Jaguars vs Titans

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The seemingly annual Thursday Night clash between the Titans and Jaguars is here, and it is probably not going to be spectacular, given the recent history of what games between these two teams has looked like. But what this game could be, though, is important.

The Titans are 6-6 and hanging on the edges of the AFC playoff race. If they manage to get a badly-needed win this week, it could propel them back into the picture — especially when you consider what their upcoming schedule looks like. The Jags are 4-8 and almost surely out of the playoffs, but this is the first of four opportunities for them to spoil the hopes of playoff wannabes down the stretch.

What should you be looking out for tonight (8:20 p.m., NFL Network)? We’re glad you asked.

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Just since their bye week, the Titans have scored 28 points against the Cowboys and 34 against the Patriots in back-to-back wins, followed it up with 10 points against the Colts and 17 against the Texans in back-to-back losses, and then hung 26 on the Jets in another win last week. They’ve been held to 10 points or fewer three times. They have four games with zero turnovers and four games with multiple turnovers. They’ve had three games with less than 100 rushing yards and three games with 150 or more.

Marcus Mariota has three games with a passer rating of 119 or better and three games with a passer rating of 62 or worse. Corey Davis had two catches for 34 yards in Week 4, exploded for 9 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown in Week 4, and then combined for 8 catches for 83 yards over the next three games combined. Dion Lewis emerged as the team’s lead back with an average of more than 21 touches a game and 5.4 yards per touch during Weeks 7-10, but has averaged just 11 touches per game and 3.2 yards per touch in three games since.

There is seemingly no way to tell which particular version of the Titans’ offense we will see in any given game, as their performance has little carryover from one week to the next. Again, this is a team that scored 9 points against the Jags back in Week 3 and then followed it with 26 against the Eagles. They scored 34 against the Patriots and then 10 against the Colts. There is no rhyme or reason about anything with these guys.

That said, they have pretty consistently had trouble moving the ball against the Jaguars defense since the start of last year … but they’ve won all three games against them anyway, largely because the Jaguars’ offense can’t seem to move the ball against the Titans (or anyone else), either, and has consistently gifted Tennessee short fields to work with. In the first game these two teams played last year, for example, the Titans started five of their 12 drives in Jaguars territory, and those drives accounted for 24 of their 37 points. In the other two games against these Jags, the Titans totaled 24 points — scoring one touchdown and six field goals on 24 drives.

This year’s version of Jacksonville’s defense is not quite as dominant as last year’s, but we saw just last week how they are still capable of locking down even the best of opposing offenses. When their front four is getting pressure they are extremely tough to beat, and if you can’t control the line of scrimmage in the run game you are going to end up in poor down-and-distance situations, allowing those guys to pin their ears back and come after the cornerback, which allows Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye and company to be even more aggressive in taking away passing lanes on the outside.

Tennessee’s offensive line, much like the rest of the team, has been inconsistent this season, and there is no telling which version of that unit will show up. If Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin, and company can keep the pass rush at bay, maybe Mariota can sit in the pocket and wait for one of his guys to spring open. If not, it could be a long night, full of more field goals.

The Jags are almost completely dependent on Leonard Fournette to do pretty much everything, but pretty much the only thing Fournette has been any good at this season is touching the ball a lot of times. Fournette cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark during his rookie year almost entirely due to heavy volume. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry but the Jags had little else in the way of offensive talent so they just kept giving him the ball. He’s been even less efficient this year, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.

He’s only lasted a full game three times, having been injured midway through Jacksonville’s Week 1 and Week 4 victories, and during the three games that he’s lasted the whole way, Fournette has taken his 70 carries for just 243 yards. He’s scored four touchdowns on the ground, but they’ve all been force-feeds close to the goal line — two from a yard out, one from two yards out, and one from five yards out. The staunch desire the Jags have to feed him the ball as often as possible also puts them in a conservative offensive shell and leads them to prioritize not losing rather than winning; and that often results in them losing anyway, as it did against the Steelers when they ran Fournette into the center of the line a bunch of times and let Pittsburgh sneak away with a win in a game where they really never should have had a chance.

Handing the ball to Fournette, though, is still likely the best offensive option Jacksonville has. Unsurprisingly to anyone that had seen him play prior to this year, Blake Bortles was once again Blake Bortles this season. It was very obvious to anyone not named Jason Mendoza that the Jaguars were winning games in spite of Bortles’ performance during their run to the AFC title game in 2017, but his offseason wrist surgery necessitated that they bring him back this year because fifth-year options are guaranteed for injury. That didn’t mean the Jaguars had to come into the season with no serious competition for Bortles, though, and doing so undermined any chance they had for offensive success. During the best passing season in NFL history, Bortles actually saw his numbers take an across-the-board drop this season.

Thursday Night Football

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The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 14 on a blistering 14-3 run. For the season, it is now 28-12 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 76-46. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 129-61 on the season, ranking in the top two on NFLPickWatch.com.

Now the model has dialed in on Jaguars vs. Titans. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it’s also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see that one over at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that the Titans have made a practice out of coming from behind to pull out late victories all season. Against the Jets, Tennessee trailed by 16 before ending the game on a 13-0 run for a 26-22 victory. In Week 2, the Titans edged the division-leading Texans with a late field goal, and two weeks later, went for the win instead of a tie against the Eagles with an overtime touchdown. Tennessee nearly beat the Chargers in London, but its two-point conversion with 31 seconds remaining failed.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is healthy and playing his best football of the season. On Sunday, Mariota threw for 282 yards and rushed for another 43 — in critical junctures of the game — to will the Titans to victory. Tennessee will also rely on the one-two backfield punch of Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis to grind out first downs in what is expected to be a low-scoring affair.

