Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Davis scores for second straight week
Houston gets second INT; Patriots re-sign Williams
Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
FAYETTEVILLE Knile Davis' role continues to expand for Kansas City.
Davis scored a 17-yard touchdown in the Chiefs' 45-10 win over the Redskins on Sunday. It was the first rushing touchdown this season for Davis, who had a franchise-record 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week.
The rookie rushed 11 times for 30 yards Sunday and also had a 17-yard reception. In the last two games, Davis has accounted for 85 yards of total offense.
Davis, a third-round selection in this year's NFL Draft, has 384 all-purpose yards this season for the Chiefs (10-3).
Patriots re-sign Williams
D.J. Williams' on-again, off-again relationship with New England is back on.
The tight end was re-signed by the Patriots Monday after Rob Gronkowski was sidelined with a torn ACL. Williams had been signed by New England two weeks ago to add depth for a game against the Texans, but was released last week.
Williams, who played seven games this season with the Jacksonville Jaguars without recording a catch, will re-join former UA teammates Ryan Mallett and Jake Bequette on the Patriots' roster. Williams was cut by the Jaguars last month.
Jacksonville had signed Williams prior to the season off waivers. Williams caught nine passes for 70 yards in two seasons with the Green Bay Packers after being drafted in the fifth round in 2010.
Houston gets pick
Chris Houston returned an interception 30 yards in the Lions' 34-20 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
Houston was the first player to intercept Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles this season. It was the second interception this year for Houston and 13th in his 7-year NFL career.
The cornerback recorded three tackles Sunday to bring his season total to 44. He also broke up a pass.
Hillis scores second TD
Peyton Hillis ran four times for 11 yards and scored from 1-yard out in the Giants' loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
Hillis has rushed 53 times for 185 yards in five games this season in New York. He also has 10 catches for 66 yards.
McFadden out with injury
Darren McFadden missed the Raiders' game Sunday at the Jets with an ankle injury.
McFadden has missed five games this season for Oakland, rushing for 365 yards and 4 touchdowns on 103 carries. He has only 10 carries for 23 yards in his last two appearances against the Cowboys and Eagles.
The injury-plagued running back, taken fourth overall in the 2008 draft, has now missed 28 games in his 6-year career.