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    Casserly: Suh's actions not surprising
    It looks like Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh can expect to be suspended two games for his actions during Thursday's Packers game. During The NFL Today's pregame show, James Brown asked NFL insider Charley Casserly if there was any indication of Suh's behavior coming out of Nebraska.

    Casserly's response:

    "I talked to general managers and scouting directors over the weekend and they told me absolutely there were red lights at Nebraska and even before that that did not surprise them when they see Suh behave like this in the NFL. …

    "Furthermore, when the league goes in to decide how long to suspend -- if they're going to suspend Suh -- one of the things that will work in Suh's favor is that he was ejected from the game … so he has a little bit of time served already. … Comissioner Goodell, in his tenure, has suspended five players. Only one of them, Albert Haynesworth, was suspended for more than one game.

    "Finally, the Detroit Lions are going to lose something here too. Suh's salary is a little over $82,000 per week. If he's suspended for more than one game that means the total fines for the year for the Lions will be over $100,000. There's a new rule in the league: over $100,000 and the team has to pay it. So now what happens? The Lions will have to pay if Suh is suspended for one game."

    As for what punishment Suh should face Casserly says: "I think he should be suspended two games."

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    Greg Olsen has bad collision in warmups

    Aside from Steve Smith, tight end Greg Olsen is the second-most important pass-catcher for Carolina’s Cam Newton. Smith leads the team with 89 receptions, and after him, the next best receiver is Legadu Naanee with 33, but Olsen has been a big contributor this year with 37 catches for 427 yards and four touchdowns.

    But all of a sudden, his ability to play today vs. the Colts is in question.

    According to the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person, Olsen collided with receiver Seyi Ajirotutu while attempting to catch a pass in warmups. According to Person, Olsen “went down hard” and Olsen immediately returned to the locker room while “walking gingerly.”

    Obviously, not good for Carolina.

    [UPDATE]: Olsen is in the game, so the injury apparently wasn't bad.


  • The NFL Today: Dirty Play in the League
    In the wake of Ndamukong Suh's ejection from the game against Green Bay James Brown and the guys from The NFL Today discuss the topic of dirty play in the league. www.cbssports.com

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    Cam Newton breaks his own record, again

    Cam Newton scored his 10th rushing touchdown of the season to put the Panthers up 10-0 on the Colts early in the second quarter. That Carolina called a quarterback draw on third and two is interesting, considering Newton took a big shot on offense earlier.

    Also interesting: that 10th touchdown set a rookie record for rushing touchdowns in a season. Again -- Newton broke his own record which he set last week against the Lions.

    Perhaps most interesting, though, is that the Colts quickly answered on offense, using a pass interference call to get in the red zone and let Donald Brown rumble in for a touchdown to cut the lead to 10-7.

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    Leinart throws first TD since 2008
    Matt Leinart's last touchdown pass came in 2008. He broke that scoreless streak Sunday when he tossed a 20-yarder to Texans tight end Joel Dreessen midway through the second quarter of Houston's game against Jacksonville.

    The score game on a patented Texans naked bootleg, except with the left-handed Leinart replacing the injured Matt Schaub, the play was designed to go to left instead of right. Leinart had an unblocked Jaguars rusher in his face when he lofted a perfect pass to Dressen, who beat one defender on his way to the end zone. For the day, Leinart is 9 of 10 for 59 yards, 1 TD 0 INT.

    With six minutes to go in the first half, the Texans lead, 14-10.

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    Leinart out, rookie Yates replaces him

    After throwing his first touchdown pass since 2008 -- a little floater to Joel Dreesen that the tight end finished off nicely -- Leinart is out for the day after he got his shoulder driven into the ground following an incomplete pass.

    According to PFT, the injury might be a broken collarbone.

    Without Matt Schaub in the lineup after a season-ending injury, the Texans have turned to T.J. Yates, a rookie fifth-round pick.

    After taking over for Schaub, Yats completed 3 of his first 4 passes before he was penalized for intentional grounding in the red zone. Neil Rackers kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Texans a 20-10 lead heading into halftime.

    Tight end Owen Daniels is now the emergency quarterback.

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    Cardinals' Wells having career day against Rams
    It's ashamed that the biggest game of Beanie Wells' career is coming against the Rams, a matchup that almost certainly no one is watching and for good reason: the two NFC West teams are a combined 5-15 and battling for last place in the division.

    Some of that can be blamed on injuries and bad luck, but the fact remains: these outfits have been responsible for some pretty awful football this season. Nonetheless, Wells, the Cardinals former first-round pick, is having a memorable afternoon. Through nearly three quarters, the former Ohio State star has 157 yards rushing on 18 carries (8.7 YPC), including an 71-yard run and a touchdown.

