Wednesday morning one-liners

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Said Bills LB Nick Barnett of giving up 1,201 yards over the last two games, “The way they were running the ball on us, I’ve never been a part of two weeks like that ever.”

Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman says he hasn’t given his players enough practice work in short-yardage situations, a problem he plans to rectify.

After making his retirement official, Kevin Faulk is being remembered as one of the most dependable Patriots ever.

Mark Gastineau is taking some criticism for his speech upon his induction into the Jets’ Ring of Honor.

The Ravens looked like they came out flat on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Bengals CB Nate Clements drives a Maserati now, but he recalls fondly the summer as a teenager he spent mowing lawns to earn enough to buy a 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix.

When the sale of the Browns becomes official next week, Jimmy Haslam may become the owner of the NFL’s only winless team.

Said Steelers LB Chris Carter of preparing to play Titans RB Chris Johnson on Thursday, “We’ll be taking the approach that we can’t underestimate this guy. He’s still a home run-type runner. He can still break an 80-yard run, so we’re focused on containing him. You definitely have to give a player like that respect because his résumé has looked good for years. We can’t give him any lanes, and that’s ultimately what it comes down to. He’s not the type that’s going to run over you; it’s about him getting open space.”

Losing LB Brian Cushing is a big blow to the Texans, but not an insurmountable blow.

Colts CB Cassius Vaughn played well in place of injured starter Vontae Davis against the Packers.

The Jaguars need to play well in the face of adversity, instead of folding up like a card table the way they did against the Bears.

Could the failed pursuit of Peyton Manning have set the Titans up for a disappointing season?

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas can be great — if he can hold onto the ball. (Which is kind of an important part of the job.)

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles leads the league with 551 rushing yards, is tied for third with 102 attempts and is second with a 5.4-yard average. And the Chiefs plan to keep giving him the ball.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen says his team needs to improve, but fans shouldn’t expect any wholesale changes.

The Chargers are getting ready for a big showdown with Peyton Manning.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is looking for FB Lawrence Vickers to play better.

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks hasn’t been cleared to return from a knee injury yet, but RB Ahmad Bradshaw says that Nicks told him he’s getting close.

The Eagles’ offense is 11th in the league in yards per game, but 31st in points, thanks in large part to 14 turnovers, 11 of which are Michael Vick’s – are partly responsible for this disparity.

Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins is eager to make up for his two interceptions on Sunday, if he gets another chance to play.

Both of former Bears coach Mike Ditka’s sons have been arrested for drunk driving multiple times in the Chicago area; Mark Ditka was arrested on Sunday and charged with possession of a controlled substance and aggravated DUI, both of which are felonies.

Teammates think Lions RB Jahvid Best can make an immediate impact whenever he’s cleared to return from the concussions that have sidelined him for a year.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers thinks it’s going to be tough to play without RB Cedric Benson.

The Vikings have found that the bubble screen is a perfect match for WR Percy Harvin.

The Falcons’ local TV ratings are up 23 percent from last season.

Said Panthers coach Ron Rivera of rookie LB Luke Kuechly moving to middle linebacker last week after playing the weakside spot the first four games, “He looked good. He looked good on the outside, as well. He’s a very well-rounded football player and I think he’s got a lot of ability.”

In New Orleans, the revised punishments in the Saints’ bounty case are viewed as still too severe.

Tampa Bay has been outscored 37-22 in the fourth quarter.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd says he’s been glad to see there’s no rookie hazing in Arizona.

After scoring against the Cardinals, Rams TE Lance Kendricks acted like he had been there before — even though he hadn’t, as it was his first NFL touchdown.

Former NFL linebacker and Lions President Matt Millen thinks Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman are playing as well as any pair of linebackers he’s ever seen.

Passing less may mean winning more for the Seahawks.