CB Rod Hood had a huge game, grabbing his first two picks as a Card
and returning one 68 yards for his first career TD in the fourth
quarter with the game tied 20-20. He also broke up 3 other passes
and had 2 solo tackles. SS Adrian
Wilson locked up the win with his second pick of the season
when he tipped a pass intended for STL RB Brian Leonard to himself.
Wilson also had 2 solo tackles.
DE Bert Berry had his second sack of the season and SLB Calvin
Pace had his first. WLB Karlos Dansby was all over the field.
He led the team with 15 tackles (14 solo), 3x more than anyone
else on the team.
It was a good start to the game when rookie DE Jamaal
Anderson knocked the ball away from TEN RB LenDale White.
Hall picked up the fumble and returned it 56 yards for a TD.
From there, they mostly failed to significantly capitalize on
the four other turnovers they forced. With less than three minutes
to go, TEN was punting from deep in their territory. WLB Demorrio
Williams came up the middle and when TEN P Craig Hentrich
felt it would be blocked, he tried to scramble. With outstanding
athleticism, Williams just caught his foot, resulting in an eight-yard
loss. The offense took over inside the TEN 20 down by seven, but
failed to force a tie. After being benched earlier in the game,
it was the second of two huge plays by Williams. He also had a
pick with less than five minutes to go. Williams, who had been
rotating with rookie Stephen
Nicholas the last few games before being benched on Sunday,
was back in because Nicholas suffered a high ankle sprain. Nicholas
is expected to miss two weeks, so Williams will get a chance to
prove himself again.
SLB Michael Boley had his first pick of the season and led the
team with 14 tackles (10 solo). Boley is third in the league in
tackles with 46, along with 4 passes defended, a pick and a forced
DT Rod Coleman practiced most of last week, but was still inactive,
as he has been every game this season. However, the current expectation
is he’ll be back this week.
ILB Bart Scott got his first sack of the season, well off the
pace of the 9.5 he had last season. After his career year in 2006,
all his numbers have returned to earth. Scott also had 5 assists.
MLB Ray Lewis had 6 tackles (4 solo). OLB Jarret Johnson had his
second sack of the season, forcing a fumble on it. FS Ed Reed
grabbed his third pick of the season.
With Jim Leonhard out with a calf injury, the Bills simply found
another next out-of-nowhere story, George Wilson. Instead of Bryan
Scott, BUF gave Wilson his first career start in place of Leonhard
at FS. The undrafted free agent out of Arkansas signed with Detroit
in 2004 as a WR before coming to Buffalo in 2005. On Sunday night,
after the running and kicking heroics of punter Brian Moorman
pinned the Cowboys deep in their own territory on their first
drive of the game, Wilson began an improbable chain of events
on roller coaster night for the Bills. On the Cowboys third play
from scrimmage, Wilson grabbed his first career pick at the DAL
25 and returned it for his first career score. Wilson also had
4 solo tackles. Leonhard is expected back after the bye this week.
On the second drive by Dallas, SLB Angelo
Crowell got his first pick of the season. After Dallas pulled
even at 7-7 in the second quarter and the offense failed to respond,
the defense again swung the momentum. DE Chris
Kelsay batted a pass by DAL QB Tony Romo and plucked it out
of the air in the end zone for a TD. Kelsay also had 2 solo tackles.
Before the quarter was over, CB Jabari Greer, who was starting
in place of Ashton
Youboty, got the fourth pick of the half. It was his second
interception of the season in as many games. Greer broke up another
pass and had 5 solo tackles.
With the offense failing to close the deal, CB Terrence McGee
kept the TD scoring for the Bills to the IDPs when he returned
a kickoff 103 yards in the second half. MLB John DiGiorgio had
his first career pick, the fifth and final for the Bills. He also
broke up another pass and led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo).
WLB Keith Ellison returned from a high ankle sprain. He posted
5 tackles (4 solo).
