Which Week 7 games can you check out on Foxtel this week? Here are our previews — enjoy!This week the whole world is glued to Lucas Oil Stadium as the legendary Peyton Manning returns to the home he helped build. This game is obviously the game of the week, possibly the year, and will feature on ESPN. Here are the two games that will feature on Foxtel this week. As always don't forget to check out the best NFL TV Guide in Australia right here. For those not wanting to watch the Fox Sports game, ESPN has a radio channel (211) which streams the other games and highlights.
San Francisco 49ers @ Tennessee Titans
When and Where: October 21, LP Field, Nashville
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports (via Foxtel), 7:0o AM AEST
Again there are no early games on Fox Sports, so the first game on Foxtel is the 49ers at the Titans. The Titans are struggling on offense without the improved Jake Locker and their defense will have to step it up even more than last week if they are to compete with the 49ers. In Week 6 the Titans held Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scoreless but were unable to tough it out against the power run game of Marshawn Lynch.
If the 49ers want to have success in this game they must utilise their own brute backs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. In the passing game, TE Vernon Davis has to be the guy for Colin Kaepernick as the Titans' corners have been impressive (Pro Football Focus has Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty ranked No.1 and No.6 amongst all corners).
As for the Titans offense, CJ2K has to do something, anything. The 49ers run defense isn't as stout as it once was due to the loss of Aldon Smith and niggling injuries to Patrick Willis. If the Titans want to keep themselves in the game they must rely on the run game to control possession and the clock.
Watch Out For: Titans OLB Zach Brown, who has the job of covering Davis. With the corners doing a great job in pass coverage, Colin Kaepernick will be forced to give the ball to who his new favourite target. Brown's role in this one is key. Davis had a career game last week which included 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Good luck, Zach.
Final word and prediction: I expect the Titans to be in this game for around three quarters, but ultimately backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will do what he normally does: not win games when it matters.
I'll take the 49ers 27-14.
Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts
When and Where: October 14, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Coverage: LIVE on ESPN, 11:15 AM AEST
Boy, what an emotional week this has been for Peyton Manning, Jim Irsay and Colts fans around the world. The buildup to this one has been intense thanks to the tweeting thumbs of Irsay and debates on whether the Colts made the right choice in letting the future Hall of Famer go or not. Those debates and arguments are for another day and/or article, and when looking at this clash it should be closer than people think.
Despite losing to the Chargers on Monday, the Colts will be fired up and ready to roll on NBC's Sunday Night Football. Andrew Luck is on song, and the last time his team underperformed against Miami earlier this year, the following week the Colts destroyed the 49ers on the road. Meanwhile, the undefeated Broncos -- despite winning -- had some troubles against a woeful Jacksonville side last week. A bright spot for them is the return of Pro Bowler Von Miller, who in my opinion is the best outside linebacker in the NFL.
The Colts will have to do what the Chargers did to them on Monday to have any chance of winning this one. Controlling the clock and keeping the sheriff off his 'home field' is the key to success. Running back Trent Richardson, despite only being a Colt for a month, has been underwhelming so far. He needs to prove me and other skeptical Colts fans wrong this week and run the ball with authority. Luck could try and out-duel Manning, but the Cowboys tried to outscore the Broncos a few weeks back and that did not work at all.
The key for Denver is exploiting the Colts run defense which last week was putrid against Ryan Mathews. The Colts' pass coverage has been relatively good this season but has not played against a passing powerhouse like the Broncos. I expect the Broncos to be able to produce points and produce them easily despite the return of Indy safety LaRon Landry from injury. Manning will be fired up, and should again be flawless.
Watch out for: Colts OLB Robert Mathis has been waiting to hit Peyton Manning for years, and it's not because the pair don't get along. For over a decade coaches, managers and owners have told Mathis he's not allowed to touch the QB during training camps and practices. After a long wait Mathis gets his chance. Oh, and just quietly the veteran leads the league in sacks with 9.5.
Final word and prediction: I'm tipping there will not be a dry eye in Indianapolis (and my living room) when a moving tribute to the only four-time NFL MVP is aired throughout Lucas Oil Stadium. The pre-game buildup and tribute should not be missed. As for the match itself, I expect a high-scoring affair with Manning winning in Indianapolis for possibly the last time in his esteemed career.
Broncos to win 38 - 31.
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