• The New York Jets' inability to come up with key plays in the red zone cost them against the Patriots. Plagued by fumbles, dropped passes and missed field goals, New York came away with only three points despite having four drives penetrate the 20-yard line.
• The Jets attempted to catch the Patriots off guard by using the spread option offense with quarterback
• The versatility of the Patriots offense continues to pay dividends. After ignoring the running game for most of the season, the Patriots ran
• The Eagles throttled the Cowboys offense by blending an assortment of five-man zone dogs with three-man rushes with a soft two-deep zone. Defensive coordinator
• Though it's too early to tab it a quarterback controversy, the strong play of
• Credit Browns coordinator
• The Seahawks' inability or reluctance to run the ball made the game easy for the Panthers' defense in Carolina's 13-10 win. Without having to worry about
• Carolina QB
• The Jags successfully pressured Pittsburgh quarterback
• The Jags successfully ran the football against the Steelers on an assortment of power runs out off their tight I-formation. Using a combination of base and "22" personnel (two backs, two tight ends and one receiver), Jacksonville ran exclusively to the side of the wing on leads and counters as it piled up 224 rushing yards against the league's top-ranked defense. But credit coordinator
• The key to the Chargers' recent surge has been defensive coordinator
But the real key to Williams' stellar season has been the Texans' decision to use him primarily at left end after using him at several spots last year. By lining Williams to the offensive right, the Texans are often able to get their top pass rusher matched up against tight ends and running backs in pass protection (most offenses are right handed, so teams typically line up their tight end to the right). And move is paying off, as Williams has tallied 10 sacks in the past seven games, including three and a half against the Broncos on Thursday night.