NFL news and notes

The New England Patriots continue to lose players on defense, most recently safety Rodney Harrison against the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. But, true to form, kicker Adam Vinateri does your big kick (again) with the game on the line. Yes, indeed, despite losing key players and both coordinators, Bill Bellichick is still putting the pieces together and the Champions continue.

Speaking of injuries to Super Bowl teams, the Philadelphia Eagles have a hobbling kicker in David Akers and it looks like quarterback Donovon McNabb will have to play through injuries for the rest of the season. Wasn’t it just a month ago that Terrell Owens and his attitude were the big deal in Philly? However, he is still the key player.

The Dallas Cowboys survived Monday night’s hangover after blowing a lead against the Redskins. They bounce back to pull a game out of the fire against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Boys have the same problem as Washington, an old quarterback who may not finish the season. Both teams have good running backs, but if they lose Bledsoe (Dallas) or Brunell (Washington), their playoff hopes would be over in a heartbeat.

Is anyone ready to award the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year to Tampa Bay Bucaneers running back Cadillac Wiliams yet? Maybe not his former Auburn teammate, Ronnie Brown. We all know the impact Williams has had on Tampa during their 3-0 start, but Brown also stood out on Sunday. He rushed for 132 yards to lead the Miami Dolphins over Carolina and to a 2-1 record. Rick who??

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