NFL Week 13 preview

Joe Flacco and the Ravens welcome the Steelers to Baltimore in Week 13.
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Joe Flacco and the Ravens welcome the Steelers to Baltimore in Week 13.

Seattle at Chicago

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bears by 3½.

Records: Seahawks 6-5 (7-4 vs. spread), Bears 8-3 (6-5 vs. spread).

Comments: Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson gets another taste of the NFC North. He has completed 51 of 80 passes for 539 yards and 7 TDs in three games vs. the Black and Blue Division. Wilson has a 125-plus passer rating in three straight . . . When Bears QB Jay Cutler registers a 100-plus rating, his teams are 26-0 . . . Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 100-plus in four of last five games . . . Bears have allowed 175 points, second fewest in NFL . . . Player to watch: Seattle DE Bruce Irvin leads all rookies with 7 sacks.


Injuries: SEAHAWKS: DOUBTFUL: CB Marcus Trufant (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: DE Red Bryant (foot), LB Leroy Hill (ankle), WR Sidney Rice (calf). PROBABLE: RB Marshawn Lynch (back), DE Greg Scruggs (oblique). BEARS: OUT: WR Devin Hester (concussion), G Chris Spencer (knee). DOUBTFUL: WR Alshon Jeffery (knee). PROBABLE: LB Lance Briggs (ankle), TE Kellen Davis (ankle), RB Matt Forte (ankle), DT Stephen Paea (shoulder), CB Charles Tillman (ankle), G Edwin Williams (shoulder).

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

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Time: 1 p.m., CBS Line: Ravens by 8.

Records: Steelers 6-5 (4-6-1 vs. spread), Ravens 9-2 (5-5-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Ravens beat Steelers, 13-10, Nov. 18 . . . Steelers beat host Ravens Dec. 5, 2010, and Baltimore hasn’t lost at home since (15 straight) . . . Ravens LB Paul Kruger has collected 4 sacks in his past three games . . . James Harrison last week moved into second place on the Steelers all-time sack list with 61 (a wave of a Terrible Towel to you if you knew Jason Gildon was No. 1 with 71) . . . Ancient QB Charlie Batch is 5-3 as a Steelers starter . . . Player to watch: Baltimore QB Joe Flacco is 32-5 as a starter at home.

Injuries: STEELERS: OUT: T Mike Adams (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder), LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: G Willie Colon (knee), WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs). PROBABLE: WR Antonio Brown (ankle), NT Casey Hampton (illness), S Troy Polamalu (calf), T Max Starks (back). RAVENS: OUT: CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen). DOUBTFUL: TE Ed Dickson (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, knee, finger), CB Chris Johnson (thigh), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh). PROBABLE: WR Anquan Boldin (knee), NT Terrence Cody (elbow), CB Corey Graham (illness), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), TE Dennis Pitta (neck), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), WR Torrey Smith (thigh), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle).

Tampa Bay at Denver


Time: 4:05 p.m., Fox Line: Broncos by 7½.

Records: Buccaneers 6-5 (8-2-1 vs. spread), Broncos 8-3 (6-5 vs. spread).

Comments: Buccaneers are hot, having won four of last five . . . Broncos are hotter, having won six straight . . . Broncos QB Peyton Manning (still sounds weird) has a 110.2 passer rating at home, tops in the AFC . . . Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has thrown 16 TDs in his last seven games . . . Denver LB Von Miller has at least one sack in four straight games . . . Tampa Bay WR Tiquan Underwood (he has an AFC Championship ring) had career-high 5 catches and 77 yards last week . . . Player to watch: Bucs rookie Doug Martin has 1,382 scrimmage yards.

Injuries: BUCCANEERS: PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (ankle), C Ted Larsen (illness), DT Roy Miller (illness), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring). BRONCOS: QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (not injury related), T Chris Clark (illness), WR Brandon Stokley (wrist, hip). PROBABLE: TE Virgil Green (hamstring), DE Malik Jackson (finger), G Chris Kuper (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (illness), G Manny Ramirez (back), WR Demaryius Thomas (knee).

