NFL Week 11: Early Games Open Thread

Al Messerschmidt

This is the Windy City Gridiron Open Thread for the early slate of games; come watch them with us!

As a quick reminder, here's what's playing right now:

Cleveland Browns @ Dallas Cowboys, CBS, 1 ET/ Noon CT: I'm trying to come up with something witty for this one. Nothing's coming. But it involves the Cowboys and the Browns. DeMarco Murray is doubtful for the remainder of the year, meaning Felix Jones is in.

New York Jets @ St. Louis Rams, CBS, 1 ET/ Noon CT: Will the Rams be the team that forces the Jets to turn away from their best option at quarterback and play Tim Tebow full time?

Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs, CBS, 1 ET/ Noon CT: Man, the Bengals. I don't know what I missed when I grabbed them in the third round (out of four) in our Friends and Family Team Draft, but I wish the other seven people in the room would have clued me in. But I'll take the bye week, I guess. Man, them Chiefs. Matt Cassel comes back to start again as Brady Quinn is out with a concussion.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans, CBS, 1 ET/ Noon CT: The Texans beat the Bears 13-6. Their goal on the Jaguars? Beat the Bears' 41 points. Blaine Gabbert's back in for Jacksonville, and Ben Tate might be returning from a hamstring problem - Shaun Cody and Owen Daniels could also return.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions, FOX, 1 PM ET / Noon CT: Not sure who I'd rather win this - the Lions, or the meteor. Either way. Clay Matthews is out, Charles Woodson is still out, and Bryan Bulaga hit injured reserve, but Jordy Nelson might play. Also, Calvin Johnson might be back from his injury of "playing badly."

Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons, FOX, 1 PM ET / Noon CT: Atlanta is vulnerable because they are no longer undefeated! Go Cardinals and thanks Atlanta for keeping the #1 seed warm! ... (Yeah, I doubt it.) Nate Potter gets a start for D'Anthony Batiste on that craptacular Arizona offensive line. He's a rookie. And John Skelton is starting at quarterback.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins, FOX, 1 PM ET / Noon CT: The compelling battle for the NFC East! ... By which I mean their basement. Of course when two mobile quarterbacks meet, it's "Michael Vick meets a guy trying to play like he did - only they're both the best things ever!" But of course there's the whole "Vick can't play with a concussion" thing and ESPN has to feel stupid. Either way, Nick Foles is in and, well, I can't say that I disliked what I saw of him.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers, FOX, 1 PM ET / Noon CT: The Bucs are trying to take on the entire NFC North for a wild card spot. The Panthers are taking on the entire AFC for the number one pick. Josh Freeman's been hot lately, while on the Panthers' side, the recently signed Jeremy Bridges might start in place of Jeff Byers at guard - Ron Rivera referred to Byers as "exposed" by the Broncos. Oh, my.

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