NFL TV Schedule 2013: Week 7 Coverage Listings for Every Game
Week 6 of the 2013 NFL season paved the way for the New England Patriots to pull off a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the New Orleans Saints, the NFC North to get a little bit cloudier and the Houston Texans to keep on sinking.
The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals will kick off Week 7 on Thursday Night Football, but the NFC West matchup is hardly the end all, be all of what's shaping up as an intriguing slate of action.
The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in a battle of 4-2 division leaders. It's also rivalry week for various teams in the AFC East, NFC East and AFC North. And don't forget about Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis as a member of the Denver Broncos, which will cap the Sunday schedule.
Eli Manning and the winless New York Giants will then host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football to wrap up this week's festivities, where new Viking Josh Freeman will be center stage.
Whether you're a casual fan or a die-hard enthusiast, you won't want to miss the nationally or regionally televised games in your neck of the woods this week. We'll check out a full television schedule for all 15 NFL games in Week 7 and highlight a few notable matchups below.
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Time (ET)||Network|
|Thursday, Oct. 17||Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals||8:25 p.m.||NFL|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Chicago Bears||Washington Redskins||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||New England Patriots||New York Jets||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||San Diego Chargers||Jacksonville Jaguars||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||St. Louis Rams||Carolina Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Cincinnati Bengals||Detroit Lions||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||San Francisco 49ers||Tennessee Titans||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Houston Texans||Kansas City Chiefs||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Cleveland Browns||Green Bay Packers||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Monday, Oct. 21||Minnesota Vikings||New York Giants||8:40 p.m.||ESPN|
Seattle Seahawks (5-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Granted, this year's Thursday Night Football matchups have been less than desirable on paper.
But it's been said before, and it will be said again—don't sleep on the NFC West. The only division in football right now that currently features all four teams with a winning percentage of at least .500, the NFC West is clearly at it again.
While conventional wisdom sides with Super Bowl favorite Seattle in this one, Arizona has proven itself as a team with staying power through six games this season. It hasn't always been pretty, and Carson Palmer hasn't always taken care of the ball, but Arizona is in the fairway at 3-3 and had a chance to win against both St. Louis and San Francisco earlier this year.
Playing at home, Bruce Arians' team will face a fierce test in the Seattle defense, which is currently second in the league in total defense by yielding only 290.2 yards per game. Pete Carroll's team is also plus-seven in the turnover department, another high mark on the stat sheet.
Speaking of defense, Arizona has quietly put together a solid campaign and is giving up just 3.5 yards per carry on the ground. That should be a test for Marshawn Lynch.
In what should be a tight, defensive struggle, look for this game to come down to the kicking situation. The Cardinals have something to prove to their division foes, while Seattle can take another step toward securing a high playoff spot with a victory. Special teams and field position could play a pivotal role int he result.
Baltimore Ravens (3-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
This has long been one of the NFL's grittiest rivalries, and there's evidence to suggest we'll get the kind of playoff atmosphere in Pittsburgh that will seem inconsistent with the combined 4-7 records for both teams.
Gone are Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Mike Wallace, but other core pieces of both of these franchises remain.
Ben Roethlisberger has been beaten up in every which way possible in four losses this season, but he managed to engineer the Steelers to their first win of the season last Sunday against the New York Jets. The defense also held the Jets to just six points.
Meanwhile, Baltimore is reeling a bit after giving up a late touchdown to lose to Green Bay at home, but the reigning Super Bowl champs had to know growing pains would be coming on both sides of the ball after the offseason overhaul, which resulted from various free agents walking out the door.
The good news for the Ravens? Two of their three losses were by a combined five points, and the other was to Denver in Week 1 of the season, when no one knew just how good the Broncos were going to be this season.
These two teams don't like each other. It shows on the field, and it should make for an exciting Sunday option before the grand finale takes place in prime time.
Denver Broncos (6-0) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
The tertiary subplots of this game being a matchup of AFC playoff contenders, Andrew Luck coming into his own or Colts owner Jim Irsay trying to stir up trouble pale in comparison to the real headline in Indianapolis this week.
Peyton Manning is back in town.
It's been a year and over six months since Manning has walked the hallways of Lucas Oil Stadium, and for the first time in his NFL career, he'll be doing so on Sunday as a member of a different team—a very good team, I might add.
Denver leads the NFL in a number of offensive categories. The defense has been suspect, but when you're averaging 44.2 points per game and a 16-point win (over Jacksonville) is considered disappointing, you know something is going right. The defense also gets Von Miller back, which should provide a boost.
Who wins this matchup?
The hype for this one will be unreal. Like Brett Favre returning to Lambeau Field, Joe Montana returning to Candlestick Park or Johnny Unitas playing for the San Diego Chargers, Manning's initial introduction in front of Indianapolis fans will be a touching moment for those who donned his No. 18 jersey with pride for over a decade.
When that introduction—and accompanying tribute—is over, it's back to football. And Manning is just another quarterback in the way of the Colts accomplishing the ultimate goal.
Indianapolis will have to slow down the juggernaut that is the Denver offense, but the Broncos will have to deal with a talented, balanced attack from the Colts that will be focused on proving Monday night's Week 6 loss to the San Diego Chargers was a fluke.
Whether it's deja vu for Manning or Luck's turn to bask in the glory of the Lucas Oil faithful, there's little doubt this is the game of the week for NFL fans in Week 7.
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