But just because the Titans are coming off a season-saving win doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Thursday Night Football spread.

The model also knows that one big advantage for the Jaguars will be the pressure they routinely get on the quarterback courtesy of defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue. Both have seven sacks this season, but their ability to impact the game goes beyond disrupting the passing game.

Campbell has registered 15 quarterback hits this season and Ngakoue has an incredible 25. The Titans have given up 42 sacks this season, so if Campbell and Ngakoue can live in the Titans’ backfield, it could be a long night for Mariota.

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is expected to return to action after serving a one-game suspension for throwing haymakers against the Bills. In Fournette’s five games played this season, he’s found the end zone five times and has scored multiple touchdowns twice. He has yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing in a game, but has added over 40 yards receiving twice. Fournette will also be well rested since he last played on Nov. 25. He’ll face defensive linemen going on just four days’ rest.

Titans vs Jaguars

Titans vs Jaguars pick: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for ‘Thursday Night Football’.Everything you need to know as AFC South rivals square off on Thursday night.The Titans are 6-6 and hanging on the edges of the AFC playoff race. If they manage to get a badly-needed win this week, it could propel them back into the picture — especially when you consider what their upcoming schedule looks like.

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The Jags are 4-8 and almost surely out of the playoffs, but this is the first of four opportunities for them to spoil the hopes of playoff wannabes down the stretch. What should you be looking out for tonight (8:20 p.m., NFL Network)? We’re glad you asked.

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Just since their bye week, the Titans have scored 28 points against the Cowboys and 34 against the Patriots in back-to-back wins, followed it up with 10 points against the Colts and 17 against the Texans in back-to-back losses, and then hung 26 on the Jets in another win last week. They’ve been held to 10 points or fewer three times. They have four games with zero turnovers and four games with multiple turnovers. They’ve had three games with less than 100 rushing yards and three games with 150 or more.

Marcus Mariota has three games with a passer rating of 119 or better and three games with a passer rating of 62 or worse. Corey Davis had two catches for 34 yards in Week 4, exploded for 9 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown in Week 4, and then combined for 8 catches for 83 yards over the next three games combined. Dion Lewis emerged as the team’s lead back with an average of more than 21 touches a game and 5.4 yards per touch during Weeks 7-10, but has averaged just 11 touches per game and 3.2 yards per touch in three games since.

There is seemingly no way to tell which particular version of the Titans’ offense we will see in any given game, as their performance has little carryover from one week to the next. Again, this is a team that scored 9 points against the Jags back in Week 3 and then followed it with 26 against the Eagles. They scored 34 against the Patriots and then 10 against the Colts. There is no rhyme or reason about anything with these guys.

That said, they have pretty consistently had trouble moving the ball against the Jaguars defense since the start of last year … but they’ve won all three games against them anyway, largely because the Jaguars’ offense can’t seem to move the ball against the Titans (or anyone else), either, and has consistently gifted Tennessee short fields to work with. In the first game these two teams played last year, for example, the Titans started five of their 12 drives in Jaguars territory, and those drives accounted for 24 of their 37 points. In the other two games against these Jags, the Titans totaled 24 points — scoring one touchdown and six field goals on 24 drives.

This year’s version of Jacksonville’s defense is not quite as dominant as last year’s, but we saw just last week how they are still capable of locking down even the best of opposing offenses. When their front four is getting pressure they are extremely tough to beat, and if you can’t control the line of scrimmage in the run game you are going to end up in poor down-and-distance situations, allowing those guys to pin their ears back and come after the cornerback, which allows Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye and company to be even more aggressive in taking away passing lanes on the outside.

Tennessee’s offensive line, much like the rest of the team, has been inconsistent this season, and there is no telling which version of that unit will show up. If Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin, and company can keep the pass rush at bay, maybe Mariota can sit in the pocket and wait for one of his guys to spring open. If not, it could be a long night, full of more field goals.

The Jags are almost completely dependent on Leonard Fournette to do pretty much everything, but pretty much the only thing Fournette has been any good at this season is touching the ball a lot of times. Fournette cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark during his rookie year almost entirely due to heavy volume. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry but the Jags had little else in the way of offensive talent so they just kept giving him the ball. He’s been even less efficient this year, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.

He’s only lasted a full game three times, having been injured midway through Jacksonville’s Week 1 and Week 4 victories, and during the three games that he’s lasted the whole way, Fournette has taken his 70 carries for just 243 yards. He’s scored four touchdowns on the ground, but they’ve all been force-feeds close to the goal line — two from a yard out, one from two yards out, and one from five yards out. The staunch desire the Jags have to feed him the ball as often as possible also puts them in a conservative offensive shell and leads them to prioritize not losing rather than winning; and that often results in them losing anyway, as it did against the Steelers when they ran Fournette into the center of the line a bunch of times and let Pittsburgh sneak away with a win in a game where they really never should have had a chance.

Handing the ball to Fournette, though, is still likely the best offensive option Jacksonville has. Unsurprisingly to anyone that had seen him play prior to this year, Blake Bortles was once again Blake Bortles this season. It was very obvious to anyone not named Jason Mendoza that the Jaguars were winning games in spite of Bortles’ performance during their run to the AFC title game in 2017, but his offseason wrist surgery necessitated that they bring him back this year because fifth-year options are guaranteed for injury. That didn’t mean the Jaguars had to come into the season with no serious competition for Bortles, though, and doing so undermined any chance they had for offensive success. During the best passing season in NFL history, Bortles actually saw his numbers take an across-the-board drop this season.

