NFL update: Week 12
CAROLINA at DALLAS
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Cowboys by 3.
Records: Panthers 8-2, Cowboys 7-3.
Vs. spread: Panthers 5-5, Cowboys 6-3-1.
Series: Cowboys lead, 3-2.
Comments: Cowboys have been shut out twice in their last four games . . . Seven of the Panthers' eight wins have been decided late in the fourth quarter or overtime . . . Cowboys have allowed just 55 points in their last five games . . . Cowboys and Panthers are two of only three teams (Ravens) with more running than passing plays this season.
Panthers injuries -- Questionable: DT Shane Burton (ankle); RB DeShaun Foster (hand); Probable: C Jeff Mitchell (illness).
Cowboys injury -- Probable: LB Alshermond Singleton (shoulder).
CHICAGO at DENVER
Time: 4:05 p.m. (Ch. 25)
Line: Broncos by 10 1/2.
Records: Bears 3-7, Broncos 6-4.
Vs. spread: Bears 5-5, Broncos 5-5.
Series: Broncos lead, 6-5.
Comments: Bears are 0-5 on the road . . . Denver's Shannon Sharpe leads all TEs with seven TD receptions . . . Broncos are 5-0 when Sharpe scores a TD . . . Broncos RB Clinton Portis has 19 rushing TDs in his last 19 games . . . Bears QB Chris Chandler needs 139 passing yards and two TD throws to become the fifth active player with 28,000 passing yards and 170 TD passes.
Bears injuries -- Out: S Mike Green (groin); TE Dustin Lyman (abdomen); CB Todd McMillon (hand); LB Joe Odom (groin). Probable: DE Alex Brown (leg).
Broncos injuries -- Questionable: WR Ed McCaffrey (thigh). Probable: K Jason Elam (groin); DT Daryl Gardener (wrist); C Tom Nalen (ankle); G Dan Neil (thumb); QB Jake Plummer (foot); T Ephraim Salaam (knee); LB Donnie Spragan (foot).
CINCINNATI at SAN DIEGO
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Bengals by 3.
Records: Bengals 5-5, Chargers 2-8.
Vs. spread: Bengals 7-3, Chargers 3-7.
Series: Chargers lead, 17-10.
Comments: Doug Flutie again starts at QB for the Chargers . . . Bengals are alone or tied for first place after 10 games for the first time since 1990 . . . San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson needs 29 yards for his third straight 1,000-yard season . . . Bengals RB Rudi Johnson has rushed for 482 yards and four TDs in the last four games.
Bengals injuries -- Out: CB Jeff Burris (head). Doubtful: TE Reggie Kelly (foot). Questionable: G Victor Leyva (ankle). Probable: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring); G Matt O'Dwyer (foot); TE Matt Schobel (hamstring).
Chargers injuries -- Out: WR Tim Dwight (lung); S Kwamie Lassiter (knee). Doubtful: DE Raylee Johnson (foot). Questionable: C Jason Ball (ankle); G Solomon Page (ankle). Probable: WR David Boston (shoulder); RB Lorenzo Neal (neck); DE Marcellus Wiley (ankle).
DETROIT at MINNESOTA
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Vikings by 10 1/2.
Records: Lions 3-7, Vikings 6-4.
Vs. spread: Lions 5-5, Vikings 6-4.
Series: Vikings lead, 53-29-2.
Comments: Lions have lost 21 straight road games, two short of the NFL record . . . Vikings have lost their last four -- two home, two road . . . In 11 career games against the Lions, Vikings WR Randy Moss has 63 catches for 1,024 yards . . . Vikings SS Corey Chavous leads the NFL with seven INTs; Minnesota FS Brian Russell is second with six. Combined they have more INTs than 20 teams.
Lions injuries -- Out: WR Scotty Anderson (ankle); LB James Davis (shoulder); WR Charles Rogers (collarbone). Doubtful: WR Eddie Drummond (ankle/knee). Questionable: LB Boss Bailey (shoulder). Probable: CB Dre' Bly (leg); LB Barrett Green (groin).
Vikings injuries -- Questionable: LB Raonall Smith (hamstring). Probable: WR D'Wayne Bates (hamstring).
INDIANAPOLIS at BUFFALO
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Colts by 3.
Records: Colts 8-2, Bills 4-6.
Vs. spread: Colts 7-3, Bills 3-6-1.
Series: Bills lead, 34-28-1.
Comments: Bills leading rusher Travis Henry is expected to play despite a hairline fracture above his right ankle . . . Bills have three safeties in their last three games, but no TDs, and have committed 10 turnovers in that span . . . Colts haven't scored fewer than 20 points in any game . . . Bills have allowed only one TD in three of their past four games.
