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Four of Week 12's matchups feature teams playing against opponents they've already pummeled once this season. Don't expect history to repeat itself.
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The Patriots take apart the Colts and last week's No. 1 -- Arizona -- beats the Lions. But New England slides to the top because it has Tom Brady while the Cards start backup Drew Stanton.
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In the NFL, you better have a solid backup -- and not just at quarterback. Turns out reserve running backs are shaping teams' fortunes, too.
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Mark Sanchez, Drew Stanton, Shaun Hill and Ryan Mallett, step right up. It's backup quarterback time for four NFL teams in Week 11.
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While the top four teams remain unchanged, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers crack the top five after dismantling the Bears. The Steelers slide six notches following an ugly loss to the Jets.
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The Browns, winners of three straight, are for real and need to be taken seriously. And a closer look at Colin Kaepernick's stats reveal a troubling trend.
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Among the Week 10 storylines to watch, Jay Cutler's Bears have traditionally had trouble at Lambeau Field, and Michael Vick's got his work cut out for him in reversing the Jets' fortunes.
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Tom Brady and the Patriots take down the Broncos and move into to No. 2 spot, right behind Carson Palmer and the red-hot Arizona Cardinals.
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Peyton Manning falls to 2-9 against Bill Belichick's Patriots when playing in Foxborough. Also, there are less penalty flags flying and beware of double-digit underdogs.
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The hype is all about Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady when the Broncos visit the Patriots. Reality: What matters is how Manning handles Bill Belichick's defense and what Brady does vs. Jack Del Rio's.

Pat Kirwan has been around the league since 1972, serving in a variety of roles. He was a scout for the Cardinals and Buccaneers, a coach for the Jets as well as the team's Director of Player Administration where he negotiated contracts and managed the team's salary cap. He is the author of Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look, and the host of Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains.
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