DE Tony Hargrove returned from suspension and was in the DLine
The future in the middle began on Sunday. With Dan Morgan missing
a second straight game with a partially torn right Achilles’
tendon, rookie Jon Beason moved to the MLB spot. Beason, who won
the WLB job in camp, was expected to be the post-Morgan solution
in the middle, so it could be a sign Morgan will miss more time.
James Anderson got the start there last week because HC John Fox
felt Beason, who missed a week of training camp, needed another
week to prepare. Reviews of his play were good and Beason led
the team with 13 tackles (8 solo) and also broke up a pass. Na’il
Diggs, nominally the starter at MLB in the Gamebook because of
the package they were in, played WLB and Thomas Davis remained
the SLB. James Anderson rotated in as a back-up. Adam Seward was
inactive again with a calf injury, but after Beason’s performance,
he doesn’t appear to be in the MLB equation.
DE Julius Peppers had his best game of the season and had a key
play in blocking a FG in the fourth quarter. He also had 6 solo
tackles and deflected 2 passes. Peppers is still seeking his first
sack, as the team had none on Sunday. Pepper has not had a sack
that counted (he had one in the Pro Bowl) since Christmas Eve
last year. That is six games, the longest streak of his career
without one. Nickel CB Richard Marshall recovered the blocked
kick, which led to the only TD drive of the day for the Panthers.
Marshall also had a pick. SS Chris Harris continues to thrive
in Carolina. He had his first pick as a Panther, broke up another
pass, and had 5 tackles (4 solo).
The Chicago D allowed 341 yards in the first half, but some crucial
turnovers they forced limited the Packers to just 17 points and
a strong second half stand, with a couple more key turnovers,
got them the victory on Sunday night. CB Charles
Tillman forced two fumbles after catches by GB rookie WR James
Jones on consecutive drives in the first quarter. The first was
recovered by nickel CB Ricky
Manning Jr. at the CHI five-yard line. The second was recovered
by SS Adam
Archuleta, who returned with a brace on his broken right hand
after missing a game. Also back in the lineup was WLB Lance
Briggs, who led the team with 16 solo tackles. MLB Brian
Urlacher grabbed his first pick of the season deep in GB territory
in the third quarter that led to a TD on the next play. FS Brandon
McGowan sealed the victory with a pick in the end zone. On the
Packers last play, McGowan wrestled the ball away from GB WR Donald
Driver on a desperation final heave by GB QB Brett Favre. DT Tommie
Harris had his fourth sack of the season among his 5 solo
tackles. He already just one short of his career high set last
year in just 12 games.
McGowan remained in the starting lineup as Nathan Vasher was still
out with a groin injury. The normal starting FS Danieal Manning
was moved to corner to replace Vasher. Manning was burned on a
TD in the game. Vasher is expected to miss at least one more week.
The team faced more injury problems as DT Darwin Walker left in
the second quarter. He suffered a left knee sprain in the first,
and briefly returned before leaving for good.
The news was mixed for a banged up LB group coming off their bye.
Brooks (groin), top reserve Caleb
Miller (back), and SLB Rashad
Jeanty (leg) did not practice on Monday, but WLB Landon Johnson
(eye) did. Jeanty, expected to start on the strongside, has not
been active yet this season, but the team was hoping he would
be ready after the bye.
CB Johnathan Joseph was suspended a game for violating the league’s
substance abuse policy. This goes back to an arrest in January
where he was found in possession of marijuana.
ILB Leon Williams started in front of Andra Davis and saw more
reps this week against the Pats frequent spread offense. Williams
had 9 tackles (5 solo), while Davis had 4 (3 solo). ILB D’Qwell
Jackson led the team with 14 tackles (9 solo). The team had no
sacks and forced no turnovers.
Pool left in the third quarter with a leg bruise and didn’t
return. He is expected to play this week. Mike
Adams replaced him at FS. Pool’s absence appeared to be felt
when NE TE Ben Watson caught a long TD, his second of the game,
in the fourth quarter. Gary
Baxter continues to rehab, but isn’t ready to return from
his knee problems. He was inactive again. DE Orpheus
Roye was back and had a solo tackle. On the other end, Robaire
Smith had a strong game, although the box score shows only
6 solo tackles.