    And it's a good thing because John Skelton is making his fourth start of the season for the injured Kevin Kolb and, well, he continues to be underwhelming. He's 9 of 17 for 86 yards and an interception. Without Wells' performance, the Cardinals would be trailing.

    When you're 3-7 it's not much, but it's something.

    With three quarters almost in the books, the Cards lead, 13-10.

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    Peterson scores 4th punt return TD, ties single-season NFL record
    We joked earlier that the Cards-Rams game probably isn't suitable for television. Well, Beanie Wells and Patrick Peterson are doing their part to change that. Wells is having a career afternoon and Peterson, the team's 2011 first-round pick, has emerged as not only a shutdown corner in the making, but already one of the league's best return men.

    A few weeks ago, Peterson beat the Rams on an overtime punt return. On Sunday, with the Cards leading 13-10 late in the third quarter, Peterson -- you guessed it -- had another punt return touchdown, this one for 80 yards.

    That's his fourth punt return for touchdown this season. That ties the single-season NFL record held by four players, most recently, some guy named Devin Hester, who accomplished it in 2007.

    The Cards' best offense? Less Skelton and more Peterson.

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    Beanie Wells injured late in Rams game

    UPDATE: Not even a tweaked knee can keep Wells out of the game. It looked like he was done for the day after the Cards' previous drive. Turns out, he is not. Not only did Wells return to the lineup, he ripped off a 53-yard run to get Arizona down to the Rams' 9-yard line. He's over 200 yards rushing for the day.

    Given how the Cardinals' season has played out, it's not altogether surprising that the most productive day of Beanie Wells' career would end in injury. The Arizona running back had amassed 154 yards on 21 carries, including a 71-yard run and a touchdown.

    But with just over nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter and Arizona leading 20-13, Wells was tackled in the backfield. He fumbled on the play and also appeared to hurt his knee. No official word on the severity of the injury.

    The Rams recovered the Wells fumble, and on the very next drive Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd to tie the score.

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    Jaguars bench Gabbert, insert McCown

    It’s safe to say that the rookie season for Blaine Gabbert has been nothing short of a disaster, and he suffered another indignity as the Jaguars are behind by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter.

    The Jacksonville coaching staff has benched Gabbert after his 13 of 29, 126-yard, one-interception performance today and has inserted Luke McCown into the game in his place.

    It comes across as another move of desperation by coach Jack Del Rio, who clearly is on his way out of town. Remember when he released David Garrard in the preseason and placed al
    l his chips on Gabbert? Yeah, that’s not working out so well.

  • The Sanchez conundrum -- four TDs while looking bad

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    During the week, Rex Ryan, in an attempt to light a spark underneath Mark Sanchez, ordered backup Mark Brunell to take some of the first-team snaps in practice.

    And while Sanchez looked terrible for much of the day, you can’t deny that his four touchdown passes was a major factor in the Jets 28-24 win against the Bills. Yes, Sanchez really did throw four touchdowns, and yes, he still looked unimpressive, finishing 17 of 35 for 180 yards and an interception.

    It was an important win for the Jets, who will be no worse than two games behind the Patriots in the AFC East and who kept themselves in the thick of the wild card race.

    For Buffalo, it was another disappointing loss in a season that has spiraled completely out of control. Although the Bills had at least three shots at the end zone in the final minute of the game -- not to mention a wide open Stevie Johnson touchdown catch that he simply dropped -- New York’s defense was just good enough to hold on for the win.

    All of which completely ruined Johnson’s awesome touchdown celebration.

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    Chris Johnson is back! (again)
    The old saying "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me" certainly comes to mind after what Titans running back Chris Johnson did to the Buccaneers Sunday. By the time it was over, Tennessee beat Tampa Bay 23-17 to move to 6-5, and Johnson had -- by miles and miles and miles -- his biggest day of the season.

    He rushed for 190 yards on 23 carries and looked like the guy the Titans thought they were getting when they gave him that huge contract extension during training camp. Instead, Johnson has been one of the NFL's worst backs in 2011, averaging 51 yards per game prior to Sunday's breakout effort.

    So is Johnson back? It sure looked like it against the Bucs, but we saw this movie two weeks ago when he ran for 130 yards against the hapless Panthers. Johnson returned to his '11 form seven days later when he managed 13 yards on 12 carries against the Falcons.

    Put differently: it'll take more than one impressive showing to convince us that Johnson's big games are now the aberrations.

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    Panthers push Colts towards 0-fer

    Thanks to a surprising defensive effort -- it featured turnovers and sacks! -- and an efficient day from Cam Newton, the Panthers pushed the Colts towards a winless season with a 27-19 victory in Indy on Sunday.

    It wasn't always pretty for Carolina, and Indy nearly came back to have a shot at a tie before Curtis Painter threw his second interception in the end zone of the day.

