The highlight of every weekend in the NFL and usually the best matchup, at least on paper, is Sunday Night Football. The penultimate game of the week is televised on NBC with an 8:25 pm ET kickoff and typically features games with superstars, big storylines or historic rivalries.
Sunday Night Football will take place for the final time during the 2020 season, as the Washington Football Team takes on the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington comes into the game at -1 over Philadelphia.
Washington comes into the game with a 6-9 record. But, a win in this game, and they are in the postseason. The Football Team would be the winners of the NFC East. Alex Smith is expected back at quarterback for this game, and Washington has sent Dwyane Haskins packing off the roster. Smith did not play in Week 16, but is expected to be a great game manager in the game.
Antonio Gibson has been solid for Washington, with over 700 yards, with 11 touchdowns on the season. Terry McLaurin is questionable in the game for Washington. The young receiver has 3 touchdowns on the season, and over 1,000 yards.
It’s been a lost, frustrating season for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have benched Carson Wentz, and won just 4 games this season. Rookie Jalen Hurts has given them a flash of light, but in the end, just not good enough. The Eagles are coming off a game in which they lost by 20 points on the road at Dallas.
Miles Sanders leads the team in rushing yards with 867 on the season. Sanders also has 6 touchdowns on the season.
Again - if Washington wins this game, they will go to the postseason, as the 4th seed and take on Tampa Bay at home. If Washington does not win the game, the winner of the Giants/Cowboys will reach the postseason. Look for Washington to get the job done on Sunday!
Sunday Night Football in Week 16 was all Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers scored the first 19 points of the game, and the final 21 points to beat the Tennessee Titans 40-14.
Aaron Rodgers tossed for 231 yards and 4 touchdowns in the game, with just one turnover. Devante Adams continued his assault on the rest of the league with 11 more receptions and 142 yards. Adams caught 3 of the 4 touchdown passes. Equinamous St. Brown caught the other for Green Bay. A.J. Dillon came in and rushed for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Packers as well.
Derek Henry was kept out of the end zone for the Titans. If he doesn’t score, the Titans are many times in trouble. Henry did finish the game with 98 yards, but it was not nearly enough. Ryan Tannehill was not sharp either for Tennessee, wrapping up with just 121 passing yards and a touchdown. He also added a touchdown on the ground but threw two interceptions as well.
The win for the Packers pushed them to 12-3 on the season. Green Bay will need a win on the road in Chicago in Week 17 to get the top seed in the NFC. They will be playing a Bears team that must win to get into the postseason. For the Tennessee Titans, despite the loss, they are still tied atop the AFC South. The Titans are on the road at Houston to wrap up the regular season.
It was a quality win for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday Night Football. The Browns won their 10th game of the season, holding the New York Giants to just 6 points. The Giants started the scoring with a field goal, and ended it the same. Cleveland got touchdowns from Austin Hooper, Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb in the 20-6 final. The Giants dropped to 5-9 on the season.
Baker Mayfield was strong throwing the football 32 times in the game. The former Oklahoma signal caller threw for 297 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game. The run game was not excellent, like usual, but Nick Chubb got the job done. Chubb rushed 15 times for 50 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland is tied with Indianapolis at the top of the AFC Wildcard hunt.
Daniel Jones did not play in this game, and that did not go well for New York. Colt McCoy came in and threw for just 221 yards, but did not score a touchdown. Head coach Joe Judge faked a field goal on their first possession and did not come up with any points. That seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game. Alfred Morris led the rushing attack for New York with 39 yards. The Giants are now tied with the Cowboys for second in the NFC East, trailing Washington by a single game.
The New York Giants are going to need to win their next two games, and have some help. The Giants are at the Ravens on Sunday and then will finish at home against the Cowboys. For Cleveland, they will seek their 11th win of the season at the Jets on Sunday, before hosting the Steelers in Week 17.
The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their second straight game, as they lost 26-15 on Sunday Night Football to the Buffalo Bills. The Bills scored 23 straight points after falling behind 7-0. Pittsburgh scored an early 4th quarter touchdown to push it to 23-15, but Buffalo added a late field goal and iced the win. The win pushed the Bills to 10-3 on the season, while Pittsburgh is now 11-2.
Josh Allen controlled the game for the Buffalo Bills. While the stat line is not sext; he did everything he needed to put the Bills on top, and keep them there. Allen finished with 238 passing yards and 28 rushing yards. Allen threw 2 touchdown passes in the game. Stefon Diggs was the man for the Bills, as he caught 10 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Cole Beasley was next for Buffalo with 5 catches and 41 yards.
