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Saints Cruise Past Giants, 49-24

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORELANS) -- The New Orleans Saints (8-3) crushed the New York Giants (6-5), 49-24 on Monday night in New Orleans.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees continued his successful season, passing for 363 yards and four touchdowns, including one that he ran in himself.

"Can't say enough about our team. Our coaches, offense, defense -- it was a great team win tonight in every aspect," said Brees, who kept on pace to break Dan Marino's 1984 single-season passing record of 5,084 yards.

Brees has now passed for 3,689 yards, with five games remaining in the season.  In 2008, Brees fell a couple yards short with 5,069 yards.

New Orleans now has a one-game lead over the Atlanta Falcons (7-4) heading into December.

As for New York, they now trail the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) by one game in the NFC East.

"We didn't stop them, we didn't cover them," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin when he was asked why it was such a lopsided game.  "We prepared well, but when we got in the game we didn't cover them well."

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Texans Lose Another Quarterback, Leinart Likely Done for Season

NFL via Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- It was bad enough that the Houston Texans' playoff hopes had to lie in the hands of backup quarterback Matt Leinart; now the team is down to its third-string quarterback. During the Texans' 20-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Texans quarterback Matt Leinart says he suffered a broken collar bone -- and he'll likely miss the rest of the season.

Leinart joins fellow quarterback Matt Schaub on the injured list. Schaub, who suffered a foot injury two weeks ago, was also sidelined for the season. This leaves the first place Texans dangerously thin at quarterback, and for now, have to rely on rookie T.J. Yates. Yates saw his first NFL action in relief of Leinart.

"I feel for Matt. He was playing good," Yates said. "If there's one thing that this team knows how to do, it's deal with adversity. We've taken an injury almost every game of the year and the team has rallied around each other and found a way to win."

Yates will try and lead the Texans to their first playoff appearance in franchise history.

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Scoreboard Roundup 11-27-11

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL:  The New York Jets (6-5) got by the Buffalo Bills (5-6), 28-24.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) edged the Kansas City Chiefs (4-7), 13-9

The Oakland Raiders (7-4) topped the Chicago Bears (7-4), 25-20.

The Denver Broncos (6-5) edged the San Diego Chargers (4-7) in overtime, 16-13.

The New England Patriots (8-3) bounced the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7), 38-20.

The Houston Texans (8-3) got past the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8), 20-13.

The Atlanta Falcons (7-4) flew past the Minnesota Vikings (2-9), 24-14.

The Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) downed the Cleveland Browns (4-7), 23-20.

The Tennessee Titans (6-5) popped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7), 23-17.

The Carolina Panthers (3-8) ko'ed the Indianapolis Colts (0-11), 27-19.

The Arizona Cardinals (4-7) trimmed the St. Louis Rams (2-9), 23-20.

The Washington Redskins (4-7) tomahawked Seattle Seahawks (4-7), 23-17.

NHL: The Ottawa Senators (11-10-2) sliced Carolina Hurricanes (8-13-4), 4-3.

The Calgary Flames (9-12-1) popped the Minnesota Wild (13-7-3), 5-2.

The St. Louis Blues (13-8-2) edged the Columbus Blue Jackets (6-14-3), 2-1.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (14-8-2) handled the Anaheim Ducks (6-13-4), 5-2

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (17) Pittsburgh (5-1) downed Robert Morris (4-2), 81-71.

(21) Missouri (6-0) blew out Binghamton (0-5), 88-59.

(24) Mississippi State (7-1) crushed North Texas (1-3), 82-59.

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Vikings' Adrian Peterson Ruled Out For Sunday

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) -- If the Minnesota Vikings want to have a shot at beating the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, they'll have to do it without their best offensive weapon.

The team announced that running back Adrian Peterson will miss the team's game due to a high ankle sprain. There was hope that Peterson would be able to give it a go, but he couldn't practice all week after suffering the injury against the Oakland Raiders this past Sunday.

This a big blow to the Vikings offense. Peterson is seventh in the NFL with 872 rushing yards, and leads the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns. This will be just the fourth game that Peterson will miss in his 5-year NFL career.

Replacing Peterson will be second-year running back Toby Gerhart.

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Saints (7-3) host Giants (6-4) on Monday Night

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants (6-4) will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints (7-3) on Monday night.