Colts injuries -- Out: S Idrees Bashir (shoulder); S Cory Bird (abdomen); LB Jim Nelson (collarbone). Doubtful: WR Troy Walters (hamstring). Questionable: RB Brian Allen (head); S Jason Doering (ankle); T Tarik Glenn (knee); WR Marvin Harrison (hamstring); TE Marcus Pollard (knee); DT Montae Reagor (chest); WR Brandon Stokley (head). Probable: T Ryan Diem (hand/wrist); CB Walt Harris (knee/shoulder/toe); RB James Mungro (knee); RB Dominic Rhodes (knee); C Jeff Saturday (knee); G Steve Sciullo (shoulder); RB Detron Smith (knee); CB Donald Strickland (shoulder); LB David Thornton (shoulder).
Bills injuries -- Questionable: RB Travis Henry (leg); T Jonas Jennings (hip); WR Eric Moulds (groin); S Izell Reese (concussion); T Mike Williams (shoulder).
JACKSONVILLE at NY JETS
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Jets by 4.
Records: Jaguars 2-8, Jets 3-7.
Vs. spread: Jaguars 4-6, Jets 2-5-3.
Series: Jaguars lead, 3-2.
Comments: Former Marshall University QBs Byron Leftwich (Jaguars) and Chad Pennington (Jets) face off . . . Jets allowed 538 yards in last week's loss to the Colts . . . Jets RB Curtis Martin has no TDs through 10 games . . . Martin's backup, Lamont Jordan, has all four Jets running TDs this season.
Jaguars injuries -- Questionable: QB Mark Brunell (elbow); CB Fernando Bryant (back); CB Jason Craft (knee); G Vincent Manuwai (foot). Probable: RB Fred Taylor (knee).
Jets injuries -- Out: S David Young (hamstring). Probable: DE John Abraham (groin); CB Donnie Abraham (shoulder); RB LaMont Jordan (hand); WR Santana Moss (ribs); LB Quincy Stewart (knee).
NEW ORLEANS at PHILADELPHIA
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Eagles by 5 1/2.
Records: Saints 5-5, Eagles 7-3.
Vs. spread: Saints 5-5, Eagles 6-4.
Series: Eagles lead, 14-8.
Comments: Eagles have won six of their last seven . . . Saints are 4-1 after a 1-4 start . . . Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last two games . . . Saints RB Deuce McAllister has seven straight 100-yard rushing games . . . Eagles have NFL's best record in November and December since 2000 (23-5).
Saints injuries -- Out: TE Ernie Conwell (ankle); G Kendyl Jacox (knee). Doubtful: RB James Fenderson (foot). Questionable: G LeCharles Bentley (knee); CB Dale Carter (quadriceps); WR Joe Horn (knee); LB Darrin Smith (groin); WR Donte' Stallworth (ankle); DE Willie Whitehead (knee). Probable: S Jay Bellamy (back).
Eagles injuries -- Out: CB Bobby Taylor (foot); G John Welbourn (knee). Questionable: S Brian Dawkins (foot); TE L.J. Smith (knee); DT Darwin Walker (abdomen). Probable: LB Carlos Emmons (thumb); DE Ndukwe Kalu (thumb); WR Freddie Mitchell (concussion); WR Todd Pinkston (toe/quadriceps).
OAKLAND at KANSAS CITY
Time: 4:15 p.m. (Ch. 4)
Line: Chiefs by 11.
Records: Raiders 3-7, Chiefs 9-1.
Vs. spread: Raiders 1-8-1, Chiefs 8-2.
Series: Chiefs lead, 44-43-2.
Comments: Raiders forced six turnovers in last week's win over the Vikings . . . Raiders QB Rick Mirer will make his third straight start . . . Oakland WR Jerry Rice needs two catches to become the first player with 1,500 . . . Chiefs' opponents are averaging 4.9 yards per rush, second most in the league.
Raiders injuries -- Out: DE Trace Armstrong (shoulder); RB Justin Fargas (knee); DT John Parrella (groin); LB Travian Smith (knee); DE Sam Williams (knee). Doubtful: RB Charlie Garner (back); DT Dana Stubblefield (ankle). Questionable: G Mo Collins (knee); T Lincoln Kennedy (calf); G Frank Middleton (quadriceps); S Rod Woodson (knee). Probable: DT Roderick Coleman (shoulder); C Barret Robbins (knee).
Chiefs injuries -- Questionable: WR Marc Boerigter (thigh); DE Eddie Freeman (toe); G Brian Waters (shoulder); S Jerome Woods (back). Probable: WR Dante Hall (shoulder); RB Tony Richardson (hand); DT Ryan Sims (foot); T John Tait (ankle).
PITTSBURGH at CLEVELAND
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Browns by 3.
