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The Detroit Lions wrapped up their week of practice in preparation for the Chicago Bears on Friday, and, again, they were without one of their best defensive lineman.
Ezekiel Ansah missed his sixth straight practice with a back injury and is officially listed as OUT for Sunday’s game. This is the second week in a row Ansah will miss a game, after starting for the first eight games despite a knee injury.
Last week, Anthony Zettel and Cornelius Washington stepped up to the plate and combined for 3.0 sacks against the Browns. They’ll look to replicate such a performance this week, along with newly added Kasim Edebali, who will be expected to contribute immediately, despite only practicing twice with the team.
Dwayne Washington also missed Friday’s practice and is also out this week.

The Texans’ season may be in the middle of imploding in on itself, but at least our brothers and sisters across the Gulf are experiencing a long-awaited revival of their glory days. It’s been several years since the Saints have been considered legitimate playoff contenders, let alone Super Bowl favorites. But with their strong rookie class and a commitment to the principles that won them a ring in the first place, New Orleans is well on their way to taking back the NFC crown.
On this week’s episode of “The Film Room”, we break down the revival of the Saints’ running game and how their ground attack just might carry Drew Brees back to the promised land.

One of my least favorite sayings is “Numbers never lie”. My response is usually that numbers almost always lie. They lie by omission. Because a single raw number rarely ever tells the real story.
Take for instance that the Patriots are the league’s worst defense. That comes from yards allowed, which is an astounding 408 yards per game. Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing isn’t buying it.
“With the thousands of stats that they have out there now a day and all the different stat platforms you could probably find a stat that says they’re the greatest ever in something,” Downing said Thursday. . . “I don’t pay too much attention to the stats other than the situational stuff.”
Wise approach. Because having the worst defense doesn’t matter much to a team that’s 7-2 on the season.

The Cincinnati Bengals have released their final injury report, and it includes a few surprises for their Week 11 matchup with the Denver Broncos.
One of which is Kevin Minter already being ruled out. Despite returning to practice this week, the Bengals aren’t even giving Minter the questionable or doubtful designation for Sunday. That means Vontaze Burfict will likely start at middle linebacker again, a role he’s struggled in.
The other surprise was Brandon LaFell being listed as questionable. His hamstring and knee issues have led to him missing or being limited in several practices this season, though he has yet to receive an injury designation for gameday until now.

The Bengals have also ruled out Pat Sims and Adam Jones. Those were expected after neither player practiced this week.

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