--- MIKE WRIGHT: It's time to start taking a closer look at the season Mike Wright is putting together. Wright has become the driving force on defense for a Patriots team that is 6-1.
Wright notched his fourth sack in as many games on Sunday against Minnesota. The last player to have a four-game sack streak for NE was Richard Seymour in 2008.
His four sacks on the season are twice as many as the next closest Patriots player.
He'll go up against the Browns this week, who have some newcomers at guard, so the chances of a fifth consecutive sack are pretty good. About as good as the chances Wright reaches his first Pro Bowl if his current pace continues..
--- TRENT COLE: Uh, speaking of Pro Bowl, Trent Cole is solidifying himself as a lock right now.
In fact, as I opened my Sports Illustrated today, the middle flipped open with the Midseason All-Pro team. Trent Cole was your starting DE. And rightfully so.
He leads the Eagles with six sacks and is second on the team in total tackles with 34. He had 12 1/2 sacks last year and is on pace to top it. He also has 17 quarterback pressures. There are few more disruptive ends in the NFL right now.
--- MARDY GILYARD: Gilyard was inactive on Sunday against Carolina because of a hamstring injury. This was the second game in a row he missed because of the hamstring. The Rams are on bye this week, so hopefully Gilyard can be back by Week 10
--- BRENT CELEK: The Eagles were on bye Sunday.
--- RICARDO MATHEWS: The Colts are looking for more consistent play on the defensive line. Bill Polian talked about it on his radio show. Mathews was part of the conversation.
--- JEFF LINKENBACH: Linkenbach was active for the Colts in a win Sunday night against Houston but did not start.
--- KEVIN HUBER: Huber has had better days than Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. His average per punt was only 39.9 yards. However, he did have a 61-yard boot that was helped out by some roll.
His averages are still among the best in the NFL.
--- HARUKI NAKAMURA: The Baltimore Sun had a Q and A with Nakamura recently. Unfortunately, Nakamura is still struggling to get much playing time with the Ravens on defense.
--- TONY PIKE: Pike continues to be the inactive third quarterback in Carolina.