With less than two minutes to go, ILB Gerald Hayes applied a hit
during a misplayed handoff, resulting in a fumble that DE Darnell
Dockett recovered to seal the victory. Hayes led the team with 7
tackles (6 solo). DE Antonio Smith had the only sack, his first
of the season.
Rookie DT Alan Branch was inactive again and will have his injured
hand checked again this week with hopes he will play for the first
time this week.
The pass rush got off the ground, with DE John Abraham, DT Grady
Jackson, and DT Jordan Babineaux all posting sacks. Babineaux,
who continues to start in place of Rod Coleman, had two. Coleman
is expected to miss at least another week as his knee recovers
from a scope. First-round pick DE Jamaal Anderson didn’t
appear in the box score, despite starting, and is off to a slow
start in making an impact.
SLB Michael Boley led the team with 8 solo tackles, including
one on special teams. MLB Keith Brooking had 7 solo tackles. Demorrio
Williams returned as the starter at WLB and had 4 solo tackles,
but rookie Stephen Nicholas saw some work there too and had a
solo tackle. Chris Crocker
was inactive again with a bone bruise, but is expected back this
week. Jimmy Williams may still remain the starter at FS.
MLB Ray Lewis was back in the starting lineup, posting 7 solo
tackles and his first pick of the year. WLB Bart Scott, led the
team with 8 (7 solo).
FS Ed Reed shared punt returns with reserve WR Yamon Figures.
Reed also had a solo tackle and his first pick of the season.
The pressure came from the secondary on blitzes, as no one in
the front seven had a sack. Nickel corner Corey Ivy, reserve S
Gerome Sapp and SS Dawan Landry all had a sack.
DE Trevor Pryce broke his left wrist in the game and is expected
to miss 3-5 weeks. Dwan Edwards replaced him on Sunday and should
while Pryce is out.
Without Keith Ellison or Coy Wire, the Bills moved Angelo Crowell
back to WLB and started John DiGiorgio, who impressed at MLB in
the preseason, to SLB. Paul Posluszny remained the man in the
middle and led the team with 12 tackles (5 solo). Crowell gets
a bump as long as he remains at WLB. At FS, Jim Leonhard impressed
again, grabbing his second pick and posting 7 tackles (5 solo).
He looks locked in as the starter this year.
A typically aggressive front four continues to generate little
pass rush and helped the Texans achieve their first 2-0 start.
With little threat elsewhere, DE Julius
Peppers is focused on. Peppers had the only real QB pressure
of the game and 2 solo tackles. Part of the problem is there is
no rotation to keep the starters fresh outside. Rookie Charles
Johnson remains inactive, and Stanley McClover, battling a
groin and upper leg injury, was inactive once again too. Kindal
Moorehead, with the least potential of the group, has the
only sack for the team this season. Look for them to turn it around
this week against a Falcon offense that is struggling and has
allowed a league-high 13 sacks through two games.
Things started well for the Panthers. After a TD on their first
drive, SS Chris Harris forced a fumble that CB Ken Lucas recovered.
That led to another TD, and although the Texans responded to make
it 14-7, Lucas appeared to have a pick deep in Carolina territory.
However, it was overruled as incomplete on replay. HOU went on
to score 24 unanswered points. Nate Salley remained inactive with
a knee injury and Marquand Manuel remains limited to special teams,
so Deke Cooper looks like he’ll hold on to the FS job for
now. Cooper had 5 solo tackles.
SLB Thomas Davis and WLB Jon Beason each had a team-high 8 tackles.
All of Beason’s were solo, including one on special teams.
For the second straight week, the Bears contained one of the elite
RBs in the league. Larry Johnson looked slightly better than SD
MVP Ladainian Tomlinson the previous week, but with no help in
the passing game, LJ had just 55 yards on the ground. WLB Lance
Briggs led the way with a team-high 12 tackles (11 solo), including
his first sack of the season and forced fumble. Briggs also recovered
a fumble forced by CB Charles
Tillman. MLB Brian
Urlacher had his first sack since 2005 among his 9 tackles
(8 solo). DT Tommie Harris had 2 sacks and Tillman tipped another
pass that new FS Danieal
Manning picked off. Manning replaced Mike
Brown, who was lost for the season in Week One.
The Bears blocked a FG for the second consecutive game, this time
by reserve DE Israel Idonije.
One of the top scoring games in NFL history featured little noteworthy
on defense. SS Dexter
Jackson had the only turnover, a pick. DE Justin
Smith led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo).
