NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/19/13
NFL Updates: Patriots-Panthers, Romo, Week 12 Schedule and More
November 19, 2013
Week 11 has come to an end, so we can now start setting our sights toward Week 12 in the NFL. The next round of games will get underway in just a couple of days, so there’s not much downtime to be had. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines out there so we can get a feel for what’s coming up. Here’s the latest.
Patriots-Panthers Notes: The Week 11 installment of “Monday Night Football” was a pretty awesome game to watch--that is, if you’re not a Patriots fan. It was close all the way, and included a late scoring drive by the Panthers that clinched the 24-20 victory. What everyone will be talking about this week, however, is the pass interference call on the Patriots’ final play.
It went like this: Tom Brady and company had the ball on the Panthers’ 18-yard line with three seconds to go. Brady tossed the ball in the direction of TE Rob Gronkowski, who was held on the play by a Panthers LB. The pass ended up being intercepted. After initially calling a pass interference penalty, the officials ruled that Gronkowski couldn’t have caught the ball. They picked up the flag and the game was over.
The loss takes a little bit of the luster off the Pats’ showdown this week against the Broncos, but we’re still looking at two very talented, playoff-bound teams who are on the upswing.
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Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: A few weeks back, this game wouldn’t have looked like much, but it’s taken on new importance. The Cowboys will be heading to New York this weekend to take on their divisional rival Giants, and Romo--not surprisingly--is the key to Dallas’ success.
Here’s the scenario: The Giants’ pass defense has been stellar lately. They haven’t allowed a pass TD since October 10, which has been a big reason for their four-game win streak. In that span, they’ve notched seven interceptions and a pair of fumbles. Romo rides into New York off a bye last week, and he’ll have a lot to prove after his 128-yard, one-TD performance against the Saints.
Last time these teams met in Week 1, Romo notched 263 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Quick update on Cutler this morning. He’s already been ruled out for Week 12 against the Rams, and things aren’t looking so rosy for Week 13, either. He’s been out since late in Week 10 with a high-ankle sprain suffered against the Lions.
Even with Cutler out, the Bears seem to be in pretty good hands. Backup QB Josh McCown led the team to victory over the Ravens in Week 11, and the NFC North is wide open right now.
NFL Week 12 Schedule: Week 11 is officially over, so 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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