Dolphins LT Bryant McKinnie had a message for former Baltimore teammate Ray Rice after Sunday’s crazy games: “Yes we won. We’ll make it hard for y’all. As long as I’m still here, I’m going to make it hard.”
Patriots CB Aqib Talib explains that the secondary has overcome injuries via extra effort; “The preparation makes up for a lot of stuff,” Talib said. “You lose those bodies, man, it just makes you have to work harder in the classroom, more guys have to step in and learn their stuff at a fast rate. They have to just hop right in and learn it and count on the guys around them to help them out, and if they’re wrong, you’ve got to make them right.”
Bills LB Arthur Moats has pulled off a dual honor; he’s the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner and its Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Jets LB Calvin Pace wants his teammate to do a little carpe-ing of the diem.
The Browns are devoting extra time and attention as they prepare to face Chicago return specialist Devin Hester.
The Bengals are ready for the challenge of a late season prime-time game; “There’s going to be more people watching,” QB Andy Dalton said. “We have to put our best foot forward and be playing our best, show everyone what this team is and what we’re made of.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh says that finishing on defense has been the team’s biggest issue.
S Will Allen is making the most of his second stint with the Steelers.
Titans RB Chris Johnson welcomes the risks of being tackled by his hair; “[I]t’s a part of the game,” Johnson said. “Guys with hair in the league, they know that is something you have to deal with. It hurts really bad, I do know that. But guys will do whatever they have to do.”
The Colts will induct RB Eric Dickerson and RB Marshall Faulk into the team’s Ring of Honor on Sunday. (Trent Richardson hopes he won’t be deactivated in favor of either guy.)
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley explained the decision to dump DE Jeremy Mincey by pointing not to any one specific thing but a combination of factors; “It just felt like it was time to move forward,” Bradley said.
Indy coach Chuck Pagano had kind words for fired Texans coach Gary Kubiak; “He’s been a great leader and a great mentor for all of us, setting a great example,” Pagano said of Kubiak. “This is just unfortunate. You can just look at their last [seven] ballgames and there are one-score games everywhere. This thing could easily have flipped the other way.”
The Chiefs have gone from two wins in 2012 to a magic number of one with three weeks left in the 2013 season.
The Raiders are struggling to get off the field on third down.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is one of only three players to have at least five 100-yard rushing games this season, joining Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy.
The Broncos will get the weekend off and return to practice on Monday; WR Wes Welker (concussion) still hasn’t been cleared to join them.
Asked whether he attended a recent Justin Timberlake concert, Cowboys TE Jason Witten initially said, “No comment,” before adding, “That’s a Tennessee boy. I’m a Tennessee kid, that’s my guy.”
The 8-5 Eagles have been able to win five in a row because they remained confident despite being 3-5; “There’s no sense giving up, because we were in games and that’s one of the things that kept our confidence up,” LB Mychal Kendricks said. “We knew we were in them and were a couple of plays from winning them. Put it in that perspective and you know you have what it takes to win.”
Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka says Seattle QB Russell Wilson has developed more as a passer than Robert Griffin III or Cam Newton.
Redskins rookie TE Jordan Reed continues to struggle with concussions symptoms.
Bears coach Marc Trestman is optimistic that LB Lance Briggs will finally make his return from a shoulder injury in Week 16.
As he prepares to face his hometown team, Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd is the rare Philly native who wasn’t an Eagles fan.
Packers LT Eric Bakhtiari applies this advice at times like these, when Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware is on the docket; “I guess the best quote my brother gave me . . . ‘If someone tells you to be a realist, you never accomplish your dreams.’ I try not to think realistically at times. [If I was a] realist I wouldn’t be standing here talking in front of you.”
The Lions are lobbying for the heavy emission of greenhouse gases on Monday night, which could provide a nice distraction to the potential stink that will be emanating from the team.
A popular Panthers tailgater is retiring after this season.
Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey hopes to become the first player to gain 100 yards rushing against San Francisco this season.
The Saints know the Rams can beat them; a unexpected loss to St. Louis in 2011 helped force New Orleans out of the Superdome in the postseason.
Falcons WR Roddy White has no concerns about a knee injury he suffered last week in Green Bay.
As the Seahawks prepare for their playoff push, players like S Earl Thomas are very happy with first-year defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Next Monday night’s Candlestick finale for the 49ers means that fans who bonded over barbecue and beer in the parking lot will be going their separate ways.
With Tyrann Mathieu done for the years, the Cardinals need to replace not only a safety but also a nickel cornerback — and they’re pleased with their options.
The Rams’ pass defense isn’t just bad, it’s historically bad.