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NFL Updates: Manning, Jones-Drew, Week 12 Schedule and More
November 20, 2013
We’ve got just one more day to wait before the Week 12 games get started around the NFL. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about as we rehash the games from last week and start previewing the upcoming set. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the key players out there making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Fans of NFC East teams will be taking great interest in Sunday’s game between the Giants and Cowboys. No one seems to want to win the division, so this matchup will go a long way in determining who’s got a leg up on the competition.
Manning will be a key figure in his team’s quest for their fifth straight win. His recent stat lines haven’t been jaw-dropping (two touchdowns, two interceptions in his last three games), but he’s not turning the ball over as much as he was and he’s hitting a much higher percentage of his throws (a season-high 71.4 percent in Week 11). A lot of that is thanks to the Giants’ resurgent running game, so if they get that working early there’s no telling what kind of success Manning could have.
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Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: After pushing back surgery that was originally scheduled for earlier in the month, Bradford went under the knife on Monday to fix the torn ACL in his ailing knee. According to Rams coach Jeff Fisher, everything went well and the knee is in good shape considering the circumstances.
Though his team was just 3-4 with him under center in 2013, Bradford posted 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions in his seven games. The Rams have already committed to bringing him back as the starting QB next season.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: He hasn’t had much success statistically this season, but Jones-Drew is on a bit of a run recently. He’s posted rushing touchdowns in two straight games, and will look to make it three in Houston this weekend. During his two-outing scoring run, his rushing yards haven’t been spectacular (64 on 35 attempts), but he’s supplemented them with work in the passing game (eight grabs for 45 yards).
The last time Jones-Drew scored in three straight games was 2011, and he’s got a reasonable chance to do it Sunday. The Texans have given up seven rushing touchdowns overall to running backs this year.
NFL Week 12 Schedule: Week 12 is coming up tomorrow, and the anticipation is running high. 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
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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