CB Jonathan Joseph left with a wrist injury and did not return.
Jones had 7 tackles (5 solo) and a pick. FS Brodney
Pool suffered a concussion during the game. Michael
Adams replaced him, and dinged his wrist during the game,
but remained in.
Rookie CB Eric Wright led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo, including
2 on special teams). On the other side, Leigh
Bodden had a pick.
ILB Andra Davis has been replaced by Leon Williams in certain
pass packages. Since the game was a shot out and ILB D’Qwell
Jackson was briefly hurt, but returned, Williams saw plenty of
action. Williams and Jackson had 5 solo tackles each, while Davis
had 3 (1 solo).
Thanks to the defense forcing five turnovers, the team was able
to come from behind twice for a road victory in Miami. CB Anthony
Henry had two picks, while both safeties, FS Ken
Hamlin and SS Roy
Williams had one each.
OLB Greg Ellis remained inactive due to problems with his Achilles’
tendon and rookie Anthony Spencer started in his place again.
Spencer had 4 solo tackles. CB Terence Newman remained inactive
with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. He tested the foot
in pregame, but it was decided against him playing. Jacques Reeves
again started in his place. As expected, Jay Ratcliff replaced
Jason Ferguson, who is done for the year, at NT. Ratcliff had
a fumble recovery.
Gun aficionado and former Bear DT was signed this week. Johnson
is suspended for half the season, so he won’t be eligible
until Week Nine. The loss of Ferguson surely contributed to the
decision, but Johnson has the quickness to offer value on the
edges of a 3-4, as well.
DE Elvis Dumervil remained the starter at RDE and had his third
career multi-sack game. He posted his first two sacks of the season.
Starting LDE John Engelberger had 4 solo tackles. Simeon Rice
saw limited snaps as a situational pass rusher and posted one
assist. Rookie DE Jarvis Moss had his first career sack, on which
he forced a fumble, and another solo tackle. Rookie Tim Crowder
was inactive again with an ankle sprain. He is expected back at
practice this week. Rookie DT Marcus Thomas had his first career
pick on a diving catch of a ball deflected by SS John Lynch.
Bailey had his first pick of the season on an ill-advised
throw from his own end zone by OAK QB Josh McCown. Bailey also
had 4 solo tackles, including one on special teams. On the other
side, Dre’ Bly was burnt for a long TD by OAK WR Jerry Porter,
but when the team went to Porter again in closing seconds of a
tied game, Bly got his first pick as a Bronco to preserve the
tie in regulation.
MLB Paris Lenon led the team with double-digit tackles for the
second consecutive week. He posted 11 (2 solo). There was a Boss
Bailey sighting, as the beleaguered former second round pick had
one of the best games of his injury-riddled career. Bailey had
6 tackles (5 solo), including a solo sack and sharing another
with DE Kalimba Edwards. Edwards now has 2.5 sacks for the season.
However, Edwards had to leave the game in the fourth quarter after
turning his right ankle and was replaced by Corey Smith. On the
other side, DE Dewayne White slowed down after his brilliant debut.
He put some pressure on in the pass rush, but failed to tally
a sack. He had 4 tackles (1 solo).
Second round pick Gerald Alexander was pushed in to a starting
role at FS when Daniel Bullocks was lost for the season. On Sunday,
he was the playmaker they desperately need in the secondary. Alexander
had 5 solo tackles, a pick, and batted another pass to DT Shaun
Cody for an interception.
Reserve DT Corey Williams has been quite a fantasy producer through
two games. He had his second sack Sunday and also picked up an
interception on a tipped pass. DE Aaron Kampman had the only other
sack for the Pack, his first of the season. Kampman suffered a
rib injury during the game, but is expected to play this week.
CB Al Harris still wore a brace on his right elbow he hyperextended
in Week One.
A week after last year’s first pick, DE Mario Williams,
led the defense, this year’s first round pick, DT Amobi
Okoye, was the star. Okoye had the first two sacks of his career
among his 4 solo tackles, including forcing his first fumble on
one. Williams, on the other hand, killed his IDP owners a game
after his breakout, posting just one solo and one pass defensed.
Obviously Williams needs to show a little more consistency before
being a ‘must-start’ type of player. DT Travis Johnson
was inactive due to a foot injury and replaced by Jeff Zgonia.
