The Atlanta Falcons take a hit to their offense with the absence of receiver Julio Jones, and it's bad week for that to happen, since they'll probably be in a firefight with the Carolina Panthers' passing offense. Aaron Rodgers will try and forward the Green Bay Packers' perfect season against the St. Louis Rams' dynamic edge rushers without the services of his best escort, left tackle Chad Clifton. The Philadelphia Eagles will be without their primary "wide-9" defender in Trent Cole (good news for Rex Grossman), and the Jacksonville Jaguars should be able to run on the Pittsburgh Steelers without end Aaron Smith and nose tackle Casey Hampton on the field.
The Buffalo Bills will miss receiver Donald Jones more than many may know — he's been a dynamic element in that surprising passing offense all season. The San Francisco 49ers could miss fullback Moran Norris against the Detroit Lions' furious pass rush, and the Detroit Lions will be without tight Tony Scheffler — one of the more underrated players at his position in the NFL.
As always, major thanks to Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog for getting the inactives up with such a quickness!
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Carolina: QB Jimmy Clausen, RB Mike Goodson, FB Richie Brockel, T Jeff Otah, DT Andre Neblett, LB Omar Gaither, CB R.J. Stanford
Atlanta: WR Julio Jones, C Brett Romberg, DT Carlton Powell, DE Cliff Matthews, CB Darrin Walls, CB Christopher Owens, S James Sanders
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis: QB Peyton Manning, QB Kerry Collins, RB Joseph Addai, T Anthony Castonzo, DT Drake Nevis, DE Jerry Hughes, CB Kevin Thomas
Cincinnati: WR Ryan Whalen, TE Colin Cochart, G Clint Boling, LB Dontay Moch, LB Rey Maualuga, CB Kelly Jennings, S Robert Sands
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions
San Francisco: QB Scott Tolzien, FB Moran Norris, WR Braylon Edwards, OL Daniel Kilgore, OL Mike Person, CB Tarell Brown, CB Tramaine Brock
Detroit: QB Drew Stanton, RB Jerome Harrison, TE Tony Scheffler, T Jason Fox, DT Andre Fluellen, LB Justin Durant, S Vincent Fuller
St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers
St. Louis: RB Jerious Norwood, WR Nick Miller, WR Mike Sims-Walker, TE Stephen Spach, DE C.J. Ah You, LB Ben Leber, CB Rod Hood
Green Bay: RB Alex Green, TE Andrew Quarless, T Chad Clifton, DE Mike Neal, LB Robert Francois, LB Vic So'oto, CB Davon House
Buffalo Bills at New York Giants
Buffalo: WR Donald Jones, T Demetrius Bell, DT Kyle Williams, LB Chris Kelsay, LB Shawne Merriman, CB Aaron Williams, CB Terrence Wheatley
NY Giants: RB Brandon Jacobs, FB Henry Hynoski, T James Brewer, G Chris Snee, DT Dwayne Hendricks, DE Justin Tuck, CB Prince Amukamara
Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacksonville: RB Montell Owens, WR Kassim Osgood, T Eben Britton, C Jason Spitz, DT Nate Collins, LB Clint Session, CB Derek Cox
Pittsburgh: RB Mewelde Moore, T Marcus Gilbert, G Chris Kemoeatu, DE Aaron Smith, NT Casey Hampton, LB Jason Worilds, LB James Harrison
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Philadelphia: T Jason Peters, T King Dunlap, G Julian Vandervelde, DE Trent Cole, LB Keenan Clayton, CB Curtis Marsh, S Jarrad Page
Washington: FB/TE Mike Sellers, WR Anthony Armstrong, WR Leonard Hankerson, G Willie Smith, DL Darrion Scott, LB Markus White, CB Phillip Buchanon