The Stack is back on this Tuesday and there is plenty of news to talk about including some big time injuries that happened and not just in the NFL. Let's not waste another moment and get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, November 26:
49ers take care of Redskins
RGIII looked terrible. Well actually, the entire Redskins offense wasn't very good. The 49ers defense dominated and Colin Kaepernick threw three touchdowns as the 49ers laid a beatdown on Washington 27-6. The game started out slow and wasn't that exciting throughout the entire game. The 49ers are getting healthy and will get wide receiver Michael Crabtree back soon. They're getting dangerous. Meanwhile, Washington is going to make St. Louis a better team with that draft pick they'll give them for the RGIII trade. Based on how he's playing this year, the Redskins maybe wish that they had that pick to draft another quarterback. What a bad year for Washington.
NFL Injury News
The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a couple of pretty significant injuries to their defense Sunday. Could be one of the reasons why they gave up 41 points to the San Diego CHargers. Linebacker Tamba Hali has an ankle sprain, but it's not a high ankle sprain so he could play against the Denver Broncos this weekend. Linebacker Justin Houston sounds like he has a dislocated elbow and an MRI will be conducted in the next day or two. These two have combined for the majority of sacks for the Chiefs. The team needs them if they want to win the AFC West. Without them, their defense is just average.
The Chiefs opponent next week, the Denver Broncos, lost some key players in Sunday night's loss to the Patriots. Running back Knowshon Moreno, who only ran for 224 yards against New England, has a bruised ankle which is great news for Denver and their fans considering he was in a walking boot and on crutches after the game Sunday night. Moreno should play against Kansas City on Sunday. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hurt his shoulder on the final play of the first half (one of the big reasons why the Patriots were able to throw it as well as they did in the second half) and is considered day-to-day. So it sounds like the Broncos escaped without any major injuries. Phew! says every Broncos fan.
And finally, it sounds like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play against the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day. The Packers playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. Matt Flynn can play decent and the Lions secondary is pretty bad, but Flynn is no Aaron Rodgers. If the Packers lose Thursday, their season may be done.
Brandon Browner faces one year suspension
The Seattle Seahawks have the best secondary in the league though that will be challenged in the coming weeks due to injury. One guy who could be gone for a while is Brandon Browner who may be in violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Based on prior infractions, Browner could be suspended for a year. He's a pretty good corner. It would hurt Seattle to lose him. More on this story to come.
Derrick Rose done for the year
The Chicago Bulls had high hopes this year of knocking off the defending champion Miami Heat. Those hopes are all but dashed following the news yesterday that point guard Derrick Rose underwent knee surgery to repair his medial meniscus, meaning he will miss the rest of the year. Huge blow for the Bulls. You have to feel bad for him a little bit. Questions have to abound now as to whether Rose will ever stay healthy and be his once great self. It's highly unlikely. Two major knee operations (this one and the ACL surgery) are difficult for an NBA to come back from. The Bulls may still make the playoffs, but they have no chance of winning the eastern conference, maybe not even a series. Couple that with the Brooklyn Nets struggling, the Heat's road to winning the eastern conference and advancing to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year just got significantly easier. Only competition will be from the Indiana Pacers who look awfully tough.
Kobe signs two-year extension
Kobe Bryant hasn't played a game for the Los Angeles Lakers yet this year, but Lakers fans won't have to worry about not seeing Bryant in a Lakers jersey ever again. The team announced that they have signed the Black Mamba to a two-year extension and sources say the deal is worth $48.5 million. Might seem like a lot a star coming off of a torn Achilles and who is 37 years old. Then again, given what he has done for the franchise and how he can still score with the best of them, the Lakers are wise to re-sign him. This now all but guarantees that he will retire a Laker. Don't know if he'll come back enough to get the Lakers to the playoffs or do much damage in the playoffs if they even get there.
NFL Week 12 Power Rankings
1. Seattle Seahawks 10-1
The losses in the secondary could really hurt this team...especially with the Saints coming to town Monday night.
2. New England Patriots 8-3
While there are still plenty of questions about their defense, to come back from being down 24-0 at half to Peyton Manning and the Broncos, that takes talent. The Patriots certainly have that, especially at the quarterback and head coach position.
3. Denver Broncos 9-2
Peyton Manning in the cold? Eh, doesn't look so good now. Bad loss for the Broncos who lost guys like Rodgers-Cromartie and Moreno to injury too.
4. New Orleans Saints 9-2
I know it was a rivaly game, but the Saints were lucky to escape Atlanta with a win against the bad Falcons. A big time matchup against the Seahawks awaits!
