Could NFL come up with worse Thursday game?

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If the NFL wanted its Thursday night prime-time package to go out with a bang, it couldn't have made a worse choice.

The only real interest in this one between the Titans and Jaguars is how it affects the overall top draft pick chase.

With both teams at 2-12 - from the same division, no less, the AFC South - they are in a "race" with Oakland and Tampa Bay for that bottom spot.

Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blake Bortles has a sprained right foot and is questionable. Veteran Chad Henne is the backup.

The visiting Titans will be without their top two QBs, rookie Zach Mettenberger and veteran Jake Locker, both also injured. That means journeyman Charlie Whitehurst gets the assignment.


The Jaguars (No. 29 in AP Pro32), are a 3-point favorite over the Titans (No. 32, AP Pro32).

Look to the hosts. And look elsewhere on the tube for something to watch.


No. 1 New England (minus 10) at No. 27 New York Jets

Patriots can taste that home cooking for the playoffs. Another step toward it.


No. 25 New York Giants (plus 5) at No. 19 St. Louis

Lukewarm choice, but can't find any other likely ...


No. 6 Indianapolis (plus 3) at No. 7 Dallas

Cowboys need it far more than do Colts.

COWBOYS, 33-27

No. 3 Denver (minus 3 1-2) at No. 11 Cincinnati

Bengals need it far more than do Broncos. Doesn't matter.

BRONCOS, 27-20

No. 2 Seattle (minus 7 1-2) at No. 5 Arizona

Third-string QB against that Seattle defense? Don't think that works.


No. 10 Baltimore (minus 4) at No. 17 Houston

Ravens also get third-string QB, which should mean no problem.

RAVENS, 23-9

No. 24 Atlanta (plus 6 1-2) at No. 20 New Orleans

The little showdown at the Big Easy in the ugly NFC South.

SAINTS, 28-27

No. 4 Green Bay (minus 10 1-2) at No. 30 Tampa Bay

If Packers can't handle this road game, there are serious questions to answer.

PACKERS, 33-10

No. 8 Detroit (minus 4 1-2) at No. 26 Chicago

Lions blow through the Windy City mess.

LIONS, 19-10

No. 9 Philadelphia (minus 8 1-2) at No. 31 Washington, Saturday

Eagles need to win their last two for playoff consideration.

EAGLES, 31-21

No. 15 Kansas City (plus 3) at No. 12 Pittsburgh

Chiefs' meager playoff hopes end in Steel City, but in a tight one.


No. 13 Buffalo (minus 5 1-2) at No. 28 Oakland

Bills might keep their postseason hopes barely breathing with a win.

BILLS, 24-13

No. 14 San Diego (plus 2 1-2) at No. 16 San Francisco, Saturday

Can't see 49ers going out with a whimper, so they'll ruin Chargers' season.

49ERS, 21-20

No. 23 Minnesota (plus 6 1-2) at No. 18 Miami

Vikings get to warm up, if nothing else, in South Florida.


No. 22 Cleveland (OFF) at No. 21 Carolina

If QB Derek Anderson goes, he can get some payback on former team.



2014 RECORD: Against spread: This week (8-6-1); Season (108-106-5). Straight up: This week (11-5); Season (148-75-1)

Best Bet: 6-9 against spread, 9-6 straight up.

Upset special: 7-8 against spread, 5-10 straight up.

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Could NFL come up with worse Thursday game?

Gael Monfils of the Indian Aces walks out for his teams match against the Manila Mavericks during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League fourth leg at the Hamdan Sports Complex, December 12, 2014 in Dubai.

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers battles Jerome Jordan #9, and Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in New York City. 

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Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets follows the puck during the first period on December 13, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in a shootout.

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Khaleen Pinkett #2 of the Savannah State Tigers defends against the Miami Hurricanes during second half action on December 8, 2014 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Miami defeated Savannah State 70-39.

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A general view of a line out during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between London Welsh and Edinburgh Rugby at Kassam Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Oxford, England.

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New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington dives into the end zone after recovering a blocked field goal for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during first quarter action at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014.

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A general view of the Mass Start Ladies race on day three of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating held at Thialf Ice Arena on December 14, 2014 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Ivanie Blondin of Canada won the race.

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Lars Helge Birkeland of Norway competes during the IBU Biathlon World Cup Men's and Women's Pursuit on December 14, 2014 in Hochfilzen, Austria.

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Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins (25) goes to the floor to try to get a loose ball from Columbia's Maodo Lo at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014. Kentucky won, 56-46.

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Gareth Bale of Real Madrid heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Real Madrid CF and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw during the second quarter. The Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 100-94. 

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