After not being able to run the ball against Washington, the return of James Conner was some hope. But, the Steelers saw Conner rush for just 18 yards in the loss. Overall, Pittsburgh picked up just 47 yards on the ground. The two touchdowns for Pittsburgh came from JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington. The Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions in the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to regroup in Week 15, as they are on the road at the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. For Buffalo, they also go on the road and take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
It was not pretty, but a win is a win for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Taking on their rivals from inside the AFC West - the Chiefs trailed for much of the game. A Travis Kelce touchdown put them on top, and a Harrison Butker field goal extended the lead to 6 late in the game. The Chiefs defense held up for a late stop to win 22-16. The win for the Chiefs pushed them to 11-1 on the season. Denver is now 4-8.
Patrick Mahomes did not have his best game of the season, but still finished with 318 passing yards and a touchdown. Travis Kelce was his guy to go with 136 receiving yards and a touchdown. The ground game was pretty limited for the Chiefs with the absence of Clyde-Edward Helaire. Le’Veon Bell anchored the running backs with 40 yards.
For Denver, Tim Patrick scored both touchdowns. He finished the game with just 4 receptions for 44 yards, but was Drew Lock’s go to guy in the endzone. Lock completed 15 of 28 passes for 151 yards, with the 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
The Denver Broncos have been eliminated from postseason play. But, Denver will look to finish strong and maybe play spoiler, as they go to Carolina in Week 14. Following that, the Broncos have the Bills at home, a trip to LA to take on the CHargers, and a home game against the Raiders left on their slate.
The Kansas City Chiefs have won 7 straight games. They will play in Week 14 at the Miami Dolphins. It’s the first of back to back road games, as Week 15, the Chiefs are at the Saints. Kansas City wraps up the 2020 regular season with the Falcons and Chargers at home.
The return of Mitchell Trubisky for the Chicago Bears did not go as planned on Sunday Night. The Green Bay Packers made quick and easy work of the Chicago Bears in the 41-25 win. The win for the Packers pushed them to 8-3 on the season, and now a 3 game lead at the top of the NFC North. For the Bears, they are now 5-6. Chicago started the season 5-1, and have dropped 5 straight games.
Aaron Rodgers was absolutely rolling in this game. The signal-caller for the Packers completed 21 out of 29 passes for 211 yards and 4 touchdowns. Aaron Jones was the main man on the ground but did not get into the end zone for the Packers. Devante Adams caught the first touchdown of the game, but Robert Tonyan led the team with 67 yards in the game.
Mithell Trubisky turned the ball over three times on Sunday. The quarterback threw two interceptions, and lost a fumble, and was sacked three times. Him and Allen Robinson connected for two touchdowns, while David Montgomery caught the third one. Robinson finished with 74 yards, while Montgomery finished with 143 total yards. The Bears saw eight guys catch passes in the loss.
The Chicago Bears will look to get back on track against a divisional foe on Sunday. The Bears will head home and take on the struggling Lons at Soldier Field. For the Packers, they will head home as well, and take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
What a game we saw to wrap up Sunday in Week 11 of the National Football League. The Kansas City Chiefs moved to 9-1 with a 35-31 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. The win for the Chiefs was revenge for the lone loss the Chiefs took this season earlier in the season to the Raiders. Vegas is now 6-4 on the season.
Josh Jacobs got the party started for the Raiders, scoring an early touchdown. The Raiders led 17-14 at halftime, but then trailed 21-17 after three. Jason Witten’s touchdown with 1:43 game them a 31-28 lead. But, that was too much time for Patrick Mahomes, as he led the CHiefs down the field for a touchdown with 0:28 left to win the game.
Mahomes finished with 348 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, with Tyreke Hill catching the other. For the Raiders, Derek Carr threw the football 31 times for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the ground, the Raiders saw Jacobs rush for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Kansas City will look to stay hot with a road game in Week 12. The Chiefs will face a tough test as they take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the Raiders, they are going to go to Atlanta, and take on the Falcons on Sunday.
There was an upset on Sunday Night Football, as the favored Baltimore Ravens lost 23-17 to the New England Patriots. The Patriots needed the win, their second straight, as they are now 4-5 on the season and in the running for an AFC Wild Card spot.
