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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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12hMike Reiss and Jeff Legwold

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.

Jimmy Graham trade not bad for Seahawks (0:44)
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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.


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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Panthers lip-sync 'Hello' -- and nail it

Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly (in a hot tub!) and a couple of other Panthers made a video lip-syncing Adele's hit. And it's awesome. Hello, it's the Panthers

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."


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.


Thanksgiving DFS building blocks

Looking for the best options for your turkey day DFS options? Why not start with either Tony Romo or Cam Newton, who will be facing off in the second game Thursday. More top options

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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.


Bailey stable after lengthy surgery

Rams WR Stedman Bailey is in stable condition at a Florida hospital after a lengthy surgery, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. The Miami Gardens Police Department said Bailey was shot while sitting in a car with four other passengers including two children Tuesday. Story

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RB Fantasy Ranks: Lean on T.J. Yeldon?

Eric Karabell has the Jaguars back in his top 10 for this week, but he's alone on an island compared to our other experts. Yeldon has gone without a TD for three straight weeks. RB Rankings

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Will undefeateds fall this week?

There is a 20 percent chance that New England or Carolina goes 16-0 and a 1.2 percent chance that both teams complete a perfect regular season, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.

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Berry 'loves' Eddie Lacy on Thanksgiving

Eddie Lacy finally looked like himself last week, and "against a Bears team that is 25th against the run the past five weeks, I say he will look like that again. Top-12 play for me," says Matthew Berry. Week 12 Love/Hate

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Carolina isn't favored vs 3-7 Dallas. No 10-0 or better team has been an underdog since the '85 Bears against...Dallas. Chicago won 44-0.

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"No. God no. There's no sitting out now. We've got too much at stake." --Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on the possibility of resting Patrick Peterson vs.49ers.

Starr ready for emotional homecoming

The Packers legend survived two strokes, a heart attack and four seizures last year -- and then a life-threatening bronchial infection three months ago -- and is set to attend Thursday's ceremony for Brett Favre. A legend at Lambeau

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Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Case Keenum (concussion) participated in a limited portion of Wednesdays practice. Coach Jeff Fisher said Keenum split reps with the first-team offense with Nick Foles during the practice. Keenum is still in the concussion protocol but Rams are hopeful hell clear it and be able to play this week.

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Another person said Stedman Bailey's surgery lasted closer to 9 hours. He is stable and will be closely monitored over next 5 days.

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Stedman Bailey is resting in ICU after surgery that lasted an estimated 4-6 hours.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Matt Flynn, who won a national championship under Les Miles at LSU, said he thinks it would be a mistake to fire him. Just be careful what youre asking for. Flynn said he understands the frustration of unmet expectations but said Miles is a reason for those high expectations. And he said talk that Miles won with Nick Sabans players is quite a bit of ignorance. ... Its been 11 years since (Saban) has been there, and people are still talking about him. So I mean, get over it.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams huddled in prayer for WR Stedman Bailey before today's practice. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Bailey is out of surgery and resting in the ICU. Surgery lasted between four and six hours, according to Fisher.

Brady-Manning: A few things we'll miss

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played 16 times since 2001. With Manning out Sunday and his career in doubt because of injuries, here are a few things we'll miss about their matchup. Who's the better pitchman?


QB fantasy rankings: Palmer the No. 1 option

Matthew Berry and Field Yates both have the Cardinals QB atop their list of options for this week. Palmer's opponent, the 49ers, allow the second-highest QBR in the league. QB rankings

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Tom Brady: Manning has been 'remarkable'

The Patriots QB said no one respects Peyton Manning more than he does, and that it's unfortunate timing for an injury: "If anyone can appreciate what he's accomplished, it's me." New England and Denver face off Sunday without Manning.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets center Nick Mangold, who hopes to take snaps tomorrow in practice to test his right hand laceration, was naturally saddened to see Ryan Fitzpatrick drastically trim his own beard. "I know it is the hot button issue for the day," Mangold deadpanned. "Its difficult to see a good beard go down. But obviously he is a fighter. He will get back up and continue to work on his growth and just keep getting better every day... (Was it) a panic move? No. No. No. Just his birthday and I assume he did it for the kids because we all know it is all about the kids."

JPP has much to be thankful for

After returning from a fireworks accident this summer to make an impact for a playoff contender, Jason Pierre-Paul said, "I'm just thankful to be alive."


Family: Frank Gifford had CTE

Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died last summer of natural causes, suffered from the concussion-related brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), his family said Wednesday. Story

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