POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 2, 2010
Another prime-time showcase for Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles comes tonight when they entertain the Texans. Yes, Houston comes off a shutout of Tennessee, but the Titans are in turmoil and nobody is suggesting the Texans should be equated with the Chicago Bears, who beat the Eagles on Sunday.
In fact, they're usually more like a turnstile than a brick wall. Even with the blanking of the Titans, Houston ranks 28th overall on defense and 31st against the pass.
Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek collectively must be saying "Bring them on."
Philly is a 7-point favorite to remain atop the NFC East.
Chicago (minus 3 1/2 ) at Detroit
Time to give the Bears some Lovie.
BEST BET: BEARS, 17-3
Dallas (plus 5) at Indianapolis
Imagine: Colts were 11-0 a year ago. Now, they could fall to 6-6 as Peyton Manning struggles to carry an injury-ravaged squad.
UPSET SPECIAL: COWBOYS, 26-24
Pittsburgh (plus 2 1/2 ) at Baltimore
Another game with two strong AFC teams, albeit not nearly as solid as projected when the season began. The winner has a leg up on a division title and a postseason bye.
Atlanta (minus 2 1/2 ) at Tampa Bay
Man, are the Falcons good at home. True Super Bowl-caliber teams also are dangerous on the road. Here's a chance to prove that.
St. Louis (minus 3) at Arizona
Are the Rams really leading the division? Are the Cardinals really this bad?
Yes and yes.
Oakland (plus 12 1/2 ) at San Diego
Here come the Chargers! There go the Raiders!
San Francisco (plus 9 1/2 ) at Green Bay
Even with Frank Gore out, the Niners have the best running back in this game in Brian Westbrook. Problem is, Green Bay is far better in every other area.
Denver (plus 6 1/2 ) at Kansas City
Chiefs need to keep winning with San Diego on its November-December run. All the karma in Denver is bad. Wonder if Haley and McDaniels will shake hands this time.
New ORLEANS (minus 6 1/2 ) at Cincinnati
Saints are beginning to find their stride. Bengals have been in reverse for two months.
Carolina (plus 6 1/2 ) at Seattle
If Seahawks don't win this one at home, they can kiss any playoff hopes goodbye.
Buffalo (plus 6 1/2 ) at Minnesota
Vikings showed some passion and positive emotion last week. Bills have to forget last week's heartbreaker.
Cleveland (plus 5 1/2 ) at Miami
Browns nearly lost at home to Carolina. That's enough evidence for us that Dolphins will get second home win.
Washington (plus 8) at N.Y. Giants
Which Washington team shows up to play the Giants, the one that's beaten Philly, Green Bay and Chicago? Or the one that lost to Detroit and Houston?
Jacksonville (OFF) at Tennessee
Jaguars are in contention in part because Titans and Texans have fallen apart and Colts are banged up.
N.Y. Jets (plus 3) at New England, MONDAY NIGHT
The always entertaining Rex Ryan against the always staid Bill Belichick.
The NFL injury report, as provided by the league (OUT - Definitely will not play; DNP - Did not practice; LIMITED - Limited participation in practice; FULL - Full participation in practice):
HOUSTON TEXANS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -- TEXANS: OUT: LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: WR David Anderson (hamstring), DE Jesse Nading (knee), WR Kevin Walter (calf). PROBABLE: LB Kevin Bentley (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), TE Joel Dreessen (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (illness), CB Glover Quin (hand), QB Matt Schaub (knee), DE Mario Williams (groin), T Eric Winston (shoulder). EAGLES: OUT: DE Juqua Parker (hip). QUESTIONABLE: WR Riley Cooper (knee), CB Asante Samuel (knee). PROBABLE: CB Jorrick Calvin (back), G Nick Cole (knee), CB Trevard Lindley (knee), RB LeSean McCoy (shoulder).
CLEVELAND BROWNS at MIAMI DOLPHINS -- BROWNS: DNP: LB Eric Barton (shoulder), WR Joshua Cribbs (foot), LB Scott Fujita (knee), QB Colt McCoy (ankle), DT Shaun Rogers (ankle), RB Lawrence Vickers (calf), S T.J. Ward (thigh), CB Eric Wright (knee). LIMITED: DE Kenyon Coleman (knee), G Floyd Womack (knee). DOLPHINS: DNP: LB Channing Crowder (knee). LIMITED: LB Karlos Dansby (toe), WR Brandon Marshall (hamstring). FULL: G Joe Berger (knee), T Vernon Carey (knee), S Reshad Jones (ankle), T Jake Long (knee), DE Phillip Merling (Achilles).