The loss for the Ravens dropped them three games behind unbeaten Pittsburgh in the AFC North race. The Ravens are now 6-3.
Willie Snead had a big game for the Ravens with the first and last touchdowns of the game, but it was not enough. The Ravens just could not slow down the Patriots offense.
Snead finished with 64 yards on five receptions, including those two touchdowns. Lamar Jackson finished the game completing 24 of 34 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Ravens' ground game got next to nothing, as Gus Edwards paced the team with just 42 yards.
Rex Burkhead scored two touchdowns for the Patriots, but the big man on campus was Damien Harris. Harris rushed 22 times for 121 yards.
Jakobi Meyers finished the game as the top receiver for New England with 59 yards on five receptions. Cam Newton threw for a touchdown and rushed for another.
The Baltimore Ravens need to get back on track, as they have two tough games to wrap up November. The Ravens will host the Titans on Sunday, then have a quick turnaround to take on Pittsburgh on the road on Thanksgiving night.
The Patriots are on the road this Sunday at Houston before they take on Arizona to wrap up the month.
Things didn't go as planned for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night, as they lost big in a huge divisional game, falling to the New Orleans Saints 38-3 at home. The Saints scored two first-quarter and two second-quarter touchdowns.
They then kicked a field goal before the half on their way to a rout over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The win for the Saints kept them in first place in the NFC South with a 6-2 record, while Tampa Bay dropped to 6-3 on the season.
Tampa Bay did not score until the fourth quarter when it kicked a field goal. Ryan Succop nailed it from 48 yards out.
The Buccaneers saw their veteran quarterback Tom Brady struggle in this game. Brady threw three interceptions and did not get the Bucs into the end zone. Ronald Jones, the top running back for Tampa Bay, rushed for just nine yards in the loss.
For the Saints, Drew Brees was outstanding, throwing four touchdown passes without turning the ball over. His top target was Michael Thomas, who had five catches for 51 yards.
Trequan Smith, Adam Trautman, Emmanuel Sanders, Alvin Kamara and Josh Hill scored the Saints touchdowns.
The Saints will now host the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 10 affair. This is the first of back-to-back home games for New Orleans, as the Falcons come to town in Week 11.
The Buccaneers will head out on the road and take on the Carolina Panthers before back-to-back home games against the Rams and Chiefs to wrap up November.
It was not pretty, but it was a Sunday Night Football win for the Philadelphia Eagles, as they topped the Dallas Cowboys by a 23-9 score. The win pushed the Philadelphia Eagles to a 3-4-1 record, while the Cowboys dropped to 2-6 on the season.
Dallas led the game 9-7 at halftime but then failed to score in the entire second half. Philadelphia scored a third-quarter touchdown and converted the two-point conversion to go up 15-9. The game was clinched on Rodney McLeod's 53-yard return of a Ben DiNucci fumble for a touchdown with 5:33 to go. A late safety pushed the score to 23-9.
DiNucci, the Cowboys' third-string quarterback who made the start, finished the game completing 21-of-40 passes for 180 yards. The Cowboys had no touchdowns in the game. Ezekiel Elliott rushed 19 times for 63 yards in the game but once again did not get into the end zone.
For the Eagles, Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and also two interceptions. His top target in the game was Travis Fulgham, with six catches and 76 yards. Fulgham and Jalen Reagor were the two offensive players to score touchdowns for Philadelphia.
The Cowboys will turn around and head home to take on the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Eagles will take Week 9 off before heading on the road to take on the Giants in Week 10.
What a wild and crazy Sunday Night Football game in Week 7. In the end, the Arizona Cardinals won the game 37-34 in overtime over divisional rival Seattle.
The win for Arizona puts it at 5-2 and back in the mix at the top of the NFC West. Seattle fell to 5-1 with the loss. San Francisco is 4-3, while the Rams are 4-2 heading into Monday Night Football.
The Cardinals scored 10 points in the final 2:28 of the game to tie the game. After a bunch of back and forth in overtime, including a missed field goal, Zane Gonzalez won the game with a field goal in the final minute of the game. Gonzalez finished with three field goals in the win.
Tyler Lockett was absolutely on fire in the loss for Seattle. He finished with 15 receptions, 200 yards and three touchdowns. Russell Wilson threw the ball 50 times but also threw three interceptions in the game, including one that led to the game-winning field goal.
Carlos Hyde took over for an injured Chris Carson in the game and scored a touchdown on 15 carries.
