Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Thursday NFL game previews


Vikings at Lions

12:30, Ch. 10

Line: Lions by 21/2; 411/2

The Lions are the first team to have their first 10 games all decided by seven points or fewer. They've trailed in the fourth quarter of all six of their wins, including against the Vikings three weeks ago. … If the Vikings win, they move into first place in the NFC North with a remaining schedule that has only one team with a winning record.

Tampa Bay Times staff picks: Greg Auman, Minnesota 21-17; Thomas Bassinger, Detroit 23-20; Martin Fennelly, Minnesota 20-19; Ernest Hooper, Minnesota 22-15; Tom Jones, Detroit 24-20; Rick Stroud: Minnesota 21-17

Redskins at Cowboys

4:30, Ch. 13

Line: Cowboys by 7; 511/2

Dallas has tied a record with eight straight games topping 400 yards of offense; Washington has twice exceeded 500. … Dallas QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott could threaten the NFL Thanksgiving rookie records for yards passing yards (329 by Bob Waterfield, 1945) and rushing (157 by Abner Haynes, 1960).

Times staff picks: Auman, Dallas 34-24; Bassinger, Dallas 37-34; Fennelly, Dallas 30-27; Hooper: Dallas, 27-24; Jones, Dallas 31-21; Stroud, Dallas 30-21

Steelers at Colts

8:30 p.m., Ch. 8

Line: Steelers by 9; 48

Colts QB Andrew Luck was ruled out with a concussion. Backup Scott Tolzien last started a game in 2013 and has thrown one pass since. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has averaged a 129.1 passer rating in his past three games vs. the Colts. Pittsburgh has won the past two by a combined score of 96-44.

Times staff picks: Auman, Indianapolis 28-21; Bassinger, Pittsburgh 24-14; Fennelly, Pittsburgh 27-16; Hooper, Pittsburgh 24-7; Jones, Pittsburgh 33-16; Stroud, Pittsburgh 35-20

Thursday NFL game previews 11/23/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 8:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  2. Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take CF Kevin Kiermaier long to make his presence felt during his return Friday to the Rays lineup. Kiermaier pretended to have Mariners DH Nelson Cruz's first-inning line drive lined up even as the ball went past him to his right and to the wall.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) flies out in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    6:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    This is a 2017 photo of Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard


    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on seven carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 preseason win.

    And its members were disappointed.

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) is thrown for a 1-yard loss as he is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) and defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) JVS102
  5. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day


    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.