Decker out vs. Patriots: Broncos WR Eric Decker sprained his knee in Sunday’s win over the Steelers and coach John Fox said he is day to day for Saturday’s game against the Patriots. Because Denver’s offense is so unpredictable and unconventional, it’s hard to see Decker’s absence having a major impact if he doesn’t play. Demaryius Thomas long ago took over as Tim Tebow’s top target and likely will continue to be this week against New England’s porous pass defense. Even still, with the Patriots heavily-favored to win, Thomas is a risky play in the NFL Playoff Challenge. If you’re searching for a receiver, you might want to considering looking on the other sideline for Thomas’ counterpart, Wes Welker.
McDaniels a “good asset” for Pats: Just days after rejoining the Patriots coaching staff, head coach Bill Belichick says Josh McDaniels could be a “good asset” for the team heading into this weekend’s game against the Broncos. McDaniels was Denver’s head coach for 28 games in 2009-10 and certainly would have quite a bit of inside knowledge on players on both sides of the ball. When the teams met in Week 15, a 20-point second quarter helped the Patriots pull away for a 41-23 victory. Tom Brady and the rest of New England’s offense is good enough on their own. Any potential added advantage makes Brady, Welker and crew even more attractive for the Playoff Challenge.
Best says he’ll be back: After missing the final 10 games of the season with concussion symptoms, Lions RB Jahvid Best says he’ll “definitely” be back next season. There had been some talk that Best should consider retirement due to a number of head injuries suffered in a relatively short amount of time. In his two seasons in the NFL, the former Cal star has shown flashes suggesting he could be a dynamic back, but his already lengthy injury history makes him a serious risk for any fantasy owners looking at drafting running backs next year.
— Marcas Grant