For Arizona, Kyler Murray continues to impress. He went 34-of-48 for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Murray threw an interception but was in control nearly all night, adding a rushing touchdown. Christian Kirk led the team with two touchdowns in the game.
Seattle will host the 49ers in Week 8, while Arizona gets the week off. The Cardinals will then host Miami on Nov. 8.
The word coming into the game on Sunday night was that the San Francisco 49ers needed a win, and they needed it badly. The 49ers took control of the game early and picked up a 24-16 win to move to 3-3 on the season. The 49ers sent the Los Angeles Rams to their second loss of the season, as they are now 4-2.
Deebo Samuel and George Kittle scored early, and Brandon Aiyuk added one at the end of the first half to send the 49ers to a 20-7 halftime lead. The Rams threatened, but the second half saw just a total of 13 points, which led to the 49ers win.
Kittle led the passing attack for the 49ers with seven receptions and over 100 yards. Raheem Mostert was solid on the ground for the 49ers with 65 yards but was unable to get into the end zone. The best news for San Francisco was the health of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw three touchdowns and no interceptions.
For the Rams, Darrell Henderson rushed 14 times for 88 yards. Jared Goff finished with just 198 passing yards and two touchdowns. Josh Reynolds caught the last touchdown of the game and finished with 45 yards.
The Rams will host the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 7, while the 49ers are on the road at the Patriots on Sunday.
In a wild and crazy Sunday Night Football affair, the Seattle Seahawks topped the Minnesota Vikings 27-26. The game saw Seattle score all 27 of its points in the second half, while Minnesota used a backup running back that went for over 100 yards, all in the second half. In the end, Seattle moved to 5-0 on the season, while the Vikings fell to 1-4.
Dalvin Cook scored the first touchdown of the game and had a big first half for Minnesota. But, he got hurt on the first play of the second half and left the game. The 13-0 lead for Minnesota at halftime was great but not enough.
Will Dissly, D.K. Metcalf and Chris Carson all got into the end zone within 1:53 of each other in the third quarter to give the Seahawks a 21-13 lead. Minnesota bounced back with back-to-back Adam Thielen touchdowns to take a 26-21 lead.
The Vikings chose to go for it late on fourth and one instead of kicking a field goal to go up eight points. They did not get it, and, of course, we all know the story from there.
Metcalf scored with 15 seconds to play to give the Seahawks the lead for good. Minnesota did cover the spread of the game. The Vikings were listed at +6.5 on the road.
Russell Wilson finished the game 20-of-32 for 217 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Kirk Cousins wound up with 249 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception.
It was not pretty for the Philadelphia Eagles, but they got it done. The Eagles earned their first victory of the 2020 season with a 25-20 decision over San Francisco.
This was the Sunday Night Football affair for Week 4. The Eagles moved to 1-2-1, while San Francisco dropped to 2-2 on the season with the loss.
The Eagles started the scoring off with an 11-yard touchdown run from quarterback Carson Wentz. The big spot in the game was 17 straight points at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth for the Eagles.
An interception returned for touchdown played a huge part in that, and was topped off by a 52-yard touchdown reception from Travis Fulgham.
The 49ers struggled without several key players. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not play, along with numerous guys on defense. Nick Mullens completed 18-of-26 passes but threw two big interceptions in the game. Tight end George Kittle was a monster for the 49ers, finishing with 183 yards and 15 receptions.
Philadelphia won the game despite being over a touchdown underdog. The 49ers were favored to win the game by 8.5 points, and the total finished at 46. The Eagles won the game 25-20.
Week 3 of the NFL season saw some interesting games on Sunday, and the final game was no exception. The New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers combined for 67 points in a thrilling 37-30 Green Bay victory. The Packers' win pushed them to 3-0 on the season, while New Orleans lost its second straight game and now sits with a 1-2 record.
The Saints tied the game after three quarters, following an Alvin Kamara 52-yard touchdown that could be the most impressive of the season. Kamara was outstanding, with just shy of 200 total yards and two touchdowns. His backfield mate, Latavius Murray, rushed for 58 yards and also got into the end zone.
The big story was the Saints' defense and its inability to stop Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback completed 21-of-32 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns. Allen Lazard was his top target with 146 yards and a touchdown.
Aaron Jones was good for Green Bay, with a touchdown on 16 carries and two receptions in the game.