Bortles 2017 2018
Comp % 60.2% 60.4%
YPA 6.7 6.5
TD % 4.0% 3.5%
INT % 2.5% 2.7%
QB Rtg 84.7 81.9
QBR 59.2 46.8
DVOA 0.3% -15.0%

The Jags summarily benched Bortles in favor of Cody Kessler, who is so much not the answer that he was traded to the Jaguars by the Browns for a conditional seventh-round pick. Kessler has completed 72 percent of his passes while in the lineup but he is averaging a pitiful 5.7 yards per attempt and has also taken sacks even more often than Bortles, undermining the offense’s ability to move the ball.

The Titans defense is vulnerable through the air, especially on the perimeter, but the Jaguars simply do not have the weapons or the quarterback to take advantage of that fact. The Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole receiving trio is scaring exactly nobody, and even if they could get open downfield against Malcolm Butler or Adoree’ Jackson or Logan Ryan, it’s extremely unlikely that Kessler would be willing or able to push the ball downfield himself and find them. More likely, the Jaguars try to use Fournette to control the clock and keep the Tennessee offense on the sideline. But that effort is likely to prove futile.

Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars odds, line: Thursday Night Football picks, predictions from proven model on 14-3 run.SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Thursday’s Jaguars vs. Titans game 10,000 times.The Tennessee Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football in a game with major implications on the AFC playoff picture. Kickoff from Nissan Stadium in Nashville is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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The Titans clawed their way back to 6-6 with a fourth-quarter rally over the Jets last Sunday to remain within one game of a wild card spot. Meanwhile, the Jaguars were able to secure their first victory since September by shutting out the Colts and snapping Andrew Luck’s streak of eight straight games with at least three passing touchdowns. Tennessee is a five-point home favorite, up from an open of 3.5. The Over-Under is at 37.5 in the latest Titans vs. Jaguars odds, the lowest total of the Week 14 NFL schedule. Before you make any Titans vs. Jaguars picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 14 on a blistering 14-3 run. For the season, it is now 28-12 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 76-46. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 129-61 on the season, ranking in the top two on NFLPickWatch.com.

Now the model has dialed in on Jaguars vs. Titans. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it’s also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see that one over at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that the Titans have made a practice out of coming from behind to pull out late victories all season. Against the Jets, Tennessee trailed by 16 before ending the game on a 13-0 run for a 26-22 victory. In Week 2, the Titans edged the division-leading Texans with a late field goal, and two weeks later, went for the win instead of a tie against the Eagles with an overtime touchdown. Tennessee nearly beat the Chargers in London, but its two-point conversion with 31 seconds remaining failed.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is healthy and playing his best football of the season. On Sunday, Mariota threw for 282 yards and rushed for another 43 — in critical junctures of the game — to will the Titans to victory. Tennessee will also rely on the one-two backfield punch of Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis to grind out first downs in what is expected to be a low-scoring affair.

But just because the Titans are coming off a season-saving win doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Thursday Night Football spread.

The model also knows that one big advantage for the Jaguars will be the pressure they routinely get on the quarterback courtesy of defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue. Both have seven sacks this season, but their ability to impact the game goes beyond disrupting the passing game.

Campbell has registered 15 quarterback hits this season and Ngakoue has an incredible 25. The Titans have given up 42 sacks this season, so if Campbell and Ngakoue can live in the Titans’ backfield, it could be a long night for Mariota.

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is expected to return to action after serving a one-game suspension for throwing haymakers against the Bills. In Fournette’s five games played this season, he’s found the end zone five times and has scored multiple touchdowns twice. He has yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing in a game, but has added over 40 yards receiving twice. Fournette will also be well rested since he last played on Nov. 25. He’ll face defensive linemen going on just four days’ rest.

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The National Finals Rodeo 2018

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo rides into town Thursday for 10 nights of competition to determine the best riders, ropers and all-around-best cowboys and cowgirls in the country.

The final rodeo of the year is a competition among the 15 top money-winners in eight rodeo events — bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer roping, bull riding and barrel racing.

It happens at the time of year around the holidays when Southern Nevada resorts once performed annual maintenance projects, closed showrooms and gave employees time off.

Now, for some properties, it’s the busiest time of the year.

Worst to best

“The greatest thing about it is that December used to be the worst month of the year,” said Ryan Growney, general manager of the South Point. “That’s the icing on the cake. Now, all of a sudden, at least for the South Point anyway, December is the best month of the year because of that two-week period.”

South Point owner Michael Gaughan was one of the early believers that Las Vegas would be the perfect home for what is considered the “Super Bowl of rodeo.” He was part of a group of cowboy lifestyle fans that convinced the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to move the event to Las Vegas from Oklahoma City in 1985.

Since that move, NFR’s popularity has exploded, drawing more and more fans to Southern Nevada, even though most people who come can’t even get tickets to the sold-out rodeo performances at the Thomas &Mack Center.

The LVCVA officially forecasts 170,750 attendees for the 2018 NFR, but that just covers the full house at the Thomas &Mack for 10 performances. The conservative economic impact estimate is $113 million.

Las Vegas Events, the special-events arm of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, uses the rodeo as the signature-event model for how to grow participation, visitation and spending with spinoff activities related to the main attraction.

