Open Thread and Pre-game Lard: MNF Week 14 - Texans @ Patriots

Andy BenoitBucky Brooks, and Steve Palazzolo break down the matchup. Enjoy the game, and Go Texans*!

* Although a Houston win would immediately place Denver ahead of New England in the race for playoff seeding, and their destiny in their own hands, a Pats victory wouldn't be the end of the world, either. Indy is still very much alive for the AFCS title, although if the Colts were to win their division and end up with 12 wins along with Denver, it appears (by consulting ESPN's Playoff Machine) Indy would tiebreakers over the Broncos and thus gain a higher seeding.

Broncos/Ravens

John Fox spoke after today's practice, from which Chris Hall reported for BTV; here's participation data from the Oakland game.

Wesley Woodyard performed individual drills at practice today, says he could have played yesterday, and that he'll be playing at Baltimore; likewise, John Fox says Chris Kuper could have played Thursday if absolutely necessary.

PMFM's takedown of the Steelers in his Broncos debut is up against the Ultimate Teammate's™ takedown of the Steelers in last year's playoffs, among others, for SI's Sports Moment of the Year. 

The firing of Cam Cameron by John Harbaugh was reportedly precipitated by a heated argument between the two that started on the sideline and continued into the locker room yesterday during the team's loss to Washington. Harbaugh characterized the injury to guard Marshal Yanda's ankle as a serious sprain.

News

A ruling in the bounty case is expected from Paul Tagliabue tomorrow, with any punishment not being effective until a week later.

The NFL has flexed the Week 16 matchup between San Francisco and Seattle into the SNF slot for December 23, instead of Chargers/LOLJets.

Broken ribs may end the season and Chiefs career of WR Dwayne Bowe, who is again due to hit free agency; Oakland waived CB Ron Bartell and FB Owen Schmitt, promoted CB Chimdi Chekwa from the practice squad, and reinstated LB Rolando McClain from suspension; the Niners suspended RB Brandon Jacobs for the remainder of the regular season for conduct detrimental to the team.

Shanny says RG3 has only a mild knee sprain, and his status is 'day by day,' which is not to be confused with 'day to day'; Bills RB Fred Jackson is likely done for the season with a leg injury.

A finger injury may end the season of Cowboys WR Dez Bryant; NT Jay Ratliff reportedly had a 'volcanic' confrontation with Jerry Jones in the Dallas locker room last night after the owner essentially questioned the injured player's toughness.

Gamecocks RB Marcus Lattimore, who tore up his right knee in October, will enter the 2013 Draft; so will Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins.

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