Ethan Kelley recently replaced NT Ted Washington in the starting
lineup and now Washington was a coach’s decision (not injury-related)
scratch on Sunday. The Cleveland media speculates the 39 year-old
Washington could be done with the Browns.
CB Anthony Henry was inactive with a high ankle sprain. CB Terence
Newman, who was being eased back from his own plantar fascia tear
and knee tendonitis, needed to return from the nickel to full-time
duty. He grabbed his first pick of the season and had 5 tackles
(4 solo). OLB Demarcus Ware had 1.5 sacks among his 6 tackles
(5 solo). He leads the team with 4.5 so far this season. SS Roy
Williams (7 solo) and ILB Bradie James (5 solo) led the team with
The defense had little fight at home on Sunday as the Chargers
handed Denver their worst home loss in over 40 years. They had
no sacks and forced no turnovers. WLB Ian Gold led the team with
8 tackles (6 solo).
John Lynch returned to FS after missing the previous game due
to a groin injury. CB Champ Bailey sat out most of the second
half with a strained left quad. An MRI revealed no tear, which
was good news. With a bye to rest this week, his outlook improves
for Bailey to be available for their next game.
The team released DL Kenny Peterson, who returned from a four-game
suspension this week.
With the Redskins dominating time of possession, including two
drives totaling 15 minutes of game time in the first half, and
some of the Detroit D in questionable condition, there was a lot
of rotating and a lot of tackle opportunities. Teddy Lehman got
work at MLB on a drive in the first half and then replaced MLB
Paris Lenon in the fourth quarter when Lenon limped off with a
sprained left ankle. Lehman finished with 9 tackles (5 solo, including
one on special teams) and also popped the ball out from behind
to force a fumble on a punt return that the Redskins recovered
further downfield. Lenon had 8 tackles (5 solo, including one
on special teams) before leaving. He is questionable for this
week. WLB Ernie Sims had 8 solo tackles. Rookie FS Gerald Alexander
led the defense with 9 tackles (6 solo) and recovered a fumble
forced by CB Fernando Bryant. Bryant left with an injury two plays
Edwards returned after missing two games with an ankle injury
and was back in the starting lineup. He and DT Shaun
Rogers applied some of the scarce pressure on WAS QB Jason
Campbell for the day, but the team had no sacks. Edwards mostly
saw one-on-one blocking, getting beat by WAS OT Chris Samuels,
while the Redskins focused double teams on the other Detroit linemen.
Jenkins returned to the starting lineup and had 4 tackles
(2 solo), but you have to wonder if his rib soreness was still
a problem, or if it was just exhaustion, when he appeared to run
out of steam after nearing CHI QB Brian Griese on the decisive
play-action TD pass in the fourth quarter. Kabeer
Gbaja-Biamila continued to rotate in, and shared a sack with
Barnett. KGB now has 4 sacks on the season, all in the last
three games. Barnett had another solo sack among his 9 tackles
(6 solo). Another fine game for Barnett who is tied for fourth
in the league in tackles and is having an outstanding all-around
Collins played through a knee injury and had a rough time
on the final drive. He gave up a deep pass to CHI TE Greg Olsen
and then overcommitted to the play action on third-and-two, allowing
CHI TE Desmond Clark to get behind him for the winning score.
Collins had 4 tackles (3 solo) and broke up a pass.
SLB Brady Poppinga had the only turnover GB forced, grabbing his
first pick of the season. CB Charles Woodson had one of five turnovers
GB committed, losing the ball on a punt return. Woodson (hip,
foot) and fellow corner Al Harris (back) remained banged up, but
playing through the injuries.
After getting two sacks in the season opener, DE Mario Williams
was shutout three straight games. He finally got his third sack,
the only one for the Texans, on Sunday. Williams also had 2 assists.
SS C.C. Brown led the team with 8 solo tackles and grabbed his
first pick of the season. It was the only turnover Houston forced.
