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Randy Moss was a bad, bad man… again

10.29.10 at 5:07 pm ET
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Minnesota Vikings star receiver Randy Moss will be $25,000 lighter when he takes the field at Gillette Stadium on Sunday after being fined by the NFL for not talking to the media.

Moss was notorious in New England for not talking during the week and not being available when reporters would approach him to speak. His only media availability would come immediately after a game. His most infamous moment of the season came when he addressed the media for 15 minutes in the wake of New England’s 38-24 win over Cincinnati on opening day.

He criticized the media for the way they portrayed his comments and feelings about the Patriots.

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Pats Friday injury report: Pat Chung, Deion Branch questionable

10.29.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Despite making progress off the field to heal an injured toe, running back Fred Taylor will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday against Minnesota after he was ruled out for this weekend. Also missing the game will be safety Jarrad Page, who suffered an injured calf last Sunday in San Diego.

Patriots Injury Report for Friday:

Did Not Participate
S Jarrad Page (calf) OUT
RB Fred Taylor (toe) OUT

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (hamstring) Questionable
DT Mike Wright (knee) Questionable
S Patrick Chung (knee) Questionable
WR Matthew Slater (ankle) Questionable

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) Probable

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OMG Wes Welker’s girlfriend is Snooki… for Halloween

10.29.10 at 3:09 pm ET
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FOXBORO — On the heels of his coach Bill Belichick announcing he would be “ghost” for Halloween on Sunday, Patriots star receiver Wes Welker went the Jersey Shore route, saying he would dress up as one of their characters.

“I do, I’ve got a little something,” Welker hinted. “I don’t think we really have a party to go to or anything like that. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it. I may be just walking around the streets of Boston in my outfit.

Will it be a Randy Moss mask to honor his former teammate he’ll be seeing on Sunday at Gillette?

“That’s too predicatble so I’m not going that route. It’s going to be a “Jersey Shore” character. I’m going that route.”

Snooki?

“No, that’s my girlfriend, that’s what she’s wearing.”

What about Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino?

“One of those,” was the only hint Welker would provide.

The Patriots welcome back Moss to Foxboro. Last year, thousands of fans wore Moss masks in the crowd, much to Moss’ delight when they were shown on the video board during the game against Jacksonville.

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Around the NFL – Week 8

10.29.10 at 2:36 pm ET
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Here’s your weekly collection of statistical observations regarding each game and every team around the NFL:

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NFL:

* – If you thought that there were lots of points being scored last weekend, you were right. There was an average of 26.32 points per team last week, the second highest average since at least 1970:

27.18 – Week 7, 1983
26.32 – Week 7, 2010
26.29 – Week 6, 1987

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Dolphins at Bengals

* – The 22 points in the third quarter last week by the Bengals was the most in the NFL since 2003 and the most ever by the Bengals.

* – Over the last four weeks, the Bengals have allowed 13-of-14 conversions on third down and three yards or fewer (93 percent; ranked last). In that same span, Miami’s offense has converted just 46 percent of those tries (28th).

* – 63 percent of the Dolphins pass plays from inside their opponents’ 30-yard-line have been either incomplete, intercepted, or resulted in a sack. In other words, they’ve ended badly. That’s the highest percentage in the league.

* – Miami remains the only team without a touchdown pass of more than 21 air yards this season.

* – The Dolphins have been hit with the fewest penalties in the league (24). Shoot, the Raiders have more penalties than that on both their offense AND their defense. Miami is on pace for 64 penalties for the season, which is within shouting distance of New England’s post-1982 record of just 58 flags in 2008.

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Buccaneers at Cardinals

* – Tampa Bay has scored a touchdown in the first quarter in just one of their last 12 games. Which leads to…

* – The Bucs have trailed at the half in seven of their last eight wins, dating back to 2008.

* – Arizona is averaging 14.2 first downs per game, last in the league.

* – The Cardinals have more fumbles (19) than any team in the league and their 11 lost fumbles ranks second (San Diego, 12).

* – Tampa Bay has allowed only two first downs via penalty this season, fewest in the league. Arizona has ALLOWED a whopping 19 such first downs, tied with Detroit for the most.

* – The Bucs have allowed six touchdowns on passes of 21 or more air yards this season, tied for the most in the NFL. But Arizona has completed only three such passes (touchdown or not) all season (31st).

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Jaguars at Cowboys

* – Last Monday, Dallas became the first team in the last 46 NFL weeks (Week 11, 2007) to lose a game despite receiving five turnovers (or more). It was the first time since 2002 that Dallas has lost despite that many takeaways.

* – Jacksonville has allowed 14 or more points in their last 40 games, by far the longest current streak in the league:

40 – Jaguars
17 – Raiders
11 – Broncos

* – The Jags opponents have scored in the second quarter in their last 27 straight games.

* – Jacksonville has gone for it a league-high 13 times on fourth down this season, but Dallas’ opponents have tried on fourth down just twice, tied for the fewest in the NFL.

