NFL Lineal Title History
Current Holder:
Def. Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX
This week: v. Steelers, 9/10 8:30pm ET, NBC
Non-DeflateGate claim: Seahawks | This week: @Rams, 9/13 1pm ET, FOX

NFL Schedule: Week 15

Much better slate of games this week, and this goes up just in time for the not-so-good Thursday night game.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#25(4-9) 14¼-27¾ #9(8-5) Thu 8:20 PM Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan WW1 92 93 "You’re down by 20 in the fantasy semis!" "MJD was the only starter on either one of our teams that played Thursday night."
#13(7-6) 27-20 #28(4-9) Sat 8:20 PM Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan WW1 92 93 It’s almost incredible how bad the Bucs have gotten, and the Cowboys need a bounce-back.
#15(7-6) 23¼-16¾ #31(2-11) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf 91 138 Most of America will see this game. Not the most inspiring first game of a doubleheader in the world.
#24(4-9) 19½-26 #6(10-3) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Ron Pitts, Charles Davis 136 113 TJ Yates should continue to manage the game admirably against the porous Panther defense.
#19(6-7) 16¼-19¾ #16(7-6) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan CMP 139 93 Might the Seahawks prove they’re legitimate playoff contenders with a win over the Bears?
#27(4-9) 19¾-26¼ #12(7-6) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver USA 134 94 If the Skins can pull off the upset, it’ll be very unlikely the Giants-Cowboys rematch won’t be for the division.
#14(7-6) 23¾-17¼ #32(0-13) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts 112 128 The Titans got an early Christmas present for their hopes to keep up in the wild card.
#22(4-9) 20½-20½ #23(5-8) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots 85 104 Can the Dolphins’ hard charge finally pull them out of the cellar over the freefalling Bills?
#3(10-3) 28¾-22¼ #30(2-11) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Dick Stockton, John Lynch WW1 92 106 AP might be coming back! Too bad it’ll be against one of the best teams in the league.
#1(13-0) 30-16 #26(5-8) Sun 1:00 PM 711 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa 86 137 Will it matter who the Chiefs put out at quarterback against the Packers?
#11(8-5) 24½-23½ #17(7-6) Sun 4:05 PM 712 Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin CMP 135 92 Two teams desperately seeking to make it in the playoffs.
#29(4-9) 15¼-21¾ #20(6-7) Sun 4:15 PM 713 Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker 91 93 The Hawks have gotten more attention for their attempt to make the playoffs, but the Cards have done the same and should continue.
#5(10-3) 19½-26½ #8(8-5) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms WW1 86 94 Tom Brady and Tim Tebow square off in the game at the heart of last week’s network tug-of-war.
#10(8-5) 20½-23½ #21(5-8) Sun 4:15 PM 715 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon USA 85 132 The Jets have become a clear #2 in the division and solid playoff contender, so why are they dogs to the not-so-Dream Team?
#2(10-3) 23½-21 #18(6-7) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 Actually a tighter spread than the game NBC actually wanted, but the Bolts face a major obstacle to playoff contention.
#4(10-3) 18¼-21¼ #7(10-3) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 The Monday Night slump ends in a big way with a showdown between two teams fighting for first-round byes.