New York Giants at Washington

Time: Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Giants by 2½.


Records: Giants 7-4 (5-5-1 vs. spread), Redskins 5-6 (6-5 vs. spread).

Comments: Giants beat Redskins, 27-23, Oct. 21 . . . Big Blue QB Elite Manning is 7-2 in last nine vs. Washington and is 4-1 in last five “Monday Night Football” starts . . . Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is first rookie with 4 TD passes in back-to-back tilts . . . Jints DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries in last five vs. Washington . . . Redskins rookie Alfred Morris rushed for 120 yards in last game vs. New York . . . Player to watch: Giants WR Victor Cruz had 7 catches — including the winning TD — in last game vs. Redskins.

Injuries: GIANTS: DNP: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), T David Diehl (shoulder), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back). LIMITED: C David Baas (shoulder), WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), CB Jayron Hosley (shoulder), S Kenny Phillips (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (knee). REDSKINS: LIMITED: LB London Fletcher (ankle), T Trent Williams (thigh).

Indianapolis at Detroit

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Lions by 6.

Records: Colts 7-4 (7-4 vs. spread), Lions 4-7 (5-6 vs. spread).

Comments: Over the past two seasons, Detroit QB Matthew Stafford is 5-2 vs. AFC, with 2,329 yards, 17 TDs, and just 1 INT . . . Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck has a rookie record five 300-yard passing games . . . Colts’ Robert Mathis has 7 sacks in seven games . . . Indy’s Jerrell Freeman has team-high 101 tackles . . . Player to watch: Lions RB Mikel LeShoure has 5 TDs in last four games.

Injuries: COLTS: OUT: S Tom Zbikowski (knee). QUESTIONABLE: NT Martin Tevaseu (head, shoulder). PROBABLE: RB Donald Brown (knee), CB Vontae Davis (knee), TE Coby Fleener (shoulder), T Tony Hills (chest), S Joe Lefeged (toe), QB Andrew Luck (knee). LIONS: QUESTIONABLE: T Jeff Backus (hamstring), S Louis Delmas (knee), CB Jacob Lacey (foot, knee), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck), DT Corey Williams (knee). PROBABLE: DE Cliff Avril (back), CB Jonte Green (illness), CB Chris Houston (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (thumb), RB Mikel Leshoure (ankle), LB Ashlee Palmer (thumb), G Rob Sims (hamstring).

Jacksonville at Buffalo

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bills by 6.

Records: Jaguars 2-9 (6-5 vs. spread), Bills 4-7 (5-6 vs. spread).

Comments: Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey was the Bills coach from 2004-05 (some guys have no luck) . . . Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd has 17 INTs since 2009 . . . All-time series is tied at 5-5 . . . Jaguars QB Chad Henne has thrown for 615 yards and 6 TDs in last two games . . . Player to watch: Bills’ C.J. Spiller has eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in six straight games.

Injuries: JAGUARS: OUT: CB Derek Cox (hamstring), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), DE Austen Lane (foot). PROBABLE: DT Tyson Alualu (calf), WR Justin Blackmon (groin), RB Greg Jones (thigh), CB Rashean Mathis (groin), C Brad Meester (foot), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring). BILLS: OUT: DE Mark Anderson (knee), DE Chris Kelsay (neck). QUESTIONABLE: DT Spencer Johnson (ankle, illness), WR Donald Jones (calf), RB Corey McIntyre (ankle), CB Justin Rogers (foot), CB Aaron Williams (knee). PROBABLE: LB Nick Barnett (knee), S Jairus Byrd (back), TE Scott Chandler (groin), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), RB Dorin Dickerson (not injury related), T Chris Hairston (knee), G Andy Levitre (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), S Da’Norris Searcy (hand), WR Brad Smith (hamstring), RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder), G Kraig Urbik (knee), DT Kyle Williams (ankle), DE Mario Williams (wrist), C Eric Wood (knee).

