Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's Game Day: Everything you Need to Know

We're about 30 minutes from the kick-off of the early games. Here's your one and only stop for all you need to know about the 1:00pm (eastern time) games and updates of the games.

I'll be gathering information from sites such as, CBS Sports, FOX Sports,, and more, so no need to go anywhere else.

12:30 pm: I will be continually updating the page, so be sure to keep checking back for more.

12:32 pm: If you're lucky, maybe there will be some live blogging during the early games as well.

Key Inactives:

Vikings @ Bears (1 pm)

MIN: Percy Harvin (ankle)
CHI: Alshon Jeffrey (knee)

Raiders @ Bengals (1 pm)

OAK: Darren McFadden (ankle), Mike Goodson (ankle), Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring)
CIN: Andrew Hawkins (knee)

Steelers @ Browns (1 pm)

PIT: Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs), Byron Leftwich (ribs), Antonio Brown (ankle), Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), Troy Polamalu (calf)
CLE: Dimitri Patterson (ankle), Josh Cooper (knee)

Bills @ Colts (1 pm)

BUF: Mark Anderson (knee), Aaron Williams (knee)
IND: Coby Fleener (shoulder), Vontae Davis (knee)

Titans @ Jaguars (1 pm)

TEN: Jamie Harper (ankle)
JAC: Blaine Gabbert (forearm), Maurice Jones-Drew (foot)

Broncos @ Chiefs (1 pm)

DEN: Willis McGahee (MCL), Tracy Porter (illness)

Seahawks @ Dolphins (1 pm)

MIA: Lamar Miller

Falcons @ Buccaneers (1 pm)

TB: Arrelious Benn (shoulder)

Ravens @ Chargers (4:05 pm)

BAL: Jimmy Smith
SD: Eddie Royal (hamstring), Jared Gaither (groin)

Rams @ Cardinals (4:25 pm)

STL: Mario Haggan (elbow)

Niners @ Saints (4:25 pm)


Packers @ Giants (8:20 pm)

GB: Greg Jennings (groin), Clay Matthews III (hamstring), Sam Shields (ankle)
NYG: Domenik Hixon (ankle)

Panthers @ Eagles (Mon., 8:30 pm)

PHI: Michael Vick (concussion), LeSean McCoy (concussion), Jason Avant (hamstring)

Additional Injury/Player Updates

*Jay Cutler (concussion) will be starting for the Bears today after missing last week's loss to the 49ers. No Jason Campbell this week, Bears fans.

*With both Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich out, Charlie Batch will be making the start under center for the Steelers today. The newly-signed Plaxico Burress is active and will be available in mostly red zone packages today as well.

*With Willis McGahee out and on the IR (would be eligible to return if Denver makes it to AFC Championship, however), Knowshon Moreno will be making the start at RB today.

*Haven't received official word yet, but reportedly San Francisco's Alex Smith was told that Colin Kaepernick would make the start today. Smart move if he does.

*Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy (both concussions) will miss the Eagles' Monday night match-up with Carolina. As if the Eagles weren't already worried about being embarrassed on National television...

Key actives: NO RB Darren Sproles, ARI RB Beanie Wells, BUF RB Fred Jackson, KC WR Dwayne Bowe, ATL WR Julio Jones, STL WR Danny Amendola

In-Game Talk

2:10 pm: Pittsburgh's offense has gotten off to a slow start, as expected. Cleveland just extended its lead to 13-7 with a 32-yarder off the foot of Phil Dawson. Charlie Batch is showing rust, making his first NFL start since December 24 of last year, but it's just his 8th start with the Steelers.

*Dawson's field goal is his 27th consecutive made FG, tying a team record.
*Steelers have turned the ball over three different times: a fumbles by running backs (Mendenhall, Redman and Dwyer). Longest play from scrimmage for PIT has been 11 yards (from Charlie "check down" Batch to Emmanuel Sanders).

2:13 pm: Cincinnati is drowning the Raiders at this point, up 21-0 at the two minute warning. Andy Dalton is 10/15, 116 yards and 2 TDs while BenJarvus Green-Ellis has run for 74 yards and a TD on offense.

2:20 pm: Matt Bryant shanks a last-second field goal for Atlanta as the Falcons (9-1) and Bucs (6-4) head into the half with a 10-10 tie.

2:22 pm: Speaking of domination, the Bears are up 25-3 over Minnesota thanks in part to Jay Cutler's 80 yards and 1 TD and Michael Bush's 2 rushing TDs. Under two minutes to play in the first half in Chicago, between two NFC North teams in the playoff hunt.

2:29 pm: Well, just before the half Pittsburgh's offense finally gets in to the end zone with a Chris Rainey 1-yard run. 14-13 Pittsburgh at halftime.

2:30 pm: Other halftime scores include DEN 7, KC 6...SEA 7, MIA 7...TEN 6, JAC 7. Lots of low-scoring games thus far today.