The Texans surprisingly matched up CB DeMarcus Faggins on CAR
Smith, who beat Faggins regularly. However, Faggins forced
a fumble on a kick-off that was bounced back to the end zone for
a TD. Freer to gamble with less difficult assignments, CB Dunta
Robinson had his second interception in as many games, as well
as 4 tackles (3 solo). Despite the additions of Michael
Boulware and Will
Hutchins got the start at FS with C.C.
Brown moving to SS. Hutchins made a case to hang on to the
job while leading the team with 11 solo tackles. He also broke
up a pass. As Boulware’s strength is as a tackler, and he’s a
liability in pass coverage, his opportunity no longer looks as
promising. He did have a nice open field tackle on kick coverage.
Demps appears ahead of Boulware, as Demps actually saw some time
After a strong performance in his first game, rookie Freddie Keiaho
was inactive with a dislocated right elbow suffered during the
game. Tyjuan Hagler started in his place at WLB and had 5 tackles
(3 solo) and a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter. SLB Rob
Morris was inactive with sore ribs. Rocky Boiman started in his
place and had 1 solo tackles.
FS Bo Sanders had a huge game, leading the team in tackles with
11 (7 solo) and posting 2.5 sacks. The shared sack was with MLB
A secondary already thin at safety took another hit when Gerald
Sensabaugh aggravated a shoulder injury that may require season-ending
Knight replaced Sensabaugh, who started at SS with first-round
Nelson starting at FS. Knight finished with 7 solo tackles.
Knight seems the logical replacement, although CB Brian
Williams has been mentioned, since the team added CB Aaron
Glenn after Dallas released him.
The pass rush exploded against a struggling Falcon offense. MLB
Mike Peterson had 2 sacks among his 7 solo tackles. Situational
pass rusher Brent Hawkins had 2 sacks too. DT Marcus Stround had
his second sack of the season and DT John Henderson had his first.
Henderson had a rough game, leaving briefly at one point after
getting hit in the head and then leaving the game for good later
due to overheating.
OLB Clint Ingram was sidelined again with an ankle sprain and
this time rookie Justin Durant got the start. He had 2 solo tackles.
Harris continued his hot start against a struggling Chicago
passing game. He had his first pick of the season and first sack
of the season among his team-high 12 tackles (10 solo, including
one on special teams). OLB Donnie
Edwards also had a pick and 9 tackles (7 solo). OLB Derrick
Johnson rounded out the tremendous play by the LBs with 6
tackles (5 solo), including 2 sacks. He also broke up 2 passes.
DE Jared Allen was reinstated from his two-game suspension and
should play on Sunday.
Business as usual for MLB Zach Thomas, as he led the team with
10 tackles (8 solo) and 2 passes defensed. OLB Joey Porter played
his first game as a Dolphin and had 2 solo tackles and broke up
The defense made enough plays to win the game, but got little
help from the offense. After returning a fumble for a TD in Week
One, DT Kevin
Williams forced a fumble that DE Ray
Edwards recovered and rumbled nine yards for a TD in the third
quarter. Edwards also had a sack and shared another with MLB E.J.
Henderson, giving Henderson 2.5 on the season.
After getting two sacks in Week One, rookie DE Brian Robison got
his first career start and posted 2 solo tackles. DE Kenechi Udeze
had his second sack of the season off the bench. DE Erasumus James
remained inactive as he recovers from his knee injury.
SS Darren Sharper looked like a playmaker again with 8 solo tackles,
2 interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Both Sharper and FS Dwight
Smith were hampered by cramps during the game, but missed no time.
It was a good thing they remained healthy, because top back-up
Michael Doss was inactive with a calf injury.
OLB Rosevelt Colvin had his biggest game as a Patriot. He had
his first pick as a Pat on the Chargers first play from scrimmage
and ended the first quarter forcing a fumble on a sack, recovered
by DT Vince Wilfork. Colvin would force a fumble on another sack
in the fourth quarter, on the play after LB Mike Vrabel had a
sack, giving him 3.5 so far this year (I guess they never changed
the one that should have been credited to DE Jarvis Green last
week). Those plays help prevent a late momentum shift by SD, when
they recovered a fumble by NE on a kick-off early in the fourth
quarter. OLB Adalius Thomas made his first impact for the team.
He intercepted a short pass and showed his remarkable speed, outracing
the SD’s skill players for a 65-yard TD, the third of his
career. Thomas was dinged at the end of the first quarter (and
before his pick), but missed just one play before returning. There
has been no word on an injury. ILB Junior Seau led the team with
6 tackles (5 solo), despite not being a situational player. It’s
always hard to predict which NE LB will be successful game-to-game.