NFL Schedule: Week 14

Thanks to Tebow-Kraftgate, the Flex Schedule Watch is coming sometime Thursday. This week isn’t a particularly attractive slate of games either (just look at all the huge point spreads), and I’m rushing to get something important done. And that’s on top of the bad taste the way the college football season ended left in my mouth. Bad vibes all the way around.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#28(4-8) 12½-26½ #4(9-3) Thu 8:20 PM Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan WW1 92 93 Not a good sign when your struggling team goes Ravens-Steelers back-to-back.
#26(4-8) 19¼-18¼ #30(3-9) Sun 1:00 PM 712 Sam Rosen, Chad Pennington 136 117 Can you believe the Bucs were playoff contenders not that long ago?
#24(5-7) 13¾-22¾ #11(7-5) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts CMP 137 93 Can Kyle Orton repeat his Soldier Field magic at the Met?
#7(9-3) 17½-20½ #15(7-5) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon USA 86 104 The Texans seem to be doing okay with T.J. Yates. Will that continue against the Bengals?
#6(9-3) 28-20 #27(4-8) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf 91 134 Will getting scared by the worst team in the league cause the Patriots to play with fire against the Skins?
#T9(7-5) 25¼-22¾ #25(4-8) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Ron Pitts, Jim Mora 112 125 Hey, Cam Newton has a winning streak! But can it continue against a potential playoff team?
#23(4-8) 21-24 #18(4-8) Sun 1:00 PM 711 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan 132 113 Two teams going in very opposite directions.
#5(9-3) 26-22½ #14(7-5) Sun 1:00 PM 713 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver WW1 94 128 The Titans are scratching and clawing for a playoff spot… good luck getting it against the Saints.
#32(0-12) 12½-28½ #2(9-3) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker 106 85 The Colts showed signs of life against the Patriots, but the Ravens defense won’t be any easier.
#29(2-10) 20¾-28¾ #12(7-5) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin 138 92 Maybe the Vikings won’t solve the Lions’ penalty problem, but they will make it matter less.
#16(7-5) 16¼-19¾ #8(7-5) Sun 4:05 PM 715 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa CMP 135 93 Tebowmania is reaching a fever pitch, but will it continue against a hungry Bears defense?
#3(10-2) 21¾-17¾ #21(5-7) Sun 4:05 PM 714 Dick Stockton, John Lynch USA 92 139 The Cardinals might be a long shot for the playoffs, but it’ll be difficult getting past the Niners.
#22(5-7) 20¼-27¼ #20(5-7) Sun 4:15 PM 716 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots WW1 91 85 The Chargers are going on their late-season charge, while the Bills’ season is entering a tailspin.
#13(7-5) 20½-31½ #1(12-0) Sun 4:15 PM 705 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms 94 86 Good luck defending your division lead against the Tebow onslaught playing the Packers.
#17(6-6) 22¾-26¼ #T9(7-5) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 First of two for NFC East supremacy.
#31(2-10) 17½-22 #19(5-7) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 Rematch of last year’s NFC West title game with substantially less importance this time around.

NFL Schedule: Week 13

A day late, entirely my fault, though NFL.com’s schedule page STILL not having the Sunday Ticket channel for Colts-Pats didn’t help.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#18(4-7) 23¼-20¼ #22(4-7) Thu 8:20 PM Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan WW1 92 93 Betcha you didn’t realize these two teams were this close.
#14(6-5) 20½-17½ #25(4-7) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts 91 106 The Jets hope to continue building their playoff case against an iffy Skins team.
#24(4-7) 15¼-22¼ #10(7-4) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots CMP 135 94 Welcome to Kansas City, Kyle Orton! Say hello to the Bears defense.
#13(7-4) 18-24½ #6(8-3) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms WW1 113 86 The two current AFC Wild Card teams face off not only for their spots, but divisional positioning as well.
#9(7-4) 20¼-17¾ #7(8-3) Sun 1:00 PM 712 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa 134 92 The Texans try desperately to find a quarterback that can stay standing against a Falcons team fighting for the playoffs.
#15(6-5) 18-19½ #T29(2-9) Sun 1:00 PM 713 Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin 112 125 A rare network swap means it’ll be Fox (and Church of Tebow pastor Brennaman) bringing you Tebow’s latest heroics.
#27(3-8) 22-25 #20(4-7) Sun 1:00 PM 711 Ron Pitts, Jim Mora 136 117 The Bucs’ season is going into a tailspin. Might gorging on the Panthers defense help?
#32(0-11) 14-34 #4(8-3) Sun 1:00 PM 710? Marv Albert, Rich Gannon USA 132 93 Hey, remember when this was the NFL’s greatest rivalry? Then Manning went down and NBC flexed out a month in advance.
#17(6-5) 21-22½ #19(5-6) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein 137 128 Two teams with distant playoff hopes slug it out… again.
#11(7-4) 20-23 #23(3-8) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf 139 85 It took a last-minute FG for the ‘Boys to finish the Dolphins at home. Should the Raiders be scared heading into SunLife?
#2(8-3) 22¼-15¾ #28(4-7) Sun 4:05 PM 708 Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker 104 112 Hey fantasy nerds, Peyton Hillis is back! Just in time for the end of the fantasy regular season, against the Ravens D.
#1(11-0) 29½-23 #16(6-5) Sun 4:15 PM 715 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver WW1 94 86 Could the Pack go 16-0? The Giants probably represent their biggest obstacle left.
#8(7-4) 25-20½ #26(4-7) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Dick Stockton, John Lynch CMP 93 128 Maybe that Sunday Night showdown won’t be for the division lead after all, with this big an opportunity for the Boys.
#31(2-9) 12¼-25¾ #3(9-2) Sun 4:15 PM 716 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan USA 138 92 The woeful Rams should be just what the doctor ordered for a Niners team looking to bounce back from the Ravens loss.
#12(7-4) 22¼-31¼ #5(8-3) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 No Suh, but still a spotlight game between two teams fighting for the playoffs.
#21(4-7) 21-18 #T29(3-8) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 Because if it comes down to Mo Jo-Drew or Vincent Jackson for a fantasy playoff spot, you want everyone to watch.

