#NFL News and Notes - December 13, 2010

Buffalo Bills 13, Cleveland Browns 6

Bills rookie linebacker Arthur Moats is shaping up to be a sixth-round steal...Bills wide receiver Lee Evans is out indefinitely, creating opportunities for the other receivers.

Cleveland's up-and-down season continued with a fumble-plagued effort in Buffalo...The Browns could change quarterbacks this week.

Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 10

Falcons running back Michael Turner bruised his way to 112 yards and 3 touchdowns...Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas feels as though he's back to 100%.

The Panthers' running game had a season-high 212 yards on Sunday...but rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen was apologizing to teammates as the Panthers dropped to 1-12 and in the lead in the Andrew Luck Derby.

Detroit Lions 7, Green Bay Packers 3

The Lion's defense, particularly the front-four, was dominant against the Packers..Detroit snapped a 19-game losing streak against NFC North opponents.

Green Bay's playoff chances took a hit on Sunday...Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' second concussion of the season has his availability next week in question.

Jacksonville Jaguars 38, Oakland Raiders 31

The Jaguars bounced back in the second half to remain at the top of the AFC South...Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison is enjoying the playoff run.

Raiders running back Darren McFadden wasn't enough to get by the Jaguars...Big plays squandered a 10-point lead, delivering a blow to the Raiders' playoff hopes.

Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Cincinnati Bengals 7

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's second quarter pick-six sparked the comeback...The Steelers aren't happy that the shots opponents are taking at Ben Roethlisberger aren't drawing flags.

Despite the defense not giving up a touchdown, the Bengals dropped a tenth straight game...Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer tossed his fourth and fifth pick-sixes of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, Washington Redskins 16

A second half rally, and a Green Bay loss, has kept the Buccaneers' playoff hopes alive...The Buccaneers lost two more defensive starters to season-ending injuries.

A failed extra point cost the Redskins a chance at overtime...Redskins running back Ryan Torain had a career-high 172 yards on the ground.

New Orleans Saints 31, St. Louis Rams 13

The Saints put together their most complete effort in all three phases to extend their winning streak to six...Saints quarterback Drew Brees' interceptions, 18 this season, are a concern.

Sunday's spanking showed the Rams that they still have a long way to go...Rams running back Steven Jackson topped 1,000 yards rushing for a sixth consecutive season.

San Francisco 49ers 40, Seattle Seahawks 21

49ers quarterback Alex Smith had a triumphant return to the starting lineup on Sunday...49ers safety Reggie Smith picked up some extra cash after his interception on Sunday.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck turned the ball over five times on Sunday...Seahawks wide receiver Deon Butler stayed in San Francisco overnight after breaking his right leg on his 2-yard touchdown catch.

Arizona Cardinals 43, Denver Broncos 13

The Cardinals ended their seven-game losing streak in blowout fashion...Cardinals fifth-round quarterback John Skelton "has the size, the talent and the temperament to be special", writes Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic.

This is the worst Broncos team in decades, writes Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post...Broncos fans are clamoring for Tim Tebow.

New England Patriots 36, Chicago Bears 7

New England clinched a playoff berth and have a two-game lead in the AFC East...The Patriots are pulling out all the stops in what may be a Super Bowl season.

An opportunity to earn national respect ended in embarrassment for the Bears...Chicago's defense had no answers for the Patriots' offense.

Miami Dolphins 10, New York Jets 6

The Dolphins' win kept their playoff hopes alive...Punter Brandon Fields and the gunners helped the Dolphins win the field position battle.

A second straight loss has created a sense of urgency on the Jets...Head coach Rex Ryan nearly benched quarterback Mark Sanchez.

San Diego Chargers 31, Kansas City Chiefs 0

A dominant defense helped the Chargers crush the Chiefs and remain in the playoff hunt...Chargers first-round running back Ryan Mathews looked sharp in his most extensive playing time in five weeks.

The Chiefs looked uninspired in San Diego on Sunday...With a freshly signed $32.5 million contract in his back pocket, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was embarrassed by his 40-yard performance.

Philadelphia Eagles 30, Dallas Cowboys 27

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson stole the show on Sunday night...The Eagles likely lost linebacker Stewart Bradley for the rest of the season with a dislocated elbow.

Last night's loss assured the Cowboys of their first losing season in six years...Big plays hurt the Cowboys' defense.

NFL News and Notes

John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens face a tough test in Houston tonight.

Undefeated at home in December under head coach Gary Kubiak, the Houston Texans need a win tonight.

Next Sunday's Indianapolis Colts-Jacksonville Jaguars game will likely determine the AFC South.

Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger looks at the key match-ups in tonight's New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier dismissed reports that Brett Favre would sit tonight.

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