#NFL News and Notes - December 19, 2010

The Buffalo Bills are a vastly different team than the one that hosted the Dolphins in the season-opener.

New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is now the top option in the running game, and is closing in on 1,000 yards.

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will face his former team for the first time today in Heinz Field.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake may not have peaked, writes Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

The Baltimore Ravens have struggled against elite quarterbacks, writes Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun.

New pieces on offense have kept the Pittsburgh Steelers from using a no-huddle offense, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

After last week's loss to the Bills, the Cleveland Browns are wary of the two-win Bengals.

The "Battle of Ohio" has lost some of its luster, but still has meaning to Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie is ready to play, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher's status may hinge on the final three games, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

A few thousand Jacksonville Jaguars fans sent the team off for their key match-up with the Colts.

Today's rematch between the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans is filled with animosity, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith is more than his brash demeanor, writes Kent Babb of The Kansas City Star.

Denver Broncos first-round quarterback Tim Tebow's unveiling is near, writes Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.

Recently released San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley is a survivor, writes Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Limiting big plays will be a priority for the Oakland Raiders.

Finding wide receiver Mike Williams will be a key to a Seattle Seahawks victory on Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers placed Joe Nedney and Travis LaBoy on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday.

Arizona Cardinals fifth-round quarterback John Skelton has always kept his emotions in check.

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long learned a lot from Leonard Little.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn is calm in advance of his first NFL start, writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Minnesota Vikings sixth-round quarterback Joe Webb will be loose and relaxed in his first NFL start on Monday night.

Detroit Lions right tackle Corey Hilliard knows he's on a three-week audition for 2011.

Chicago Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice is downplaying his return to Minneapolis.

Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram pinpoints when the Dallas Cowboys 2010 season went off the rails.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is angry and motivated for today's rematch with the Eagles, writes Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

Michael Vick is now the unquestioned leader of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The next franchise quarterback of the Washington Redskins likely isn't in the NFL yet, writes Jason Reid of The Washington Post.

Cost will not be an issue with the next coaching hire for the Carolina Panthers, writes Darin Gantt of The Charlotte Observer.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution identifies three match-ups to watch in today's Atlanta Falcons-Seattle Seahawks game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round wide receiver Arrelious Benn has stepped up his production as opponents key on Mike Williams.

The New Orleans Saints multi-faceted approach on offense puts pressure on opposing defenses, writes Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bills cornerback Drayton Florence (30), Panthers running back Tyrell Johnson (24), Bears practice squad guard Johan Asiata (25), Broncos guard Chris Kuper (28), Packers center/guard Jason Spitz (28), Texans fifth-round cornerback Sherrick McManis (23), Vikings practice squad cornerback Cord Parks (25), Titans practice squad tight end Riar Geer (24), free agent wide receivers Bryan Anderson (24) and Kevin Robinson (26), tight end Zac Herold (27), running back Antonio Pittman (25). Late Hall of Famers Bobby Layne (84) and Reggie White (49) were both born on this day, while Hall of Fame guard Randall McDaniel turns 46. Retired Pro Bowl return specialist Michael Bates (41), defensive linemsn Santana Dotson (41 and Sean Jones (48), linebacker Dan Morgan (32), quarterback Jake Plummer (36), and defensive tackle Warren Sapp (38).

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