Philadelphia Eagles v Indianapolis Colts game tonight TV time schedule

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The Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts both have championship aspirations this season, but they each come into tonight’s NFL Monday Night Football game schedule with mixed signals from their openers. Philadelphia had a dreadful first half but rebounded to win, while Indianapolis struggled for most of its game against Denver and its former QB Peyton Manning. Today’s game has a prime time start time and airs on a national TV channel.

The Eagles were getting blown out in the first half against Jacksonville due to a string of turnovers, but turned things around in the second half. Nick Foles and company will attempt to put together a complete game tonight. The Colts couldn’t keep up with the Broncos on the scoreboard, and now must play the entire season without the injured Robert Mathis, whom they had believed would be returning after four games.

Tonight’s Indianapolis Colts vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Monday Night Football game has a start time schedule of 8:30pm eastern time and airs on TV channel ESPN.

On-site report from behind the Miami Dolphins bench in Buffalo

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The Miami Dolphins take the field in Buffalo this Sunday afternoon hoping to climb to 2-0 on the season, but the Bills seem to have all the emotion going into the game – and from just behind the Dolphins bench, the game looks a bit different. Buffalo legend Jim Kelly takes the field to enshrine the late Ralph Wilson, the founder of the team, into the Ring of Honor. Wilson’s name is revealed in gold up in the rafters, but the bigger story here is that Kelly – fresh off debilitating chemo and the subsequent announcement that he’s now cancer free – looks healthier than he has in some time. If Miami wants this game, it’ll have to overcome a team and a fan base that are visibly and audibly pumped up for the occasion. The Dolphins, in contrast, take the field in what could be equally described as either workmanlike or lackadaisical fashion.

The early performance of the Dolphins begins to suggest the latter. The offense doesn’t appear to be playing with enthusiasm, and fails to make any real progress. Back on the sideline those same offensive players don’t appear to be bothered by their poor performances. When Miami is on offense, the defensive players – all gathered on the sideline like spectators – appear to be more invested in the success of the offense than the offense itself is.

In contrast, the Bills are playing like they’re a bit too pumped up for the occasion. Each time they emphatically march down the field, they end up wearing themselves out and settling for a field goal. Will these missed opportunities come back to haunt them? Suddenly, the game takes an unexpected turn: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno, who led the team’s dominant win over New England last week, leaves the field holding his arm. As he approaches the bench, the pain and fear are visible on his face. A trainer escorts him along the sideline and back toward the tunnel, and the expression on both their faces telegraphs the fact that Moreno’s day – and perhaps more to come – is finished.

Several moments on an NFL team’s sideline are invisible to those in the stands and outright omitted on television broadcasts. One of those moments comes when offensive lineman Nate Garner reaches into the team’s supply kit and removes a type of plastic bag, then stands behind a piece of equipment while a trainer holds a strategically placed towel so he can urinate without having to return to the locker room. Those in the immediate vicinity try to avoid eye contact.

But if a grown man having to take a leak in public in order to avoid missing any plays is merely one of the oddities of being on the sideline of a football game, what coms next is more impactful. Charley Clay, the star tight end for Miami and a centerpiece of the offense, has been nursing an injury through the preseason. He comes limping off the field after a play, and finds his way to onto a table. A team doctor examines his knee, removing the existing knee brace in order to do so. After some back and forth, the doctor delivers a message to Clay which, while inaudible, comes with the kind of body language which suggests that he’s been cleared to return to the game but will either be at less than full speed or perhaps putting himself at risk of more serious injury.

Clay opts to return to the game, and after the trainer helps him reassemble the brace, the two approach the offensive coordinator together. Eventually he finds his way back into the game, but fails to make a subsequent impact; nor does he appear to at any point worsen the injury. The story plays out a bit differently for offensive lineman Shelley Smith, who later finds himself on that same table, as he ends up being done for the day.

By this time the Dolphins have finally begun to click on offense, despite the ongoing loss of offensive firepower due to injury. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is struggling with his accuracy on the long ball today and even the medium passes, perhaps more so than in any previous game of his NFL career, but a series of shorter passes has gotten the team on the scoreboard. Still, the players on the sideline seem to have no emotion toward anything happening on the field, good or bad – and by now the results have been too unruly to believe that the stoicism is a result of heavy focus.

