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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Suh, Palmer, Giants Among Hot Topics in Week 13 Action

The Eagles kicked off Week 13 with yet another disappointing performance, in what could be argued as a game that DeSean Jackson & Co. "gave up" against Seattle. With their playoff continuing to diminish, the East will likely come down to Dallas (7-4) and New York (6-5).

As for the remainder of Week 13, we could see our first playoff team clinch a playoff berth as the Packers look to capture its 12th win of the season. One more victory would give Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay the first playoff spot between both conferences. Unless, of course, New York's Eli Manning has anything to say about that, as his Giants will square off with Rodgers' Packers at 4:15 PM ET.

Here are the rest of Week 13's headlines, including the who, what, where, when, why and how of each..

Suh's appeal denied, will miss two games

Detroit's top defensive player, second-year defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, will serve a two-game suspension after smashing the head of a Green Bay Packer lineman, and then stomping on him, during a brush-up on Thanksgiving day. His appeal was denied by the league, and he will miss Sunday night's game against New Orleans, and the following week against Minnesota.

Early Saturday morning Suh was reported to have been involved in a one-car crash after hitting a telephone pole. He, and his two passengers, were luckily Ok after the crash.

Palmer looks to make playoff run with Oakland

Oakland's acquisition of veteran quarterback Carson Palmer is looking like the move of the year as the Raiders currently ride a three-game win streak heading in to Sunday's matchup with Miami. Over the three-game span, Palmer has thrown for 764 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT with a completion percentage of 65. Not a bad stat-line for a guy who started off his first two appearances with six interceptions. Palmer is finally looking comfortable in a Raider uniform, and once Darren McFadden returns from injury things will only get better from there.
Quarterback carousels continue around the league

Oakland and Denver may have fixed problems at the quarterback position–for now at least–but there are plenty of other teams that are either struggling to find a permanent fix or just plain having injury problems.

In Houston, first it was losing Matt Schaub for the year, then Matt Leinart the very next week. Now it's all up to rookie T.J. Yates to keep the Texans in the playoff hunt. The signings of Jake Delhomme and Kellen Clemens seems to just be a way of Houston helping to guide the rookie Yates. T.J. will make the start and we will quickly learn whether or not he can lead this offense to the franchise's first-ever division crown.

Chicago's Caleb Hanie made his first career start against Oakland last week as he completed 50% of his passes and threw three INTs in a 25-20 loss. This week he will be playing Kansas City's 12th-ranked pass defense.

Speaking of Kansas City, we may get the chance to see a little bit of Kyle Orton in a Chiefs uniform as well. Tyler Palko will make the start, but head coach Todd Haley has hinted towards a possible Orton appearance sometime during the game, so we'll see what happens in the Windy City.

Dalton vs. Newton for OROY award

Two rookie quarterbacks have certainly impressed me enough to be in contention for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award this season. Unfortunately only one of them is in position to lead his team to the promise land in 2011, and that's Cincinnati's Andy Dalton.

Dalton has made the post-Palmer transition rather easy with his vet-like play, with over 2,500 yards and 16 TD passes through 11 games this season and his Bengals are third in the AFC North with  a 7-4 record.

As for Cam Newton, his 3,000 yards and 22 total TDs (12 passing, 10 rushing) and 81.1 QBR has only been enough for two Carolina victories so far this season. Newton's stats are stacked, and may make him look like a better candidate, but his 14 INTs and team record may hold him back. As far as leadership and production goes, Dalton has Newton trumped. My vote would go to Dalton in Cincinnati.
Game Picks:
Titans over Bills
Bears over Chiefs
Falcons over Texans
Raiders over Dolphins
Broncos over Vikings
Patriots over Colts
Steelers over Bengals
Panthers over Bucs
Jets over Skins
Ravens over Browns
Cowboys over Cardinals
Packers over Giants
Niners over Rams
Saints over Lions
Chargers over Jags

Game-day injury updates

Tampa Bay's quarterback Josh Freeman (shoulder) is likely to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

St. Louis' quarterback Sam Bradford (ankle) is most likely a game-time decision on Sunday

Arizona's quarterback Kevin Kolb (toe) is expected to start

Cleveland's running back Montario Hardesty (calf) is questionable for Sunday

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (ankle) will miss his second straight game

New York Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Sunday

New York Giants' WR Mario Manningham (knee) is expected to sit out Sunday

Baltimore's linebacker Ray Lewis (foot) is questionable for Sunday, he has already missed two consecutive games for the Ravens

Denver's rookie linebacker Von Miller (thumb) is questionable for Sunday, but I would expect him to play

Tennessee's linebacker Barrett Ruud (groin) will not play on Sunday

Washington's safety LaRon Landry (groin) will not play Sunday

Also ruled out: Peyton Manning (neck) of course, Darren McFadden (foot), Miles Austin (hamstring), Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, Chad Clifton (hamstring), Osi Umenyiora (ankle), Mark Herzlich (ankle), A.J. Hawk (calf)

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