NFL Links: Patriots get creative preparing for Watt and Co.

Posted Dec. 07, 2012 @ 11:54 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

The Patriots are getting creative to prepare for J.J. Watt and Co., giving defensive linemen props that Tom Brady must throw over in practice.

A writer in Chicago says the “organization’s deep aversion to change” will ensure that Brian Urlacher and Lovie Smith will both return to the Bears next season, regardless of how this season ends.

An anonymous player for the Lions has spoken out against teammate Ndamukong Suh.

Even though Peyton Manning is still playing at an MVP level, a columnist in Indianapolis says the decision to draft Andrew Luck and let Manning go was clearly the right one.

The Redskins’ defense can’t catch a break and will have to scramble to fill holes on the back end, but they aren't exactly lacking in confidence.

Though he’s already announced his starting quarterback for Sunday, Rex Ryan faces another tough decision with naming a backup, says a writer in New York.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

A Dallas columnist says Tony Romo’s stellar play of late should earn him a shiny new contract with the Cowboys in the offseason.

Terrell Suggs’ desire to play through a second major injury is redefining the word “tough,” according to a Baltimore columnist.

With Percy Harvin being placed on injured reserve Wednesday, there is speculation in Minnesota that there may have been bigger issues with the Vikings’ star wideout than his injured ankle.

A Denver reporter explains how growing chemistry between Demaryius Thomas and Peyton Manning is turning Thomas into one of the league’s most dangerous targets.

While the Seahawks won’t be missing both of their starting cornerbacks for four consecutive  games, a Seattle writer says Pete Carroll is in for his toughest challenge yet as head coach.

A New York writer says the Jets have way too much tied up in Mark Sanchez to give up on him right now.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

Sitting at 7-5 with Ben Roethlisberger potentially returning this Sunday, several Steelers think they’re ready to make a run reminiscent of the 2005 Super Bowl championship team.

In the midst of Calvin Johnson’s incredible hot streak, a New York columnist wonders if Johnson is actually beginning to outgrow the nickname “Megatron.”

Despite Colin Kaepernick’s lackluster outing in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, a San Francisco reporter says Kaepernick still showed a very impressive level of poise.

According to the Kansas City police, the Chiefs had long known about problems between LB Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend and were “bending over backwards” trying to help them.

With a number of players already out for an extended period, the Texans will need a few players to return from minor injuries if they hope to beat the Patriots, says a Houston writer.

A New York columnist says the Giants’ continued woes in the red zone don’t bode well for their future.