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Thursday NFL preview: Fantasy football guidance for Thanksgiving

NFL Nation previews what to watch for around the league on Thursday, including how Lions QB Matthew Stafford and Panthers QB Cam Newton could fare in their Thanksgiving Day matchups.

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Week 12 fantasy advice: Team-by-team intel

NFL Nation reporters explain why Steelers tailback DeAngelo Williams and Browns quarterback Josh McCown, among others, are solid fantasy plays this weekend.

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Berry: Love/Hate and #Noodlegate

Matthew Berry faces his harshest critic -- himself -- in regard to last week's column, then moves forward with this week's loves and hates.

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Johnny Manziel gave the Browns no choice

The latest in Johnny Manziel's dubious off-field scenes proved too much to tolerate for the Browns, who demoted the QB from starter to the third team.

What you need to know for Week 12 (1:00)
JPP 'happy to be alive' this Thanksgiving (1:01)
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Brady-Manning: What we'll miss about their classic matchup

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played 16 times since 2001. But as Geoffrey Chaucer penned, 'All good things must come to an end.' With Manning out Sunday and his career in doubt because of injuries, here are a few things we'll miss about their matchup.

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Stock up, stock down, according to NFL FPI

A look at the NFL teams that have seen their playoff chances rise and fall the most in recent weeks, according to the Football Power Index.


Jay Cutler's 5 worst games vs. Packers

The Bears QB probably isn't too thankful for tonight's game against Green Bay. After all, Cutler is 1-12 in his career against the Packers, with 23 INTs -- and a handful of "cover your eyes" moments. His worst games

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions inactives: WR TJ Jones, OT Corey Robinson, S Isaiah Johnson, OT LaAdrian Waddle, TE Tim Wright, DT Jermelle Cudjo, DT Gabe Wright.

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#Eagles inactives: QB Bradford, WR Krause, RB Mathews, CB Rice, OL Hawkinson, TE Ertz, DE Bair Sanchez starts for Bradford.

Thanksgiving Love/Hate: QB edition

Matthew Berry says Matthew Stafford has a great matchup against the Eagles, but Jay Cutler is likely to struggle at Lambeau Field.


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Falcons HC Dan Quinn said RB Devonta Freeman will not practice today and team is preparing as if he will not play Sunday vs Vikings.

Calvin Johnson will play today

The Lions WR is active today against the Eagles, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson had been listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He has 828 yards and 3 TDs this season.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) wasn't spotted at practice today, making it highly unlikely he will play Sunday against the Dolphins. C Nick Mangold (right hand) participated in positional drills and did shotgun snaps to Ryan Fitzpatrick -- a positive sign. TE Kellen Davis was back at practice after missing yesterday due to a personal reason.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and corner Chris Culliver both are going through stretching exercises in practice gear. Both sat out Wednesday.

Not Ray Lewis has your turkey motivation

To those who labor in the kitchen prepping all the Thanksgiving food -- Andre Boyd sees you. And he's got some words of encouragement.


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With Matt Bryant nursing a quad injury, Falcons planning to sign former Saints and Bengals kicker Shayne Graham, per source.

Gronk scared to overeat at Thanksgiving?

It takes mental toughness not to eat too much, said Pats TE Rob Gronkowski: "Knowing you've got that huge pie in front of you and only eating a little piece. ... I know anyone in this locker room could put down like 6 pounds of food."


Martellus Bennett out tonight

The Bears TE is still dealing with a rib injury suffered in Week 11 and won't play tonight against the Packers. Bennett is 4th in the NFL among tight ends with 50 receptions. RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin) are questionable.

Eagles' mindset ahead of game vs. Lions?

Despite noise surrounding coach Chip Kelly's future, the players say they're focused on the division race.


T.O. wants to work out for Patriots

Josina Anderson tells Mike & Mike that Terrell Owens' agent says the former WR is serious about a chance to get back in the NFL: "Absolutely, he's serious. He still keeps in shape."


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Good morning from Detroit, where things are getting set for the annual Thanksgiving game for the Lions and the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Sanchez to start against Lions

Adam Schefter explains why lingering injury issues with Sam Bradford will force Mark Sanchez to be Philadelphia's QB today in a game the Eagles need to win.


Eagles expected to start Sanchez

Philadelphia QB Mark Sanchez is expected to get the start today against the Lions, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Fellow QB Sam Bradford passed concussion protocol this week but is still bothered by a sprained joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder.

Terrell Owens wants to work out for Pats

Owens may be less than two weeks out from his 42nd birthday, but he's still hoping for one last shot at the NFL -- and he'd be open to a chance with the receiver-thin Patriots. "Knowing Tom [Brady] and understanding the structure of what Bill Belichick, how he runs his ship, I have no problem with that," Owens told the Boston Globe.

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Obama pardons turkeys, cooks Packers

President Barack Obama pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys, and while listing the things he was thankful for, he said he's grateful the Bears will beat the Packers on Thursday.

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