Thomas, with his big play ability, and Vrabel, who seems to always
find a way to produce consistently, seem to be the best bets any
given week. Colvin will likely be feast or famine each game, while
Seau is only good for tackles. Even if Seau throws in a double-digit
tackle game here and there, 4-6 and nothing else is what you can
expect most weeks. I’d drop Tedy Bruschi in all formats
right now. There’s a better player available on waivers
in just about all redraft leagues and probably a guy with a more
upside, even if he’s a reserve right now, in most dynasty
James Sanders continues to start at SS in place of Rodney Harrison,
who will be suspended two more games. Sanders had 4 tackles (2
solo). FS Eugene Wilson had 5 tackles (4 solo) and leads the team
with 13 (11) so far this year.
This week it was TB WR Joey Galloway’s turn to abuse CB Jason
The team forced no turnovers and had no sacks. FS Josh Bullocks
led the team with 7 tackles (3 solo).
New York Giants
After a lot of misinformation on a MCL injury he suffered in the
season-opener, DE Osi Umenyiora was in the starting lineup, albeit
not very effective as a pass rusher. Umenyiora finished with 3
tackles (2 solo). Justin Tuck, who spelled him in some pass situations,
had the only sack of the game for the Giants.
New York Jets
For the first time in team history, they haven’t forced
a turnover through the first two games. They also had no sacks
for the second game. CB David Barrett (9 solo) and ILB Jonathan
Vilma (7 solo) led the team with ten tackles.
KR/nominal CB Justin Miller’s season ended with a knee injury
in the second quarter on a punt return. Rookie David Harris was
again limited to special teams.
MLB Kirk Morrison had another big game with 8 tackles (6 solo,
including one on special teams) and his second pick of the season.
Although he fumbled the return, WLB Thomas Howard fell on it.
Howard also had a huge game. He also led the team in tackles with
10 (9 solo) and grabbed a pass deflected by rookie DE Jay Richardson
for his first career pick. Howard returned it 44 yards for his
first career TD, which gave the Raiders their first lead of the
DE Derrick Burgess was shut out of the box score. He has just
one solo tackle on the season so far. He had to leave the game
in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury to his right calf.
He did not return and Richardson replaced him.
DT Gerard Warren notched a safety on a sack against his old team.
As expected, CB Lito
Sheppard was inactive with a sprained right MCL. His status
for this week is likely to be, at best, a game-time decision.
Will James started in Sheppard’s place and WAS immediately went
after him. James gave up a long pass to WAS WR Santana Moss in
the first quarter, but made a nice play to induce a pick on the
next series. He also was burnt for what should have been a TD
near the end of the first half, but WAS QB Jason
Campbell badly overthrew Moss. The interception by James was
his first in almost three years, back when he was still Will Peterson
on the Giants. It was the only turnover the Eagles forced. James
also had 6 solo tackles in the game, as did CB Joselio
Hanson, bumped up to the nickel role with James starting.
The secondary suffered another blow when perennial Pro Bowl FS
jammed his neck in the fourth quarter on a tackle in an eerily
similar way to the tragic collision involving BUF TE Kevin Everett
in Week One. Dawkins stayed down for a while before leaving the
game. After the game, HC Andy Reid offered no details other than
it being a neck injury. Quintin
Mikell replaced Dawkins in the game and would get the start
if Dawkins misses any time. SS Sean
Considine also left earlier after a knee injury, but returned
and finished the game. Both Considine and Dawkins had 4 solo tackles
and a pass defensed.
ROLB James Harrison got his second sack in as many games, but
had to be assisted off the field with a neck injury. Rookie LaMarr
Woodley replaced him and got his first career sack. ILB James
Farrior led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo).
WLB Pisa Tinoisamoa couldn’t play through his ankle sprain
in Week One, so Chris Draft got the start. Draft had 3 solo tackles.
With DT Claude Wroten suspended, rookie Clifton Ryan wasted no
time taking advantage of his opportunity to move up in the rotation.
He had 2 sacks, forcing and recovering a fumble on one, and 2
other solo tackles. The team had him involved in several other
stops after watching the game film.
DE James Hall had his first impact as a Ram, leading the team
with 7 tackles (6 solo) and getting his first sack as a Ram. DE
Leonard Little missed some time with a toe injury, but returned
to the game. He had 4 solo tackles and is expected to play this
NT Jamal Williams hyperextended his left elbow in the fourth quarter.