Minnesota at Green Bay

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Packers by 8½.

Records: Vikings 6-5 (4-6-1 vs. spread), Packers 7-4 (5-6 vs. spread).

Comments: Cheeseheads lead the rivalry, 53-47-1; Green Bay has won nine straight games . . . Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has rushed for 100-plus yards in five straight, and his 15 career 150-yard rushing games are most by an active player . . . Packers WR Greg Jennings has 7 TDs in last five vs. Minny . . . Player to watch: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has 19 TD passes in eight starts vs. Vikings.

Injuries: VIKINGS: DOUBTFUL: WR Percy Harvin (ankle). PROBABLE: DE Jared Allen (shoulder, back), LB Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), DT Letroy Guion (foot), P Chris Kluwe (left knee), T Phil Loadholt (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder), TE Kyle Rudolph (concussion, shoulder), S Harrison Smith (concussion), CB Antoine Winfield (knee). PACKERS: OUT: LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), TE Andrew Quarless (knee), CB Sam Shields (ankle), RB Johnny White (concussion), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), S Charles Woodson (collarbone). DOUBTFUL: LB Terrell Manning (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: WR Donald Driver (thumb), S Sean Richardson (back). PROBABLE: WR Greg Jennings (groin, abdomen), S M.D. Jennings (rib), T Marshall Newhouse (wrist), DT Ryan Pickett (quadriceps).

Houston at Tennessee

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Texans by 6½.

Records: Texans 10-1 (7-4 vs. spread), Titans 4-7 (4-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Texans rolled past Titans, 38-14, Sept. 30 . . . Tennessee is 7-3 at home vs. Houston . . . Texans are 5-0 on the road in 2012 . . . Houston QB Matt Schaub is 14-1 with 24 TDs and 97.5 rating in past 15 starts . . . Titans LB Kamerion Wimbley is 3 sacks shy of 50 for his career . . . Player to watch: Houston WR Andre Johnson has 461 yards the last two weeks.

Injuries: TEXANS: OUT: G Antoine Caldwell (hamstring), LB Bradie James (hamstring), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), T Derek Newton (knee), LB Brooks Reed (groin). QUESTIONABLE: CB Alan Ball (foot). PROBABLE: RB Tyler Clutts (hip), NT Shaun Cody (ribs, back), DE Jared Crick (neck), TE Owen Daniels (back), RB Arian Foster (not injury related), WR Lestar Jean (knee), WR Andre Johnson (groin), CB Brice McCain (knee, ribs), C Chris Myers (elbow), LB Jesse Nading (foot), WR DeVier Posey (knee, hamstring), S Glover Quin (shoulder), LB Darryl Sharpton (knee, hip), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), G Wade Smith (knee, ribs), RB Ben Tate (hamstring), WR Kevin Walter (shoulder), DE J.J. Watt (illness), QB T.J. Yates (right elbow). TITANS: OUT: LB Colin McCarthy (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: S Al Afalava (ankle), LB Patrick Bailey (ribs), RB Jamie Harper (ankle), WR Lavelle Hawkins (ankle), DE Derrick Morgan (knee), WR Damian Williams (hamstring). PROBABLE: LB Xavier Adibi (knee), WR Kenny Britt (knee), QB Jake Locker (left shoulder), TE Craig Stevens (hamstring).

Carolina at Kansas City

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Panthers by 3.

Records: Panthers 3-8 (5-6 vs. spread), Chiefs 1-10 (4-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Series is tied at 2-2 . . . Kansas City averages an AFC-best 145.6 rushing yards per game . . . Carolina QB Cam “Superman” Newton accounted for 4 TDs last week (2 passing, 2 rushing) . . . Dwayne Bowe is 1 TD catch away from being the fifth Chief with 50 . . . Player to watch: Panthers DE Charles Johnson has 25½ sacks in his last 33 games.

