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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/18/13

NFL Updates: Patriots-Panthers, Week 12 Schedule and More

November 18, 2013

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The rule of thumb in the NFL is to expect the unexpected. That was certainly the case during Sunday’s slate of games, as we saw all sorts of crazy happenings around the league. Before we cap off Week 11 with tonight’s game, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy storylines out there that everyone’s talking about.

Chiefs-Broncos Notes: We’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on the NFL’s biggest game of the season so far. The Chiefs and Broncos clashed in Denver last night in a game that’s sure to have plenty of playoff implications down the road. The Broncos emerged victorious 27-17, thanks mostly to their offensive line, who kept Peyton Manning clean with no sacks or QB hits--a stellar effort in the face of the league’s most sack-happy defense.
Denver didn’t come out of the game completely unscathed, though. Their most pressing concern is the status of star WR Wes Welker, who left the game in the fourth due to a concussion. We’ll keep an eye on him as the week progresses to see if he’ll be available for Week 12.
The Cheifs and Broncos will meet again in two weeks, this time in Kansas City.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/18/13

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Jets Fumble Against Bills: In another game that could end up having huge playoff implications, the Jets missed an opportunity to take a firm hold on the final wild-card spot in the AFC. Up-and-down QB Geno Smith had a downright awful day against the Bills, resulting in a disgusting 8-of-23 passing line and four turnovers. Buffalo scored 20 points in the second quarter alone on their way to a dominating 37-14 victory.
The loss drops New York to 5-5, within striking distance of a host of AFC teams sitting at 4-6. With Denver or Kansas City apt to receive the first wild card in the conference, there will be a dogfight in the next few weeks over who will get the second.

What to Watch Tonight: We’ve got another must-see game on tap for this week’s installment of “Monday Night Football.” The game will feature two upward-trending teams in the Patriots and the Panthers, with both squads holding heavy playoff aspirations.
New England (7-2) holds a big lead on the AFC East and can put the division in a stranglehold with a victory here. Their offense is riding high after a 55-point performance against the Steelers last week, but will have a tough time pasting such a high total on Carolina.
The Panthers (6-3) are on a five-game win streak and boast the fewest points allowed in the NFC. The key to a victory here will be their three-headed RB monster in the backfield: DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart. They’ll need a strong, clock-gobbling effort on the ground to keep Pats QB Tom Brady off the field and control the pace of the game.
The action starts tonight at 8:30 on ESPN.

NFL Week 12 Schedule: Week 11 isn’t officially over, but it’s now time to start looking forward to Week 12. The games are starting to take on more and more importance, so we’re sure to see some intriguing battles coming our way. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Week 12 Byes: Bills, Seahawks, Bengals, Eagles

Thursday, November 21:

8:25 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (NFL Network)

Sunday, November 24:

1:00 PM ET Games:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (CBS)
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins (FOX)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (CBS)
Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

4:05 PM ET Games:
Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals (CBS)

4:25 PM ET:
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (FOX)

8:30 PM ET:
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (NBC)

Monday, November 25:

8:40 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (ESPN)

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