The Chiefs have had a hard time stopping the run this season, and expect AFC West rival Denver to exploit that with a heavy dose of C.J. Anderson. Also riding with the Bengals, Dolphins and Cardinals -- all favorites this week.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict did not practice Thursday and is expected to miss his fourth straight game Sunday when Cincy visits the Buccaneers, reports ESPN.com. Burfict is recovering from Nov. 3 arthroscopic knee surgery.
Fantasy owners might have to wait, potentially a long time, to see large stat contributions from Darqueze Dennard . The fit is pretty good with the Bengals, who have long assembled a cornerback army to help against opposing offenses. But Dennard's rise to the starting lineup is blocked with veterans like Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. The coaches even compared Dennard's game to Hall's, who has been the best Bengals corner for a while.
The Bengals have officially opened AJ McCarron's 21-day practice window on Tuesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The rookie quarterback is on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder injury. If he is unable to return in 21 days, he will be ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby has backed the statement made earlier Wednesday by Mike Pettine, who offered that the veteran could play Sunday in Buffalo. Dansby told the Akron Beacon Journal that he's "real close" to returning from a spained MCL that has only caused him to miss one game so far.
The Browns ruled Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Marlon Moore (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Karlos Dansby (knee) was the only player deemed doubtful, while Jabaal Sheard (foot) and Johnson Bademosi (concussion) were labeled questionable on Cleveland's final injury report for Week 12.
Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard was cleared to play Week 12 at Atlanta after coming into the game as questionable due to a foot injury. It's good news for Sheard since earlier in the week there was some belief he might not return this season.