Injuries: PANTHERS: DOUBTFUL: DE Antwan Applewhite (hamstring), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring). PROBABLE: QB Cam Newton (right wrist). CHIEFS: DOUBTFUL: S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: T Branden Albert (back), LB Tamba Hali (knee), G Ryan Lilja (knee). PROBABLE: WR Dexter McCluster (head).

San Francisco at St. Louis

Time: 1 p.m. Line: 49ers by 7½.

Records: 49ers 8-2-1 (7-4 vs. spread), Rams 4-6-1 (7-4 vs. spread).

Comments: Teams played to a 24-24 tie Nov. 11 . . . Series is also tied, 61-61-3 . . . New San Fran first-string QB Colin Kaepernick is 2-0 with 110.9 rating in two starts . . . Rams’ Danny Amendola had 11 catches in last meeting . . . 49ers WR Michael Crabtree has 4 TDs in last four games . . . Player to watch: St. Louis rookie CB Janoris Jenkins had 2 INT-TD returns last week.

Injuries: 49ERS: OUT: TE Demarcus Dobbs (not injury related). DOUBTFUL: S Darcel McBath (concussion). PROBABLE: K David Akers (pelvis), CB Tarell Brown (knee), T Anthony Davis (finger), S Dashon Goldson (ribs, calf), LB Tavares Gooden (elbow), RB Frank Gore (wrist, ribs), WR Mario Manningham (shoulder), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), TE Delanie Walker (hip, ribs), S Donte Whitner (knee), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder). RAMS: OUT: LB Mario Haggan (elbow). DOUBTFUL: WR Danny Amendola (foot). QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Quinn (concussion), T Barry Richardson (knee), C Scott Wells (knee). PROBABLE: RB Steven Jackson (foot).

Arizona at New York Jets

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Jets by 5.

Records: Cardinals 4-7 (4-6-1 vs. spread), Jets 4-7 (6-5 vs. spread).

Comments: It just won’t be the same without Fireman Ed cheering on the J-E-T-S . . . New York has won five straight vs. Cardinals . . . Stats can be deceiving: Mark Sanchez, the QB of the NYJ, has thrown for 479 yards and has a 103.2 passer rating the last two weeks (yes, that includes Thanksgiving) . . . Player to watch: Arizona LB Daryl Washington has 14 sacks, 3 INTs, and 2 FFs since start of 2011.

Injuries: CARDINALS: QUESTIONABLE: WR LaRon Byrd (head), DE Calais Campbell (calf), WR Early Doucet (ribs), QB Kevin Kolb (ribs), WR Andre Roberts (ankle), RB Beanie Wells (knee). PROBABLE: S Justin Bethel (shoulder), TE Mike Leach (back), RB William Powell (shoulder), S Kerry Rhodes (back). JETS: DOUBTFUL: WR Clyde Gates (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: CB Aaron Berry (quadriceps), DT Sione Po’uha (low back), LB Ricky Sapp (ankle), QB Tim Tebow (ribs). PROBABLE: TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist), DT Kenrick Ellis (knee), TE Dustin Keller (illness), WR Jeremy Kerley (heel, hamstring, illness), S LaRon Landry (heel), C Nick Mangold (thumb), RB Joe McKnight (ankle), G Brandon Moore (hip), LB Calvin Pace (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (shoulder), QB Mark Sanchez (low back), WR Chaz Schilens (concussion, hip), LB Bart Scott (toe), G Matt Slauson (knee), CB Kyle Wilson (illness).

Cincinnati at San Diego

Time: 4:25 p.m. Line: Bengals by 2.

Records: Bengals 6-5 (5-5-1 vs. spread), Chargers 4-7 (5-6 vs. spread).