He tried to return with a brace, but left the game for good after
another series, finishing with 2 solo tackles. However, the reports
are Williams should be OK and will play this week. The news doesn’t
sound as promising for ILB Matt Wilhelm. Before the game even
started, Wilhelm aggravated the calf injury that caused him to
miss most of the preseason and appears very questionable at Green
Bay this week. Wilhelm had 2 tackles (1 solo) in the first two
series before leaving. This could be the opportunity for Tim Dobbins
to breakout. Dobbins had 5 tackles (4 solo, including one on special
teams), mostly in place of Wilhelm. However, Dobbins is a big
liability in pass coverage, an important role for WILB in their
defense, especially compared to Wilhelm.
Stephen Cooper continues to roll at SILB. He led the team in tackles
again, finishing with 12 (6 solo). After a quiet first week, OLB
Shawne Merriman had 2 sacks, including forcing a fumble on one,
among his 5 tackles (4 solo). His first one came at a big time.
Cooper was flagged for roughing the passer on the previous play,
a third down which otherwise wouldn’t have been converted.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, they couldn’t recover the
fumble and the Pats still got a FG on the drive. It was reported
OLB Shaun Phillips suffered a bruised quad in the game, but no
reports indicate it is anything serious.
At SS, Clinton Hart and Eric Weddle continued to cannibalize each
other’s numbers. Hart had 6 tackles (3 solo) and a pick.
Weddle had 5 tackles (3 solo). CB Quentin Jammer quietly had a
nice game, posting 7 solo tackles and recovering a fumble on a
kick-off. As I mentioned in the notes prior to Week One, Jammer
has really improved the last two years and could be in for a huge
fantasy year for a CB.
First round pick LB Patrick Willis kept rolling, leading the team
in tackles again, this week with 8 (5 solo). He doesn’t
have a sack yet, but continues to put good pressure on as a pass
rusher and broke up a pass.
DE Bryant Young continues to find the fountain of youth and thrive
despite the 3-4 alignment. He had 2 sacks, forcing a fumble on
one, among his 6 solo tackles.
The team had no sacks and just one turnover, a pick by MLB Lofa
Tatupu. He also led the team with 12 tackles (11 solo).
OLB LeRoy Hill was inactive with a foot injury suffered in Week
MLB Barrett Ruud continued his fast start, forcing his second
and third fumbles of the season, as well as recovering his second.
He also led the team with double-digit tackles for the second
consecutive game, posting 11 (9 solo). SLB Cato June had his first
pick as a Buc.
DT Jovan Haye had the first sack and pick of his career. Greg
Spires and Kevin Carter remained the starting ends. First-round
pick Gaines Adams had 2 solo tackles and a pass defensed coming
off the bench. DE Patrick Chukwurah remained inactive with a MCL
OLB David Thornton led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo) and CB
Nick Harper had 8 tackles (7 solo) against their old team. OLB
Keith Bulluck had 8 tackles (6 solo) and forced a fumble. He left
the game briefly, but returned and there has been no mention of
DE Kyle VandenBosch had the only sack, his first of the year.
He also blocked an XP attempt.
After getting recognition from Skins’ fans and the hard-core IDP
community in the preseason and Week One, WLB Rocky
McIntosh introduced himself to everyone else on MNF. He was
all over the field again, leading the team in tackles and getting
notice as a pass rusher. McIntosh finished with 9 (8 solo), including
his second career sack. After an extremely consistent and exciting
first two starts, he won’t be on many waiver wires after this
week. SLB Marcus
Washington, usually their premier pass rushing LB, got his
first sack. MLB London
Fletcher-Baker kept pace in the tackle department with 6 solos.
Rookie SS LaRon
Landry showed up big in the fourth quarter. He shared his
first career sack with DT Cornelius
Griffin. Landry also had a couple nice stops of elusive PHI
RB Brian Westbrook for a short gain and a loss. These were among
his 5 tackles (4 solo) in the game. Finally, Landry broke up the
Eagles final pass on fourth down at the WAS nine-yard line to
seal the victory. After a surprise start over Shawn
Springs in Week One, Fred
Smoot was unexpectedly inactive in Week Two. The injury report
had Smoot as probable with a hamstring. Springs played well and
posted 3 solo tackles and a pass defensed. He had a forced fumble
erased on replay.