If the Dolphins lose at home on Sunday, they won’t be able to blame it on a rash of injuries.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola isn’t spending much time thinking about the fact that he’s headed to the postseason for the first time in his career; “Playing meaningful football late in the season is something everyone strives for,” Amendola said. “It’ll be exciting. But obviously [I’m] just focused on the Bills right now. I really haven’t stopped to look around. All we really do is work. I really don’t do much else.”
Bills QB Thad Lewis is “excited” by the challenge of facing the Patriots.
The mother of Jets QB Geno Smith acknowledges that there are some “die-hard” Miami fans in the family, “but on this game blood is thicker than mud.”
Ravens TE Dallas Clark won’t determine his future plans until after the season ends.
Browns LT Joe Thomas believes soon-to-be free-agent C Alex Mack is important to the team.
Steelers TE Heath Miller is pleased with his first season of play after tearing an ACL.
The Bengals are banged up at tight end, and Alex Smith likely will get the start.
The Colts have 14 turnovers through 15 games; their 16-game record low is 17, set in 2004 and 2008.
Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips wouldn’t say whether he has interviewed for the permanent position. (Here’s hoping any interview he has goes better than his on-the-job auditions.)
Jaguars C Brad Meester will have 40 family members and friends at the final game of his career in Indianapolis.
If Delanie Walker catches three passes on Sunday, he’ll become only the second tight end in Titans/Oilers history with 60 receptions in a season. (Friend of PFT Frank Wycheck is the other — and he did it five straight years.)
While Broncos LB Von Miller would move around, his replacement will be in one spot — strong side linebacker; “I like it,” Nate Irving said. “The way we’ve got it set up, I’m able to get my hands on guys and not worry about this side or that side. I’m right there face to face, man to man, get in a fight with him.”
Chargers TE Antonio Gates isn’t overlooking the Chiefs defensive reserves he’ll likely be facing on Sunday.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith will be playing in his hometown stadium on Sunday, even though he may not be playing much at all.
While attending former teammate Nnamdi Asomugha’s retirement press conference, Raiders DB Charles Woodson realizes that the day is coming for him; “[M]entally, I’m not there yet,” Woodson said.
With one game to go, Redskins RB Alfred Morris already has the ninth-most rushing yards for a player’s first two NFL seasons; with 93 yards Sunday, he’ll finish at No. 7.
Giants S Cooper Taylor is trying to rent his apartment near MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl week for only $9,000. (Even though the venue can be seen from Taylor’s digs, no walk-up traffic is permitted at this Super Bowl.)
For Eagles OT Jason Peters, who missed all of 2012 after a pair of Achilles’ tendon surgeries, his sixth Pro Bowl berth has instantly become his favorite.
Cowboys DT Jason Hatcher says his team loves to be the underdog; “Absolutely,” Hatcher said. “Everybody is against you. Nobody believes in you. What a great win it would be Sunday to go out there and prove the world and the naysayers wrong.”
WR Earl Bennett has left the team due to a personal issue, which could mean more reps for Eric Weems and Marquess Wilson on Sunday against Green Bay.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz says the question of whether WR Calvin Johnson (knee) will play Sunday hinges on a “group decision.”
With the Vikings spending the next two seasons outdoors in Minnesota, K Blair Walsh plans to get an early start on scoping out the new digs.
Now that QB Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to play, the Packers plan to “cut him loose.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera on whether WR Steve Smith (knee) could return for the playoffs: “Don’t bet against him.”
The Buccaneers have named WR Vincent Jackson their man of the year for 2013.
One regular-season game removed from getting paid, Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be keeping an eye out for Tampa S Dashon Goldson.
At halftime of his final NFL game, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez will receive a half-Falcons, half-Chiefs helmet. (It would be great if he puts it on for a play or two of the fourth quarter, ignoring the league’s “one helmet all season” rule.)
49ers WR Mario Manningham’s placement on IR likely means the end of his tenure in San Francisco.
The efforts of Rams QB Kellen Clemens have helped the team avoid having a pair of top-five draft picks. (They already have Washington’s.)
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer knows that his teammates will be watching the scoreboard for updates from the Bucs-Saints game; “I’m sure it’s going to be plastered all over the stadium,” Palmer said. “It’s probably not going to be easy to avoid, but we have to focus on the team that’s across from us.”
Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond may be back from suspension, but Byron Maxwell will continue to start across from Richard Sherman.