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at GREEN BAY PACKERS -- 49ERS: OUT: T Joe Staley (fibula). DNP: G David Baas (concussion), LB Parys Haralson (ankle), CB William James (concussion), K Joe Nedney (right knee), CB Shawntae Spencer (quadricep), RB Brian Westbrook (ankle). LIMITED: WR Josh Morgan (shoulder). PACKERS: DNP: S Atari Bigby (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (foot), CB Pat Lee (ankle), RB Dimitri Nance (concussion), S Anthony Smith (ankle). LIMITED: T Chad Clifton (knee), S Nick Collins (shoulder), DE Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Clay Matthews (shin). FULL: DE Ryan Pickett (ankle), CB Charles Woodson (toe).
DENVER BRONCOS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -- BRONCOS: DNP: S Brian Dawkins (knee), CB Andre' Goodman (hip), S Darcel McBath (quadriceps), WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle). CHIEFS: DNP: CB Jackie Bates (knee). LIMITED: CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring), G Ryan Lilja (foot). FULL: S Jon McGraw (head).
BUFFALO BILLS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS -- BILLS: DNP: T Demetrius Bell (knee), DE Dwan Edwards (hamstring), LB Chris Kelsay (illness), CB Terrence McGee (knee), TE Shawn Nelson (illness), LB Reggie Torbor (shoulder), G Eric Wood (ankle). LIMITED: DE Spencer Johnson (hamstring), RB C.J. Spiller (hamstring). VIKINGS: DNP: DE Ray Edwards (ankle), QB Brett Favre (ankle, neck, right shoulder), G Steve Hutchinson (thumb), WR Greg Lewis (concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle). LIMITED: S Husain Abdullah (ankle), CB Chris Cook (knee), WR Percy Harvin (illness), WR Sidney Rice (hip), S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring). FULL: WR Bernard Berrian (groin), S Eric Frampton (hamstring).
CHICAGO BEARS at DETROIT LIONS -- BEARS: DNP: LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee). LIMITED: WR Rashied Davis (shoulder). LIONS: DNP: K Jason Hanson (right knee), QB Shaun Hill (right finger), QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck). LIMITED: RB Jahvid Best (toe), WR Nate Burleson (hamstring), LB DeAndre Levy (groin), TE Tony Scheffler (rib). FULL: DE Cliff Avril (quadriceps), T Gosder Cherilus (knee), DT Corey Williams (shoulder, groin).
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at TENNESSEE TITANS -- JAGUARS: DNP: DT Leger Douzable (ankle), WR Mike Sims-Walker (ankle). LIMITED: DT Tyson Alualu (knee), LB Jacob Cutrera (head), QB David Garrard (left wrist), WR Jason Hill (calf), G Vince Manuwai (back), CB Terrence Wheatley (hamstring). TITANS: DNP: DE Jason Babin (ankle), K Rob Bironas (right groin), DT Tony Brown (knee), LB David Thornton (hip), CB Alterraun Verner (knee). LIMITED: DE Dave Ball (concussion), WR Kenny Britt (hamstring), QB Kerry Collins (calf), CB Ryan Mouton (hamstring).
WASHINGTON REDSKINS at NEW YORK GIANTS -- REDSKINS: DNP: S LaRon Landry (Achilles), LB Rocky McIntosh (not injury related), CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring), RB Ryan Torain (hamstring). LIMITED: WR Brandon Banks (knee), DT Kedric Golston (elbow, groin), G Artis Hicks (thigh), WR Santana Moss (knee), LB Brian Orakpo (ankle). FULL: LB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), G Derrick Dockery (knee), DE Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring), QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring), S Kareem Moore (knee), C Casey Rabach (knee), WR Roydell Williams (foot). GIANTS: DNP: G Shawn Andrews (back), S Will Blackmon (chest), WR Hakeem Nicks (lower leg), C Shaun O'Hara (foot), WR Steve Smith (pectoral). LIMITED: T David Diehl (hip, hamstring), CB Aaron Ross (back), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee). FULL: CB Brian Jackson (hand).
