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Chargers-Bengals doesn’t sell out, meaning blackout

Chargers-Bengals doesn’t sell out, meaning blackout

profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 29, 2012
The Chargers didn’t sell enough tickets for Sunday’s game with the Bengals to avoid a local television blackout, and it wasn’t particularly close. The Chargers announced that nearly 11,000 tickets remained for the game, far beyond what they needed t
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  • Raiders game will be blacked out

    Raiders game will be blacked out

    It’s been a while since the Raiders have had one of their games blacked out on local television, but the streak will end this Sunday. The team couldn’t sell 85 percent of their non-premium tickets to the game against the Browns, which means that their
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  • Steelers-Ravens: Defensive streak on line

    Steelers-Ravens: Defensive streak on line

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    There's no tougher defense in the NFL than the Steelers when it comes yards allowed. Pittsburgh leads the NFL in total defense, giving up 257.2 yards per game. There's only one other defense holding offenses under 300 yards per game, and that's the 49er…
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  • Where they rank on offense, defense

    Where they rank on offense, defense

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    The Cincinnati Bengals' defense not only ruined Carson Palmer's homecoming, it took a major leap up in the NFL rankings. By holding the Raiders to 218 total yards Sunday, Cincinnati now has the ninth-ranked defense in the league, an eight-spot improveme…
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  • Reason for Bengals' improved run game

    Reason for Bengals' improved run game

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    It took 10 games for the Cincinnati Bengals to get running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis over 100 yards. Now, he's gone over that mark in back-to-back weeks for the first time of his career. Green-Ellis produced a season-high 129 yards rushing last Sunday,…
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  • Arm strength is concern for Big Ben

    Arm strength is concern for Big Ben

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said "there's always a chance" that he could play Sunday in Baltimore, but he doesn't sound like a quarterback who plans to do so. A determining factor for Roethlisberger is arm strength. In addition to …
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  • Ben Roethlisberger’s Sunday status will come down to arm streng…

    Ben Roethlisberger’s Sunday status will come down to arm strength

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was able to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday, keeping hope alive that he’ll be able to play against the Ravens in Baltimore this Sunday. Getting back to work didn’t leave Roethlisberger with any better
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  • The Jacksonville Jaguars Now Have Their Own Version Of The Terr…

    The Jacksonville Jaguars Now Have Their Own Version Of The Terrible Towel, And It Is Called The Jag Rag

    deadspin.com Nov 29, 2012
    We've seen a lot of other teams doing their own spinoff on the Pittsburgh Steelers' infamous Terrible Towel (how many times can you reinvent a towel for fans to wave?), but the Jacksonville Jaguars' sendup, known as the Jag Rag, has the best name so far…
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  • League not commenting on whether Arians violated tampering poli…

    League not commenting on whether Arians violated tampering policy

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    As the name “Bruce Arians” begins to bubble up on the list of potential head-coaching candidates (the Steelers are still waiting for him to retire), the man who currently is serving as the interim head coach of the Colts arguably needs to brush up on
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  • Ravens' Ray Lewis not practicing Thursday

    Ravens' Ray Lewis not practicing Thursday

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wasn't at practice during the media viewing portion Thursday, the first day he was eligible to do so. Lewis is on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his triceps on Oct. …
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  • Two November scores lead to award for Jacoby Jones

    Two November scores lead to award for Jacoby Jones

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    Signing Jacoby Jones to return kickoffs and punts has worked out very well for the Ravens. Jones returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown to help the Ravens beat the Raiders in Week 10 and he returned a punt 63 yards for Baltimore’s only touchdown i
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  • Another streak for the Browns to end

    Another streak for the Browns to end

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    The Browns ended an 11-game losing streak (which matched a franchise record) on Oct. 14, when they beat the Bengals. That also ended a skid of 12 straight losses in the AFC North for Cleveland. Now, the Browns can put a stop to another formidable streak…
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  • Joe Flacco knows Ray Rice saved his bacon

    Joe Flacco knows Ray Rice saved his bacon

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    The good news is he can laugh about it now. But Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco knows running back Ray Rice bailed him out by taking a check-down pass and converting an improbable fourth-and-29 in last week’s comeback win against the Chargers. “We got a
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  • John Harbaugh closing in on Bill Cowher

    John Harbaugh closing in on Bill Cowher

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Steelers. It would be appropriate for coach John Harbaugh to do this against Pittsburgh. Harbaugh would become the first coach to reach the playoffs in each of his first five seasons as head c…
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  • Maurkice Pouncey could move to guard

    Maurkice Pouncey could move to guard

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    If you put any stock in fan voting for the Pro Bowl (be careful), Maurkice Pouncey is the best center in the AFC. But he might be starting at guard for the Steelers this weekend, because of all their injuries on the offensive line. “Whatever is best for
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  • Browns more careful since McCoy incident

    Browns more careful since McCoy incident

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    Brandon Weeden said he begged doctors in the locker room to let him return to the sidelines to watch the final minutes of the Browns' 20-14 win over the Steelers. "Of course, they wouldn't let me," Weeden said, via The Plain Dealer. "It w…
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  • Wake-up: Steelers shuffling offensive line

    Wake-up: Steelers shuffling offensive line

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    It should be a busy Thursday here on the blog, but it won't compare to Sunday evening. All four AFC North teams are playing at 4:25 p.m. I will be covering the Steelers-Ravens game, which will be seen by 70 percent of the country because of the late aft…
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  • Kyle Cook returns to practice for Bengals

    Kyle Cook returns to practice for Bengals

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    Cincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right ankle in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers back in August. Cook has been on injured reserve with a designation to return for the …
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Steelers Look To Avoid Sweep Without Big Ben 02:36

    NFL32OT: Steelers Look To Avoid Sweep Without Big Ben

    Nov 29
    Episode 227: Wendi Nix and Tim Hasselbeck discuss who will step up if Roethlisberger remains sidelined. Redskins running back Alfred Morris breaks down what his team needs to do when they face the Giants. The NFL32 crew discuss the Eagle-Cowboys matc
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Browns-Raiders 00:23

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Browns-Raiders

    Nov 29
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Cleveland at Oakland
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Bengals-Chargers 00:27

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Bengals-Chargers

    Nov 29
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Cincinnati at San Diego
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Steelers-Ravens 00:29

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Steelers-Ravens

    Nov 29
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Pittsburgh at Baltimore

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