On the NFL.com official site, they call this “rivalry weekend,” noting there are Patriots-Colts, Bengals-Steelers and Packers-Cowboys.
“Week 10 has the makings of being a classic,” they say.
What’s classic is there isn’t much grumbling about how the NFL Network starts Year 4 of its six Thursday night football game package this week. Or that there are even a couple on Saturdays and one on Christmas night (with the Chargers involved) between Weeks 10 and 16.
Are we, as humans, in tune yet with Thursday night NFL? Hard to stay. Depends, probably, on your cable or dish system.
Or how much you embrace “The Office,” “Grey’s Anatomy” or anything else that interrupts your Thursday routine.
L.A. viewers will see all those aformentioned rivalry games. Plus more. Because we can.
== 5:20 p.m., NFL Network: Chicago at San Francisco (with Bob Papa and Matt Millen)
== 10 a.m. Channel 2: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, as opposed to Buffalo-Tennessee or Jacksonville-N.Y. Jets.)
== 10 a.m., Channel 11: Detroit at Minnesota (with Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan and Chris Myers, as opposed to Atlanta-Carolina, Tampa Bay-Miami or New Orleans-St. Louis).
== 1 p.m., Channel 11: Dallas at Green Bay (with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver, as opposed to Seattle-Arizona or Philadelphia-San Diego; CBS offers Kansas City-Oakland in this window as well).
== 5:15 p.m., Channel 4: New England at Indianapolis (with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andre Kremer)
== 5:30 p.m., ESPN: Baltimore at Cleveland (with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski) .. news flash: Browns name Brady Quinn as their new starter. What could possibly go wrong there?
Bye: Houston, New York Giants.
And bye the way: The rest of the NFL Network schedule for those who aren’t up to speed:
Week 11: Thursday, November 19, 5 p.m.: Miami at Carolina
Week 12: Thursday, November 26, 5 p.m.: New York Giants at Denver
Week 13: Thursday, December 3, 5 p.m.: New York Jets vs. Buffalo in Toronto
Week 14: Thursday, December 10, 5 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Week 15: Thursday, December 17, 5 p.m.: Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Week 15: Saturday, December 19, 5 p.m.: Dallas at New Orleans
Week 16: Friday, December 25, 4 p.m.: San Diego at Tennessee