This is the Windy City Gridiron Open Thread for the late slate of games as well as the Sunday Night Football Game; come enjoy them with us!
As a reminder, here's what's playing tonight. If these look like exactly what I posted this morning, call it reorganizational efficiency and a restatement of the truth.
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots, CBS, 4:25 ET / 3:25 CT: Brady and Manning square off again for the onehundredmillionth time and... wait, it's not Manning in Indy? Andrew Luck? ... Oh. Well, either way, this is the week the Colts' 6-3 record comes crashing down. In ESPN's desperation for a narrative, I present to you this. Wes Welker's in, Deion Brach is cut, Aaron Hernandez is still out, and Aqib Talib will probably debut for the Pats this week.
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos, CBS, 4:25 ET / 3:25 CT: So Peyton Manning's new team holds the AFC West lead by two games over these Chargers. If San Diego wins, the AFC West's status as the new NFC West is certain. Ryan Mathews is questionable.
New Orleans Saints @ Oakland Raiders, FOX, 4:25 PM ET / 3:25 PM CT: This is part of FOX's singleheader, which means few people get to watch it. I can't really blame them. The Saints have somewhat pulled themselves back and the Raiders are, well... Yeah. Darren Sproles is out for a third week with a broken hand and Chris Ivory plays in his stead. Darren McFadden's got a sprained ankle which could keep him out.
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers, NBC SNF, 8:20 PM ET / 7:20 PM CT: The AFC North gets the prime-time matchup, which is one of only three games this week, kid you not, between teams with winning records (NE/IND, CHI/SF). Good thing the Bears are so disrespected that they don't get one of the two primetime matchups on Sunday or Monday. It could be worse though. We could be playing Byron Leftwich.
Here's your Open Thread for the rest of the night; we'll have a full recap of the day's NFL action for you once SNF is over. Open Thread Responsibly (TM).