Saints Hold As Road Favorite Over Panthers On ‘Thursday Night Football’

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Mark Ingram, Drew BreesThe Carolina Panthers host the New Orleans Saints on “Thursday Night Football,” kicking off a battle for first place at 8:25 p.m. ET. The Saints opened as 2.5-point favorites, and the line has nudged up to three leading up to kickoff according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total is set at 49 points.

The Saints head into this game 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 road games, and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games as a road favorite. The Saints are 1-3 straight up and ATS in their last four contests with the Panthers. They are also 1-5 ATS in their last six road contests against Carolina. The Panthers are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.

The total has gone OVER in five of Carolina’s last six games, and in six of New Orleans’ last seven games. However, the total has gone UNDER…

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Ravens Wary Of Roethlisberger In Sunday Rematch Vs Steelers

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens won’t drastically alter their game plan Sunday night just because Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns last week.

Harassing and containing Roethlisberger would have been a priority regardless of how the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback fared in a 51-34 rout of Indianapolis.

“We knew before they even played that game that we were going to have to be on point in the secondary,” Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb said Wednesday.

Then, referring to Roethlisberger by his jersey number, Webb added, “It’s always been: Stop 7. If we can stop 7, we can win the game.”

That’s what the Ravens did in a 26-6 victory over Pittsburgh last month. Roethlisberger was sacked twice, threw an interception and had only 217 yards passing in the lopsided defeat.

“It’s how you execute,” Baltimore safety Matt Elam said. “We executed well in that first game…

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Michael Irvin no longer believes Peyton Manning is from our planet

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Every week during the NFL season, Showtime’s Inside the NFL crew predicts the outcome of some of the league’s most intriguing games. See what they had to say on some of Week 9’s top offerings below, and catch Inside the NFL on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Cardinals at Cowboys, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

The Cardinals are fresh off their best win of the year, while the Cowboys just suffered a frustrating upset loss. Oh, and they might not have Tony Romo around, either. Given that, Boomer Esiason likes the Cardinals, but Michael Irvin (picking for Phil Simms – so he says, anyway) picks the Cowboys to rebound.

Broncos at Patriots, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

The meeting of the 6-1 Broncos and 6-2 Patriots is one of the marquee matchups of the regular season to date – and enough of a toss-up that Esiason…

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Starting Robert Griffin III this week would be another ridiculous, stupefying decision by the Redskins

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There are two facts, both incontrovertible: 1) When healthy, Robert Griffin III is the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins. 2) Bringing back Robert Griffin III before the bye week, as expected, is a move that reeks of desperation, fear and uncertainty.

Rather than waiting to bring back Griffin after next week’s bye, thus giving him two extra weeks of recovery time plus a full week of reps with the first team, the Redskins appear set on bringing back their star quarterback on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. This decision feels like one of a team, and starting quarterback, more worried about what happens if Colt McCoy lights it up against the Vikings rather than any long-term problems that could arise from rushing back from a serious injury.

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Playing RG3 would be defensive and insecure. It’s short-sighted and desperate. It’s a move that could…

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