MLB DeMeco Ryans had 8 tackles (7 solo).
CB DeMarcus Faggins kept his starting job, for at least another
week. Reserve S Will Demps left the game with an apparent elbow
injury, but returned.
Johnson made no friends after taunting QB Trent
Green lying motionless on the ground. Off a broken end round
in which WR Ted Ginn Jr. muffed the handoff and then ran backwards,
Green was trying to throw a block for him. Green cut Johnson,
sending him ass over elbows, but took Johnson’s knee to his head.
Johnson was upset at Green going after his knees, which led to
the taunting and a 15-yard penalty. Johnson remained indignant
and unapologetic to Green after the game, saying it was a cheap
shot. He will undergo an MRI this week as the knee is bothering
him, but expects to play.
The defense was without SS Bob Sanders (ribs) and WLB Freddie
Keiaho (dislocated right elbow), but their back-ups filled in
well. Matt Giordano started for Sanders and had 3 tackles (2 solo).
Tyjuan Hagler replaced Keiaho at WLB. Hagler and FS Antoine Bethea
had 7 tackles (6 solo) to lead the team. Bethea also had his first
pick of the season. Rocky Boiman was the new starting SLB with
Rob Morris done for the season. Boiman had 3 tackles (2 solo).
The Jags lost a shutout on the final play of the game, just over
the outstretched hand of a leaping CB Rashean
Mathis, but dominated the Chiefs the rest of the way. They
held Larry Johnson to 12 yards rushing and the team to a net 10
yards rushing, the second-lowest total in the history of the Chiefs.
Knight and MLB Mike Peterson led the way, with 8 and 6 solo
tackles, respectively. Rookie FS Reggie Knight had his first career
Coming off the bye, OLB Clint Ingram’s ankle was good enough
for him to play the first time this season. He was in the starting
lineup and had a solo tackle.
DE Jared Allen had a solo sack and shared one with MLB Napoleon
Harris. Allen now has 3.5 sacks in three games after serving a
two-game suspension. Harris totaled 8 tackles (4 solo). WLB Donnie
Edwards led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo). SLB Derrick Johnson (OLB, CB)
had just 4 solo tackles.
MLB Zach Thomas returned from a concussion and had 9 tackles (8
solo). WLB Channing Crowder, who had replaced Thomas in the middle
the last two games, was inactive after leaving the previous game
with a left ankle sprain. Derrick Pope replaced Crowder and had
2 tackles (1 solo). Crowder won’t test his ankle until later
this week, so watch for updates if you are looking to use him.
Jason Taylor had a big game, posting 2 sacks among his 6 tackles
(5 solo), including forcing a fumble on one. SLB Joey Porter remains
useless as a Dolphin.
After a strong performance in his first start last week, Donovin
Darius was unable to capitalize after a calf injury in practice.
Darius sat out and Cameron Worrell got the start and led the team
with 12 tackles (8 solo, including 1 on special teams). Darius
expects to play and start this week.
DT Vonnie Holliday was inactive, as expected, with a slight fracture
in his right ankle. The cast was removed, but he’s still
in a walking boot and not yet cleared to practice. He’ll
probably miss at least another week. Rodrique Wright started in
his place, posting 3 tackles (2 solo), tipping a pass, and recovering
The mystery of Erasmus James got some more light shed on it over
the bye week. A week after saying he still considered James, who
is coming back from a torn ACL and MCL last season, a starter,
HC Brad Childress changed his tune. Now he says James’ knee
is no longer the reason for his inactivity, James is just competing
with everyone else on the line for playing time. He did mention
some optimism at what James did in practice last week, but there
is still no definite timetable for his return. DE Ray Edwards
has indicated his bruised hip, which had him leave their last
game early, is fine and he expects to play this week. So, even
if James is active, it won’t be as a starter. His return
becomes more necessary as Darrion Scott was placed on the IR after
breaking his foot in practice this week.
