Saturday morning one-liners


With RB Daniel Thomas out, there’s even more pressure on Dolphins RB Lamar Miller to fulfill expectations.

Patriots QB Tom Brady seems far more leery about the Texans than he probably needs to be.  (Lou Holtz would be proud.)

The Bills’ record hasn’t shown much improvement, but the team’s defense has.

Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar was flagged last Sunday for being in the white stripe during a play.

When Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell lost his helmet, he won respect.

Ravens K Justin Tucker refuses to acknowledge he’s on a streak that has seen him nail 28 straight field-goal attempts.

So how does Browns CB Joe Haden stay motivated with his team of the playoff chase?  “You’re in a business of playing professional ball every Sunday and your job is to win,” Haden said. “Staying motivated is providing for your family and taking care of business.”

Bengals WR A.J. Green had his South Carolina high school career reception record broken by a five-foot, six-inch player who is still only a junior.

The roof may be open for Sundays’ Texans game against the Patriots.  (And if the players get cold, they can wear their letterman jackets.)

Colts coach Chuck Pagano calls Sunday’s game against the Titans “huge“.

Titans RB Colin Mooney, the single-season rushing leader for Army, will be reunited Sunday with Indy LB Josh McNary, the all-time sack leader at Army.

The Jaguars will host a tailgate party before Thursday night’s game against the Texans.  (Attendance will be higher if folks who show up aren’t expected to actually go to the game.)

A Raiders fan is accused of perpetrating the first act of violence at AT&T Stadium.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy won’t say whether CB Derek Cox, benched in three of the past four games, will start on Sunday against the Bengals.

The Chiefs believe more long runs are coming from RB Jamaal Charles.

It still hasn’t been decided whether Broncos coach John Fox will work from the booth or the sideline next Sunday.

The Eagles’ cornerbacks are bracing for Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald, who has a history or torching Philly’s team.

How much blame should Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride have for the team’s current woes?

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar wasn’t happy to learn that he’s done for the year; “It’s a tough pill to swallow right now,” Dunbar said. “I’m hurting right now.  But eventually I’ll get over it.”

After further review by Elias Sports Bureau, the Redskins’ passing attack lost nine yards and gained two sacks from Monday night’s game.

Vikings DE Jared Allen inches closer to the likely end of his career in Minnesota; “If I have to leave here, it would be tough,” Allen said Friday. “Minnesota has been great to me, great to my family. I’ve had a blast here. There are guys in this locker room who are like family to me.”

Lions WR Jeremy Ross didn’t spend much time on the field during Thursday’s win over his former team, but he made his opportunities count.

The Bears will be happy to bid farewell to the Metrodome, where they are 2-8 since 2002.

It will be hard for the Packers to win many more games if C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) can’t play.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn’t complaining about a December road game against Buffalo that will be played in a dome.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he doesn’t know whether CB Captain Munnerlyn will start on Sunday after getting beaten a couple of times by Mike Wallace last Sunday.

The Saints are bracing for adverse weather conditions on Monday night in Seattle.

Rams QB Kellen Clemens has confidence in his offensive line for their game against the 49ers.

The Bucs have the most penalties and penalty yards of any team this season.

Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles returns on Sunday to Philly, where he went to college and where he served as defensive coordinator in 2012.

Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) didn’t practice on Friday, a troubling sign given that Seattle didn’t play in Week 12.

Undrafted Rams RB Benny Cunningham has become the primary complement to Zac Stacy.

This year, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t had to mention Freddie P. Soft, the fictional four-inch man who whispers words of flattery into the ears of players who are in danger of getting complacent in the wake of success.