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Lynch is taking blame for lack of production.

The Buffalo Bills have been on a free fall since starting the season 5-1.

  They’ve lost six of their last seven games and have pretty much erased any hopes of making it to the postseason.

  Their quarterback play has been suspect, they’ve suffered several losses on the defensive front, but most of all the running game hasn’t been as productive as it should be, and according to

Buffalo News that’s something that featured back Marshawn Lynch is blaming himself for.


“I know you all have been looking and wondering what’s up with the run game,” Lynch told a group of reporters Wednesday. “I’m here to tell you all today I’m gonna put it on me. I’m the feature back here and I don’t feel, as the feature back, I’ve played like it.

  I don’t want to take nothing away from my offensive line, because [of how] hard we come in and we work and the extra meetings that we go through, the extra time we’ve been putting in to get it going,” Lynch said. “So I’m going to put that on me. There’s been some key things that I’ve seen on film where I feel I could have made a better play.”

  Lynch is on pace for 1076 rushing yards this season, which is short of his 1115 rookie total from one year ago.

  As for this week, well Lynch’s accountability seems to be bringing some fire to some of his offensive linemen themselves.

  “If he has to run harder, then I have to block harder,” said tackle Langston Walker. “He inspires me because a lot of times I think the play is over, and he’s carrying five or six guys on his back and that’s tough to do. He gives his all. I’ve seen him throw up on the sidelines just from running so hard.”

  The Jets defense is allowing just 83.5 rushing yards per game, but this is December football, so anything is possible; even a Lynch New York outburst!


Cowboys receivers complaining?

As if

Dallas fans and fantasy owners haven’t had enough Cowboy headaches to deal with this season; now according to the

Fort Worth Star Telegram Patrick Crayton, Terrell Owens, and Roy Williams all got together with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to discuss their jealousy of tight end Jason Witten.

  All three called a meeting with Garrett to discuss the distribution of the football and what was termed “a buddy system.”

  Is that what that’s called?

  This should come as no surprise as Romo did struggle at the end of the Steelers game last week, leading to a colossal

Texas sized collapse, however to foot the blame on the quarterback who has under three years of NFL experience is absolutely ludicrous.

  “Well, I’ve only had two Decembers,” Romo said. “I only played a half last year in one game that didn’t matter. The first year you’re just running around out there and you don’t know what’s going on. I think once I’ve played five, six years and that’s still the case you probably can talk about it. When you’ve played two years and the third year one game you’re going against maybe the best team over there, I think


a little premature.”

  It was because of Romo’s return that so-called star wideout Terrell Owens was able to return to glory after recording just 17 receptions for 138 yards in four games while his star quarterback was on the shelf.

  What’s he complaining about?

  It was Romo’s return that enabled Roy Williams to get more opportunities to make plays down the field.

  And quite honestly I won’t even go down the Crayton street, because if it wasn’t for Romo he would be nothing.

  While there’s no arguing that Romo knew what he was getting himself into by signing the big contract with the Cowboys last season, he certainly doesn’t deserved to be called out, especially by the same Terrell Owens who once upon a time danced on that same Dallas star that sits proudly in the middle of Texas Stadium.

  Fantasy owners should keep a close eye on this super-sized headache, because if things go south this week against the Giants they could go right down the toilet.



Orlovsky may start against the Colts, but Johnson should not be overlooked.

Does anyone really care about the Detroit Lions anymore?

  Does it really matter who starts at quarterback for the winless NFC North squad?

  I mean, they’re playing the Colts.

  Well, according to the

Detroit Free Press head coach Rod Marinelli insists that starting Dan Orlovsky this week is the way to go.

  “I just think the guy’s got four starts under his belt,” Marinelli said of his decision to go with Orlovsky. “He’s been there and he’s done it. I think he gives us a good chance to win.”

  Who’s he kidding anyways?

  The real reason why he’s starting Orlovsky is because he knows it doesn’t matter who he starts against a Colts team that is destined to trample his team.

  Well, in all honesty it’s probably because Daunte Culpepper didn’t practice earlier this week and suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s loss to the Vikings.

  As for Orlovsky; he’s returning from a fractured thumb he suffered on November 2nd against the Bears, but feels great.

  “My thumb feels 100%,” Orlovsky said. “I don’t have any ill effects from the past injury. … No pain, no soreness, no grip problem. I feel perfectly fine.”

  This could be good and bad news for Kevin Smith owners.

  The good news is that it’s almost a guarantee now that he’ll see a significant number of carries, especially against the 25th ranked Colts run defense.

  The bad news is that Johnson may not get the touches he would like, but according to the

Indianapolis Star he will not be ignored.


“You’ve got to be smart about what you do,” said Kelvin Hayden, the Colts’ best cover cornerback who is certain to get some one-on-one time against Johnson on Sunday. “You can’t try to anticipate him breaking on a short route. A guy with his speed, he can take off on you at any time.” Johnson is third among receivers with 40 receptions or more in receiving average (18.8 YPC), and is tied for second in the league with nine touchdown receptions.




could start this week.

The Minnesota Vikings have their work cut out for them.

  With three potential NFC playoff teams remaining on the schedule, suspensions hovering over Pat and Kevin Williams, and a bruised up Adrian Peterson who continues to show more of his true Vikings colors with every passing week, the last thing the Vikings need is an injury to their steady starting quarterback Gus Frerotte.

  According to the

Minneapolis Star Tribune contrary to the reports and suspicions that Tarvaris Jackson will start this week against the Cardinals coach Brad Childress is not ruling Frerotte out just yet.


