NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/17/13
NFL Updates: Chiefs-Broncos, Vereen and more
November 17, 2013
Well, today’s the day. In just a few short hours we’ll be enjoying Week 11 in the NFL, and with all the important games and potential playoff ramifications here, it should be a great series of matchups. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at a few of the noteworthy storylines out there while we’re waiting for kickoff.
What to Watch Tonight: NBC keeps getting the great matchups on “Sunday Night Football.” The Week 11 edition is certainly no different, as two of the best teams in football will be squaring off in a battle for supremacy atop the AFC West. The Kansas City Chiefs will head to Denver to take on the Broncos, and something will have to give here. The Chiefs boast one of the best defenses in the league, and the Broncos have the best offense. Denver swept the series last year, with a 17-9 win on November 25 and a dominant 38-3 victory on December 30.
Things are different this time around, however, and most people expect this one to be pretty close. Key for the Chiefs will be RB Jamaal Charles, who has racked up 725 yards on 170 carries and 389 more on a team-high 47 receptions. Denver has to shut him down and make Kansas City QB Alex Smith beat them with his arm--or ideally, force some three-and-outs and make way for Manning. The less time he and the Broncos offense spends on the field, the worse their chances for winning.
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Patriots-Panthers Injuries: Tomorrow night’s edition of “Monday Night Football” should be a good one as well. The Patriots will be on the road taking on the Panthers in a battle of two up-and-coming teams that (as of right now, anyway) look headed straight toward the playoffs. Let’s check out the injury lists on both sides to see what kind of an effect that could have on the game.
For the Panthers, their list is short but they’ll be without a couple of guys. LB Chase Blackburn and TE Ben Hartsock will be out, while DL Dwan Edwards and T Jordan Gross have been ruled as probable. CB Drayton Florence is the lone questionable designation.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have a longer report and a lot more question marks on it. First, the good news: WR Danny Amendola, QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Matthew Slater are considered probable. Here are the questionables: CB Kyle Arrington, CB Aqib Talib and RB Leon Washington. We’ve also got a pair of defensive backs who have been ruled out. They are CB Alfonzo Dennard and S Steve Gregory.
The Shane Vereen Mystery: Vereen has dominated the football talk around Boston for the past couple of weeks, due to the rumors that he’s going to be activated for tomorrow’s game. The Patriots still haven’t made that move just yet, but there’s heavy speculation out there that a transfer to the active roster is imminent.
The expectation is that Vereen will either be activated after the team arrives in Charlotte today, or possibly tomorrow, as the Pats have up until 90 minutes before game time to make the move. Talk about gamesmanship.
NFL Week 11 Schedule: Before we bid a fond farewell to Week 11 and start ringing in Week 12 in the NFL, let’s take one last look at the upcoming games set for today and tomorrow. Here’s a closer look at the full slate of matchups, along with the start times and TV networks you can find the games on.
Week 11 Byes: Cowboys, Rams
1:00 PM ET Games:
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
4:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (NBC)
8:40 PM ET:
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (ESPN)
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