* – The Jaguars have allowed an NFL-high 28 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Can John Kitna exploit this? (He’s a man. He’s forty-ish.)

* – These two seem like strange bedfellows: Dallas’ rushers have been stuffed (lost yardage) only nine times, the fewest in the league. But only 41 percent of their rushing yardage has come following contact, ranked 27th. Sounds like there’s a fine line.

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Peter King on D&H: The Brett Favre situation, and Bill Belichick’s phenomenal season

10.29.10 at 1:54 pm ET
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Peter King of SI.com and NBC Sports joined the Dale & Holley Show on Friday to discuss the state of the NFL, including the league-changing impact of special teams this year, the struggles of the Cowboys, Saints and Broncos, as well as the looming contract situation with Peyton Manning and the Colts.

He also rebutted the suggestion that the Vikings have been looking for an opportunity to turn over the offense to Tavaris Jackson. King said that the only thing that might keep Brett Favre away from Monday’s game against the Patriots would be his health, and that “unequivocally,” Vikings coach Brad Childress is not looking for a chance to move away from Favre.

King also praised the coaching job being done by the Patriots in getting a number of young players — primarily rookies — to be effective contributors on both sides of the ball. He suggested that, to this point, Tom Brady and Manning would be his MVPs.

A transcript of the interview is below. To listen to it, click here.

On the league this week:

What’€™s interesting is that Randy Moss comes back to town for you guys and that’€™s hardly the story. ‘€¦ It just seems this week, as so many weeks have [been] in the past, it’€™s all Favre, all the time.

You’€™ve got something special you’€™re working on for Monday’€¦

I really don’€™t. I’€™m actually doing a story for the magazine for the story next week about special teams and their impact on the first half of this season. It just seems every week, there are two or three plays, I think special teams have been a huge impact. And it’€™s one of those things that you barely ever, ever think about in the offseason. When’€™s the last time someone called your show in May and said, ‘€˜I wonder who the Patriots gunner is going to be.’€™ Ask the San Diego Chargers if they care. They have lost four games this year, lost, because of special teams.

What’€™s your guess: will Favre play on Monday, and if not, is it because of health or because Brad Childress doesn’€™t want him as a quarterback?

My guess is yes, and the answer to the second question is absolutely not. I’€™ll tell you sort of what I know. Here’€™s exactly what’€™s going on. You can take what I’€™m about to say to the bank. Brad Childress has not made a decision yet about what he’€™s going to do. Starting here in a little while, when the Minnesota Vikings take the practice field in Eden Prairie, Minn., he is going to judge Brett Favre’€™s readiness based on about an hour and 15 minutes of practice today and then how he comes back from that tomorrow in the walk-through ‘€“ how nimble he is today and whether he’€™s OK in the walk-through. That, and only that, is what is going to be used to judge whether Brett Favre plays [Monday] against the Patriots.

There have been stories written overnight and a lot of things have been said publicly that I’€™ve heard. But I think I know what’€™s going on with this story well, and what’€™s going on is that if Favre looks good in practice, moves around and can basically prepare himself in the eyes of Brad Childress, he definitely will play on Monday. And if he can’€™t, he won’€™t. I have looked into this week whether Brad Childress would be using this as an excuse to transition away from Brett Favre and towards Tavaris Jackson, because he quite frankly is unhappy with a lot of the decisions that Favre have been making in games, and everybody knows that.

I have been told that the answer is absolutely, unequivocally not. This is going to be a decision based solely on how he looks in practice and whether he’€™s healthy enough to play.

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Brett Favre practices, looks ‘ok’

10.29.10 at 1:23 pm ET
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Brett Favre returned to practice on Friday in Minnesota and was throwing the ball to jogging receivers, according to the twitter page of Judd Zulgad, a blogger and reporter covering Vikings practice.

Zulgad reported that “Favre is on the practice field and was doing some light throwing. Looked to be moving OK.”

On Thursday, several media outlets reported that Vikings coach Brad Childress was leaning toward sitting Favre because of his limited mobility due to broken bones in his ankle. Favre enters Sunday’s game in Foxboro against the Patriots having started 291 straight games, the longest consecutive games-played streak in NFL history.

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Pats practice Friday: Taylor, Page and Jenkins absent

10.29.10 at 12:21 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Running back Fred Taylor, safety Jarrad Page and practice squad receiver Darnell Jenkins were the only players missing from Patriots practice on Friday on the main stadium field at Gillette Stadium.

The team practiced in sweats and shells in ideal conditions as they made final preparations for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Foxboro. Taylor injured his toe during the Sept. 26 win over the Bills at Gillette while Page injured his calf last weekend in San Diego. Jenkins has been at practice this week until missing Friday.

Belichick said during his Friday briefing that Taylor is making progress off the field in his effort to return from a toe injury that has forced him to miss the last three games.

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