Extra Points

Gameday

December 26, 2005|By KEN MURRAY

VALUE RISING

If Miami chooses to put him on the trade block in the offseason, Ricky Williams enhanced his trade value with the Dolphins when he rushed for 172 yards against the Titans. Coach Nick Saban may opt to keep his two-back rotation in effect if he thinks Ronnie Brown isn't ready to carry the load, though.

BENGAL TAMER

With the Bills' 37-27 win at Cincinnati, it's clear QB Kelly Holcomb has the Bengals' number. In two games against them over the past two seasons, he has completed 54 of 70 passes (77.1 percent) for 721 yards, six touchdowns and 85 points. Maybe he should come back to the AFC North.

INDISPENSABLE REDSKIN

As bad as it would be to lose QB Mark Brunell, the one player the Redskins can't afford to be without is wide receiver Santana Moss, who makes the offense go with his big-play capability. Moss was spectacular with three touchdown catches against the Giants.

GOING FOR TWO

In 39 years of existence, the Falcons have never posted back-to-back winning seasons. They have a chance to achieve that franchise first next week, but they'll have to beat the playoff-desperate Panthers to do it.

CLOSING ARGUMENT

Losing to the hapless 49ers at home removes any chance interim Rams coach Joe Vitt will return. The team is 3-7 under Vitt since Mike Martz was sidelined with a heart virus, and has lost to Arizona, Minnesota and Philadelphia.

NEW NO. 2

The Eagles need to find a backup quarterback in the offseason. In six starts (and just two wins) since replacing injured Donovan McNabb, Mike McMahon has shown why he never won the job in Detroit. Including relief appearances, McMahon has completed a meager 44.3 percent of his throws for three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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