Ray Rice on life after incident, waiting for second chance in the NFL (VIDEO)

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sat down with Dan Patrick on “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday morning to discuss his life since video emerged of Rice knocking out his then-fiance — now wife — in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 15, 2014.

The video showed Rice, a former second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, strike his fiance with a vicious punch and then proceed to drag her limp body from the elevator.

Rice explained how he felt “ashamed and embarrassed” when he was out in a public in the aftermath of the video’s release. He and his wife, Janay Rice, leaned on each other for support in order to shake off the depression, while the two felt like it was them “against the world.”

Rice also talked about his three-year-old daughter and how one day he will have to explain the mistake he made and the incident that occurred. The future conversation is “something that I think about day-to-day, everyday of my life,” Rice said. While it’s a thought that haunts him, Rice said his daughter’s presence has been crucial during this period of his life.

“She has been a true blessing for me,” Rice said. “She has that ability to take something that seems so bad for me that turned out to be so good. I get to take my daughter to school. I don’t have to call people to do things for me. I get to physically be there for my daughter.”

Rice’s initial two-game suspension was extended to an indefinite ban during the 2014-2015 season when the shocking elevator video came out. While he remains exiled from the NFL, Rice hasn’t given up on his professional career. His agent remains in contact with teams for a potential second chance.

Rice has seen players with domestic violence issues, like Greg Hardy, receive second chances before him, but he holds out hope that his time will come.

“I do want to play football again and I’m not ready to give up,” Rice said.

Why does Rice want to return to the field so bad?

“For my daughter to see me hang up my cleats the right way,” he said.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC


The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

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