“There’s so much for everybody to do throughout the city,” said Lisa Motley, who formerly worked for Las Vegas Events and is now the LVCVA’s director of sports marketing and special events.

Various casinos will host viewing parties with broadcasts of the rodeo sessions. Other rodeo-related activities will include the Miss Rodeo America Pageant; the World Series of Team Roping, a competition for headers and heelers at the South Point Equestrian Center; All In Barrel Racing at The Orleans Arena; Cowboy Christmas and other gift shows across the valley; a kickoff hoedown in downtown Las Vegas; and the nation’s top country music performing acts in showrooms across the valley.

“We’ve got 20-plus viewing parties at all the hotel properties and they turn the race and sportsbooks into country havens to watch the rodeo and be with like-minded people and they do the afterparties,” Motley said. “The Mirage does a great job turning its race and sportsbook into a nightclub.”

NFR is continuing to expand, both geographically and in demographic reach.

On Tuesday, downtown Las Vegas’ Plaza opened its new Core Arena the first permanent outdoor equestrian center in downtown Las Vegas.

Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, and Matt Shiozawa, a rodeo professional ranked 13th in NFR standings, presided over the ribbon-cutting event.

Benefits all around

While the benefits of NFR are spread all over town, South Point may be the property that draws the most attention since not only are its rooms filled with rodeo participants and fans, but it’s also a hotel for horses and livestock.

“At South Point, we’re country all year long because we have an equestrian center,” Growney said.

Crowds are drawn to the property because gold buckles from each evening’s rodeo performance are presented there in the Montana Silversmith Go-Round Buckle Presentation on all but the final night of competition. That gives fans the opportunity to meet and greet the night’s winning participants.

Growney said the casino has a raucous atmosphere at rodeo time. Horse troughs filled with ice-cold beer are located throughout the casino floor. During the two weeks of the rodeo, South Point opens 12 additional blackjack tables to accommodate cowboys’ and cowgirls’ propensity to gamble.

‘Packed to the rafters’

“This place is packed to the rafters, but it’s so much fun and they’re such wonderful people, we enjoy the heck out of it,” Growney said.

During the rodeo, South Point’s Italian restaurant, Don Vito’s, becomes an expanded steakhouse to accommodate crowds.

“Four years ago, there would be a two-hour wait to get into the Silverado Steakhouse because cowboys like steak and potatoes, but you could walk into Don Vito’s and sit down and eat Italian food because the place was half empty,” Growney said. “We said, ‘This is ridiculous, we’re wasting a lot of space and a lot of seats.’”

But luckily, Silverado and Don Vito’s are right next door to each other and the kitchens, while separate, are connected.

“We just duplicated the Silverado menu and put it in Don Vito’s, so we call it Don Vito’s Steakhouse,” he said.

Growney knows rodeo time is a fan favorite for his guests.

“We will sell out for the 2019 NFR,” Growney said, “before the 2018 NFR ends.”

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

More rodeo capacity?

It may seem odd that most people who come to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo never get into the rodeo itself, but instead find enjoyment in being around the atmosphere.

Would it be possible to increase capacity for the rodeo by staging it at a bigger venue, such as the new Las Vegas stadium?

Lisa Motley, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s director of sports marketing and special events thinks it’s an unlikely scenario since the rodeo occurs during the National Football League’s final run to the playoffs and the hometown Las Vegas Raiders wouldn’t likely want to give up their home for three weeks at the most important time of the season.

UNLV’s Runnin’ Rebels basketball team has to retreat from the Thomas & Mack when NFR is in town, but it’s relatively early in the basketball season.

The Thomas & Mack Center currently is contracted to host the rodeo through 2024.

NFR 2018

NFR 2018 Live Stream – WNFR Official Broadcast.The National Finals Rodeo is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from December 6th to December 15th. The competition is organized by the rodeos’ major North American governing body, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (also known as PRCA). The PRCA organizes the NFR as a championship event to award international titles among 120 contestants competing within several high-difficulty rodeo events. The contestants compete in various rodeo competitions across the United States for a chance to qualify for this event. Once a part of the event, the competitors typically strive to become a PRCA World All-Around Champion.

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Long before the Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls in American football, real-life cowboys were competing in the “Super Bowl of Rodeo” in Dallas, Texas as early as 1959. The seven-competition tradition began there, but also saw stops in Los Angeles, California from 1962 to 1964, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1965 to 1984, and finally to its current location of Las Vegas since 1985. It wasn’t until 2001 that the event received its first major sponsor in the form of Wrangler, an American-based jean manufacturer that specializes in jeans fit for rodeo use.

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Rodeo fans are eagerly waiting to see the event live. The National Finals Rodeo is not the only showcase of the best cowboys but also showcase of patience, bravery and spurs.

We provide live streaming information of the National Finals Rodeo 2018 online right here. Let’s check out more details about Las Vegas NFR 2018 live streaming, broadcast channels, time, schedule, events, and ticket information .

How to Watch NFR Live Stream

Finding a place to watch the Wrangler NFR online can be hard to find as it is not well advertised. The live stream will be shown on the CBS Sports Network app as well as Pro Rodeo TV. Both places will have great service and you will be able to watch all 10 straight nights of high flying action without any interruption. Subscribe NOW

CBS Sports Network has the rights to this year’s NFR in Las Vegas. The network will be airing coverage of the event from December 6th to the 15th at 10 PM EST/ 7 PM EST on their network. This is great news as fans all across the United States can easily watch their favorite cowboys compete for World Championships and if they do not have the CBS Sports Network they can head down to their local bar to watch the action. CBS brings a great crew every single year and they will bring great coverage as well as interviews of your favorite cowboys.

