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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/29/13

NFL Updates: Thanksgiving game notes, Week 13 schedule and more

November 29, 2013

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Yesterday’s holiday provided a larger-than-usual dose of NFL action, and we’ve got even more to look forward to this weekend. With that in mind, let’s take a glance a the headlines across the league this morning as we buckle in for another two-day wait before the NFL resumes on Sunday. Here’s the latest.

Packers-Lions Notes: Early on, it seemed like the Lions were going to fritter away their chance to take control of the division. After four turnovers between Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford, the Packers were within a touchdown at halftime. Their hopes quickly faded away, however, as Detroit flexed its muscle on both sides of the ball, rattling off 37 unanswered points to turn the game into an utter blowout. It would end in a 40-10 Lions victory, which was their first win on Thanksgiving in a decade.
Green Bay really needs Aaron Rodgers back, but that won’t be a cure-all for their issues. Backup QB Matt Flynn was slapped around all afternoon by a porous offensive line that couldn’t generate any protection.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/29/13

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Raiders-Cowboys Notes: The middle game on yesterday’s schedule ended up being pretty competitive, and there were exciting plays right from the opening kickoff (a scoop-and-score fumble return TD for the Raiders). Tony Romo and the gang were able to persevere, however, riding a hot DeMarco Murray (63 rush yards, three touchdowns) to an entertaining 24-31 victory. The win puts Dallas atop the NFC East (7-5), pending the results of Philadelphia’s game this weekend.
Oakland, meanwhile, falls to 4-8 after failing to take advantage of the Cowboys’ permissive run defense. They only posted 50 yards on the ground.

Steelers-Ravens Notes: As expected, this game was a close-fought battle that came down to a final play at the end. The Steelers couldn’t get anything going offensively in the first half, ending up with just 98 offensive yards in the opening quarters. They came on in the second half with some renewed purpose, but it wasn’t enough. The Ravens would take the game 22-20 on the strength of five Justin Tucker field goals--which was a career-high output for him.
The Steelers had a chance to tie things up and potentially force overtime at the end of the fourth quarter, but an attempted two-point conversion pass slipped through the hands of WR Emmanuel Sanders and thwarted the comeback attempt. Pittsburgh is now 5-7, while the Ravens improve to 6-6

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 on Sunday to resume 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

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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