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NFL Week 11 update

By Jim McBride
Globe Staff / November 20, 2011

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Buffalo at Miami

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Dolphins by2 Records: Bills 5-4 (4-4-1 vs. spread), Dolphins 2-7 (3-6 vs. spread).

Comments: Break up the Dolphins, who have won two straight . . . Time to give up on the Bills, who have lost two straight? . . . Miami leads all-time series, 53-36-1 . . . Buffalo WR David Nelson has a TD catch in two straight — it was unclear at press time if his girlfriend will be on hand today . . . Dolphins LB Jason Taylor has 21 career sacks against the Bills, his most vs. any foe . . . Buffalo RB Fred Jackson averaging 103 yards rushing in road games this season.

Key injuries: BILLS: OUT: K Rian Lindell (shoulder). DOUBTFUL: S George Wilson (neck). QUESTIONABLE: T Demetrius Bell (shoulder), WR Stevie Johnson (shoulder). DOLPHINS: QUESTIONABLE: K Dan Carpenter (groin), TE Anthony Fasano (ankle).

Cincinnati at Baltimore

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Ravens by 7 Records: Bengals 6-3 (7-2 vs. spread), Ravens 6-3 (5-4 vs. spread).

Comments: Bengals are shooting for their fourth straight road win . . . Ravens have won six straight at home . . . Baltimore QB Joe ‘‘Cool’’ Flacco is 23-5 at home with 32 TDs and 16 INTs . . . Cincinnati rookie QB Andy Dalton is 4-1 on the road with 10 TDs and 3 INTs . . . Baltimore’s Ed Reed (8) and Ray Lewis (5) have a combined 13 INTs vs. Bengals . . . Cincy RB Cedric Benson is averaging 87 yards per game in last four vs. Ravens . . . Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin is 7 receptions shy of 700 for his career.

Key injuries: BENGALS: DOUBTFUL:WRA.J. Green (knee), TE Donald Lee (foot). QUESTIONABLE: DE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring). PROBABLE: CB Nate Clements (knee), CB Adam Jones (groin). RAVENS: OUT: RB Anthony Allen (thigh), DT Arthur Jones (head). QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle), LB Ray Lewis (foot).

San Diego at Chicago

Time: 4:15 p.m. Line: Bears by 3 1/2

Records: Chargers 4-5 (2-7 vs. spread), Bears 6-3 (5-4 vs. spread).

Comments: For the umpteenth time people, stop kicking the ball to Devin Hester! The Bears monster holds NFL marks for punt return TDs (12) and combined punt and kick return TDs (17) . . . Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Bears QB Jay Cutler hate each other. Just saying . . . Rivers is one TD pass shy of becoming third Charger with 150 (Dan Fouts 254; John Hadl 201) . . . Cutler’s teams are 24-0 when he has a 100-plus passer rating . . . All-time series is tied at 5-5 . . . San Diego safety Eric Weddle tied for NFL lead with 5 INTs.

Key injuries: CHARGERS: OUT: DE Luis Castillo (tibia), WR Malcom Floyd (hip), T Marcus McNeill (neck), LB Shaun Phillips (foot). DOUBTFUL: CB Marcus Gilchrist (hamstring),G Louis Vasquez (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: DT Antonio Garay (hip), S Darrell Stuckey (thigh). BEARS: DOUBTFUL: CB D.J. Moore (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Lance Briggs (neck), RB Matt Forte (shoulder), WR Devin Hester (ankle), DE Julius Peppers (knee).

Philadelphia at New York Giants

Time: 8:20 p.m. (Ch. 7) Line: Giants by 5

Records: Eagles 3-6 (3-6 vs. spread), Giants 6-3 (4-4-1 vs. spread).

Comments: If there’s such thing as a must win in Week 11 it’s tonight for the Dream Team Eagles . . . Giants beat Eagles, 29-16, Sept. 25 . . . Philly QB Michael Vick is out with two broken ribs and will be replaced by Vince Young . . . Big Blue QB Eli Manning has won two straight vs. Eagles. His 116.5 fourth-quarter passer rating is second best in NFL . . . Eagles’ LeSean McCoy leads NFL with 12 TDs and 69 first downs . . . Giants CB Corey Webster has 4 INTS in last four games.

