NFL matchups: Week 11

Published: Saturday, Nov. 19 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gets up from the turf after a keeper play in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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NEW YORK — Ray Rice carried the ball just five times in last Sunday's loss by Baltimore to Seattle, which can mean only one thing: Andy Reid sneaked into John Harbaugh's briefcase and fiddled with his game plans. Rice was steamed, and he did not talk to reporters after the game, explaining later that locker-room frustration "leads to disaster, leads to trouble, leads to people pointing fingers." And disaster, trouble and finger-pointing lead to extra-awesome game previews. C'mon, Ray, some of us are trying to earn a living here. The Bengals are at the Ravens at 11 a.m. on CBS.

BILLS (5-4) at DOLPHINS (2-7), 11 a.m.

Having unsuccessfully planned for one opponent a week for most of the season, Miami coaches are preparing for two: Buffalo on Sunday, and Dallas on Thanksgiving. The Dolphins have had help in their back-to-back victories from an unlikely source: Reggie Bush, perpetual disappointment and current front-runner for Best Supporting Actor in a Reality Television Divorce Fiasco.

BUCCANEERS (4-5) at PACKERS (9-0), 11 a.m.

Like a flabby Hope Diamond, Albert Haynesworth is a fascinating, oversize trinket that brings nothing but misery to anyone foolish enough to acquire him. Tampa Bay signed Haynesworth and immediately inserted him into its defensive line; the results were 185 yards rushing allowed and a 37-9 loss. The Patriots, meanwhile, improved as soon as they rid themselves of Haynesworth.

COWBOYS (5-4) at REDSKINS (3-6), 11 a.m.

The rookie sensation DeMarco Murray has rushed for 601 yards in the past four games, but that does not mean he has earned a starting job. Felix Jones may soon return from an ankle injury, and Dallas coach Jerry Jones (if he is not going to pretend otherwise, then neither are we) gave conflicting reports last week about how the carries will be divided when Jones returns. "I haven't seen enough of DeMarco," Jones said, though he later explained that Murray would still receive the bulk of the carries.

JAGUARS (3-6) at BROWNS (3-6), 11 a.m.

Can you spot the two people on this list who are not on Jacksonville's active roster: Guy Whimper, Leger Douzable, Julius Strangepork, John Chick, Cecil Shorts, Danny Rebus.

Give up? Whimper, Douzable, Chick and Shorts are all real-life Jaguars. Rebus is a character on the new "Electric Company," and Strangepork was the Muppet medical officer on "Pigs in Space." Give the Jaguars credit for at least adding a little flair to their anonymity.

PANTHERS (2-7) at LIONS (6-3), 11 a.m.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that the 22-mph wind at Soldier Field, not a finger injury, hampered quarterback Matthew Stafford in Detroit's 37-13 loss to the Bears. "The wind affected his actual throwing," Schwartz said. "I don't think it had anything to do with the actual finger." Stafford's virtual throwing and hypothetical finger were not affected. Schwartz also said that his team "didn't respond well" to turnovers. Considering how often their games end in brawls, it is not clear if the Lions respond well to anything.

RAIDERS (5-4) at VIKINGS (2-7), 11 a.m.

Raiders rookie receiver Denarius Moore and Vikings rookie tight end Kyle Rudolph each made a spectacular one-handed catch in prime-time games last week. While Rudolph has been a bright spot for Minnesota, Moore has kept Oakland in the playoff picture by giving Carson Palmer exactly what he needs, on and off the field. "Denarius Moore doesn't say anything," Palmer told The San Francisco Chronicle. Having spent a year living through The T. Ocho Show, Palmer deserves a little therapeutic silence.

SEAHAWKS (3-6) at RAMS (2-7), 2:05 p.m.

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