Seau got his first pick since 2002 off a ball tipped by CB
On the next CLE drive, ILB Adalius
Thomas tipped a ball that resulted in Samuel’s third pick
in as many games. Seau would get another pick in the second quarter,
on a play in which Thomas rolled his left ankle and had to be
helped off the field. Thomas returned to the game and finished
with 6 tackles (5 solo), in addition to the pass defensed on the
tip. Seau had 6 tackles (4 solo), in addition to the picks. After
getting beaten on both CLE TDs, once by CLE TE Kellen Winslow,
nickel CB Randall
Gay redeemed himself by stripping Winslow late in the fourth
quarter and returning the fumble for a TD. ILB Tedy Bruschi had
his first big game of the season. He tied a career-high for a
game with two sacks. He also led the team with 7 tackles (4 solo).
SS Rodney Harrison returned from his four-game suspension for
violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Harrison
had a solo tackle, broke up a pass, and got a QB pressure. James
Sanders remained the starter, as the Pats ease Harrison back in.
Sanders had 3 tackles (2 solo).
After a slow start to the season, DE Will Smith had the type of
game his fantasy owners and Saints’ fans expected. He and
DT Hollis Thomas led the team with 7 tackles (5 solo) and Smith
got his first sack of the season, on which he forced a fumble.
It was the only sack in the game for the Saints.
Despite resting his right ankle injury over the bye, SLB Scott
Fujita still wasn’t ready. He was inactive and Brian Simmons
replaced him in the starting lineup. Simmons had 3 tackles (1
solo). Fujita will be evaluated later this week, so watch for
New York Giants
Rookie CB Aaron Ross recently wrestled a starting role away from
Corey Webster, but he found himself benched for the first half
Sunday for an unspecified violation of team rules. The team was
happy to have him back in the second half, as he grabbed the first
two picks of his career. The first was in the end zone with the
Jets up by the three. The second sealed the victory, as he returned
it 43 yards for his first career TD. Ross broke up another pass
and had 2 solo tackles. CB Sam Madison also had a pick.
Despite continuing to battle knee pain from an MCL injury in the
season opener, DE Osi Umenyiora started. His encore to his six-pack
of sacks last Sunday night was 5 solo tackles, including his seventh
sack of the season, the only one in the game for the Giants. He
remains the NFL leader in sacks.
New York Jets
After making a name for himself as a playmaker in the secondary,
Rhodes has had a quiet start to the season. He was back all
over the field on Sunday, leading the team with 9 tackles (7 solo)
and stripping NYG RB Brandon
Jacobs, scooping the fumble up himself, and returning it for
a score. FS Erik
Coleman was inactive with a concussion. Eric
Smith, playing through a hamstring injury. started in his
place and had 8 tackles (5 solo), including an assist on special
teams. Nickel CB Andre
Dyson was embarrassed by a stiff arm from NYG WR Plaxico Burress,
who took a short pass 53 yards for a score when Dyson failed to
bring him down.
ILB Jonathan Vilma had his first pick of the season and 4 solo
tackles. The team had no sacks.
DE Derrick Burgess, who missed two straight games with a right
calf injury before their bye, practiced on Monday. He is expected
back this week and is still looking for his first sack of the
The team has kept quiet on the injury front. No word on if FS
Brian Dawkins and CB Lito Sheppard returned to practice after
last week’s bye. Neither, nor any other player on the team,
would comment on their status. Watch for the official announcement
on Wednesday afternoon. Dawkins has been out since suffering a
neck stinger in Week Two and Sheppard has been inactive since
spraining his right MCL in the season opener. Quintin Mikell and
Will James, at FS and CB respectively, would continue to start
in place of either if they remain out.
Despite missing SS Troy
Polamalu (rib cage cartilage) and NT Casey Hampton (hamstring),
the Steelers shut down SEA RB Shaun
Alexander and shutout the Seahawks. Chris
Hoke started in place of Hampton and had an assist. Anthony
Smith got the start in place of Polamalu and had a solo tackle.
