Ameer Abdullah rushed 16 times for 63 yards in Detroit's Week 12 pasting of the Eagles.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported the Bears expect both Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) and Matt Forte (knee) to play Thursday night against the Packers.
"Barring a setback in pre-game warmups," that is. Although Forte may lose 7-11 touches to impressive rookie Jeremy Langford, the veteran should return as the Bears' lead back. Jeffery was utilized as a decoy in Week 10, before sitting out Week 11. We suspect he wouldn't be returning unless Jeffery were truly able to function as a ball-catching asset to Chicago's passing game.
Jordan Matthews caught 3-of-5 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's Week 12 loss to the Lions.
The history books will count it as a score, but Matthews' touchdown came with the Eagles losing 45-7 with 2:56 remaining. It was the ultimate bailout for fantasy owners forced to roll with Matthews as their WR3. There was a scary moment earlier in the second half, where Matthews got lit up on yet another hospital ball from Mark Sanchez. Even with Sam Bradford returning for Week 13, Matthews will be a middling WR3 against the Patriots' stout defense.
DeMarco Murray rushed 14 times for 30 yards in Philadelphia's blowout Week 12 loss to the Lions.
Murray wasn't targeted in the passing game. It was a pathetic effort, with 19 of Murray's yards coming on one carry. That, of course, means he totaled 11 yards on his 13 other totes. Coach Chip Kelly continued to send Murray sideways even though it's been proven over and over that's when he's least effective as a runner. Murray is a north-south talent, one who will need to leave town if Kelly is back for 2016. That's looking extremely unlikely, however. Murray will be a low-end RB2 against the Patriots' elite run defense in Week 13.
Malcom Floyd (shoulder) was again limited in practice on Thursday.
The fact that Floyd is working during the week indicates he has a chance to suit up against the Jaguars. He's well short of 100 percent with a significant shoulder injury and won't be a fantasy option in the event he's active.
Calvin Johnson caught 8-of-14 targets for 93 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit's Week 12 throttling of the Eagles.
All three of Megatron touchdown catches came in the end zone. He went to work on rookie CB Eric Rowe, who was filling in for Nolan Carroll (broken ankle). Rowe's coverage wasn't even that bad, Johnson was simply unstoppable. Mega somehow has only one 100-yard performance on the year, but is now up to 923 yards and six touchdowns with five games to go. He'll be a high-end WR1 against the Packers in Week 13.
Mark Sanchez completed 19-of-27 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia's 45-14, Week 12 loss to the Lions.
He also lost a fumble. Sanchez was taking lots of Twitter guff, but was the least of the Eagles' problems in a game that wasn't competitive. Sanchez's receivers couldn't separate, while the running game was a joke. Sanchez did make some mistakes, notably another hospital ball to Jordan Matthews, but also did an admirable job of shedding pressure. He wasn't the reason Philly got completely embarrassed on national television. With Sam Bradford (shoulder) on the mend, Sanchez should head back to the bench in Week 13.
Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-38 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns in Detroit's 45-14, Week 12 win over the Eagles.
Stafford did whatever he wanted in his best game since 2011, taking deep shots and dump offs alike. He found Calvin Johnson for three of his five scores, with Theo Riddick and Golden Tate catching the others. It was a highly impressive day, though it came against a defense that's packed it in for the season. The Eagles' scheme was embarrassingly bad, while LCB Nolan Carroll departed early with a broken ankle. Stafford will come back down to earth against the Packers in Week 13, but will still be on the QB1 radar.