NFL Schedule: Week 12

We’re finally out of the byes, and this week we’re getting a Thanksgiving feast featuring two matchups between top-ten teams and… the Cowboys game?

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#1(10-0) 31¼-24¾ #9(7-3) Thu 12:30 PM Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver WW1 92 86 They’re not undefeated, but whoda thought the Lions wouldn’t be putting people to sleep Thanksgiving…
#23(3-7) 18¾-25¾ #10(6-4) Thu 4:15 PM Jim Nantz, Phil Simms WW1 92 86 …or that their game would be more attractive than the Cowboys’ (or that the Lions might be better than the Cowboys)?
#2(9-1) 18¼-21¾ #5(7-3) Thu 8:20 PM Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan WW1 92 86 And whoda thought the Harbaugh Bowl would include one of the two best teams in the league… and it’s not the Ravens?
#19(5-5) 16¾-25¼ #15(5-5) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon CMP 134 86 Two teams trying to keep pace in the wild card and divisional races.
#T27(2-8) 17½-27 #11(6-4) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin USA 112 93 Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, and others put up the fantasy stats!
#30(2-8) 24-21 #32(0-10) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan 91 104 The Colts need two wins to tie only three teams, so this is what passes for a Luck Sweepstakes clash: two teams who don’t need QBs.
#20(4-6) 20-23 #18(5-5) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Dick Stockton, John Lynch WW1 136 92 Two teams with distant playoff hopes slug it out.
#29(3-7) 18¾-21¾ #31(2-8) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Sam Rosen, Chad Pennington 117 138 Got Larry Fitzgerald or Steven Jackson in fantasy? This is the game for you!
#25(4-6) 15-22½ #13(6-4) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker 113 85 The Browns should be just what the doctor ordered for the Bengals to recover from the Ravens loss.
#7(7-3) 20½-17 #T27(3-7) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots 128 137 Matt Leinart starts his run at the helm against a Jags defense that’s become fantasy stars recently.
#26(3-7) 16½-20½ #22(4-6) Sun 4:05 PM 712 Ron Pitts, Jim Mora 94 139 The Hawks hope to continue gorging on iffy teams to climb back into playoff contention.
#8(7-3) 18½-23 #15(6-4) Sun 4:05 PM 711 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa CMP 135 86 Caleb Hanie starts his run at the helm against a hungry Raiders defense.
#6(7-3) 26¾-23¾ #17(4-6) Sun 4:15 PM 713 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf WW1 93 132 Could Vince Young bring the Eagles up to his own “dream team” rhetoric? Good luck against the Pats.
#16(5-5) 17¾-24¼ #21(4-6) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts USA 85 92 A month ago, whoda thunk the Broncos would be a better team, in the standings and the rankings, than the Chargers?
#3(7-3) 25¼-14¾ #24(4-6) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 Welcome to Kansas City, Kyle Orton! Say hello to the Steelers defense.
#12(6-4) 22-29 #4(7-3) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 The best non-Thanksgiving game of the weekend has two of the league’s best quarterbacks fighting for playoff position.

