1) Top off-season priority in three short words: Sign Wes Welker. He is, in a more nuanced way than the true Supermen wideouts of the NFL, a FREAK. I really hope the F.O. and Wes will get together and find a middle ground. 2) Brandon Lloyd is approaching Jose Offerman-level junk. Clearly it's not a strength of his to run routes in hopes of getting open. Thus far, an awful disappointment. Today #12 REALLY needed someone to step up and make plays -- and this guy should be doing that without us "needing" it. And the idea that this was strictly game plan-related -- not throwing outside as much or whatever -- doesn't mitigate such a craptastic performance. 3) Prediction: Given Edelman's injury, which BTW I find more than just a little worrying, Deion Branch will finally be re-signed this week. 4) If we can find a way to continue to win -- even eke-ing out W's vs. the Texans and 49ers -- and enter the playoffs with Mankins, Gronk and Chandler Jones coming back, the psychological edge, not to mention the on-the-field kind, will be pretty solid. 5) We need to sit Volmer for as long as we think we can get away with it because that guy is NOT RIGHT. Hoping that Ferentz grad RT can step in and play as well as or, one hopes, better than Marcus Cannon. JJ Watt on the horizon scares the bejesus outta me. 6) Josh McDaniels, we love ya, but today was not one of your finest games. Not just the lack of balance in the first half, but the toss wide to Ridley in the second half. Just a lot of too-cute-by-half crap. 7) There is no potential playoff game that the NFL is salivating over more than a wildcard weekend match-up pitting Andrew Luck against that Peyton guy in Denver. 8) A MASSIVE loss for the Ravens today. To Charlie Batch, for God's sake. (Talk about Jose Offerman-level junk.) And the Ravens now have a b!tch of a schedule to finish out the year. AT Redskins; home to Broncos and Giants; AT Cincy. Losing two of those is not out of the question. What a terrible loss today. If I'm a Ravens fan, I'm pissed. 9) So...Patrick Chung...how's it goin'? BTW, setting aside a decent-ish game from Arrington today, I think I'd rather see Chung in the slot on 3rd down, but hey what do I know? (I know one thing, Patrick isn't getting the big payday he could've been staring at if he'd managed to stay healthy, ever. I like him -- here, #25, here's a three-year, incentive-laden deal for 4.5 mill per. Take it or leave it.) 10) I don't care how we do it or how we look, if the Patriots can just find a way to take down the Texans next week (avoiding injuries), N.E. is gonna be a tough OUT for any team in the NFL.