5. Carolina Panthers 8-3
The Panthers almost had a letdown, but had a great second half to beat the Dolphins on the road. That won't fly when they play the Saints if they want to win the NFC South. Still, seven in row is awfully impressive.
6. Kansas City Chiefs 9-2
Losing Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to injury? Ouch. All of a sudden, that Chiefs defense is very vunerable. And that makes the Chiefs as a team vulnerable as well.
7. Arizona Cardinals 7-4
Very quietly, that team that resides in the desert has won four in a row and is right in the thick of the wild card race. They're doing it with defense and smart QB play.
8. Cincinnati Bengals 7-4
A bye week to rest and heal up, the Bengals need to take a stranglehold of the AFC North and put the division out of reach. It's go time for this team now!
9. San Francisco 49ers 7-4
Colin Kaepernick looked good last night. He's getting weapons back at wide receiver too. 49ers are getting healthy at just the right time.
10. Philadelphia Eagles 6-5
The Eagles offense is clicking right now. They are going to be tough to stop. The Arizona Cardinals hope to have something to say about that.
11. Detroit Lions 6-5
Once the Lions start figuring out that they aren't as good as they think they are, they'll start to win more games.
12. Indianapolis Colts 7-4
What has happened to the Colts? They are a terrible first half team. They may win the AFC South, but if they don't figure things out soon, they'll be one and done in the playoffs once again.
13. Dallas Cowboys 6-5
Big road win for the Cowboys. End the Giants hopes at the playoffs and get into a tie with the Eagles for first in the NFC East. An easy schedule awaits. They better win them.
14. Chicago Bears 6-5
Well Bears, you get Adrian Peterson next week. Good luck stopping him. At least they get to go against the Vikings awful defense.
15. San Diego Chargers 5-6
Philip Rivers' performance against the Chiefs was stunning. With four of the final five games at home, the Chargers are in great shape to get that final AFC wild card spot.
16. St. Louis Rams 5-6
Stout defense and a good rushing attack. The Rams have a recipe that will get them a few more wins this year.
17. Baltimore Ravens 5-6
The Ravens defense came up huge against the Jets on Sunday. Then again, it was against the Jets. Huge Thanksgiving Day night showdown with the Steelers coming up.
18. Tennessee Titans 5-6
Titans are the six seed in the AFC. Don't laugh. It probably won't last, but that was a big win they pulled out late in the game at Oakland.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers 5-6
The Steelers' playoff chances looked bleak a few weeks ago. All of a sudden, the Steelers are right in the thick of it. Big Ben and the defense have really taken strides.
20. Green Bay Packers 5-5-1
Matt Flynn may have saved the Packers season...for now. From almost certain loss to a tie, the Packers are just a half game back of the Bears and Lions in the NFC North. Big comeback against Minnesota.
21. Miami Dolphins 5-6
Another blown lead by the Dolphins. These are not the sort of games they can afford to lose if they want to make the playoffs.
22. New York Jets 5-6
Yeah that sort of QB performance by Geno Smith won't get the Jets anywhere. Kind of more amazing they are sticking with him.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-8
No joke! The Buccaneers have looked very good during this three game and Mike Glennon appears like he is the quarterback of the future for the franchise. Big win at Detroit.
24. Buffalo Bills 4-7
If the Bills want to win more games and cling to their small playoff chances, they need to run the ball more with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
25. Cleveland Browns 4-7
At least Josh Gordon had a good game with 237 receiving yards. That's about all you can say was good from Sunday's game.
26. New York Giants 4-7
That four game win streak looks like it was all for nothing. The Giants are in a big hole against Dallas having lost both games against them.
27. Oakland Raiders 4-7
Good effort by Matt McGloin, but it wasn't good enough. Two missed field goals by Sebastian Janikowski didn't help either. Get another chance Thanksgiving Day at Dallas.
28. Washington Redskins 3-8
RGIII is not good. Maybe he'll be better next year, but right now, the Redskins don't have a quarterback who is helping them win games right now.
29. Atlanta Falcons 2-9
Better effort against the rival Saints, but too many mistakes cost them a victory...an all to often re-occuring happening for the Falcons this year.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-9
Are the Jaguars playing themselves out of the number one draft pick and a shot at Teddy Bridgewater? Looks that way. Hope Jaguars fans are watching the better effort though.
31. Houston Texans 2-9
Andre Johnson says the offense "stinks." He's certainly right. Nine straight losses will do that to a team.
32. Minnesota Vikings 2-8-1
Not sure if they are the worst team or not, but giving up a 16 point lead on the road against Matt Flynn to end up tying at the end of overtime doesn't strike me as winning on a good team.
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