The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts will bring the NFL 2016 Thanksgiving Day feast to an end with a crucial encounter. With both teams at 5-5, there is a lot at stake in this Thursday Night Football game at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
While both teams come into this game with wins, the Colts will be seriously handicapped owing to loss of starting quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been ruled out of the TNF Thanksgiving special due to a concussion.
Luck suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of the 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans, and after immediately being put into protocol, there was very little chance of the QB making it in time. Scott Tolzien, who has thrown one pass in the regular season since 2013, is set to take over Luck's place and he faces a really difficult task against a Steelers defence that produced eight sacks in the 24-9 win over the Cleveland Browns.
"We have to do a great job," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said when questioned about the threat posed by the Steelers defence. "We have been a little bit better in the last couple of weeks of protecting our quarterback.
"You have a great unit and defence coming in here off a huge game. We all saw what they did against the Browns and what they are capable of. They have a bunch of really good football players on that side of the football, guys that are big, strong and talented and can put pressure on the quarterback and do it from every level, up front, from linebacker depth and guys in the secondary that can play.
"Those guys are playing at a high level. They have guys that can make plays and put pressure on the quarterback. They are hard to run against. When you get behind and you become one dimensional, it usually adds up to multiple sacks. We have our hands full. We are going to worry about us and trying to get those guys blocked."
This is a game that the Colts need to win, not just to get closer to the AFC South leading Houston Texans, but also because they have lost to Pittsburgh in their last two games. The Steelers also come in needing a win to leapfrog the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, and with Luck missing they will fancy their chances.
Where to Watch Live
Steelers at Colts is set to begin at 8.30pm ET (1.30am GMT, 7am IST) start. Live Streaming and TV information is below.
India: TV: Sony ESPN HD and Sony ESPN. Live Streaming: Sonyliv.
USA: TV: NBC. Live Streaming: NBC Sports Live.
UK: TV: Sky Sports 1. Live Streaming: Sky Go.
Canada: TV: Sportsnet. Live Streaming: Sportsnet Now.
Australia: TV: ESPN. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
International viewers (ROW): Live Streaming: NFL Gamepass.