#NFL News and Notes - December 5, 2010

Decisions on eleven starters are key to the Dallas Cowboys' chances in 2011, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News.

Washington Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree will leave the team after accepting the University of Colorado head coaching job.

The Philadelphia Eagles are well-positioned as they head down the stretch, writes Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss comes through in critical moments.

The Detroit Lions are the most-penalized team in the NFL this season.

Good health has been a factor in the Chicago Bears' success this season, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson beat long odds to get back on the field after a gruesome injury last December.

Members of the Green Bay Packers defense are confused by the rules regarding illegal hits.

The Seattle Seahawks running game is historically bad, writes Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary wants the defense to confuse and frustrate Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers today.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a fear of failure.

St. Louis Rams fullback Mike Karney has a reduced role on offense.

41-year old Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay is having another solid season.

The Atlanta Falcons want to make this a December to remember, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Today's meeting with the Falcons is a big game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, writes Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston prefers to stay under the radar, writes Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune.

To make the playoffs, the Houston Texans face a steep uphill climb.

A loss today in Tennessee would decrease the Jacksonville Jaguars' chances of winning the AFC South this season.

The Tennessee Titans' struggles on offense go beyond the starting quarterback, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Indianapolis Colts offensive line is looking to bounce back from another down performance.

Ball control offense is a key to a Cincinnati Bengals' win today against New Orleans, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cleveland Browns third-round quarterback Colt McCoy has earned the right to compete for the starting job in 2011, Browns president Mike Holmgren said.

Stopping Ray Rice and avoiding Ed Reed are keys to a Pittsburgh Steelers' win tonight in Baltimore.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff isn't focused on the NFL's touchback record.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will be leaned on heavily today against the Vikings, writes Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News.

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate wants to earn Tom Brady's trust.

A win over Brady and the Patriots in Foxborough is the next step for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets.

To keep their playoff hopes alive, the Miami Dolphins are in must-win mode.

The San Diego Chargers, who will be donning powder blues, are focused on beating the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders fourth-round wide receiver Jacoby Ford is more than just a speed guy, writes Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels is in trouble, writes Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

The Kansas City Chiefs' rivalry with the Broncos has been reignited.

Today's NFL birthdays: Chiefs defensive end Wallace Gilberry (26), Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (36) and offensive tackle Trai Essex (28), Chargers linebacker Brandon Siler (25), Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount (24), free agent safeties Kevin Payne (27) and Marvin White (27), wide receiver Lorne Sam (26). Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk (53) and retired quarterback Jim Plunkett (63).

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