    The stats on this one are weird, too, because it looks like a hard-fought game between two efficient teams. The reality is that the Panthers are good on offense and the Colts are just miserable. But not so miserable that they couldn't move the ball some against the Panthers porous rush defense -- Donald Brown finished with 14 carries and 80 yards and Joseph Addai picked up 23 yards on 7 carries.

    The Colts defense was just worse, though, and Indy moved a step closer towards a winless season with this loss. Realistically, their only shot of NOT losing out comes in Week 17 when they play the Jaguars.


  • Bills vs. Jets Recap
    Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes, including the winning score to Santonio Holmes, as the New York Jets kept pace in the AFC playoff race with a 28-24 comeback victory over the Buffalo Bills. Marv Albert and Rich Gannon recap the game. www.cbssports.com

    Holmes 16-yard Touchdown
    Mark Sanchez found a wide open Santonio Homes in the end zone for a 16-yard go-ahead touchdown to give the Jets a 28-24 lead over the Bills with a minute to go.
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  • Texans vs. Jaguars Recap
    Matt Leinart injured his throwing shoulder, overshadowing Houston's 20-13 victory against the offensively inept Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots recap all the action EverBank Field. www.cbssports.com

    Leinart Connects With Dreessen for TD
    Matt Leinart connected with Joel Dreessen for a 20-yard touchdown that put the Texans up 14-10 over the Jaguars. www.cbssports.com


  • Browns vs. Bengals Recap
    Cincinnati Bengals' QB, Andy Dalton, completed 21 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Join CBS Sports' Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker for a recap of all the action. www.cbssports.com

    Mike Nugent's Game Winning Field Goal
    Cincinnati Bengals' kicker, Mike Nugent, nails a 26 yard game winning field goal late in the fourth quarter to secure a 23-20 come from behind victory over the Cleveland Browns. www.cbssports.com

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    Hanie tosses three INTs in first half

    While some thought, based on quarterback Caleb Hanie’s performance in last year’s NFC championship game, that the Bears might be OK without Jay Cutler in the lineup.

    Those optimistic people thought wrong.

    As the Raiders take a 12-7 lead into halftime, Hanie has been heinous, completing 7 of 15 passes for 72 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

    Last season during that NFC title game, Hanie went 13 of 20 for 153 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions vs. the Packers, and he apparently was coming into today’s game vs. the Raiders after a strong week of practice. Even if the Bears couldn’t claim Kyle Orton off waivers, some observers thought Hanie might be good enough.

    So far, he’s been anything but, overthrowing receivers, not seeing defensive backs undercut his targets, and getting a little unlucky at the end of the first half when Oakland’s Kamerion Wimbley nearly pick-sixed him from deep in Raiders territory.

    It’s been a bad performance from Hanie, and the Bears have to be wondering at this point how Hanie, if he plays like this, can lead them to the playoffs.

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    Tebow, Broncos offense stick to no-passing-game script
    Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow doesn't throw the football often, and after two forgettable starts as Kyle Orton's replacement, for good reason: he's not very good when he puts the ball in the air. But when he does throw, Tebow is … efficient.

    That's about the nicest thing you can say about his passing game. Against the Chargers Sunday, Tebow didn't complete his first pass until 3:54 remained in the second quarter. Then he got hot, completed two more passes on Denver's final drive of the half, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to his favorite target Eric Decker.

    It ain't pretty but it still counts.

    "He does throw the slant routes and the post routes very well," CBS color analyst Dan Fouts said.

    At the break, Tebow was 3 of 7 for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 25 yards on seven carries. The Broncos' run-to-pass breakdown through the first 30 minutes: 20 to 7.

    The Chargers, losers of five straight, lead 10-7.

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  • The NFL Today: Week 12 Postgame Show
    James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason recap the week 12 games including the Bengals win over the Browns and the Falcons victory over the Vikings.
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    Eagles fans chant 'Fire Andy' as Pats cruise
    Any concerns about the Patriots having lost their way have been assuaged in recent weeks. New England lost two in a row earlier this season -- to the Steelers and then the Giants -- but have reeled off convincing victories against the Jets, Chiefs and in about half an hour, the Eagles.

    Philadelphia, proclaimed the Dream Team by quarterback Vince Young during the preseason, has been the league's most disappointing team through 12 weeks. The Eagles have shown glimpses of potential but it's been fleeting. They beat the Giants without Michael Vick last week, and then against the Patriots Sunday reverted to the form that will have the sitting at 4-7 by the end of the day.

    The Patriots and Tom Brady, meanwhile, look to have found their form. Brady has more than 300 passing yards, and three touchdowns, two going to one of the league's best receivers, Wes Welker. New England leads Philly 38-13 midway through the fourth quarter.

    Oh, and while Eagles' head coach Andy Reid's job appears to be safe (at least for now), Philly fans feel differently. They were chanting "Fire Andy!" at various points in the second half.

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