AFC East: Roosevelt Colvin
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
- What do the Dolphins and "Fantasy Island" have in common? Smiles, everyone! Smiles! That's not what Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes, but that's what his column makes me think of.
- Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald notes the Dolphins' culture has changed so much, you can start to believe good things naturally will happen.
- Palm Beach Post columnist Dave George marvels at how far the Dolphins have come in such a short period of time.
- Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post writes "the Dolphins jumped on the Bills and never let up."
- Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington reminds us the Dolphins still control their own destiny.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun writes former Argos running back Ricky Williams enjoyed his return to Toronto.
- Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan writes somebody will have to pay for the Bills' collapse.
- Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons on Sunday's game in his town: "It angered people in Buffalo. It angered people in Toronto. It cost Rogers Communications all kinds of money. And it entertained almost no one."
- Niagara Gazette reporter Jay Skurski patrolled the Rogers Centre to talk to Bills fans about the experience.
- Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News writes Dick Jauron's decision to defer is highly suggestive.
- Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan needs about 4 seconds to break down two weeks of Bills offense.
- The Buffalo News and Rochester Democrat & Chronicle hand out their position-by-position grades.
New England Patriots
- Christopher Price of Boston Metro News lays out 10 things we learned about the Patriots on Sunday.
- Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy says the Patriots have "been more fun to watch than last season."
- The difference between the Patriots and Seahawks on Sunday was their learned indefatigability, writes Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges.
- Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe writes Sunday's comeback victory was the Patriots' most significant of the year.
- Boston Globe reporter Mike Reiss takes a look at how old newcomers Junior Seau and Roosevelt Colvin fared Sunday.
- The Boston Herald's John Tomase writes about a defense that's held together by who-knows-what.
New York Jets
- New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro writes there are times like Sunday when Brett Favre "simply looks beaten, and hurt, and exhausted."
- Tim Smith of the New York Daily News writes "if the Jets don't make the playoffs this year, considering the position they were in two weeks ago, it will be on Eric Mangini."
- Daily News reporter Rich Cimini says the Jets' offense, after the "most prolific five-game stretch in franchise history, has been stripped naked with two crushing and revealing losses in a row."
- Newark Star-Ledger reporter Dave Hutchinson checks in with frustrated receiver Laveranues Coles after Sunday's loss in San Francisco.
- Erik Boland of Newsday whips out his grading pen and gives the Jets some dreadful marks.
- Bergen Record reporter J.P. Pelzman notes problems when playing in the Pacific Time Zone.
Seau, who will turn 40 next month, didn't go to a training camp and hasn't played a down this year. But the old warrior was good enough to appear in every game for the Patriots during their 18-1 campaign a year ago.
The reason for Seau's return could be for a spiritual kick in the pants for a team that needs to close out its final four games with authority as much as it might be for any on-field contributions he can deliver.
The Patriots haven't won consecutive games since October and haven't put together more than two victories in a row all season.
Jerod Mayo has taken Seau's place and almost certainly will be the defensive rookie of the year, but Boston Globe reporter Mike Reiss speculates inside linebacker Tedy Bruschi's knee injury could be serious enough to require reinforcements.
Reiss reports that during pregame warm-ups for Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, "Bruschi was worked out by members of the team's medical and training staff on the field, which appeared to be an indication that his knee injury was serious enough to potentially keep him out of action."
Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter broke the Seau story, citing an unnamed member of the Junior Seau Foundation:
New England coaches left open the door for Seau, 40, to return at the start of the season, but the sides could not come to terms on a new contract after Seau had offseason shoulder surgery. Seau has spent the past three months exploring business ventures and surfing in San Diego. But he always keeps himself in tremendous shape and as recently as Tuesday night at a foundation event appeared physically capable of suiting up again.