Only after the Bills return a kick for 102 yard touchdown do the Dolphins begin to show emotion. Now the offense has some real work to do, even with its best running back in the locker room, its best tight end limited, and one of its linemen missing. But even as a frantic drive threatens to put Miami into contention, something surreal happens. Mike Wallace, the team’s most talented wide receiver, is on the sideline while the rest of the offense is on the field. Initially it appears that he too has succumbed to a bathroom break – couldn’t he have held it until the crucial drive was over?. But instead it appears trainers are doing some work on him beneath the belt, including removing some type of bandage with scissors, and suddenly his absence from the field seems more understandable.

But in the end, with or without Wallace, the Miami Dolphins offense never does get enough going to make a dent. After scoring thirty-three points against the playoff caliber Patriots, the team has amassed a mere ten points on the day against a sub-.500 Bills team. Blame it on the injury fueled war of attrition, or the sheer emotion of this historically special day for Buffalo, or the fact that no one on this coaching staff appears to have motivated the team enough to care much about the outcome. But the end result is that the Bills are in first place while the Dolphins have fallen back to the pack.

Did the viewers on television or the fans up in the stands get a glimpse of the hurt look on Knowshon Moreno’s face as he headed to the locker room, or the fear on Charles Clay’s face as he lay on that table? Would they have wanted to? Certainly no one wanted to know what was going on behind those strategically placed towels that the trainers were holding. But at a time when there’s been more focus than ever being placed on the human side of NFL players off the field, both good and bad, today offered a glimpse into the human side of an NFL sideline.

San Francisco 49ers vs Chicago Bears game tonight: time TV schedule

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The San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears both expect to make the NFL postseason, but face each other in a game tonight coming from very different places. The Niners dominated the Cowboys in their opener by a score of 28-17, while the Bears lost their home opener to the Bills in a disappointing game. Today’s game has a prime time start time and airs on a national TV channel.

The 49ers looked anemic throughout the preseason but pulled themselves together at an opportune time last weekend. However their victory was at least partially due to the ineptness of the Dallas defense, and they’ll have more to prove today. The Bears go into today hoping that last week was a mere anomaly, as the offense gained plenty of yardage but could only convert it to twenty points.

Tonight’s Chicago Bears vs San Francisco 49ers NFL football game has a start time schedule of 8:30pm eastern time and airs on TV channel NBC.

Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans game today: schedule time DirecTV

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The Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans face each other in an NFL schedule football game today which sees both teams with something to prove. Oakland is coming off a disappointing opening loss to the Jets, and while Houston defeated Washington by 17-6 score, it wasn’t clear how much of that was simply the ineptness of the Skins. Today’s game has a late start time and airs on a network TV channel as well as DirecTV Sunday Ticket.

The Raiders started rookie quarterback Derek Carr for the first time in the opener, and while he had his moments, it wasn’t enough. Worse, the team’s leading rusher Darren McFadden had a mere fifteen yards. The Texans saw competent QB play for Ryan Fitzpatrick, and will look for more from him today.

Today’s Houston Texans vs Oakland Raiders NFL football game has a start time schedule of 4:25pm eastern time and airs on TV channel CBS in some regions alongside DirecTV Sunday Ticket channel number 717.

New York Jets vs Green Bay Packers game today: time schedule DirecTV

The New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers head into today’s NFL schedule football game with one team looking to build on early hope and the other trying to rebound from a washout. The NY Jets defeated Oakland at home by a 19-14 score, while Green Bay went on the road to Seattle and got blown out. Today’s game has a late start time and airs on a network TV channel alongside DirecTV Sunday Ticket.

Quarterback Geno Smith was surprisingly effective for the Jets in the opener, looking sharper than he had in his rookie season. The Packers will look to get their passing game on track today thanks to the fact that they’re not facing Richard Sherman.

Today’s Green Bay Packers vs New York Jets NFL football game has a start time schedule of 4:25pm on TV channel CBS in local regions, as well as DirecTV Sunday Ticket channel number 716.

Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs game today: time schedule DirecTV

The Denver Broncos face their longtime AFC West division rival Kansas City Chiefs in an NFL schedule football game today. Denver is coming off a close win over Indianapolis, while Kansas City is coming off a poor opening loss to Tennessee which saw Alex Smith revert toward some of the uglier passes of the early days of his career. Today’s game has a late start time and airs on a network TV channel along with DirecTV Sunday Ticket.