The Packers head to Week 4, where they will host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. New Orleans looks to get back on track with a trip to Detroit on Sunday.
What a game played to finish a great Sunday of football in Week 2. A previous Super Bowl matchup saw Pete Carroll and the Seahawks take on Bill Belichick and the Patriots. This game lived up to the hype. In fact, a stop on the goal line by the Seahawks led to a 35-30 win at home.
The win for Seattle was their second straight. They are tied with the Rams atop the NFC West. Russell Wilson was fantastic in the win. After an early interception, the quarterback tossed for 5 touchdowns on 288 passing yards. Tyler Lockett caught 7 passes and score a touchdown, while D.K. Metcalf finished the game with 92 yards and a score.
Despite the loss, quarterback Cam Newton was sharp for New England. He came up just three yards short of 400 in the game. While he finished with just one passing touchdown, his effort and ability to move the football was outstanding. Veteran receiver Julian Edelman was a beast in the game with 8 receptions and 179 yards. The Patriots ground game was without their top back James White due to the death of his father.
The first game at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles was a thriller. The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys wrapped up Sunday with a 20-17 affair in favor of the home team.
Malcolm Brown got the party started with a touchdown early in the game, which was his first of two on the day. The Rams led 7-0 after one. The second quarter was led by Ezekiel Elliott, with two touchdowns, one on the ground and one via the air.
In the second half, Malcolm Brown was the lone player to get into the end zone. A Greg Zuerlein field goal for Dallas pushed the score to 20-17 late in the game, and that’s where it ended in favor of the Rams.
Dak Prescott finished with 266 passing yards and a touchdown, while Jared Goff did not throw a touchdown, but threw for 275 yards. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Brown scampered for 79 yards and 2 scores for the Rams.
Not only did both New England and Seattle both win in Week 1, but they both covered as well. Seattle opened as the favorite, but by kickoff, it was an underdog at +1.
The Patriots were favored by 7.5, and a late Miami touchdown made backers nervous, but they still won by 10. The Seahawks game with the Falcons cleared the 50-point total by 13 points, but the Patriots-Dolphins total went under by 9.5 points.
Both the Patriots and the Seahawks traditionally draw public betting. Last week, the Seahawks had over 75% of the action against the Falcons, while New England had just under 60% of the against-the-spread bets against Miami.
When these teams played in 2016 and in Super Bowl XLIX, the totals went over 45 points both times. Also, both games were decided by seven points or less.
In all of the NFL last week, home favorites were 6-4 ATS, and nine games went over the total. However, the only prime-time game in Week 1 to go over was the opener between Kansas City and Houston. The other three were under the total.
The New England defense was brilliant against Miami, but Wilson is a different story. The new Patriots offense will likely need more than three scores to win this game, especially if Seattle gets the ground game going. Look for the Seahawks -3.5 to be a popular bet this week.
There are several options based on location, so shop for the best line and totals. DraftKings, PointsBet, FanDuel, William Hill and BetMGM are some of your options.
Many will also offer game and player props for prime-time games. Keep an eye out for odds boosts or special offers.
The Sunday Night Football game airs on NBC at 8:20 pm ET with the pregame Football Night in America show beginning at 7 pm ET. The broadcast team is veterans Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth with Michelle Tafoya on the sidelines.
The games are set for the first half of the season, but the NFL and its TV partners can use flex scheduling to change the SNF matchup to a “better” game in November and December. The Week 17 Jan. 3, 2021 game is listed as TBA and will likely be whatever game has the biggest playoff impact.
All of the SNF games can be streamed on NBC’s website and the NBC Sports mobile app. Those with Sling TV, fuboTV and Hulu can also access NBC in their packages.
Since this is such a high-profile game each week, the public betting usually moves the line. Look at the line on the Sunday night or Monday morning before and see what you like. Then if the line starts to move in your favor, wait until closer to kickoff.
If the public starts to move the line away from your position, you can bet against the public. This is called betting like a sharp.
With SNF being in its own time slot with usually the biggest ratings of the week, the game gets more attention. If the line changes more than you like, wait until the game starts and make an in-game bet. This is a good strategy if the favorite falls behind and becomes an underdog, especially at home.
Sunday Night Football comes on the air with the pregame at 7 pm ET, and kickoff is 8:20 pm ET.
Sunday Night Football is on NBC with coverage on NBC Sports App.
It changes every week but usually the popular teams like the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers get multiple games each season.
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