ProRodeoTV is a great option to watch the National Finals Rodeo if you do not have cable. The cost per month is less than $7 which is the cheapest option if you are just looking to watch rodeo. They have coverage of rodeo events almost every single week from around the United States. The service only costs $80, which is a great deal to watch 10 straight nights of rodeo.

Steve Kenyon and Wade Wheatley will be hosting coverage of the 2018 Wrangler NFR this year on Sirius XM’s Rural Radio. They will be covering every single night of the rodeo and they will do an excellent job as they have done in years past.

WNFR Official Broadcaster

Randy Corley and Wayne Brooks will be announcing this year’s Wrangler NFR for ten nights in a row beginning December 6th. Corley and Brooks have announced the National Finals Rodeo for five straight years and they will make it six years this December. Roger Mooney will be joining the team for his first year and should be an exciting addition to the team.

Watch NFR Live Stream Without Cable

There are several television apps that carry CBS Sports Network so that you can watch the National Finals Rodeo without cable connection. These are the following apps that carry the CBS Sports Network: DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, or PlayStation Vue.

You can also purchase ProRodeoTv as well. That would be the most cost effective method if you plan to watch rodeo throughout the year

National Finals Rodeo Live Streaming Outside USA

There are only 2 ways to watch the National Finals Rodeo outside of the USA. The first way is to sign up for a VPN and then get the free trial of one of these apps that offer the CBS Sports Network: DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, or PlayStation Vue.

The other way is to sign up for Pro Rodeo TV which is a great service. There are no country restrictions on the website so you are free to watch it whether you are in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, or Brazil.

NFR Contestants

In order to qualify for the NFR, you must be a part of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) and be one of the top 15 in prize money for the year. There are 7 different ways to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The events are: All-Around, Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, and Bull Riding. Barrel Riding is another event featured in rodeos but they do not compete in the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas. Steer Roping is another world final event but it occurs at the National Finals Steer Roping that typically occurs during the first weekend in November.

2018 Wrangler NFR Payoff

The payout for the 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas is giving out $10 million dollars is prize money. Each contestant in the NFR is given $10,000 for qualifying so the amount that can be won during the competition is $8.8 million dollars. Each event has a payout of $1.1 million dollars which is why this is the biggest chance for competitors to take home a huge pot of money and increase their total winnings for the year.

NFR Schedule

The schedule for this year’s National Finals Rodeo is going to be jam-packed with amazing events and special nights. There will be something for every fan such as Canadian night and the Cowboys will be showing off their incredible talents in their respective events.

Date Time (ET) Performance
6th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 1
7th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 2
8th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 3
9th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 4
10th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 5
11th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 6
12th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 7
13th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 8
14th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 9
15th December 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Performance 10

Wrangler NFR Events

The NFR has an allotment of amazing events that entertain all rodeo fans across the US and the world. The best of the best will be competing to try and win a world championship. In order to win a world champion the cowboy must have the most total prize money at the end of the season. The Wrangler NFR has such a large pot that the winner of the event is generally the world champion.

Bareback riding is an extremely similar event to bull riding. Bareback riding is the most dangerous event in all of rodeo as the most serious injuries occur when cowboys compete in this event. The rider has to try and stay on the horse for as long as he can. Tim O’Connell, Caleb Bennett, and Clayton Biglow are the three biggest names that are expected to compete for the world championship.

This is an extremely entertaining event. A steer is released into the arena and then a rider rides his horse into the arena just after the steer is released. The rider, also known as a bulldogger, then has to grab onto the steer’s horns and take the animal down onto its left side to stop the timer. Curtis Cassidy, Tyler Pearson, and Scott Guenthner are three of the top bulldoggers that are competing.

Team roping is the only true team event at the rodeo. Two riders have to try and tie up a steer by both his head and his feet. The rider that ties the steer up by his head is known as the Header and the rider that ties the steer up by his feet is known as a Heeler. The header has to get his rope around the steer before the heeler can try and rope the steer’s feet. Once both the head and feet are tied up, the riders have to face each other to stop the clock. Clay Smith and Junior Nogueira are the top team that is expected to take home the world championship.

Saddle Bronc Riding is one of the most entertaining events in rodeo. The rider of the horse has to use his skills and strength to ride a bucking horse for eight seconds and show great control and balance during those eight seconds. The rider can only use one hand to grip onto the horse and a smooth ride is a better score than a rough ride. Jacobs Crawley and Ryder Wright are expected to compete for the world championship.

Tie-Down roping is one of the more controversial events at the Wrangler NFR. The rider has to tie up a calf for the timer to stop. The calf is released into the arena and given a head start and then the rider has to rope the calf’s head and then dismount the horse to tie the calf’s legs up. If the calf stays in the knot for more than 6 seconds then the timer will stop. Shane Hanchey and Tuf Cooper will be competing for this world championship.

Bull riding is arguably the most famous rodeo event, the average person first thinks of this event when they think about the rodeo. The premise is simple, the rider has to stay on the bull for as long as he can and the one who stays on the longest wins. Sage Kimzey is the leader in this field having won 4 world championships in bull riding already at age 22. He is the favorite to win and will be looking to win his 5th championship.

