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Countdown: Warner, Cards in win-win situation

Countdown: Warner, Cards in win-win situation
With the emergence of rookies Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, the quarterback situation in the NFL is starting to look much better than it has in years. Every team needs one and everyone knows you can't win a Super Bowl without one.

NFL Week 11

Denver at Atlanta: The Broncos have had one 100-yard rushing game this season, which is on track to easily be the lowest total of Shanahan's tenure. They have four running backs on injured reserve — three of them put there in the last 10 days. Denver will start rookie FB Peyton Hillis at tailback and he'll be replaced by recently re-signed Tatum Bell, who rushed for 1,025 yards two seasons ago for the Broncos. The Broncos could be playing catch-up because the Falcons are second in the NFL with 157.8 rushing yards per game. The Broncos are 31st in the league allowing 5.1 yards per carry and will be without all three of their starting linebackers. Broncos QB Jay Cutler better keep an eye on Falcons DE John Abraham, who has 11 sacks, two shy of his personal season high. Even without LT Sam Baker, Matt Ryan has gone four games without being sacked. After giving up 47 sacks last season, the unit has allowed just 12 sacks this season. The Falcons will honor former Coach Dan Reeves and 40 players from the NFC championship from 10 seasons ago.

Houston at Indianapolis: The Texans are 1-12 against the Colts, including 0-6 in Indy, where they lost by 19 points a game in the old RCA Dome. Houston QB Sage Rosenfels, who was 4-1 as a starter last season, is 0-2 this season, including a fourth-quarter meltdown against the Colts in the fourth quarter earlier in the season. Peyton Manning seems to be hitting his stride, but everyone seems concerned about WR Marvin Harrison, who continues to drop balls and looking old. Harrison, 36, counts $13.4 million against the salary cap next year. Harrison has 30 receptions, fourth on the team.

Oakland at Miami: The Raiders are saying that QB JaMarcus Russell, who skipped the Carolina game with a knee injury will play. But Russell better be careful because LT Mario Henderson, who is replacing a horrible Kwame Harris, will be blocking the rejuvenated Joey Porter. Oakland interim coach Tom Cable has assumed the play-calling responsibilities from offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who will be coaching in Seattle next season. Oakland's passing game has managed only 122 net yards in the past two games. On their last 62 pass drops, Oakland quarterbacks have been sacked nine times. Justin Fargas, who still hasn't scored this season, returns to Dolphin Stadium where he rushed for 179 yards last season.

Tennessee at Jacksonville: The Titans' offensive line has surrendered a league-low five sacks, which is pretty impressive considering QB Kerry Collins' lack of mobility. The Jaguars allow 4.4 yards per carry and 113.1 yards per game on the ground, so they'll likely stack the box and dare Collins to keep producing like he did against the Bears. Jacksonville must run well to pull the upset, but managed just 33 yards in the season-opening loss in Tennessee. The Titans sacked QB David Garrard seven times and intercepted him twice in that victory. With a 9-0 start, at least some of the Titans are getting a little superstitious. For example, Collins has listened to country music star Alan Jackson's Good Time every day on the way to work and back home since the beginning of the winning streak. "Literally, it's been playing over and over and over in my car," Collins said. "I have every word of every song memorized. Sometimes I have to turn it down." When Jackson's CD ends, Collins simply switches it back to the first song and starts again.

San Diego at Pittsburgh: This should be like a playoff game, considering how both teams need to win. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin forced Ben Roethlisberger to practice this week in order to keep his starting job, but the best news for Ben should be the return of RB Willie Parker, who will wear a harness to protect a separated shoulder. Roethlisberger has been sacked 28 times, while the lack of a pass rush is the primary reason the Chargers rank last in the league allowing 264.9 passing yards per game. New coordinator Ron Rivera will employ a lot of stunts in order to generate something. Although RB LaDainian Tomlinson doesn't look like his old self, the Chargers need him because Pittsburgh has a league-best 34 sacks. If the Chargers can't protect Philip Rivers, this could be a long day. The Steelers are 12-0 at home in the regular season at home vs. Chargers but 0-2 in two playoff games. WR Hines Ward is flirting with his first 1,000-yard season since 2004. He has 561 yards on 43 receptions.

Dallas at Washington: This entire game could come down to which team rushes the quarterback the best. The Cowboys, like the Steelers did so well, need to expose Redskins offensive tackles Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels, who both struggle with speed rushers. Washington RB Clinton Portis (MCL strain) was unable to even straighten his leg on Wednesday and it seems that Ladell Betts must pick up the slack. The Redskins exposed Dallas in the first game. If the Cowboys don't get pressure on Jason Campbell, he could tear apart a very average Dallas secondary, one that has never been able to shut down Santana Moss, who will be shadowed by Terence Newman.

Cleveland at Buffalo: Yes, Bills QB Trent Edwards has started to take a nosedive, but he hasn't had a running game, either. The big news in Cleveland is that fans there are already clamoring for ex-Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher, who is a CBS analyst. It makes sense if Cowher wants to coach again. He used Cleveland before as leverage in contract negotiations with Dan Rooney, plus he played for the Browns and coached there under Marty Schottenheimer. Owner Randy Lerner has the money to spend and the price probably starts at Mike Holmgren's $8 million salary. Friends of Cowher says he would prefer to coach in the south, but one priority that he has for any team is a quarterback and the Browns do have Brady Quinn. This will be Quinn's second start.

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Added: November 16, 2008

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