Falcons take on Jaguars to kick off Week 15's slate of games

The Falcons will try to strengthen their standing in the NFC wild-card chase, while the Jaguars will try to follow up on the good feelings prompted by interim coach Mel Tucker's first victory last week, when Atlanta hosts Jacksonville on Thursday night in the first of two prime-time telecasts this week on NFL Network. On Saturday night, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET for both games.

Here's what else is on tap for Thursday:

» Panthers WR Steve Smith shows up on "The Dave Dameshek Football Program" to talk about Week 15, the Heisman Trophy and why "The Notebook" is an underrated movie.

» The Cowboys' failures in the fourth quarter have been well documented. Michael Lombardi explains how the lack of execution in one crucial area is why Dallas has struggled to close out victories this season.

» Cam Newton and Andy Dalton impressed early this season, and four more rookie QBs have made their mark since. So, Gil Brandt writes, comparisons to the famed QB class of 1983 might not be crazy.

» Get ready for Week 15 with NFL.com's Game Center, featuring videos, stats and previews of all this week's games.

» Stephen J. Dubner, author of "Football Freakonomics", delves into the mystery of home-field advantage to explain why home teams win 57 percent of the time.

» Fantasy owners who stuck with Chris Johnson will be rewarded in Week 15, Michael Fabiano says. The enigmatic running back is primed for a great game against the Colts' porous defense.

» Have your say in who wins top honors for last weekend's games by voting for the NFL's Hardest-Working Man, Rookie of the Week, Air & Ground Players of the Week, and Never Say Never Moment of the Week. And don't forget to fill out your Pro Bowl ballot.

» Thought your fantasy season was over? Think again! The end of the fantasy football season means the beginning of Fantasy Playoff Challenge. Sign up for free for your chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

» Happy birthday to a couple of defensive stalwarts: Former San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison turns 39 today, while Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti turns 71.

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