Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes despite sustaining an ankle injury, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 14-3 on Thursday night. Roethlisberger passed for 280 yards, an interception and two scores, including a 79-yard touchdown toss to Antonio Brown with 2:52 left in the game. Roethlisberger sustained a left ankle injury when he was sacked by Cleveland’s Scott Paxson with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter.
This AFC North matchup finds Pittsburgh (9-3) hosting a Browns team that yielded 290 rushing yards to the Ravens last Sunday. The Steelers prefer to move the ball through the air, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may be challenged by the Browns, whose NFL-best pass defense gives up just 173.3 yards per game.
Aaron Rodgers led a 68-yard drive that set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning, 31-yard field goal as time expired, as the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 38-35 to remain undefeated. The Packers’ march downfield came after New York (6-6) tied the game on the preceding drive after Eli Manning threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks, and D.J. Ware ran for the two-point conversion.
Week 13′s Thursday night game features a matchup of 2010 NFC playoff teams who are both having disappointing 2011 seasons. Despite numerous off-season acquisitions, Philadelphia (4-7) is only mathematically alive in the NFC East. The Eagles defense, which has given up leads often in the fourth quarter this season, will face a Seattle offense that ranks 30th in average yards per game. The Seahawks (4-7) only true offensive weapon is Marshawn Lynch, whom the Eagles must prepare for diligently.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 27-15 on Thanksgiving Day. The Packers (11-0) remained unbeaten in part by intercepting Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford three times and turning those turnovers into 17 points. Detroit (7-4) tried to intimidate Green Bay’s offense and rough up Rodgers, but that strategy only resulted in personal foul calls and the ejection of Ndamukong Suh after he stomped on offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
In a key NFC North game, Detroit (7-3) plays host to the undefeated Packers (10-0). With an NFL-best quarterback rating of 128.8, Aaron Rodgers is the leader of Green Bay’s offensive attack, which averages a league-best 35.5 points per game. Rodgers throws to Jordy Nelson when he needs points. Nelson’s nine touchdown catches are second in the NFL to Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, who has 11.
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