2018 NFR Opening Ceremonies

The Wrangler NFR always has a great opening ceremony filled with excitement and enthusiasm. Generally, a top country music act performs during the opening ceremony to get the fans excited and kick off the event with a bang. The musical act has not been announced this year yet. All of the cowboys competing at the NFR come out riding their horses and showing off their state’s flag or country’s flag.

Cowboy Christmas

The Cowboy Christmas is held at every single Wrangler NFR at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event showcases some of the best equipment and experiences that every cowboy would want. It runs from December 6th to the 15th from 9 AM to 5 PM and you can even meet your favorite rodeo competitors. Make sure that you make time for this amazing event and bring your wallet because you will want to buy everything.

Junior NFR

The Junior National Finals Rodeo takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center at the same time as the Cowboy Christmas. There are various events throughout the day with different age groups competing on different days. This is your chance to check out the cowboys of the future and see the bright and young up and comers. You can check out the schedule here.

Miss Rodeo America

The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is one of the time-honored traditions at the Wrangler NFR. The pageant starts four days before the competition starts on December 2nd and runs until December 9th. The pageant finals take place on Sunday December 9th from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Rodeo fans should check out the event as they will not have to miss any rodeo events to watch.

Autograph Sessions

There will be autograph sessions for all of your favorite cowboys that take place at the Cowboy Christmas. The autograph sessions are divided up into the different National Finals Rodeo events. So, there will be an autograph session for bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riders, barrel racers, bull riding, and tie-down roping. The session will start at 12 PM everyday and last until 2 PM so make sure you get there early! You can check out the schedule here.

WPRA Star Celebration

This is an awards ceremony that celebrates several high-profile awards won by females within rodeo during the calendar year. This ceremony has traditionally taken place at the Grand Ballroom of the South Point Hotel and Casino and provides a great opportunity to shine a light on the often-overlooked female contributions to rodeo.

Tickets

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo season tickets have been sold out for 26 years straight. There is a currently a waitlist if you want to apply to be a season ticket holder. There are still individual tickets available for certain nights but they are going to be sold out soon so buy your tickets as soon as you can.

There will be a lot of entertainment happening around Vegas during the Wrangler NFR. All of the biggest country acts in the music industry will be performing from George Strait to Georgia Florida Line. A lot of the big hotels and casinos will also be putting together special events just for rodeo fans so make sure you do not miss out!

Make sure you check out our other articles on all of the music acts and late night entertainment that Vegas is putting on for the NFR.

The 2018 National Finals Rodeo is going to be an absolutely incredible event filled with fantastic rodeo events that every cowboy will enjoy. Las Vegas is the perfect venue for the Wrangler NFR as there is plenty to do and a lot to see while you are visiting. Which cowboy are you excited to see in December? Let us know in the comments!

NFR

NFR Live Stream Online TV.The 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas from December 6th to the 15th will be an incredible event for rodeo fans. But, what if you can’t make it to Las Vegas for the NFR or if you do not have cable? We are going to talk about how you can watch the NFR live online no matter where you are in the world.

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NFR Live on ProRodeoTV

ProRodeoTV is a great new paid service that the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association launched in late 2017. The ProRodeoTV broadcasts every single PRCA rodeo and it has great coverage of every rodeo. It is the best way to watch all of the rodeos all around the United States, even when the events are not on television. The service only costs $80 for a yearly subscription which is incredibly cheap if you are planning to watch more rodeos besides the National Finals Rodeo.

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One of the issues of using this service is that if you live in the United States you cannot watch the National Finals Rodeo live. CBS dictates that ProRodeoTV cannot show the event live; the service has to wait until 12 hours after it airs on the CBS Sports Network. That means you will have to wait until 10 AM EST the next day if you want to watch the NFR.

If you live outside of the United States then this is the best option to watch the National Finals Rodeo live from Las Vegas. CBS does not own the international rights to the event so ProRodeoTV can show the event live without any delay. Fans from New Zealand all the way to Mexico can watch all 10 nights of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

CBS Sports Network App

If you live in the United States you have to go through the CBS Sports Network App in order to watch the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo online. There are a few different ways to gain access to the CBS Sports Network app and you can even get a free trial so you will not have to pay anything to watch the NFR. Here are the services that you can use to watch the NFR: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and Playstation Vue. All services have different pros and cons that you should weigh out before selecting the service.

NFR Live on ProRodeo Live

If you are looking for a live radio stream of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas then you can go straight to Pro Rodeo Live. The website boasts coverage of the Ram National Circuit Finals, the Reno Rodeo, the Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Pendleton Round-Up, and of course the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo! The best part about the service is that it is completely free and always will be. All you have to do is make sure that your browser is updated to the most recent version and then just go to ProRodeoLive and click the player at the top of the page to listen in to the WNFR.

ProRodeoLive also broadcasts on SiriusXM RuralRadio, channel 147 so if you have a Sirius subscription that is another way you can listen in to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. ProRodeoLive has a variety of different broadcasters so make sure that you check out their Facebook page in order to figure out who is going to be the announcers for the National Finals Rodeo this year.

For a complete schedule of all the rodeos they cover you can check out their Facebook page here

Make sure that you plan to tune into all ten nights of the 2018 National Finals Rodeo. The top cowboys in every single rodeo event will be going head to head for $10 million in prize money. Pro Rodeo TV is a great option if you do not live in the United States but if you want to watch the NFR live then you will have to go through the CBS Sports Network App.

