NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/28/13
NFL Updates: Thanksgiving Day Matchups, Week 13 Schedule and More
November 28, 2013
Today is one of the most anticipated days in the NFL season. We’ve got three matchups coming our way on this Thanksgiving Day, so it’s a great time to catch up with family and spend some quality time shouting at the TV together. While we’re waiting for kickoff (not to mention dinnertime), let’s take a brief look at each of today’s matchups and see what we should be expecting.
Packers-Lions: In today’s first game, the Green Bay Packers will be heading to Detroit for an NFC North matchup against the Lions. The big story this week has been the Packers’ QB issues since No. 1 Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone a few weeks back. The team really didn’t have a backup plan, a point which was made abundantly clear when they were forced to roll with the ineffective Scott Tolzien.
Green Bay found hope last week in a familiar face, however. Newly re-signed backup Matt Flynn took the reins in relief of Tolzien and brought the Pack back from the brink against the Vikings. He threw for 218 yards and a TD in a comeback effort that resulted in a tie. Flynn will get the starting nod today, and he should be able to keep Green Bay in the game. It’s a win that both teams need, as it will provide the inside track toward winning the division.
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Raiders-Cowboys: Speaking of important wins, the Cowboys could use a victory this afternoon as well. They’re coming off a big win against the Giants, but need to keep rolling if they want to hold off the surging Eagles in the NFC East.
They’ll get their chance today against a surprising Raiders team that’s been looking better over the past couple of weeks with new starting QB Matt McGloin at the helm. He’s got four touchdowns and just one interception in his two starts this year, and if he gets going he could do some damage against a vulnerable Dallas secondary. Unfortunately for McGloin, he’ll likely be missing his top receiving target Denarius Moore.
He’ll also have to keep pace with the Cowboys’ Tony Romo, who is 5-1 on Thanksgiving Day in his career.
Steelers-Ravens: This evening’s NFL nightcap will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, two hard-hitting teams with a history of excellent matchups together. Both teams sit at 5-6, and a loss would be deadly to a potential Wild Card berth or long-shot divisional run. In the last three meetings between Baltimore and Pittsburgh, neither team has been able to score more than 23 points, so you can expect this one to be a run-first, defense-heavy battle like usual.
The two key pieces on offense will be No. 1 RBs Le’Veon Bell and Ray Rice, both of whom have been pretty unpredictable this year. Whichever team can get its sketchy run game going should be able to pull out a gritty win this evening.
NFL Week 13 Schedule: The bye weeks are over, so it’ll be a full round of games once again when the NFL picks back up today to begin Week 13. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Bye Week: None
12: 30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (FOX)
4:30 PM ET:
Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (CBS)
8:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)
Sunday, December 1, 2013:
1:00 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
New England Patriots at Houston Texans (CBS)
Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (CBS)
4:05 PM ET;
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills (FOX)
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
8:30 PM ET:
New York Giants at Washington Redskins (NBC)
Monday, December 2, 2013:
8:40 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (ESPN)
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