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Jets will stick with struggling Folk

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• Despite recent struggles, the Jets appear committed to PK Nick Folk for the rest of the season. Folk has missed six of his past 12 field-goal attempts entering Week 14 and has not gotten great distance on kickoffs, causing the team to bring in free agent Kris Brown for a tryout. Yet after the 45-3 loss to New England, in which Folk was way short and wide left on a field goal early in the game, head coach Rex Ryan said the kicker is "our guy."

• The Patriots' run defense will take a hit in their last four games after rookie ILB Brandon Spikes was suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Spikes played in the team's base package, and Gary Guyton — the team's sub-package inside linebacker — will see increased playing time. They wouldn't need Spikes' presence as much against the pass-heavy Packers, but there is not a whole lot of depth at the position. The speedy Dane Fletcher, an undrafted rookie, is Guyton's backup, and he primarily plays on passing downs as well.

• OLB Arthur Moats is hoping that injuring Brett Favre in Week 13 isn't the only way he makes a name for himself with the Bills. The rookie sixth-round pick out of James Madison, who will move into the starting lineup due to injuries for Buffalo, is seen as a top pass rusher thanks to his speed, as shown on the play where he blindsided the Vikings QB, forcing an interception. He is small and not very physical, however, which could be a problem for the Bills, who already struggle greatly with stopping the run.

• With Al Harris on I.R. and Jason Allen on the Texans, Dolphins rookie CB Nolan Carroll will get some chances to showcase his talent during the last few games of the season. Carroll played the nickel role in the Dolphins' loss to the Browns in Week 13 and dropped a would-be pick-six. The fifth-round pick is a speedster and has already shown that off on kick returns.

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