The Broncos had a dominant first half in their opener but struggled somewhat in the fourth quarter as the Colts attempts a late comeback. The team has spent all week awaiting word on whether suspended wide receiver Wes Welker will be available. The Chiefs are hoping last weekend was a mere aberration.

Today’s Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos NFL football game has a start time schedule of 4:25pm eastern time and airs on TV channel CBS regionally as well as DirecTV Sunday Ticket channel number 715.

St Louis Rams vs Tampa Bay Bucs NFL game today time schedule DirecTV

The St. Louis Rams face the Tampa Bay Bucs today in an NFL schedule football game today which has both teams searching for answers at the quarterback position, and both needing a win. St Louis lost to Minnesota by a 34-6 score in their opener, while Tampa lost a close one to Carolina. Today’s game has a late start time and airs on a network TV channel as well as on DirecTV Sunday Ticket.

The Rams started Shaun Hill place of the injured Sam Bradford, but Hill barely lasted a half before succumbing to injury himself. He’s questionable for today, meaning third stringer Austin Davis could be starting today. The Buccaneers have settled on Josh McCown as their starting quarterback, but he looked inept in the opener and could come under pressure from Mike Glennon.

Today’s Tampa Bay Bucs vs St Louis Rams NFL football game has a start time schedule of 4:05pm eastern time and airs on TV channel FOX in local markets along with Sunday Ticket DirecTV channel number 714.

Seattle Seahawks v San Diego Chargers game today time schedule DirecTV

The defending champion Seattle Seahawks take on the San Diego Chargers in an NFL schedule football game today which sees one team looking to continue its dominance and the other trying to bounce back from a tough loss. Seattle dominated Green Bay in its Thursday night opener, while San Diego lost a close game to Arizona. Today’s game has a late start time and airs on a network TV channel as well as Sunday Ticket on DirecTV.

The Chargers appeared to have the Cardinals beat in their opener, but lost on a late comeback. The Seahawks made the Packers look bad in all aspects of the game, picking up where they left off in the Super Bowl. However San Diego does have home field advantage in its favor today.

Today’s Seattle Seahawks vs San Diego Chargers NFL football game has a start time schedule of 4:05pm eastern time, 1:05pm pacific time, and airs on TV channel FOX regionally along with DirecTV Sunday Ticket channel number 713.

Dallas Cowboys vs Tennessee Titans game today: time DirecTV schedule

The Dallas Cowboys take on the Tennessee Titans in a scheduled NFL football game today which sees one team looking to build on its early success and the other still trying to find itself. Tennessee looked surprisingly strong in dominating Kansas City by a 26-10 final score, while Dallas looked mostly lost against longtime rival San Francisco. Today’s game has an early start time and airs on a network TV channel in some markets as well as on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket service.

Quarterback Jake Locker had a strong opening game for the Titans with 266 passing yards and two touchdown scores, while Tennessee’s defense dominated. Tony Romo would have had a strong statistical game for the Cowboys if not for his interceptions, and the team was never competitive on the day.

Today’s Tennessee Titans vs Dallas Cowboys NFL football game has a start time schedule of 1:00pm eastern time and airs on TV channel FOX regionally and DirecTV Sunday Ticket channel number 712.

New York Giants vs Arizona Cardinals game today schedule time DirecTV

The New York Giants face off with the Arizona Cardinals today in an NFL schedule football game which sees one team looking to continue its momentum and the other trying to figure out what went wrong. Arizona came from behind to defeat San Diego, while the NY Giants looked befuddled in a loss to Detroit. Today’s game has an early start time and airs on a network TV channel in some markets along with nationally on DirecTV Sunday Ticket.

The Cardinals looked offensively inept for much of their opening game, but Carson Palmer managed to rally them late – though wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was underused and may be more of a target in today’s game. The Giants performed poorly in all phases of the game, with Eli Manning’s poor performance the least of the team’s troubles.

Today’s Arizona Cardinals vs New York Giants NFL football game has a start time schedule of 1:00pm eastern time and airs on TV channel FOX regionally along with DirecTV Sunday Ticket channel number 711.