NFL Schedule: Week 11

AFC Playoff Picture
DIVISION
LEADERS
WILD CARD WAITING IN
THE WINGS (4-5)
WEST
45-4
56-3
All others at 4-5
EAST
36-3
66-3
2 tied at 5-4
NORTH
27-3
5-4
2 tied at 6-3 5-4
SOUTH
17-3
5-4
5-4
NFC Playoff Picture
DIVISION
LEADERS
WILD CARD WAITING IN
THE WINGS (4-5)
EAST
46-3
56-3
5-4
SOUTH
37-3
66-3
5-4
WEST
28-1
5-4
2 tied at 3-6 5-4
NORTH
19-0
2 tied at 6-3

To help me see where I’d rather have the playoff picture chart, I’m reposting it on this post this week. Last four byes this week: three really good teams… and the Colts.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#T13(5-4) 22¾-16¼ #20(4-5) Thu 8:20 PM Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan WW1 92 93 Jets try to bounce back from getting embarrassed in primetime.
#27(2-7) 20¼-27¼ #10(6-3) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Dick Stockton, John Lynch 113 91 Suh and the Lions defense try to get back on track against Newton and the Panthers.
#19(4-5) 17¼-31¼ #1(9-0) Sun 1:00 PM 711 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver USA 136 86 Bucs may need to score the huge upset in the Battle of Bays to stay in playoff contention.
#12(5-4) 24½-17 #28(3-6) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa CMP 93 134 Cowboys hope to take advantage of their struggling rivals to keep pace in the playoff race.
#11(6-3) 16¾-23¾ #7(6-3) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf WW1 112 92 Big showdown for a share of the AFC North lead and the top wild-card spot.
#15(5-4) 23-22 #25(2-7) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots 85 117 Mystified at Raiders being only a one-point favorite over a bad Vikings team.
#16(5-4) 20½-22½ #29(2-7) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon 137 94 Don’t get too excited Fins fans – you’re still closer to Luck than the playoffs, but the Bills are reeling.
#26(3-6) 16¾-17¾ #31(3-6) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker 104 132 The Jags defense is starting to make noise for fantasy teams, and the Browns offense should oblige.
#23(3-6) 18-21 #30(2-7) Sun 4:05 PM 712 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan 106 138 The Rams want to recover something from their season, but the Hawks got an even huger win.
#24(3-6) 15¾-25¼ #2(8-1) Sun 4:05 PM 713 Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin CMP 139 92 The Niners continue their march to dominate the NFC West.
#17(5-4) 19-25 #T13(5-4) Sun 4:15 PM 705 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts WW1 85 93 Interconference showdown between two teams fighting for a playoff spot.
#18(4-5) 20¾-24¼ #8(6-3) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms USA 86 94 Two name teams fighting for the playoffs but going in different directions.
#21(3-6) 21½-25½ #9(6-3) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 If the Dream Team couldn’t beat the lowly Cardinals, what could they possibly do against the Giants?
#22(4-5) 15¾-30¾ #5(6-3) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 The Chiefs have started looking horrible again, and the Patriots will be no help.

Bye:

NFL Schedule: Week 10

No thanks to Awful Announcing, you get the schedule a day after the Thursday Night game. I’ve kept the MXS and records for that game what they were prior to the game. AA says they should have it up Wednesday or Thursday afternoon from now on, but if they don’t next week I may have to look for a site that posts complete announcer information for each game before Thursday – I don’t use the506 because in my experience, they don’t do sideline reporters. Speaking of the506, they’re the real problem; the thread I get radio assignments from wasn’t updated late Thursday night, after the game was over.

