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Pat Williams now NFL's oldest defensive player

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings players, Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Pat Williams Updated: October 28, 2010 - 10:15 AM

So much is made about Brett Favre's age (41), but the Vikings also have the oldest active defensive player in the NFL in nose tackle Pat Williams, who turned 38 this past Sunday.

Williams is in the final year of his contract and has said this likely will be his final season. Williams remains a formidable run stopper up the middle when healthy but he leaves the field in passing situations, which he means he plays around 35 plays per game.

Williams has collected 20 tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble this season. He also has four quarterback hurries, which already has equaled his output from last season.

Here are some other news and notes while we await our weekly Thursday press conferences with the three coordinators and Adrian Peterson:

-- The Patriots are ranked No. 19 in the NFL in total offense, but they have the highest-scoring offense at 29.5 points per game. They have scored 23 points in each of the two games since the Randy Moss trade.

-- Peterson ranks second in the NFL in rushing with 684 yards, which broke his own team record for most rushing yards through the first six games.

-- There is a huge discrepancy in turnover margin between the two teams. New England is tied for fifth in the league in turnover margin at plus-6. The Patriots have turned the ball over only six times. The Vikings are tied for 27th at minus-6. They have turned the ball over 15 times.

-- ProFootballTalk.com reports that the NFL is looking into Randy Moss' boycott of the media. Moss has turned down numerous interview requests the past two weeks, including Wednesday again in the locker room. NFL spokeman Greg Aiello told PFT that the league is investigating the issue. Here is that link.

 

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