Barcelona vs Cultural

Barcelona vs Cultural : Barcelona will be hoping to book their place in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 when they welcome Cultural Leonesa to Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

Barcelona vs Cultural Live

Spanish cup football action has resumed this week, with the Round of 32 second leg ties being played across the country. One of the closest battles in the current stage, and surprisingly so, will see Barcelona play hosts to Cultural Leonesa at Camp Nou, with the Blaugrana only holding a slender advantage over the minnows.

The first leg tie at Estadio Reino de Leon was Barcelona’s first in this season’s competition. Cultural Leonesa, on the other hand, progressed to the Round of 32 by beating Navalcarnero, Fuenlabrada and Lorca in each of the last three rounds, and remain in the hunt for a place in the Last 16 stage.

Barcelona’s form since last month’s first leg has been patchy to say the least. The Copa del Rey holders have managed to win just three of their six subsequent games, each by a narrow scoreline, looking far from convincing in any of their outings.

Cultural Leonesa, meanwhile, have been even worse off, as far as their subsequent results are concerned. The Spanish third tier side have failed to win each of their five matches since being beaten by Barcelona, a run of results that have dropped them to fifth on the Segunda Division B Group 1 table.

The first leg, played at Estadio Reino de Leon over a month ago, had ended in a narrow 1-0 win for Barcelona, with second half substitute Clement Lenglet scoring the winner. Ahead of the second leg tie, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the Copa del Rey encounter.

Team News & Tactics

Barcelona

Barcelona will be hoping to build on the momentum from their 2-0 win over Villarreal. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona will be hoping to build on the momentum from their 2-0 win over Villarreal. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Ernesto Valverde does have a number of first-team regulars on the sidelines due to injuries. But, most of those players were unlikely to face Cultural Leonesa anyway, meaning the Barcelona boss does not have much of a concern.

Those players who are on the treatment table though, are Samuel Umtiti (knee), Sergi Roberto (hamstring), Arthur (groin), Rafinha (cruciate ligament rupture) and Luis Suarez (knee). Sergi Samper will not feature either, despite returning to training after recovering from a calf injury.

Meanwhile, the likes of Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba have been rested for a tie wherein Valverde will ring in the changes, while Inaki Pena, Guillem Jaime Serrano, Chumi, Jorge Cuenca, Juan Miranda, Oriol Busquets, Alex Collado, Riqui Puig and Abel Ruiz have been promoted for the cup tie.

Several of the picked Barcelona B players are likely to feature in a side that will have a healthy mix of youth and experience. The said experience is likely to be provided by Jasper Cillessen and Thomas Vermaelen, with the latter in particular, providing some relief in the larger scheme of things.

Arturo Vidal could start in midfield as well. But, with Arthur not fit yet, the Chilean is likely to be saved for the weekend’s La Liga tie, although he could be called to make an impact from the bench, if needed. The youngsters that are likely to start are Chumi, Miranda and Oriol Busquets.

Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele and Malcom could use the second leg against Cultural Leonesa as the chance to impress Valverde and stake their claim to nail down a spot as a regular. Munir El Haddadi should lead the line for Barcelona. Philippe Coutinho should be on the bench, though.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Cillessen; Semedo, Chumi, Vermaelen, Miranda; Alena, Busquets, Denis Suarez; Malcom, Munir, Dembele

While Ernesto Valverde is likely to rest a number of key players, Victor Cea should name his first-choice side, with Cultural Leonesa still in with a chance to make it to the Round of 16. The manager is likely to name his side in the 4-4-2 formation that was used in the first leg.

Jorge Palatsi has played every single game for the minnows this season, and there is no reason to replace the 30-year-old on Wednesday. At the heart of the Cultural Leonesa defence, Ivan Garrido is mainstay, with Dionico Escalante likely to be his partner. Saul Gonzalez is another ever present at the back for the visitors, with Victor Diaz likely to be the left-back.

Up ahead in midfield, Sergio Marcos and Vicente Romero are likely to be tasked with keeping things tight in the middle of the park while also recycling the ball smartly. Hugo Rodriguez and Jorge Ortiz will be the key men for Cultural Leonesa, with their pacy bursts down the flanks.

Upfront, Aridane Santana and Jose Luis Garcia should continue to be the strike partnership for the visitors, having also started against Barcelona in the first leg.

Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Palatsi; Gonzalez, Garrido, Escalante, Diaz; Ortiz, Marcos, Romero, Rodriguez; Jose Luis Garcia, Aridane

Barcelona and Cultural Leonesa will be meeting for the fourth time on Wednesday, with the previous three clashes coming in the Copa del Rey as well.

The Catalans are yet to concede to the Spanish minnows after three meetings, having scored eight times against the Spanish third tier side.

Barcelona have scored four or more goals in every home Copa del Rey match against lower-level teams since the start of 2014.

Barcelona have not been beaten at home in the King’s Cup since February 2013.

Cultural Leonesa have not won a competitive game in over a month (D4 L2).

2018-19 has to be the make or break season for Carles Alena, whose introduction to the first-team squad at Barcelona was over two years ago. While he is still only 20, first-team games are imperative, if the young Spaniard is to continue progressing at a desired level.

A defining moment in his Barcelona career may have happened this past weekend, as Alena scored the game clinching goal against Villarreal. He now has the chance to make further impression with a solid showing against Cultural Leonesa, and should he stamp his authority once again, it could be a turning point for the youngster.

The first leg in Leon might have been a close contest, with Barcelona looking far from their best. But, at home, the Blaugrana have not been troubled at all over the last five years or so in Copa del Rey ties. With Cultural Leonesa not playing all that well either, it could be a long night for Victor Cea’s men.

