★★
Early game on CBS
Announcing crew: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell
Dolphins favored by 2 (1 to 2 depending where you shop), with a point total of 44 (43½-45)
San Diego +105 and Miami -125 is the average money line
Broadcast in most markets

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1)
Early game on CBS
Announcing crew: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Chris Fischer
Bengals favored by 11 (11 to 11½ depending where you shop), with a point total of 43½ (43-43½)
Jacksonville +475 and Cincinnati -650 is the typical money line
Broadcast in 28 markets, including Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Savannah, Maryland, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio (except Cleveland), and Kentucky

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-3) ★★
Early game on FOX
Announcing crew: Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin
Browns favored by 6½ (6 to 7 depending where you shop, but mostly 6½), with a point total of 43½ (43½-44)
Tampa Bay +240 and Cleveland -280 is the typical money line
Broadcast in 17 markets: Florida (except Miami, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville), Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Washington (3-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-5) ★★
Early game on FOX
Announcing crew: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale
Vikings favored by 2½ (2½ to 3 depending where you shop), with a point total of 44½
No money line yet due to Washington playing Monday night
Broadcast in 27 markets: DC, Maryland, Virginia, Raleigh, Greenville NC, Eau Claire WI, LaCrosse WI, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Billings MT and Fairbanks AK

Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) at Houston Texans (4-4) ★★★
Early game on FOX
Announcing crew: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Eagles favored by 2 (2 to 2½ depending where you shop), with a point total of 48½ (48-48½)
Philadelphia -130 and Houston +110 is the typical money line
Broadcast in five markets: Houston, Philadelphia, Scranton, Harrisburg and Johnstown PA

New York Jets (1-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)
Early game on CBS
Announcing crew: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn
Chiefs favored by 9½ (9½ to 10 depending where you shop), with a point total of 41½ (41½-42)
Jets +400 and Kansas City -500 is the typical money line
Broadcast in 29 markets: Providence, Hartford, Vermont, New York (except Buffalo), Scranton, Nashville, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah

Arizona Cardinals (6-1) at Dallas Cowboys (6-2) ★★★★
Early game on FOX
Announcing crew: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Cowboys favored by 4 (3½ to 4½ depending where you shop), with a point total of 48 (47½-48)
Arizona +150 and Dallas -175 is the typical money line
Broadcast in most markets, including all of New England

St. Louis Rams (2-5) at San Francisco 49ers (4-3) ★★
Late game on FOX
Announcing crew: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Niners favored by 10 (9½ to 10 depending where you shop), with a point total of 44 (43½-44)
St. Louis +450 and San Francisco -600 is the typical money line
Broadcast in 21 markets, including Miami, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, southern Illinois, Missouri, Reno, San Diego and northern California

Denver Broncos (6-1) at New England Patriots (6-2) ★★★★★
Late game on CBS
Announcing crew: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Broncos favored by 3 (3 to 3½ depending where you shop), with a point total of 55 (54½-56)
Denver -165 and New England +145 is the typical money line
Broadcast in all markets except those showing the Oakland-Seattle game (below)

Oakland Raiders (0-7) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
Late game on CBS
Announcing crew: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Otis Livingston
Hawks favored by 15 (14½ to 16 depending where you shop), with a point total of 43 (42½-43½)
Oakland +1000 and Seattle -1550 is the typical money line
Broadcast in 20 markets in Arizona, northern California, Oregon and Washington

Baltimore Ravens (5-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) ★★★★
Sunday night game on NBC
Announcing crew: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Pick’em game (either team favored by up to one depending where you shop), with a point total of 48 (47½-48½)
Baltimore -110 and Pittsburgh -110 is the typical money line
Broadcast in all markets

Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at New York Giants (3-4) ★★★
Monday night game on ESPN
Announcing crew: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Colts favored by 3 (3 to 3½ depending where you shop), with a point total of 51 (50½-52)
Indianapolis -175 and New York +155 is the typical money line
Broadcast in all markets

 

Here is a listing of some of the college football games being played this week:

Thursday Oct 30
7:30 pm ET – #2 Florida State (-3½) at #25 Louisville (over/under 50½) — ESPN

Friday Oct 31
8:00 – Cincinnati (-4) at Tulane (56½) — ESPN2

Saturday Nov 1
12:00 – #18 Oklahoma (16½) at Iowa State (62½) — FS1
12:00 – #23 East Carolina (-7) at Temple (58)
12:00 – #24 Duke at Pittsburgh (-4), (51)
12:00 – Northwestern at Iowa (-4), (42) — BTN
12:00 – Maryland at Penn State (-3½), (48) — ESPN2
12:00 – Wisconsin (-11) at Rutgers — ESPN
12:00 – Central Florida (-11½) at UConn (38½) — CBSSN
12:30 – North Carolina at Miami (-17), (70)
12:30 – Boston College at Va Tech (-3), (42)
3:00 – North Carolina St at Syracuse (-3½), (51)
3:30 – #7 Texas Christian (-5½) at #20 West Virginia (72½) — ABC
3:30 – Virginia at Georgia Tech (-3½), (54½)
3:30 – Indiana at Michigan (-7), (53½)
4:00 – Kansas at #13 Baylor (-36), (61½) — FS1
4:00 – Kentucky at Missouri (-6½), (49½)
4:00 – Houston (-9½) at South Florida (44)
4:30 – Southern Cal (-7) at Washington St (63½)
7:00 – #3 Auburn at #4 Ole Miss (-2½), (51) — ESPN
7:15 – Arkansas at #1 Mississippi St (-10½), (64½) — ESPN2
7:30 – Stanford at #5 Oregon (-7½), (54½) — FOX
7:30 – Tennessee at South Carolina _7), (56½)
7:30 – Texas at Texas Tech (-24½) — FS1
8:00 – Oklahoma St at #9 Kansas St (-14½), (52) — ABC
8:00 – #10 Notre Dame (-14) at Navy (55½) — CBS
8:00 – Illinois at #16 Ohio State (-28½), (65)– ABC
10:30 – #12 Arizona at #22 UCLA (-6½), (70½) — ESPN
10:30 – Cal at Oregon State (-3), (67½)
11:00 – #17 Utah at #14 Arizona St (-5½), (56½) — FS1

 

 

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