Comments: Chargers are 18-3 in December during the soon-to-be-over Norv Turner era . . . Bengals have won three straight . . . Cincy’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis has rushed for 100-plus yards and a TD in two straight . . . Philip Rivers (29,974) last week moved into second place on Chargers’ all-time passing-yardage list (Dan Fouts — best NFL beard ever — had 43,040) . . . Player to watch: Bengals QB Andy Dalton has 9 TD passes in last three games.

Injuries: BENGALS: OUT: WR Mohamed Sanu (foot). QUESTIONABLE: TE Richard Quinn (hamstring). PROBABLE: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ankle), WR Andrew Hawkins (knee), CB Terence Newman (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (neck), DT Pat Sims (thigh). CHARGERS: OUT: LB Donald Butler (groin), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring), S Darrell Stuckey (hamstring). DOUBTFUL: TE Dante Rosario (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: LB Jarret Johnson (back). PROBABLE: LB Antwan Barnes (hamstring), T Jeromey Clary (thigh), LB Larry English (calf), G Tyronne Green (hamstring), P Mike Scifres (right ankle), S Eric Weddle (concussion).

Cleveland at Oakland

Time: 4:25 p.m. Line: Browns by 2.

Records: Browns 3-8 (6-4-1 vs. spread), Raiders 3-8 (3-8 vs. spread).

Comments: Trent Richardson is 188 yards shy of passing Jim Brown (942) for most rushing yards by a Browns rookie . . . Cleveland defense registered 8 takeaways in last week’s win over Steelers . . . Raiders QB Carson Palmer is 9-3 with 25 TDs and a 90.6 passer rating as a starter vs. the Browns . . . Player to watch: Browns’ Phil Dawson has nailed 27 straight field goals.

Injuries: BROWNS: OUT: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), S Ray Ventrone (calf), S Usama Young (head). QUESTIONABLE: WR Joshua Cribbs (shoulder, chest), S Eric Hagg (illness). PROBABLE: CB Johnson Bademosi (hip, shin), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), G Shawn Lauvao (arm), RB Trent Richardson (chest, rib, finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder, finger), TE Alex Smith (chest, ribs), S T.J. Ward (knee), QB Brandon Weeden (head). RAIDERS: OUT: DE Jack Crawford (toe), DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle). PROBABLE: S Tyvon Branch (neck), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle), QB Carson Palmer (right thumb), RB Marcel Reece (hamstring, quadriceps).

Philadelphia at Dallas

Time: 8:20 p.m., NBC Line: Cowboys by 10½.

Records: Eagles 3-8 (1-9-1 vs. spread), Cowboys 5-6 (4-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Cowboys beat Eagles, 38-23, Nov. 11 . . . So that whole “Dream Team” thing has really worked out in Philly, huh? And where exactly is Vince Young? . . . Eagles rookie RB Bryce Brown (178 yards last week) is the future . . . Cowboys TE Jason Witten has 74 catches in his last eight games (Tony Romo knows he can throw to others, right?) . . . Player to watch: Dallas LB DeMarcus Ware has 9½ sacks in last four vs. Philadelphia.

Injuries: EAGLES: OUT: RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), QB Michael Vick (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: DT Fletcher Cox (tailbone, not injury related), G Dallas Reynolds (ankle). PROBABLE: WR Jason Avant (hamstring), WR Riley Cooper (knee), C Jon Dorenbos (ankle), T King Dunlap (knee), RB Stanley Havili (ankle), G Danny Watkins (ankle). COWBOYS: OUT: DT Ben Bass (ankle), C Phil Costa (ankle), CB Orlando Scandrick (hand). DOUBTFUL: S Charlie Peprah (foot), NT Jay Ratliff (groin). QUESTIONABLE: WR Miles Austin (hip), C Ryan Cook (knee), RB Felix Jones (knee), RB DeMarco Murray (foot), T Tyron Smith (ankle). PROBABLE: DT Jason Hatcher (concussion), DT Sean Lissemore (ankle), S Danny McCray (hip), WR Kevin Ogletree (concussion), RB Lawrence Vickers (knee).

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