2:56 pm: Rookie Russell Wilson is looking great for Seattle, throwing his 2nd TD pass on the day to Michael Robinson. Early in the third the Seahawks are up 14-7.

2:58 pm: Down 13-10 early in the third qtr, Matty Ice and Julio Jones hooked up for an 80-yard touchdown. Originally questionable for today's game, Jones now has 4 catches for 123 yards and a TD on the day.

3 pm: Oops. Seahawks/Dolphins game has temporarily been delayed because the sprinklers came on. That doesn't happen during an NFL game very often, I'll say that much.

3:04 pm: It's all good though, the delay only lasted a couple of minutes.

3:05 pm: Offensive explosion in Tampa. Both the Falcons and Bucs offenses have had 5 plays go for 20 or more yards.

3:06 pm: Pittsburgh's woes have continued. Charlie Batch has a pass intercepted by Sheldon Brown, leading to a rare rushing TD, ran in from 15 yards out by rookie Trent Richardson. Cleveland elects not to go for 2, so it's 20-14 Cleveland.

3:12 pm: Peyton Manning's latest touchdown to Demaryius Thomas has the Broncos up 14-9, and that TD pass looked prettier than ever off the right arm of Manning. He may not be as explosive as his Colt days, but he's still got the Manning touch.

3:14 pm: T.Y. Hilton now has a 75-yard punt return TD and an 8-yard TD catch under his belt today. Andrew Luck's Colts are up 20-6 over the Bills.

3:19 pm: Pittsburgh's rookie OT Mike Adams was just carted to the locker room. Adams was the Steelers' 2nd round draft pick this past April.

3:23 pm: News on the late games...St. Louis wideout Danny Amendola has been announced as active and Arizona's Beanie Wells will be active for the first time since Week 3. Darren Sproles will be active for the Saints, and in that same game it's been announced that Colin Kaepernick will, in fact, make the start for the Niners. Nothing shocking there.

3:29 pm: Fifth turnover of the game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is getting out of hand and is very uncharacteristic of this offense. Exactly why I felt the Steelers should have signed David Garrard to a contract, he's been ready to play for quite some time now.

3:31 pm: Tampa Bay has re-taken the lead from Atlanta thanks to a Doug Martin 1-yard TD and a Connor Barth 48-yard field goal. 10 unanswered from Tampa. 23-17. Great game in Tampa.

3:32 pm: Clearly that was a late update on my part (^^^), because a Michael Turner 3-yard run and a Bryant extra point gives Atlanta a 24-23 lead. Probably the best game on at the current moment. I advised you flip the channel.

3:46 pm: Adrian Peterson with another 100 yard game. The rushing leader now has 5 consecutive games with 100+ and has accumulated over 1,200 on the season. His 108 yards, however, has not been enough for the Vikes to overcome Chicago, as they still trail 28-10 with just over seven minutes to play in the game.

3:51 pm: Atlanta just missed a long field goal, giving Tampa the ball back trailing 24-23. The problem is that Josh Freeman has just :08 to get into field goal range to win the game. Interesting end to this one.

3:53 pm: Tampa's last-second hail mary fails and Atlanta pulls away with a fourth consecutive victory of six or less points, 24-23. The Falcons improve to 10-1, tying the Texans with the best record in the league.

4 pm: Seven. Yes, seven turnovers for Pittsburgh's offense. A Chris Rainey fumble just gave Cleveland the ball back at the 2 minute warning. With a 6-point lead, appears as if the Browns will come away with a 20-14 victory.

4:03 pm: Two more final scores...Denver fends off the Chiefs, 17-9 as the Dolphins defeat Seattle 24-21 with last heroics from kicker Dan Carpenter, who kicked one through the uprights from 43 yards away as time expired.

4:06 pm: With Chad Henne the starter, Jacksonville captures its second win of the season with a 24-19 victory over Jake Locker's Titans. Henne threw for 261 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Breakout receiver Cecil Shorts completes his third 100-yard season and catches his 6th TD of the season. Fantasy stud at its finest (Henne would be a great pick-up if you're one of those owners who picks up quarterbacks on a weekly basis).

4:12 pm: Last play for Pittsburgh results in yet another lost fumble while attempting a desperation lateral. Ugly game all around for the offense, as the Browns force 8 turnovers. Browns win 20-14. Lets face it, Charlie Batch is more of a game manager. If you aren't running for 100-150 yards and running the ball early and often, you can't count on him to win you the game. Batch didn't lose it, the running game just didn't get the job done.

4:14 pm: Colts defeat Bills 20-13, Bears over Vikes 28-10, Bengals destroy the Raiders 34-10.

Well, that just about wraps up the early game coverage. Unfortunately I may not be able to stick around and do the same for the 4 pm ET games, but recaps and analysis of the day's action will be coming soon, and possibly even a separate thread for tonight's Packers/Giants SNF match-up tonight.

Thanks for following along this afternoon!

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