Key injuries: EAGLES: OUT: QB Michael Vick (ribs), T King Dunlap (concussion), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: DE Brandon Graham (knee), WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder, hamstring). GIANTS: OUT: RB Ahmad Bradshaw(foot). DOUBTFUL: LB Michael Boley (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: CB Prince Amukamara (foot), DE Justin Tuck (ankle). PROBABLE: T Will Beatty (back),WR Jerrel Jernigan (hip), WR Mario Manningham (knee), CB Aaron Ross (quadriceps), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee).

TODAY’S OTHER GAMES

Jacksonville at Cleveland

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Jaguars by 1

Records: Jaguars 3-6 (4-4-1 vs. spread), Browns 3-6 (2-5-2 vs. spread).

Comments: Only diehards will watch this game between two of the NFL’s yuckiest offenses . . . Jaguars have scored an AFC-low 115 points . . . Browns have gone 25 drives since scoring at home and are 0-9 on the opening coin toss (no foolin’) . . . Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drewhas rushed for at least 80 yards in 8 of 9 games . . . Browns’ Chris Ogbonnaya rushed for career-high 90 yards last week.

Key injuries: JAGUARS: OUT: DT Terrance Knighton (ankle). DOUBTFUL: DE Aaron Kampman (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: RB Brock Bolen (calf),WRBrian Robiskie (hamstring). BROWNS: OUT: RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), S T.J. Ward (foot, finger). QUESTIONABLE: RB Montario Hardesty (calf), T Tony Pashos (ankle). PROBABLE: WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), DE Jabaal Sheard (thigh).

Carolina at Detroit

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Lions by 7

Records: Panthers 2-7 (5-3-1 vs. spread), Lions 6-3 (5-3-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Carolina’s Cam Newton joined Peyton Manning (1998) as the only rookie QBs with four 290-plus-yard games. He’s 0-4 in those contests . . . Lions QB Matthew Stafford was picked four times last week, giving him eight for the season . . . Panthers’ Steve Smith has an NFC-high 951 receiving yards . . . Lions’ Calvin Johnson has an NFL-high 12 TD receptions.

Key injuries: PANTHERS: OUT: LB Jason Phillips (calf), TE Jeremy Shockey (ribs). QUESTIONABLE: LB Dan Connor (shoulder). LIONS: OUT: RB Jahvid Best (concussion), P Ryan Donahue (right quadriceps). PROBABLE: QB Matthew Stafford (right finger).

Tampa Bay at Green Bay

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Packers by 14

Records: Buccaneers 4-5 (3-6 vs. spread), Packers 9-0 (7-2 vs. spread).

Comments: After watching the Packers shred the Vikings Monday night, I think the ’72 Dolphins should be nervous . . . Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman won his first career start in 2009 vs. Packers . . . GB QB Aaron Rodgers has 140-plus rating in three straight, tying the longest season streak with Roger Staubach (1971) and Kurt Warner (1999).

Key injuries: BUCCANEERS: QUESTIONABLE: S Tanard Jackson (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (groin), C Jeff Faine (illness), QB Josh Freeman (right thumb), DT Albert Haynesworth (knee), T Donald Penn (foot). PACKERS: OUT: T Chad Clifton (hamstring), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: DE Mike Neal (knee). PROBABLE: RB Ryan Grant (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle).

Oakland at Minnesota

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Vikings by 1

Records: Raiders 5-4 (5-3-1 vs. spread), Vikings 2-7 (4-4-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Storied franchises have met only 12 times (Raiders, 8-4) . . . Carson Palmer is 1-1 as Oakland’s starting QB . . . Rookie Christian Ponder is 1-2 as Minnesota’s starting QB . . . Vikings DE Jared Allen leads NFL with 13 1/2 sacks and has 23 1/2 in his last 18 tilts . . . Raiders’ Michael Bush has rushed for 90-plus in three straight . . . Minny’s Adrian Peterson needs 154 rushing yards for fifth straight 1,000-yard season.

Key injuries: RAIDERS: OUT: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Darren McFadden (foot). QUESTIONABLE: S Michael Huff (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee). PROBABLE: TE Kevin Boss (knee), K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), C Samson Satele (knee). VIKINGS: OUT: G Anthony Herrera (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Erin Henderson (hamstring), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring). PROBABLE: WR Michael Jenkins (knee), QB Christian Ponder (left hand).

Dallas at Washington

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Cowboys by 7

Records: Cowboys 5-4 (4-4-1 vs. spread), Redskins 3-6 (3-6 vs. spread).