Records: Steelers 3-7, Browns 4-6.
Vs. spread: Steelers 4-6, Browns 4-6.
Series: Browns lead, 55-48.
Comments: Browns' 44 points in last week's win over the Cardinals were their most since returning to the league in 1999 . . . Steelers WR Hines Ward has at least four catches in nine of 10 games this season . . . Each team allows fewer than 300 total yards per game (Browns 295.3, Steelers 299.8) . . . Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who played for the Browns from 1980-82, is 14-5 against his former team . . . Browns have eight INTs in the last three meetings.
Steelers injuries -- Doubtful: TE Jay Riemersma (sternum). Questionable: T Marvel Smith (neck); G Keydrick Vincent (groin); CB DeWayne Washington (knee). Probable: RB Jerome Bettis (shoulder); WR Plaxico Burress (shoulder); LB Clark Haggans (ankle); S Mike Logan (foot); WR Antwaan Randle El (toe); TE Jerame Tuman (shoulder).
Browns injuries -- Questionable: RB R.J. Bowers (ankle). Probable: T Chad Beasley (toe); DE Kenard Lang (back); CB Michael Lehan (shoulder); CB Lewis Sanders (groin); LB Ben Taylor (back); LB Chaun Thompson (eye); CB Roosevelt Williams (shoulder).
SAN FRANCISCO at GREEN BAY
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Packers by 4 1/2.
Records: 49ers 5-5, Packers 5-5.
Vs. spread: 49ers 5-4-1, Packers 5-5.
Series: Packers lead, 30-26-1.
Comments: Tim Rattay again will start at QB for the 49ers. He has a 132.5 passer rating in his two starts . . . 49ers are 0-4 on the road . . . Packers, who were 8-0 at Lambeau Field last year during the regular season, are just 2-3 at home this season . . . Since 1999, Packers S Darren Sharper has 27 INTs, the most in the NFL . . . Packers RB Ahman Green has scored at least one TD in seven straight games, one short of the franchise record.
49ers injuries -- Doubtful: S Ronnie Heard (knee); G Eric Heitmann (ankle). Questionable: QB Jeff Garcia (ankle); CB Jason Webster (hamstring). Probable: WR Arnaz Battle (toe); S Zack Bronson (neck); RB Garrison Hearst (ankle); C Jeremy Newberry (ankle); WR Terrell Owens (groin); WR Tai Streets (quadriceps); LB Jeff Ulbrich (ankle); WR Cedrick Wilson (knee).
Packers injuries -- Questionable: CB Derek Combs (ankle). Probable: QB Brett Favre (thumb); TE Bubba Franks (quadriceps); CB Al Harris (ankle/foot); DE Chukie Nwokorie (shoulder).
SEATTLE at BALTIMORE
Time: 1 p.m.
Line: Ravens by 3.
Records: Seahawks 7-3, Ravens 5-5.
Vs. spread: Seahawks 4-6, Ravens 6-4.
Series: Ravens lead, 1-0.
Comments: Seahawks are 1-3 on the road, losing to three teams with winning records; Ravens are 3-1 at home . . . Ravens have committed 10 turnovers and been called for 20 penalties in their last two games . . . Baltimore has not scored a TD in its last 100 minutes . . . Ravens LB Terrell Suggs leads all rookies with six sacks . . . Seahawks are one of three teams with three players with at least 30 receptions: Darrell Jackson (38), Koren Robinson (37), and Bobby Engram (30).
Seahawks injuries -- Questionable: LB Randall Godfrey (chest); LB D.D. Lewis (hip); S Damien Robinson (shoulder). Probable: S Ken Hamlin (knee); RB Maurice Morris (toe).
Ravens injuries -- Out: QB Kyle Boller (leg). Doubtful: TE John Jones (leg). Questionable: WR Marcus Robinson (chest); WR Frank Sanders (ankle); DE Anthony Weaver (neck).
ST. LOUIS at ARIZONA
Time: 4:05 p.m.
Line: Rams by 7 1/2.
Records: Rams 7-3, Cardinals 3-7.
Vs. spread: Rams 6-3-1, Cardinals 3-7.
Series: Rams lead, 27-21-2.
Comments: Rams won this season's first meeting, 37-13, as St. Louis's Torry Holt caught 12 passes for 133 yards and a TD . . . Cardinals are 3-2 at home . . . Arizona is allowing an average of 20 points at home, 35 on the road . . . Rams are 2-3 away from home . . . Cardinals have picked off an NFL-low five passes this season, while the Rams have thrown 14 INTs, third most in the league . . . Rams are 28-0 when Marshall Faulk tops 100 rushing yards.
Rams injuries -- Doubtful: S Richard Coady (groin). Questionable: DT Damione Lewis (ankle); DE Leonard Little (pectoral); CB James Whitley (foot). Probable: WR Torry Holt (ankle).