And with that, we are now in the second half of the NFL season, with some teams crossing the border last week.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#19(4-4) 20½-27½ #16(4-4) Thu 8:20 PM Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan WW1 92 93 Showdown for divisional supremacy kicks off the Thursday Night schedule.
#28(2-6) 16¼-30¼ #17(3-5) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale 137 85 After the loss to the Bears, can the Eagles get back on track, or are the Cards too desperate for respect?
#26(2-6) 20¼-17¼ #32(0-9) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein 106 112 More bad news: Colts are now the last winless team. Can they get off the schnide against the Jags?
#24(3-5) 19¼-22¼ #20(4-4) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker CMP 113 94 The Chiefs just got embarrassed by the Dolphins, and now they have Tim Tebow to deal with.
#6(6-3) 22¼-19¼ #9(6-2) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts USA 91 82 The AFC North has been dominant, but the Bengals aren’t getting respect; will that change if they beat Pittsburgh?
#14(5-3) 21¼-26¾ #15(4-4) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms 86 132 Interconference showdown between two teams fighting for a playoff spot.
#5(6-3) 25-25 #T12(5-3) Sun 1:00 PM 712 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa 92 134 Showdown for divisional supremacy one of the highlights of the early games.
#31(1-7) 17¼-20¾ #27(3-5) Sun 1:00 PM 714 Ron Pitts, Jim Mora 138 128 People haven’t noticed the Browns aren’t that bad, or that the Rams are.
#25(3-5) 17-20½ #30(1-7) Sun 1:00 PM 713 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan 135 104 Can the high from the Dolphins’ first win continue into a home clash with the Redskins?
#21(4-4) 21¼-24¾ #T22(2-6) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots 80 93 Looking at the power rankings and line, you’d never guess the Titans had two more wins.
#8(6-3) 24¼-21¼ #18(4-4) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon WW1 117 136 The Texans spent nearly a decade without making the playoffs. Now they could get a first-round bye.
#3(6-2) 23¾-17¼ #29(2-6) Sun 4:05 PM 715 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf USA 113 93 Will the homes of the Fox early games really want to see the hapless Seahawks get crushed by the Ravens?
#7(6-2) 21¼-23¾ #T12(5-3) Sun 4:15 PM 711 Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin CMP 94 92 Da Bears would be in the playoffs right now, and revenge against the Lions would make all Cutler’s sacks worthwhile.
#4(6-2) 19½-23 #2(7-1) Sun 4:15 PM 716 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver WW1 85 86 The Niners have a chance to prove their bona fides against Eli and Co. in front of a nearly national audience.
#10(5-3) 22¾-24¼ #11(5-3) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 Showdown for divisional supremacy starts the NBC flex schedule.
#T22(2-6) 18¾-32¼ #1(8-0) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 The Packers get a primetime showcase for their dominance against a hated rival.

NFL Schedule: Week 9

Gotta get this done earlier next week once Thursday night games start. Vegas seems to disagree with the power rankings a lot, I notice. Favorite playing at home can’t fully explain some of these lines.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#14(4-3) 21¼-23¾ #6(5-2) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms WW1 92 112 Who would have thought these two teams would be fighting for the division lead? Or that the Bills would be favored?
#25(3-4) 15¼-25¾ #10(5-3) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts 106 137 Why is Houston favored by so much over a team around .500?
#31(0-7) 18¼-22¼ #18(4-3) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots 94 138 Should be easy for the Chiefs to continue their comeback against the stinky Dolphins.
#28(2-5) 17-28 #20(3-4) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan 117 85 Evidently Vegas thinks these teams are separated by a lot more than one win and eight spots.
#2(6-1) 20¾-16¾ #T23(3-4) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa CMP 139 93 The Niners continue to showcase their surprisingly good team against the floundering Skins.
#17(4-3) 21-29 #8(5-3) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Dick Stockton, John Lynch USA 136 86 Saints better come back from the Rams shocker quickly with the division lead on the line.
#12(4-3) 25¾-19¼ #32(0-8) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Ron Pitts, Jim Mora 91 113 Can the Falcons avoid their division mate’s fate against a winless team?
#27(2-5) 17¾-25¼ #19(4-3) Sun 4:05 PM 711 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf CMP 104 139 Showdown of two new quarterbacks on the hot seat quickly.
#11(5-2) 19¼-22¼ #21(4-3) Sun 4:05 PM 712 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon 93 134 Power rankings say Bengals substantially better; Vegas disagrees. Still can’t get no respect.
#9(5-2) 21-30 #4(5-2) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver USA 86 94 What luck: same year Eli compares himself to Tom, Giants play Pats… and he may actually be outplaying Brady.
#1(7-0) 28¼-22¾ #15(4-3) Sun 4:15 PM 715 Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin WW1 85 92 Bad time to have a heartbreaking loss, entering a game against the best team in the league.
#29(1-6) 19-22 #30(1-6) Sun 4:15 PM 713 Sam Rosen, Chad Pennington 138 91 Divisional showdown between two Luck contenders.
#5(5-2) 19½-22½ #3(6-2) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 Ravens embarrassed Steelers in Game 1 of this classic rivalry. Pittsburgh wants revenge, and to prove themselves.
#13(4-3) 20-27½ #16(3-4) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 The Eagles get another primetime game to try to move back into playoff position.