Smith played primarily at FS, which he is more familiar with,
while the veteran Ryan
Clark worked at Polamalu’s SS spot. Clark had 3 solo tackles
and broke up a pass. Smith was limited to the base defense, with
seeing significant work in place of Polamalu in other packages.
Carter had 5 solo, including one on special teams, and shared
a sack with LOLB Clark
ILB James Farrior had 2 sacks among his 5 tackles (3 solo). He
leads the team with 4 sacks on the season. ROLB James Harrison
led the team with 7 tackles (5 solo, including one on special
CB Ike Taylor had his second pick of the season on a nice break
on the ball in the end zone to preserve the shutout the last play
before halftime. Nickel CB Bryant McFadden was inactive, as expected,
with a high ankle sprain.
CB Tye Hill remained inactive with fractures in his lower back,
but he began practicing last week. He is expected to return this
week. I open with Hill because Ronald Bartell, who continues to
start in his place, had one of the dumbest plays of the year on
Sunday. After the defense held at the one-yard line just before
the half, the Cardinals futilely tried to lineup for another play
as the clock was about to expire. Bartell, with obvious intention,
kicked the ball as the Rams tried to line up. He was flagged for
a delay of game penalty and since the half can’t end on
a defensive penalty, AZ got a free play. They converted a TD and
the Cardinals took a 17-13 lead in to the half. Bartell had 3
solo tackles. At the other corner, Fahkir Brown returned from
a four-game suspension in top form. He had 9 solo tackles, grabbed
2 picks, and broke up 4 other passes. SS Corey Chavous was inactive
with a strained left pec. Jerome Carter got the start in his place
and broke his foot in the second half. He was placed on the IR.
The next safety in line, Todd Johnson, suffered a neck sprain
on punt coverage. Chavous is likely to miss another week or two.
Johnson is expected to be back later this week, so he could get
the start. With Hill returning, DC Jim Haslett said the team will
begin practicing with Bartell at FS for now, so he could also
start or see work there. FS O.J. Atogwe would then move to SS.
Witherspoon solved the AZ QB situation during his big day
on Sunday. Blitzing up the middle, Witherspoon sacked AZ QB Matt
Leinart, who went down awkwardly on his left throwing shoulder
and cracked his collarbone. Witherspoon also stopped AZ RB Edgerrin
James twice at the goalline, forcing a fumble on one. Unfortunately,
neither stop helped the team, because one was erased by Bartell’s
penalty and the fumble was ruled a TD on a confusing challenge
result. Witherspoon led the team with 14 tackles (11 solo).
WILB Matt Wilhelm returned and had 6 solo tackles. Stephen Cooper
returned to SILB and had his first sack of the season, the only
one for the Chargers, among his 5 solo tackles.
FS Marlon McCree grabbed his third pick of the season and also
forced a fumble that CB Quentin Jammer recovered. Jammer led the
team with 7 tackles (6 solo) and also broke up a pass.
Reserve LB Carlos Polk forced a fumble on a kickoff return that
rookie LB Brandon Siler grabbed while bouncing around and returned
for his first career TD.
ILBs Derek Smith (4 solo) and rookie Patrick Willis (6 solo) tied
for the team lead with 12 tackles. Willis is second in the league
in tackles so far this season. OLB Hannibal Naives continues to
see most of the work in the base 3-4 with Manny Lawson done.
Lewis left the game in the fourth quarter with an Achilles’
tendon strain, but did return to finish. With reserve S Keith
Lewis already sidelined with a hamstring injury, rookie Dashon
Goldson, who saw his first NFL action. Lewis had 10 tackles (5
solo) before leaving. With a bye this week, he should be ready
for the next game. Rookie DT Ray
McDonald got his first game action, as well. He had a solo
tackle. CB Walt
Harris left the game in the third quarter with a wrist injury,
but later returned.
A poor offensive effort and their inability to force a turnover
led to Pittsburgh having the ball over 40 minutes and plenty of
opportunities for the Seahawks to tally stats. OLB Julian Peterson
continues to be on pace to shatter his best season tackle and
sack numbers. He led the team in tackles with 10 (6 solo), including
his sixth sack of the season, good for second in the league. MLB
Lofa Tatupu had his first sack of the season and 6 other assists.