Cardinals injuries -- Out: WR Jason McAddley (hamstring). Doubtful: RB Emmitt Smith (shoulder). Questionable: LB Gerald Hayes (shoulder). Probable: DE Dennis Johnson (leg); C Pete Kendall (neck); RB Marcel Shipp (forearm/knee); G Cameron Spikes (thumb/ankle); S Adrian Wilson (hand).
TENNESSEE at ATLANTA
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Line: Titans by 6 1/2.
Records: Titans 8-2, Falcons 2-8.
Vs. spread: Titans 7-3, Falcons 3-7.
Series: Tied, 5-5.
Comments: Titans have scored at least 30 points in six of their last seven games . . . Falcons are one of two teams with a pair of 400-yard rushers -- Warrick Dunn (658) and T.J. Duckett (418) . . . Titans have the league's best interconference record since 1997 (19-7) . . . Including Titans, the Falcons' next three opponents are from AFC (Texans, Colts) . . . Tennessee's Frank Wycheck needs eight receptions to become the fourth TE in NFL history with 500.
Titans injuries -- Out: WR Drew Bennett (calf); CB Andre Woolfolk (ankle). Questionable: RB Eddie George (calf); DE Jevon Kearse (ankle); DT Rien Long (knee); T Matt Martin (knee); S Donnie Nickey (foot); DT Robaire Smith (head/ribs).
Falcons injuries -- Doubtful: WR LaTarence Dunbar (hamstring); S Kevin McCadam (hamstring); QB Michael Vick (leg). Questionable: CB Juran Bolden (ankle/foot); LB Chris Draft (neck); G Kynan Forney (shoulder); DE Patrick Kerney (shoulder); CB Kevin Mathis (thigh); DE Brady Smith (ankle).
WASHINGTON at MIAMI
Time: 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Dolphins by 6 1/2.
Records: Redskins 4-6, Dolphins 6-4.
Vs. spread: Redskins 4-4-2, Dolphins 5-5.
Series: Dolphins lead, 6-4.
Comments: Dolphins will be wearing orange jerseys for the first time tonight . . . Dolphins have scored only one TD in their last two games but beat the Ravens last week without reaching the end zone . . . Miami's Ricky Williams leads the NFL with 246 rushing attempts but is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry . . . Dolphins have never lost at home to the Redskins (3-0) . . . Redskins WR Laveranues Coles has four 100-yard receiving games, but three came in the first three weeks of the season.
Redskins injuries -- Doubtful: RB Ladell Betts (arm); C Larry Moore (foot). Questionable: CB Rashad Bauman (ankle); RB Rock Cartwright (ankle); DT Jermaine Haley (hand/shoulder); S Andre Lott (ankle); RB Chad Morton (ankle); QB Patrick Ramsey (foot). Probable: LB LaVar Arrington (knee/hand); WR Laveranues Coles (toe); DE Bruce Smith (knee/hand); CB Fred Smoot (chest).
Dolphins injuries -- Questionable: QB Jay Fiedler (knee); G Jamie Nails (ankle); G Todd Perry (elbow); C Tim Ruddy (knee); CB Patrick Surtain (ankle). Probable: DT Larry Chester (quadriceps); LB Zach Thomas (shoulder); S Shawn Wooden (hamstring).
NY GIANTS at TAMPA BAY
Time: Tomorrow, 9 p.m. (Ch. 5)
Line: Buccaneers by 5 1/2.
Records: Giants 4-6, Buccaneers 4-6.
Vs. spread: Giants 3-6-1, Buccaneers 4-6.
Series: Giants lead, 9-5.
Comments: Buccaneers have lost three straight . . . Simeon Rice has 11 sacks this season, the rest of the Buccaneers just 10 . . . Giants RB Tiki Barber will face his twin brother, Bucs CB Ronde, for the third time in the NFL . . . Giants are 40-5 under coach Jim Fassel when leading at the half . . . Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson needs one TD pass for his fourth season with at least 20 . . . Buccaneers are 8-6 on "Monday Night Football", including 1-1 this season; Giants are 15-28-1, including 0-1 in 2003.
Giants injuries -- Out: CB Ralph Brown (shoulder); DE Kenny Holmes (knee); S Shaun Williams (knee). Doubtful: WR Tim Carter (concussion); TE Jeremy Shockey (knee). Questionable: S Johnnie Harris (hamstring); WR Ike Hilliard (knee/ankle). Probable: CB Frank Walker (concussion).
Buccaneers injuries -- Questionable: LB Nate Webster (turf toe). Probable: WR Keenan McCardell (hamstring); LB Ryan Nece (ankle); S Jermaine Phillips (forearm).
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