Comments: Cowboys beat Redskins, 18-16, Sept. 26 behind six FGs from Dan Bailey . . . Dallas has won 5 of 6 in series and is 61-38-2 vs. Washington . . . Cowboys QB Tony Romo is 17-2 in November — unfortunately for him it’s only four weeks long . . . Redskins rookie LB Ryan Kerrigan has 5 sacks and an NFL-high 4 forced fumbles . . . Dallas’s DeMarco Murray leads all rookies with 674 rushing yards.

Key injuries: COWBOYS: OUT: WR Miles Austin (hamstring), RB Tony Fiammetta (illness), CB Mike Jenkins (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: RB Felix Jones (ankle),G Kyle Kosier (foot). PROBABLE: LB Sean Lee (wrist), P Mat McBriar (left foot). REDSKINS: OUT: WR Santana Moss (hand). QUESTIONABLE: T Jammal Brown (groin), S LaRon Landry (Achilles’), T Sean Locklear (ankle). PROBABLE: RB Tashard Choice (hamstring), LB London Fletcher (ankle).

Arizona at San Francisco

Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: 49ers by 10

Records: Cardinals 3-6 (4-4-1 vs. spread), 49ers 8-1 (8-0-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Cardinals have won two straight thanks to inspired play from substitute QB John ‘‘Red’’ Skelton, who threw for career-high 315 yards and 3 TDs last week . . . 49ers K David Akers (bet the Dream Team would like him back) has collected 91 points and is 5 for 5 from beyond 50 yards . . . Arizona rookie Patrick Peterson leads NFL with 3 punt return TDs . . . 49ers haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 31 straight games and have created an NFL-high 21 turnovers.

Key injuries: CARDINALS: OUT: LB Joey Porter (knee), S Kerry Rhodes (foot). QUESTIONABLE: CB Michael Adams (hamstring), TE Todd Heap (hamstring), QB Kevin Kolb (toe), LB Paris Lenon (groin), RB Anthony Sherman (ankle), RB Beanie Wells (knee). 49ERS: QUESTIONABLE: CB Tarell Brown (knee), RB Frank Gore (knee), DE Ray McDonald (hamstring). PROBABLE: WR Michael Crabtree (foot), WR Braylon Edwards (knee).

Seattle at St. Louis

Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Rams by 3

Records: Seahawks 3-6 (5-3-1 vs. spread), Rams 2-7 (2-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch is coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts for the first time in his career. He has scored a TD in five straight games . . . St. Louis RB Steven Jackson has rushed for 100-plus yards in three straight and 30 times in his career . . . Rams have scored an NFL-worst 113 points . . . Seahawks DE Chris Clemons has 5 sacks in his last eight games . . . Rams DE Chris Long has 5 sacks in his last three.

Key injuries: SEAHAWKS: OUT: T James Carpenter (knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Atari Bigby (hamstring), DE Anthony Hargrove (hamstring). PROBABLE: QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), WR Sidney Rice (head). RAMS: OUT: T Jason Smith (head), RB Carnell Williams (calf). DOUBTFUL: WR Danario Alexander (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: T Rodger Saffold (head, chest). PROBABLE: RB Jerious Norwood (hamstring).

Tennessee at Atlanta

Time: 4:15 p.m. Line: Falcons by 6

Records: Titans 5-4 (4-5 vs. spread), Falcons 5-4 (4-5 vs. spread).

Comments: It’s a battle of former Boston College QBs in Tennessee’s Matt Hasselbeck and Atlanta’s Matty ‘‘Ice’’ Ryan . . . Anyone know where Jeff Jagodzinski is? . . . Falcons’ Michael Turner has a rushing TD in six straight overall and 10 straight at the Georgia Dome . . . Atlanta is 22-6 at Dome since Mike Smith took the reins in 2008 — two of those losses have come this season . . . Titans’ Chris Johnson is coming off season highs in totes (27) and rushing yards (130) in win over the Panthers.

Key injuries: TITANS: OUT: DE Dave Ball (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: LB Colin McCarthy (knee), LB Gerald McRath (hamstring), LB Barrett Ruud (groin). PROBABLE: WRNate Washington (illness). FALCONS: OUT: S William Moore (quadriceps). QUESTIONABLE: T Sam Baker (back), WR Julio Jones (hamstring). PROBABLE: WR Harry Douglas (thigh), DE Ray Edwards (knee), RB Jason Snelling (hamstring).

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