Bye:

NFL Schedule: Week 8

Here’s the schedule, finally, mere hours before the games begin. A lot fewer ties in the RCS rankings this week. For the record, I updated the lineal title page for the Packers’ bye a little over 24 hours before this post.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#T3(5-2) 30½-17 #30(0-6) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale 91 138 Can the Saints light up the scoreboard against a winless team two weeks in a row?
#31(0-6) 16-26 #10(4-2) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf CMP 136 86 Dysfunctional Dolphins just try to survive their second trip to the New Met.
#25(2-5) 15½-25 #11(4-3) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon 112 92 Can the Jaguars maintain the momentum of the Ravens upset against the division leaders?
#29(1-5) 15¼-27¾ #6(4-2) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin WW1 137 93 The Ravens need to recover from the Monday night debacle; will the floundering Cards help?
#27(1-6) 21½-25 #23(2-5) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa 113 94 Two teams looking to pick up their disappointing seasons.
#32(0-7) 17½-26 #22(3-3) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots USA 117 85 Manning-less Colts could be just what the doctor ordered after that devastating loss to Houston.
#7(5-2) 22¼-19¼ #26(2-4) Sun 4:05 PM 711 Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jamie Maggio 135 92 Will the Lions defense give Tim Tebow a rude awakening?
#21(3-3) 20¼-25¼ #8(4-2) Sun 4:05 PM 710 Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver CMP 134 93 The Redskins try not to lose their season in Toronto.
#14(4-2) 19½-18 #28(2-4) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker USA 112 94 The Bengals are quietly impressive. But how much of it is playing teams like the Hawks?
#2(5-1) 27½-25 #5(5-2) Sun 4:15 PM 712 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms WW1 91 86 Showdown between possibly the two best teams in the AFC – now and the past few years.
#24(3-3) 14¾-23¾ #T3(5-1) Sun 4:15 PM 713 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts 113 85 Are the Niners really this good? Well, they should have no trouble with the Browns.
#16(3-3) 22¾-25¾ #19(2-4) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 Divisional showdown between two teams fighting for playoff relevancy.
#9(4-2) 23½-20½ #20(3-3) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 If the Chiefs want to get back on track, they’d better get past the class of the division.

Bye:

NFL Schedule: Week 7

Another parade of ties in RCS’ consensus power rankings, and the tie at #2 in particular has me thinking they should go to an odd number of component rankings somehow to make ties harder. I knew to do so with my own similar concept. Meanwhile, I’m astounded at the Monday night over-under, which yields the lowest MXS I’ve recorded in the short time I’ve been doing this, as well as the first favorite’s MXS below 20.

Also, I’ve been thinking about the idea of local all-sports blogs for each sports city, and it’s taking all my effort to keep from starting it up myself by the end of the month…

