One HD has blessed Aussie NFL fans with 3 LIVE games this week including the blockbuster battle between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Make sure you set the alarm clock for 5AM to kick start many hours of NFL action. Lets take a look at what to expect...
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
When and Where: Monday November 25, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Coverage: LIVE on Channel One HD, 5:00 AM AEST
Unfortunately the first game available on free-to-air television is a bit of a fizzer. The Cleveland Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh looked a rejuvenated team last week in an incredible comeback against the Lions. The key for the Steelers was their quarterback play and "Big Ben" delivered by throwing 4 touchdowns and for over 350 yards. It has taken some time but the quarterback is finally clicking with his young receivers. Antonio Brown has exceeded the expectations placed on him to be the number one guy. The passing offense of the Steelers is ranked seventh in the NFL but face a very tough secondary this week.
The Browns despite throwing in the towel for this season have become quite a tough team to play on the back of their underrated defense. The defense is ranked fourth in opposition passing yards led by the impressive corner Joe Haden. Haden was beyond impressive last week with 2 interceptions and limiting Andy Dalton to a quarterback rating of 16.7 when throwing at him. The play of Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin have the run defense only allowing 98.5 yards a game. The key to Cleveland's success is clearly on defense.
Watch Out For: CB Joe Haden and WR Antonio Brown will be dueling each other for most of the game. Both are incredibly gifted young players and who wins this battle may be indicative of who wins this game.
Final Word and Prediction: This game will be a tough defensive battle, the Steelers may have to grind it out against this Browns secondary but will get plenty of opportunities as the Browns offense continues to struggle.
Pittsburgh 24 - 13
Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
When and Where: Monday November 25, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Coverage: LIVE on Channel One HD, 8:15AM AEST
The Giants amazingly still have a chance to win, albeit a small one, the NFC East and a win against the Dallas Cowboys will help that chance. A win for Dallas keeps them in tow with the Eagles setting them up for a Week 17 showdown. Both teams will be hungry for the win as they get the chance to play spoiler and ruin they others playoff chances.
Dallas have a tonne of injuries on defense and will have to rely on Tony Romo. The return of Miles Austin to an already impressive receiver group of Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams makes the passing game even stronger. On the ground, the Giants front seven has been a formidable front ranking seventh in the NFL thus making it tough for DeMarco Murray. Expect Tony Romo to have at least 40 passing attempts.
The Giants should be able to produce a lot of points. Dallas are ranked 32nd and 29th in passing and rushing defense. Look for them to establish the run early through Andre Brown to keep Romo off the field and launch some play action passing. The key is trying to eliminate turnovers, something they are prone to doing. A zero interception game from Eli Manning will go a long way towards a New York Football Giants victory.
Watch Out For: WR Hakeem Nicks. Nicks, who is in a contract year, has been sub-par all season. With his contract and money up for grabs he must turn is form around. Finding the end zone for the first time this year would be a good start. He should do it in this game.
Final Word and Prediction: In what is always a high scoring affair the Giants should be able to exploit a weak and injured Dallas secondary but I expect Tony Romo to put up quite a fight. Giants in a close one.
Giants 38 - Cowboys 31
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
When and Where: Monday November 25, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Coverage: LIVE on Channel One HD (And ESPN), 12:30 PM AEST
When Peyton Manning and Tom Brady play NFL you watch. When they play each other it is absolutely a must watch. These two quarterbacks feature not only in the greatest quarterbacks of all time debate but also in the greatest to EVER play the game debate. This game has massive playoff implications, a win here for Denver should sure up the No.1 seed and a win for Patriots keeps them in a battle for the No.2 seed with Indianapolis.
There is not much to preview in this game. We know what both teams are capable of. Just sit back, relax and watch these two future first ballot hall-of-famers duel it out.
Who to Watch For: Wes Welker. Welker returns to his old home. Welker will be keen to "layeth some smackdown" on his former team and Bill Belicheck. Welker has proven how valuable he is by his excellent play with Peyton Manning. I bet the Patriots wished they paid the man and he was still a Patriot. Despite Welker coming off a concussion from last weeks game, he is expected to play.
Final Word and Prediction: While Brady is in front with a 9-4 record over Peyton, he has for the most part had the better team around him. This time Peyton has a stronger roster around him and that should help him come up trumps. The team that has scored first has won 11 of the 13 games between these two. I trust Denver to produce points before New England after their slow start against Carolina.
Denver 35 - 34.