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Cleveland forces Baltimore to be a one dimensional team in a 24-18 win over Baltimore snapping an 11 game losing streak dating back to 2007. In a game where both teams struggled to run the ball, the Ravens got only 55 on 21 attempts. The Ravens also could not get off the field during Cleveland's final drive after they had cut the lead to 21-18 allowing a fourth down completion on which Jason Campbell threw late and down the middle. That would lead to a field goal for the final margin.

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Denver coach John Fox is progressing well after an aortic heart valve replacement procedure. He remains in intensive care with doctors monitoring the situation with the goal of moving him to another level. Fox had complained of feeling light headed while playing golf during the Broncos' bye week and the team want Fox to take as much time as needed.

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Minnesota wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested yesterday on suspicion of DWI. The Minnesota Highway Patrol got a report of a stalled vehicle on I-394 heading west out of Minneapolis. The Trooper stated that Simpson appeared watery eyed with slightly slurred speech. Simpson was booked at the Hennepin county jail on $12,000 bond.

The Vikings front office have stated they are aware of the situation and the league is reviewing this case.

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Failure by Chicago take finish drives allows Detroit to take a 21-19 win over the Bears giving the Lions their sweep of the Bears since 2007. With Detroit clinging to a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter, Chicago intercepted an overthrown Matthew Stafford pass and returned it to the Detroit nine yard line. A touchdown run was called back on a holding penalty and another was overturn on official video review. The Bears settled for a field goal.

A Calvin Johnson touchdown made the score 21-13 but Detroit played too soft allowing Chicago down the field to score on an 11 yard pass to bring the score to 21-19. The Lions got pressure on the two point conversion attempt which forced an overthrown pass out of the end zone, but Willie Young was called for roughing the passer giving Chicago a second chance to tie the game. Nick Fairly correctly anticipated a run and stuffed the second two point attempt. Detroit recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

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Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana. Bowe was pulled over for 48 MPH in a 35 mile zone. It was then that an odor was detected by a K-9 dog and 10 grams of marijuana was found. Bowe has a 2009 suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

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Other notes: Detroit has not had a good track record against Pittsburgh, especially on the road where the Lions have lost eight straight times. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, enters the game ranked 28th in red zone efficiency with 45% of its possessions in the red zone resulting in touchdowns. Pittsburgh has four touchdowns and 11 field goals in its three wins. The Steelers also have a porous offensive front line that has allowed a second worst 35 sacks against Ben Roethlisberger. They have also tended to fall behind early forcing them to abandon the run. If Detroit can get off to a good start and shut down the run, Pittsburgh could be in for a long day.

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Overconfidence results in poor execution and a head scratching decision in the fourth quarter and a 37-27 to Pittsburgh. After spotting the Steeler 14-0 and 17-3 leads, Detroit came back with 27 points in the second quarter. With the Lions holding a 24-20 lead late in the first half, it appeared they would score another touchdown to run the score to 31-20, poor execution from the Steelers' one yard line force to Detroit to settle for a field goal.

After getting well over 300 yards in the first half, Detroit could not execute anything resembling a sustained drive except for one drive in the fourth quarter when they attempted a fake field goal on fourth and five from the Pittsburgh 10. Instead of taking the three points, the holder, punter Sam Martin picked up the ball and attmepted to run through what was a hole at the beginning. Martin would be slammed to the turf by 350 pound nose tackle Steve McLendon and fumbled where the Steelers recovered on the three. Why run a fake field goal play on wet turf with a four point lead midway in the fourth quarter?

That would start a Steeler drive in which Detroit's secondary was repeatedly exposed and couldn't hold Pittsbrugh on third and nine from the four. The 97 yard drive gave Pittsburgh a 30-27 lead. They would add another score after a Matthew Stafford interception on which he didn't see the cornerback coming over for additional coverage.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, receiver Nate Burleson has been cleared for contact and is expected to be in the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay. His presence would help take some of the load off Calvin Johnson. Burleson was in full practice yesterday for the first time since his pizza induced car accident seven weeks ago.

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Turnovers play a vital role in a 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay. Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions, three in the red zone. Two of the interceptions occurred when Stafford did not see the cornerback undercutting the pass route and one of those went 48 yards to the house. On that one, if tight end Brandon Pettigrew turns around looks for the ball instead of ducking, he would have had a reception. The final interception occurred when Calvin Johnson could not hold onto the ball at the three and corenerback Johnathan Banks intercepted it and Tampa Bay ran out the clock. There was also a fumble and blocked punt that Tampa Bay could not take advantage which allowed the Lions a final chance. And also some of Stafford's passes were off target.

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Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner is facing a one year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He had been suspended four games last season for violating the PED policy and had been out with a groin injury and wasn't expected back until mid-December. NFL Media sources say Browner's career with likely over as his contract will expire after the season.

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Seattle's secondary has been furhter shorthanded as starting cornerback Walter Thurmond has been handed a four game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He had dropped his appeal of the suspension in return for being on the roster for the playoffs. He is eligible to return for the team's final regular season game.

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Minnesota linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested November 19 at 3:15 A.M. on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance according to the Eden Prairie, Minnesota Police Department. He was booked at the Eden Prairie County jail and released. The arrest has resulted in a petition for revocation of Henderson' s driver's license which is being appealed by his attorney.

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Detroit plays its annual Thanksgiving game against Green Bay at 12:30 P.M. Detroit is coming off two straight losses to teams with losing records. The Lions last won on Thanksgiving Day in 2002 against Green Bay. The Packers will start backup Matt Flynn. Flynn returns after stints with Seattle, Oakland, and Buffalo. The latter two cut him within a span of a month. In a previous start against the Lions, Flynn burned the Lions for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 win. The running game will be in the hands of Eddie Lacey who might have a tough time against a team that ranks fourth against the run allowing 88 yards a game.

The Lions need to avoid another shenigan from Ndamkong Suh who stomped on the arm of guard Evan Dietrich-Smith and have been called a "bunch of dirtbags" by guard Josh Sitton.

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Dallas plays its annual Thanksgiving game against Oakland at 4:30 P.M. Dallas enters the game having been largely inconsistent and last in the league in defense which will leave them vulnerable to teams with a running attack and Oakland running back Darren McFadden returned to practice and is expected to start.

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Detroit dominates Green Bay on both sides of the ball in a 40-10 win over Green Bay for its first Thanksgiving Day win since 2003, a correction on a previous post. On offense, Detroit pulverized Green Bay's defense for 561 total yards, 241 of that on the ground. Defensively, the Lions held the Packers to 126 yards, 56 of that total coming on their next to last play and recorded seven sacks against a largely overmatched Matt Flynn, one of them for a safety.

Detroit was once again hampered by four turnovers, three of them coming in the first half which was the only thing that kept the score from being even more lopsided. The first turnover occurred in the red zone when Reggie Bush was stripped of the ball at the Packer 12 yard line. The second came when Matthew Stafford was stripped of the ball while attempting to pass when the left tackle was clearly beaten on the play. Stafford's first interception came when he didn't see the cornerback undercutting the pass route.

Detroit, however, would create three turnovers on one interception in which Flynn clearly threw into coverage and two fumbles, both by Flynn. The second, would occur at the Detroit 12 after a 56 yard pass which turned out to be a fitting end for Green Bay.

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Cincinnati plays at San Diego at 4:25 P.M. Cincinnati leads the AFC North Division with a 7-4 record while San Diego leads the league in last second finishes with four of their games decided in the final 45 seconds, including their latest, a 41-38 win over Kansas City on a touchdown with 24 seconds left. That leaves the Chargers with a shot at a wild card spot.

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