Is there anything funnier than a snow angel being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct? By the way, that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen from the very businesslike Wes Welker. Snow brings the kid out in everyone.
The Patriots are 9-0 all-time in snow games at Gillette Stadium. Mike Vrabel is clearly fired up to play in the snow. He was the first player on the field today, running back and forth in the snow to check the footing on the field. He was responsible for getting the Cardinals off the field on their first possession, tackling Tim Hightower for a loss.
An interesting note on the Cardinals running game, which is currently ranked dead last in the league: Without J.J. Arrington in the mix today (knee injury), we may see some more of Edgerrin James. If you haven’t been following his travails, he was benched in the seventh game of the season and replaced by Tim Hightower, and since then he has just seven carries for 15 yards. If you want an unlikely hero in this game, he’d be it. James has averaged 105.6 rushing yards per game in the nine games he’s played against the Patriots.
Rookie tight end Dustin Keller took a lashing in the media from Eric Mangini earlier this week for dropping a key third down pass against the 49ers. Mangini said it was time for rookies to not be rookies anymore. What do you think Keller is going to hear on the sidelines after dropping a touchdown pass on third down with his team up just one point and the season on the line?
A couple more notes as I sit here next to Jerome Bettis in the press box. And upon watching Roscoe Parrish‘s blazing 56-yard return with 4:27 left in the second quarter, I asked Bettis if he’d ever run that fast in his life. He said, “Only when his mom was chasing him when he was two.”
Jets running back Thomas Jones set a club record by scoring a touchdown in eight consecutive games. He also set two other club records — most touchdowns in a season (15) — breaking a deadlock with Curtis Martin, Don Maynard, Art Powell and Emerson Boozer — and most rushing touchdowns in a season (13).
Jets receiver David Clowney and Bills quarterback Gibran Hamdan have taken interesting roads to get to Sunday’s game. Both players hope to make their season debuts today.