New York is coming off back to back losses and is trying to keep pace with the first place Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

A big key for New York will be their defensive front four who will have to give Saints quarterback Drew Brees little time to execute his explosive offense.

"Going to be a big challenge for us," said Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. "They are playing at a high level, playing at their place, Drew Brees is extremely efficient in his offense and they have a lot of weapons to go to."

"They do a great job with getting pressure just with their front four," said Brees. "You've got to find a way to keep those guys off balance."

Kickoff is set for 8:30 PM Eastern Time.

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Packers' Linebacker Erik Walden Arrested, Now In Jail

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's a good thing the Green Bay Packers already played this week, because Erik Walden wouldn't be able to go to the game...because he's stuck in jail.

According to media reports out of the the Wisconsin Walden was arrested Friday morning on a felony complaint of assaulting his girlfriend. Since the court is closed for the weekend because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Walden is stuck in jail till Monday.

According to Hobart-Lawrence police chief Randy Bani, the incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. and Walden's girlfriend notified police three hours afterwards. Bani went to also say that Walden's girlfriend had been treated at a Green Bay hospital for head and hand injuries before notifying police.

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Lions Will Place Running Back Jahvid Best On Injured Reserve

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions found out that they will be without one of their biggest offensive play makers for the rest of the season. The team announced that they will place running back Javhid Best on the injured reserved list, which will end his season.

Best, the Lions leading rusher this season, has been out since week 6 of the season after suffering from concussion-related symptoms. It was Best's second concussion of the season, and the 22-year old Best has been unable to get back on the field.

"From the outset, we have been appropriately cautious and have followed all medical protocol with respect to Jahvid's injury," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told "We look forward to his continued improvement and eventual return to the field."

Best ran for 390 yards while also gaining 287 yards receiving.

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Eagles' Vick/Asomugha Unlikely To Play Sunday

Rich Schultz /Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- It is looking more and more likely that the Philadelphia Eagles will be without two of their best weapons on offense and defense this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

 Quarterback Michael Vick continued his week-long trend by not practicing today, making his playing status very much in doubt. Vick has been dealing with broken ribs since the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. Vick missed the team's game last week against the New York Giants, and will likely miss the team's game this Sunday.

 Meanwhile, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is also expected to miss the game with a knee injury. If Asomugha misses only one game, it will mean a huge sigh of relief for the Eagles. Yesterday, Asomugha was carted off the field during the team's practice after hurting his knee in a non-contact situation.

 The fear originally was that Asomugha suffered a serious knee injury that would threaten the rest of his season. As it turns out, the injury was not as serious as suspected. Asomugha suffered a hyper extended knee which shouldn't threaten his playing status for the rest of the season.

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Raiders (6-4) Host Bears (7-3) on Sunday

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders (6-4) will look to continue their successful 2011 season on Sunday when they host the Chicago Bears (7-3).

The Raiders are coming off a win last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and their defense will have to be ready for Bears running back Matt Forte.

Chicago this week announced that quarterback Jay Cutler will be out for the remainder of the season after he fractured his thumb in last Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Drawing up the plays will be backup quarterback Caleb Hanie, trying to lead the Bears to a win and run into the playoffs.  No pressure, right?

"I feel very comfortable in the situation I'm in," said Hanie.  "Our defense is playing excellent, taking away the football, our running game is solid, our receivers are starting to make plays."

"Dug up everything we can on him," said Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.  "Obviously we know they're going to run it and they're going to throw it.  Bottom line is we have to play good sound fundamental defense and that's the most important thing."

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Bailey Kicks Cowboys Past Dolphins

National Football League(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys (7-4) kicker Dan Bailey has now won two games with his foot in five days. 

He beat the Redskins last Sunday and took care of the Miami Dolphins (3-8) on Thursday with his last-second field goal to make Dallas 20-19 winners on Thanksgiving.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was far from perfect but led his team down the field when it counted to give Bailey a chance to end the game and give Dallas its fourth straight win.

"We're just finding ways to win," said Romo.

Miami had numerous opportunities to punch the ball into the end zone but failed on four attempts and settled for field goals which proved to be costly in the end.

"When you come into somebody else's place, those (deep drives) have got to be touchdowns," said Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano.

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