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at CINCINNATI BENGALS -- SAINTS: DNP: RB Ladell Betts (neck). LIMITED: RB Pierre Thomas (ankle), LB Anthony Waters (ankle). BENGALS: DNP: CB Brandon Ghee (groin), DE Antwan Odom (wrist), WR Terrell Owens (illness). LIMITED: CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle), S Rico Murray (ankle), DT Pat Sims (knee), T Andrew Whitworth (knee). FULL: S Roy Williams (head).
ATLANTA FALCONS at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -- FALCONS: DNP: DE John Abraham (groin), RB Antone Smith (hamstring), RB Jason Snelling (hamstring), WR Roddy White (knee). LIMITED: DE Kroy Biermann (ankle), WR Michael Jenkins (quadriceps), LB Curtis Lofton (knee), S William Moore (thigh), WR Eric Weems (pectoral). BUCCANEERS: DNP: RB Carnell Williams (ribs), TE Kellen Winslow (knee).
OAKLAND RAIDERS at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS -- RAIDERS: DNP: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), S Tyvon Branch (shoulder), QB Bruce Gradkowski (right shoulder), CB Chris Johnson (groin). LIMITED: TE Zach Miller (foot), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), DE Richard Seymour (shoulder). CHARGERS: DNP: LB Stephen Cooper (knee), WR Patrick Crayton (wrist), WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring), TE Antonio Gates (toe), WR Vincent Jackson (calf), CB Donald Strickland (hip), RB Mike Tolbert (hand), G Louis Vasquez (neck). FULL: S Steve Gregory (shoulder), DE Travis Johnson (shoulder), RB Ryan Mathews (ankle), TE Kris Wilson (back).
CAROLINA PANTHERS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS -- PANTHERS: DNP: LB James Anderson (concussion), RB Mike Goodson (not injury related), CB Captain Munnerlyn (shoulder), T Geoff Schwartz (back), G Travelle Wharton (toe). LIMITED: CB Chris Gamble (hamstring), CB Marcus Hudson (ankle), CB Robert McClain (hip), QB Tony Pike (right shoulder), S Jordan Pugh (hamstring), QB Brian St. Pierre (right shoulder), RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle). SEAHAWKS: DNP: DE Chris Clemons (ankle), DT Colin Cole (ankle), G Chester Pitts (ankle), LB Lofa Tatupu (knee), WR Mike Williams (foot). FULL: QB Matt Hasselbeck (left wrist).
ST. LOUIS RAMS at ARIZONA CARDINALS -- RAMS: OUT: TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle). LIMITED: DT Darell Scott (foot). FULL: P Donnie Jones (left calf), CB Justin King (shoulder). CARDINALS: DNP: DE Calais Campbell (ankle). LIMITED: DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder), LB Clark Haggans (groin), LB Paris Lenon (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (shoulder), CB Greg Toler (foot), S Matt Ware (shoulder), DT Dan Williams (knee). FULL: WR Steve Breaston (knee).
DALLAS COWBOYS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS -- COWBOYS: DNP: RB Marion Barber (calf), LB Keith Brooking (foot), LB Bradie James (knee), DE Sean Lissemore (ankle), QB Tony Romo (left shoulder). COLTS: DNP: LB Gary Brackett (toe), S Aaron Francisco (thigh), DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related), CB Kelvin Hayden (neck), T Charlie Johnson (back), DT Ricardo Mathews (back), DT Daniel Muir (hamstring), S Bob Sanders (biceps), LB Clint Session (elbow). LIMITED: RB Joseph Addai (neck), WR Austin Collie (concussion), TE Brody Eldridge (rib). FULL: RB Mike Hart (ankle), CB Justin Tryon (foot).
PITTSBURGH STEELERS at BALTIMORE RAVENS -- STEELERS: DNP: S Troy Polamalu (ankle), DE Aaron Smith (triceps). LIMITED: T Flozell Adams (back), DE Nick Eason (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot). RAVENS: DNP: RB Le'Ron McClain (ankle). LIMITED: S Dawan Landry (head). FULL: G Chris Chester (infection), TE Ed Dickson (thigh), T Michael Oher (knee).