Valverde could also use the match as an opportunity to give some of the youngsters a taste of first-team football. Expect Barcelona to coast through the game on Wednesday, with the promoted players putting on a show. The Hard Tackle predicts a 3-0 win for Ernesto Valverde & co.

Man United vs Arsenal

Man United vs Arsenal: When: Wednesday 5 December  Where: Old Trafford, Manchester  Kick-off: 8pm (UK time)  TV channel: live on BT Sport 1

Man United vs Arsenal Live

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists that the Red Devils don’t need a miracle to finish in the Premier League’s top four despite currently sitting eighth in the table.

After 14 matches United have 22 points, level with seventh-placed Everton and one behind Bournemouth, who are now sixth after their 2-1 win against Huddersfield.

Manchester City lead the table, five points clear of Liverpool and ten clear of Chelsea. Fourth-placed Arsenal, United’s opponents tonight, are level on 30 points with Tottenham, who are fifth.

Speaking ahead of the Arsenal clash, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “We have like eight or nine points from fourth, I don’t think we need a miracle at all.

“We need a good run of results, not waste points we shouldn’t waste. Last week before the Crystal Palace game I told my hopes and targets were end of December to be in that position.

“The targets change but in the sense let’s try to close the distance the best we can and be very close to these positions, I think far from a miracle.

“We just need to not be so unlucky with problems that we have, we need some players to perform better than they are we need to perform better as a team but far from a miracle.”

Emery motivated

Arsenal travel to Manchester on the back of a superb 4-2 win against Tottenham in Sunday’s north London derby. Unai Emery’s team are on a 19-match unbeaten run but they have not won at Old Trafford in more than 12 years.

Emery said: “It will be a very big challenge for us and it will confirm our good moment, or whether we need more. It is very difficult to win there because they are a very big team with big players and have a big atmosphere pushing them, but it is an exciting match and my motivation is very big.”

Team news and possible starting XIs Man Utd team news

Mourinho has a defensive crisis for tonight’s game. Full-back Ashley Young is suspended while Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw are all injury doubts.

Victor Lindelöf is definitely ruled out but Sky Sports reports that summer signing Diogo Dalot could make his first Premier League start at right-back. ESPN says that Dalot, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are the only fully-fit defenders Mourinho has at his disposal.

“We are going to be in difficulties again to build the team,” he told MUTV. “We are again going to have to make adaptations and compensations to try to give some balance to the team. But then I believe we are again going to have the spirit to fight and to try to win the match.”

With former Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez also injured, Mourinho will hope that England forward Marcus Rashford is fit despite him picking up a knock in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.

Arsenal team news

Mesut Ozil has missed the last two games because of back issues and the German playmaker is not expected to feature at Old Trafford.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka is suspended because of five yellow cards while Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are on the injury list.

Possible starting XIs

How the teams could line up at Old Trafford, according to talkSPORT.

    Man Utd possible starting XI: De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Martial Arsenal possible starting XI: Leno; Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lacazette

TV coverage and predictions Man Utd vs. Arsenal TV channel

Tonight’s match is live on BT Sport 1. Coverage starts at 7pm and the game kicks off at 8pm.

Predictions

Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport: “Sunday’s north London derby was the perfect script for Arsenal, where they started well, found themselves 2-1 down but came back with a massive bang. Manchester United dropped more points in their draw at Southampton, but it was not a huge surprise. It was the same old story in many ways, in that they did not play well but managed to get a result. Despite the contrast in both sides’ form, I still have a feeling United will find a way to win game. Prediction: Man Utd 2 Arsenal 1.”

Paul Merson, Sky Sports: “In the past we have seen Arsenal go to Old Trafford in form, play well but somehow still end up losing the game. However, unless Manchester United really pick their game up or the Gunners hit a brick wall after their efforts against Tottenham, I just cannot see how United win. I really can’t! Prediction: Man Utd 1 Arsenal 2.”

Martin Keown, Daily Mail: “Arsenal should go to Old Trafford without any fear. United are a huge club but they are a wounded animal under Jose Mourinho. The last time Arsenal won at United in the Premier League was September 2006 but Old Trafford has lost the aura it once had. That daunting feeling for visitors has disappeared.”

Premier League results and fixtures Tuesday 4 December

    AFC Bournemouth 2 Huddersfield Town 1  Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Crystal Palace 1  West Ham United 3 Cardiff City 1  Watford 1 Manchester City 2

Wednesday 5 December (7.45pm unless stated)

    Burnley vs. Liverpool  Everton vs. Newcastle United  Fulham vs. Leicester City  Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Chelsea  Manchester United vs. Arsenal (8pm, live on BT Sport) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton (8pm)

More on Premier League: Man Utd vs. Arsenal team news, starting XIs, TV channel, predictions

PSG vs Strasbourg

PSG vs Strasbourg : P.aris St-Germain suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season as they were beaten by struggling Strasbourg Nuno da Costa headed the hosts, who move up to 14th, into the lead.

PSG vs Strasbourg Live

Kylian Mbappe, back in the starting line-up after being dropped to the. bench in midweek, equalised from Adrien Rabiot’s pass.

But Stephane Bahoken scored the winner, smashing home after da Costa flicked on a long ball from goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara.

PSG had chances to win during nine minutes of stoppage time when Rabiot forced a save from Alexandre Oukidja, who replaced the injured Kamara, and then Mbappe fired over from close range.

The capital side are nine points above second-placed Monaco, who beat Angers 1-0 thanks to Radamel Falcao’s second-minute goal.