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The Cassel question

One of the pressing issues facing the Patriots is what to do with QB Matt Cassel, who is 6-4 since replacing Tom Brady. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in March. The Pats can't afford to pay both Cassel and Brady, and they can't afford the cap hit if they pull a sign-and-trade deal. Cassel is the big (money) winner here.

The McNabb answer

So that's what happens when you send the quarterbacks coach to tell Donovan McNabb he has been benched in the middle of a game in Baltimore. The Eagles veteran chased the doomsayers with a terrific performance against the Cardinals on Thursday night (260 yards, four passing TDs).

The fall of Romeo

If there was any doubt about the fate of Browns coach Romeo Crennel, he removed it with a 16-6 home loss to the Texans, who had been 0-5 on the road. Crennel has been criticized for mismanaging numerous situations this year, most recently at quarterback, where he benched Brady Quinn at halftime and anointed him next season's starter the same week.

Thanksgiving turkeys

Here's one more vote for removing the Lions from the Thanksgiving Day picture. They are light-years away from being good enough to play before a national television audience. Neither commissioner Roger Goodell nor CBS could have liked Detroit's pathetic effort serving as the appetizer on Turkey Day. It's time for a rotation, and that means Dallas, too.

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