Rookie FS Tanard
Jackson made a big impression on Sunday. First he laid a vicious
hit on TE Dallas Clark in the first quarter, then got his first
career interception off IND QB Peyton Manning in the second quarter,
with a nice return to boot. Jackson also broke up another pass
and totaled 4 tackles (3 solo). With CB Brian
Kelly nursing a sore groin, Phillip
Buchanon started his fourth straight game and posted 10 solo
tackles, as Manning went after him. Kelly played in their nickel
packages, but left the game early after aggravating his groin
injury. He should be questionable again this week. Reserve CB
returned from suspension, but played mostly on special teams.
Rookie DE Gaines Adams blocked a PAT and had 4 tackles (3 solo).
He brought some good pressure (2 QB hurries), but is still looking
for his first sack. He left the game with an undisclosed injury
in the second quarter, but later returned.
WLB Derrick Brooks led the team with 12 tackles (11 solo). MLB
Barrett Ruud returned to double-digit tackles after not achieving
it for the first time this year in the previous game. Ruud had
11 tackles (9 solo) and still leads the league.
After failing to execute a punt deep in their own territory near
the end of the game, the defense held tough on a first-and-goal
at their own one-yard line. On the first play, DT Albert
Haynesworth timed the snap perfectly and leaped over the line
to drag down ATL QB Byron Leftwich as he tried to pitch the ball.
The disruption in timing caused ATL RB Warrick Dunn to fumble
the toss and DE Kyle
Vanden Bosch fell on him for an eight-yard loss. The play
before, Vanden Bosch made a game-saving tackle on Dunn after an
18-yard run. Two incomplete passes should have meant fourth down,
but an offsides by DE Antwan
Odom gave ATL and extra down, on which they weren’t able to
complete another pass. On fourth down, Vanden Bosch sealed the
victory with his second sack of the season. Vanden Bosch totaled
7 tackles (6 solo). Odom brought good pressure all day, getting
his second sack of the season, as well as another solo tackle
and batting down a pass.
Back-up S Vincent Fuller was an unlikely candidate to decide the
game, but he did so when he took a ball thrown behind ATL WR Michael
Jenkins right off Jenkins’ left hand and returned the pick
76 yards for the decisive TD in the third quarter. It was the
second interception of the season for Fuller. SLB David Thornton
also had a pick, his first as a Titan. Thornton broke up 2 other
passes and had 5 tackles (3 solo). CB Cortland Finnegan had 7
solo tackles and a pass defensed.
Facing the top-rated NFL passing offense, the Redskins frequently
dropped seven and left the front four to apply the pressure. They
got the job done, as the Redskins gave up only 144 net yards to
Detroit, the fewest yards an opponent has gained against them
in 15 years, and a FG. They kept the Lions winless (0-21) against
them at home. DE Andre
Carter had his best game probably ever, at least since 2002,
with two of the team’s five sacks, including his first career
safety, among his team-high 8 tackles (5 solo). SLB Marcus
Washington, who has been playing through a dislocated right
elbow, had his first sack of the season before leaving with a
left hamstring injury in the third quarter. Randall Godfrey replaced
Washington, who said he should play next week. DE Phillip
Daniels separated his right shoulder late in the first half,
but returned after halftime and finished the game. He is likely
questionable for this week.
Rookie WLB Rocky McIntosh was in the starting lineup, he left
their last game before the bye with a pinched nerve. He had 7
tackles (6 solo).
CB Carlos Rogers put the cherry on top of the victory with a pick
on late desperation drive by Detroit and returning it 61 yards
for his first career TD. Rogers, fellow starting CB Shawn Springs,
and nickel CB Fred Smoot did a great job in bump and run and keeping
the Detroit WRs in check. Smoot left the game in the fourth quarter
with a stinger in his right arm. He is expected to be OK for this