New England enjoyed its bye this weekend and when it returned to work Monday, found it had increased its lead in the race for home-field advantage in the AFC.
However, in typical Patriot fashion, New England isn't focused on home-field advantage right now. It's focused on Sunday night's opponent, the Bills. It's not a simple challenge.
Buffalo has won five of its past six games, surrendering an average of 14.5 points per game during that streak. Were it not for last-second field goal losses to Denver and Dallas, Buffalo could just as easily be 7-2 instead of 5-4.
Oldie, but goodie
Way too often in the past there were cries that Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre was finished.
Only now, at 38, Favre is playing as though he is just getting started.
Favre leads the league in passing yards with 2,757 -- 71 more than New England quarterback Tom Brady.
Nine games into this season, Favre is on pace to throw for 4,901 yards, which would be a personal single-season best, easily surpassing the 4,413 he threw for during his MVP season in 1995, when Favre won the first of three NFL MVP awards.
He has completed 67.2 percent of his passes, better than his all-time, single-season best of 65.4 in 2003.
At this rate, he will complete 423 passes, and in his previous 16 seasons, he never had more than 372 completions in a season.
He is playing smarter, sharper, better, and now speculation around the league has shifted from whether this will be Favre's last season to how many more he might want to play. Favre is performing like he is getting younger, not older.
Yet he still is not officially a starter in San Diego, though it's more of a formality than anything else.
Cromartie has played plenty this season as San Diego's No. 3 cornerback. But with San Diego's regular starting cornerback Quentin Jammer nursing a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing Sunday night against Indianapolis and is expected to sideline him again Sunday against Jacksonville, Cromartie isn't leaving the starting lineup anytime soon.
Cromartie leads the NFL with six interceptions. He had a one-handed interception Sunday night (VIDEO) that was as impressive as any interception this season.
After this season, it will be easy enough to make room for him. San Diego's other starting cornerback, Drayton Florence, is scheduled to become a free agent. But San Diego is finding that whenever Cromartie is in the lineup, he is making plays that are making it increasingly difficult to take him out of it.
Back to the future
Jaguars quarterback David Garrard suffered a high ankle sprain on Oct. 22 against Indianapolis, just before Jacksonville embarked on a three-game road streak.
When he returns, he will bring with him a streak of 148 passing attempts without an interception. Garrard is the only full-time starting quarterback that has not thrown an interception this season.
The birthday boy
Monday's stat of the day has nothing to do with anything that happened on the field this weekend. Tuesday is the birthday of Carolina quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who will be 44 years young.