The new Law Firm emerges: The partners will be the linebacker trifecta of Spikes, Mayo (as in Jerod, who led the NFL with 79 tackles heading into the bye) and Hightower. Their office is in the same building as Dewey, Cheatem and Howe. Dont'a Hightower rolled to two national titles with the Crimson Tide in three seasons. Nick Saban may coach him again some day in New England, depending on when Belichick retires. They will continue to wall off opposing rushers, especially once Hightower gets back to 100 percent health. The big test comes against the 49ers, who lead the NFL in rushing with 168.6 yards per game, on Dec. 16 in Foxboro. Ho-Ho-Hopeful.