Tuesday, November 17, 2009
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch
By Tim Graham
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1. Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach: No need to go over this one in great detail. He gambled. He failed. His controversial decision to go for it on fourth down from his own 28-yard line might have cost the Patriots a shot at home-field advantage in the playoffs.
2. Buffalo Bills offensive tackles: Left tackle Demetrius Bell is the latest to go down. He will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury and could join original right tackle Brad Butler on injured reserve.
Other tackles who have started this year and are hurt or have missed games: Jonathan Scott, Jamon Meredith and Kirk Chambers.
3. New York Jets at home: They won their first two games at the Meadowlands but have dropped their past three -- all of them heartbreakers. Maurice Jones-Drew knelt them out Sunday. They held the Miami Dolphins to 104 yards from scrimmage but lost because of three return touchdowns. The Buffalo Bills stunned them in overtime.
1. Tom Brady-to-Randy Moss combo: Sunday night looked like 2007 all over again. Brady completed 29 of 42 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Moss had nine receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
In the past two games, Brady has connected with Moss 15 times for 226 yards and three scores.
2. Ricky Williams, Dolphins running back: His responsibilities will increase with Ronnie Brown hobbled by an ankle injury. Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Monday that Williams is capable of taking the Wildcat direct snaps.
With Brown gone in the fourth quarter Sunday, Williams ran nine times for 53 yards to nail down a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
3. Cameron Wake, Dolphins outside linebacker: Wake continues to make his presence felt on a defense crowded with experienced outside linebackers.
Joey Porter didn't play Sunday because of an organizational decision, but Wake picked up some of the slack by recording a sack in his second straight game. He has 4.5 sacks, one behind Jason Taylor for the team lead.