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#5(4-1) 23-21 #17(3-3) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms USA 112 93 Showdown between two heavyweights who can’t stand each other… and that’s the coaches!
#22(2-3) 19-22 #24(2-3) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Ron Pitts, Jim Mora 113 85 Two teams trying to show that they’re for real, or at least not horrible.
#18(3-3) 22-25½ #6(5-1) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Dick Stockton, John Lynch WW1 134 86 Lions trying to bounce back from their first loss against a team trying to show they’re still as good as last year.
#T15(3-3) 22¼-21¼ #T11(4-2) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa CMP 135 106 One of the better games London has been exposed to… which isn’t saying much.
#T26(1-4) 20½-21½ #30(0-5) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots 91 136 Who cares that both teams suck? It’s the start of the Tebow era!
#19(3-2) 20¼-22¾ #23(1-5) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan 117 94 The Redskins feel people are disrespecting their 3-2 start, but Newton and the Panthers will not make it easy.
#13(3-3) 20¾-23¾ #T15(3-2) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon 138 92 The Texans have been slipping in recent weeks, and the surprising Titans can take control of the division.
#8(4-2) 23½-19½ #T26(1-4) Sun 4:05 PM 711 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf USA 85 139 The Cardinals come back from their bye in time to run into the Steelers buzzsaw.
#25(2-3) 18-24 #10(4-2) Sun 4:05 PM 712 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts CMP 137 91 Hey, the Chiefs are on a winning streak! Can they continue it against the red-hot Raiders?
#1(6-0) 27¾-18¾ #28(1-5) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver WW1 92 86 The Christian Ponder era is underway… good luck!
#32(0-5) 15¾-28¼ #20(2-3) Sun 4:15 PM 713 Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin 94 93 With the Rams considered to be worse than the other winless teams, chances are we see Good Romo this week.
#31(0-6) 17-31 #7(4-2) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 Another Colts regret for NBC, especially up against the World Series.
#T2(4-1) 18½-10½ #29(1-5) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 Are the Ravens the quietest possibly-second-best team in the league ever?

Bye:

NFL Schedule: Week 6

There are a lot of ties in RCS’ Consensus Power Rankings, suggesting the way this season has played out has blindsided a lot of people and we aren’t quite sure what to make of it, at least beneath the dominant Packers.

What is the Median Expected Score?

Away MXS Home Time (ET) TV DTV Announcers NTR SIRIUS Notes
Away Home
#T22(1-4) 23½-27 #18(2-3) Sun 1:00 PM 710 Dick Stockton, John Lynch 135 93 Fresh off the Packer defeat, the Falcons look to get back on track, but Cam and the Panthers will not make it easy.
#21(1-4) 25-22 #11(3-1) Sun 1:00 PM 707 Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin CMP 132 86 The Skins want to show they’re for real. The Eagles want to show they are who we thought they were.
#T31(0-4) 16¾-30¾ #1(5-0) Sun 1:00 PM 709 Chris Myers, Tim Ryan USA 138 92 The best team in the league… against maybe the worst. How big a blowout can it get?
#29(1-4) 13¾-26¼ #T8(3-2) Sun 1:00 PM 706 Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts WW1 148 94 Not quite as lopsided as Rams-Packers, but probably pretty close.
#T6(4-1) 23½-27 #13(3-2) Sun 1:00 PM 704 Jim Nantz, Phil Simms 112 91 Giants are humiliated for losing to Seattle, and the Bills will be far tougher.
#T8(4-1) 21¼-25¼ #T3(5-0) Sun 1:00 PM 708 Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa 128 85 Who would have thought this would be one of the biggest matchups of the year?
#T31(0-5) 17-23½ #19(3-2) Sun 1:00 PM 705 Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots 113 106 If I’d told you before the season this would be 0-5 vs. 3-2, which would you have thought would be which?
#T22(2-2) 19-25½ #12(3-2) Sun 4:05 PM 712 Marv Albert, Rich Gannon 92 139 The Browns want people to notice they’ve started pretty good, too.
#10(3-2) 19-26 #5(3-1) Sun 4:05 PM 711 Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf USA 93 134 The Texans continue their gauntlet of tough opponents.
#2(4-1) 27¾-21¾ #14(3-2) Sun 4:15 PM 714 Ron Pitts, Jim Mora WW1 94 136 Big home test for the Bucs if they want to challenge for the NFC South.
#16(2-2) 24¾-30¾ #T3(4-1) Sun 4:15 PM 713 Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver CMP 137 86 Which Tony Romo will it be? With the Pats’ iffy defense, look for surprises.
#26(1-4) 19½-22 #20(2-3) Sun 8:20 PM Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya WW1 92 93 The other half of the NFC North squares off in primetime in a game that must have looked good at the time.
#30(0-4) 18-24½ #17(2-3) Mon 8:30 PM Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber WW1 92 93 The woeful Dolphins could prove to be just what the doctor ordered for the underperforming Jets.

Bye: