New England Patriots: ricky williams

Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL

December, 19, 2009
12/19/09
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Ten quick-hit thoughts from around the NFL and inside Gillette Stadium:

1. I'd be surprised if Patriots defensive linemen Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork suit up for Sunday's game in Buffalo.

2. I don't see the infatuation that Cleveland has with Mike Holmgren as a personnel executive or even a Bill Parcells-type overseer. He never struck me as a top personnel guy.

3. Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is having one of the best seasons that few seem to be talking about (975 yards, 200 carries, 4.9 avg., 10 TDs). He's a big reason the Dolphins (7-6) are still in the playoff chase.

4. When people see Wes Welker's name atop the NFL leaderboard for receptions (105), I wonder if they realize he missed two games earlier in the season.

5. Peyton Manning is playing at such a high level, it surprised me to see he's thrown 15 interceptions through 14 games. That's his most interceptions in a season since 2002, when he had 19.

6. Nice to see fans recognize Vince Wilfork as the top AFC Pro Bowl vote-getter for interior linemen early last week. Wilfork has been a rock this season for the Patriots.

7. Curious what happened to the Texans' running game. Steve Slaton (who is now on injured reserve) has crashed back to earth (437 yards, 131 carries, 3.3 avg.) as Houston ranks 31st in the NFL in averaging just 3.4 yards per carry.

8. If John Fox is coaching for his job in Carolina, as some speculate, he would be wise to turn to A.J. Feeley at quarterback over Matt Moore. Outside of the long touchdown pass to Steve Smith last week, Moore didn't look like an NFL quarterback.

9. Given their struggles along the offensive line, I wonder if Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli regrets taking defensive end Tyson Jackson No. 3 overall instead of one of the big offensive tackles.

10. Patriots rookie defensive lineman Ron Brace (2nd round, 40th overall) has played nine defensive snaps this season by my count. It wouldn't surprise me if he sees his most extended action of the year Sunday in Buffalo.

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