One piece of good news for the winless Dolphins: They have some rookies playing well.
Says Rodney Harrison of the Patriots, “I look at that secondary, and they’re playing really soft coverage, that bend-but-don’t-break defense. I hate that. I think you have to challenge your players more. You have to start blitzing, force the quarterback into making mistakes. I know you can’t stop everything. I know they were afraid of their speed. But sometimes you just got to go challenge them. And I just don’t see them doing it.”
The Jets’ offensive line is making progress.
Baltimore fans want to know which Ravens team is going to show up on Sunday against the Steelers.
The Bengals are getting big plays from their special teams.
Said Steelers LB Larry Foote, “I’m getting more comfortable, which means I’m playing faster.”
The Texans are looking like locks to make the playoffs.
Says Jaguars DE Aaron Kampman of this season, “It’s not where we planned on being, but we can’t do anything about that. I’ve been in this situation before. It’s not a whole lot of fun.”
Titans coach Mike Munchak has a tough decision between his $475,000 running back and his $9.25 million running back.
Some folks in Denver think the Broncos have a shot at Andrew Luck.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley wants his team to avoid a letdown: “We’ve got to be very cognizant of the fact they exerted a lot of energy,” Haley said. “It’s mental as much as anything else. You invest so much into it and that game went back and forth.”
For the Raiders, the path to the AFC West title is wide open.
The Chargers have concerns about injuries at running back.
The Eagles blitzed just four times on 40 pass plays in their win over the Cowboys.
Mike Shanahan says the Redskins’ roster is more talented than last year, but it’s hard to tell by watching the team.
Says Lions WR Nate Burleson, “Like I said when I got here . . . Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the game. And he’s going out there and proving it week in and week out.”
The Packers lead the league with 32.9 points a game.
The Panthers have to get better on kick returns.
The Saints didn’t show much fire in their loss to the Rams.
The Cardinals are paying the price for poor drafts.
Young defensive backs are playing an important role for the Rams.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll may be in the toughest spot of his coaching career.