November 2013


IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys will be without linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant for the second straight game with hamstring injuries.
The New York Giants' offensive line is once again doing the injury shuffle. For the sixth time in 12 games, an injury will force the Giants (4-7) to field a new starting combination on the line in front of quarterback Eli Manning. The latest lineman to go down was third-year center Jim Cordle. He injured his left knee in Sunday's loss to Dallas and was placed on injured reserve, the second center lost for the season.
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 32 fantasy defenses in action for Week 13 and gives his top kicker plays.
The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders need the same short memory during a short week, for different reasons. The Cowboys have to move on from a last-play win over the New York Giants to stay in position to end a three-year playoff drought. The Raiders must forget a last-minute loss to Tennessee that damaged hopes for their first postseason trip since 2002. ''Maybe being a short week you just know you can't think about it,'' said quarterback Tony Romo, who has directed winning fourth-quarter drives in the past two Dallas victories.
NEW YORK GIANTS (4-7) At WASHINGTON (3-8)
OAKLAND (4-7) at DALLAS (6-5)
COMMENTARY| Dallas Cowboys football has become as much of an American tradition at Thanksgiving as turkey and dressing. In 1966 then Cowboys' GM Tex Schramm decided to accept the NFL's offer to host a Thanksgiving Day game. Most franchises were reticent to play a non-Sunday game, but Schramm correctly surmised that a national television audience would do wonders for the Cowboys' popularity. The Cowboys have played a game on Thanksgiving every year since.
Normally a grudge match for AFC North supremacy, Thanksgiving night's visit by the Steelers to Baltimore doesn't carry quite such a lofty air this year.
DeMarco Murray sped into the open field around right end, with a choice of taking on a defender or drifting toward the sideline. Murray easing up as he went out of bounds - he actually did it twice - leading coach Jason Garrett to have a rare moment of candor by saying Murray ''needs to finish runs better.'' Murray was mildly stirred by news of Garrett's remark - but not shaken. Throw in the cold and wind on New York's home field, in contrast to the room-temperature comfort of the Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium when he played St. Louis, and it just might have been Murray's best day of the season.
The Bears in fact have a Super Bowl defense. It just depends on what Super Bowl you’re talking about.For all of the hand-wringing hysteria over the Bears’ non-existent run defense, which now ranks officially as the NFL’s worst with its 145.2 yards allowed per game, that is in itself no reason why the Bears cannot reach and even win the Super Bowl.Maybe blame the NFL, which has systematically sought to make itself a passing league. If you really want something to worry about, perhaps it should be the appalling average of 4. ...

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