NBC Sports presents a pair of pivotal AFC matchups this holiday week, beginning on Thanksgiving night in Indianapolis, when Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) visit T.Y. Hilton and the Colts (5-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Coverage on NBC continues with an AFC West clash on "Sunday Night Football," when Von Miller and the Super Bowl-champion Denver Broncos (7-3) host Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
The Colts and Steelers enter their matchup on Thanksgiving night within one game of the top spot in their respective divisions. The Colts are coming off a 24-17 win against the Titans, as QB Andrew Luck threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Veteran RB Frank Gore has provided stability for the Colts' offense, averaging nearly 85 yards from scrimmage per game for Indianapolis. In his 12th NFL season, Gore ranks ninth in league history with 12,682 rushing yards.
The Steelers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-9 win against the Browns in Cleveland last Sunday, led by RB Le'Veon Bell, who rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown and added 55 receiving yards. The Steelers boast a dominant 22-6 all-time record against the Colts.
NBC's Chiefs-Broncos matchup on "Sunday Night Football" could have significant playoff implications in the AFC. Both teams are 7-3, just one game behind the AFC West-leading Oakland Raiders (8-2). The Chiefs aim to bounce back from a 19-17 loss at home to Tampa Bay in Week 11. The Broncos had a bye in Week 11, and defeated the Saints 25-23 in Week 10. The two clubs are scheduled to meet again on "Sunday Night Football" on Christmas night in Week 16.