“I’m not ruling him out of anything this weekend,” Childress said. “He’ll give me feedback as he goes, and he has.”

  And even if


does start Vikings coaches are confident he can get the job done.

  “He’s started before so he knows what that’s like,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “That’s one of the things I talked to him about at the beginning of this week. If he was to get an opportunity to play, that’s the mindset that he needs to go in with. Nothing more, nothing less than going out, executing the offense and the only thing we ask is to take care of the football.”



did show a little more control of the offense last week when coming in to relieve Frerotte, it was against the winless Lions, but that may not matter; at least this week that is.

  The bottom line is that no matter who starts Adrian Peterson is going to get the rock, especially against a Cardinals team that loves to pass and ranks first in the NFL in points per game (28.6) and passing yards per game (312.5).

  How else are the Vikings going to slow them down?



Shark Attack:

News/Injury Rundown

According to

The Tampa Tribune Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia re-injured the calf that was bothering him back in training camp, and may not start this week against the Falcons.


“It’s a concern,” coach Jon Gruden said. “It’s a calf injury. It’s not the same part of the calf, but it is a concern. It’s a part of life. Hopefully he can get well in the next day or two. We need him.”

  Josh McCown will start in his place if he can’t go.



According to the

Mercury News 49ers running back Frank Gore may not be able to go this week when he returns home to face the Dolphins due to an ankle injury.

  “Obviously, Frank has been looking forward to this game and being able to go home and play in front of his family and friends,” quarterback Shaun Hill said. “I know he’s looking forward to it. I know that if there’s any way possible, he’s going to be out there.”

  Keep an eye on the injury report on this one, as this may come down to a dreaded game-time decision.



According to the

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t too happy to hear about Willie Parker’s not so kind words this week about the running game.

  “The issue for us has been, is and hopefully will continue to be winning — that’s my interpretation of Steelers football,” Tomlin said. “Every morning I come to work I walk past five Lombardis, not five rushing titles. The issue is winning. He needs to be a little more careful with things he says and how he says it because it can be misinterpreted as uninformed or selfish, of which he is neither.”

According to the

St Paul Pioneer Press a tape of the Tampa Bay-Minnesota game clearly shows that Bucs linebacker Cato June tried to “cheap shot” Adrian Peterson‘s right knee.

  Earlier in the week Peterson brought this to light after watching the tape himself over and over again, but didn’t want to name names.

  “I was being stood up … and a guy just came out of nowhere, out of the side of the screen, and intentionally went for my leg,” Peterson said. “I felt that. I watched that over and over again. He intentionally went for my leg, tried to take me out.”

  If the league is to stay consistent and controversy free they have to fine June, as this was the same kind of attempted “cheap shot” Vikings DE Jared Allen was accused and fined for on Texans QB Matt Schaub earlier in the season.


According to the

Cleveland Plain-Dealer Browns tight end Kellen Winslow is unsure about his future in



  “Whatever happens happens,” Winslow said. “I love being a Cleveland Brown. The guys here, we don’t know who’s going to be here next year. It’s tough. You just have to focus on this year.”

  Winslow maintains that he has a good relationship with owner Randy Lerner, and that it’s up to his agent (Drew Rosenhaus) now to decide his future.


According to the

Dallas Morning News the Giants will be without RB Brandon Jacobs, while the Cowboys Marion Barber remains iffy when the two NFC East rivals clash this Sunday.

  While Jacobs has been a force this season the Giants have two other good options in Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw.

  “The scheme is the scheme, and we have always utilized whichever back was in there in the way that they could be,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin told

New York

reporters Friday.

  As for Barber and his dislocated right little toe and calf injury— he did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and was limited in Friday’s session.

  “They are still working on getting the right shoe and the right splint and the right way to get it fixed,” Phillips said.

  Tashard Choice will take Barber’s place in the lineup once again if he can’t go.



According to the

Indianapolis Star RB Joseph Addai is not expected to play this week against the Lions.

  “My sense is we’ll probably hold (Addai) out if there’s any question at all,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

  If there was ever a week to rest Addai, it’s this one.

  The Colts starter remains listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.

  Expect a heavy dose of Dominic Rhodes this week.



IDP Injury Report

Out: LB Marcus Washington, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, LB Gary Brackett, S Atari Bigby, CB

Jabari Greer



Aaron Schobel, LB Tedy Bruschi, and CB Adam Jones.



S Chinedum

Ndukwe, LB Clark Haggans, and S James Sanders.


DE John Abraham, S Erik Coleman, CB Karl Paymah, CB Champ Bailey, LB London Fletcher, CB Shawn Springs, DT Albert Haynesworth, CB Leigh Bodden, LB Freddy Keiaho, DE Dewayne White,

  S Bob Sanders, LB Donnie Edwards, LB David Harris, LB Eric Barton, LB Leroy Hill, DE Jared Allen, CB Ellis Hobbs, DE Ty Warren, and DE Corey Williams.

Probable: LB James Harrison, CB Samari Rolle, S Ed Reed, LB DJ Williams, LB Nate Webster, DE Antwan Odom, LB David Thornton, CB Cortland Finnegan, S Will Demps, CB Patrick Surtain, CB Nate Clements, DE Leonard Little, DE Bertrand Berry, DE Justin Tuck, CB Aaron Ross, LB Demarcus Ware, LB Bradie James, S Ken Hamlin, LB Stewart Bradley, and CB Asante Samuel.

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