The series before they lost QB Kurt Warner for the game, the defense
lost one of their top players for the day when ILB Karlos
Dansby sprained his left knee after tackling CAR RB DeAngelo
Beisel replaced Dansby and ended up leading the team in tackles
with 10 (8 solo, including 1 on special teams). Look for results
from Dansby’s MRI this week to find out the severity, if you’re
counting on him.
CB Rod Hood has played well since moving in to the starting lineup
Rolle, but Hood lost the ball and was burned on a 65-yard
TD pass to CAR WR Steve Smith. Hood broke up 2 passes and had
6 solo tackles, drawing coverage on Smith much of the day. Reserve
Francisco left the game with a torn right MCL and is expected
to miss up to a month. SS Adrian
Wilson hurt his hamstring during the game, but is expected
to be OK this week.
Dockett and DE Antonio
Smith each had a sack. Smith set a new career high with 3.5
sacks already this season and Dockett did a while ago, while his
six sacks join him in a crowded tie for second in the league.
Moses was released to make room for QB Tim Hasselbeck. It
has been quite a fall from Moses, who was considered a potential
first round pick before the 2006 college season began. He was
drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round and started part of
the preseason. He was the highest draft pick cut in the preseason
and landed on the Cardinals off of waivers.
DT Rod Coleman
finally returned, playing in his first game this season. However,
he didn’t provide the boost to the pass rush the team needed.
They got just one sack and allowed NYG QB Eli Manning to looked
more confident and be more efficient than usual. DE John
Abraham, who was briefly shaken up in the game but quickly
returned, had the only sack, his fifth of the season. He forced
a fumble on it that FS Chris
Crocker recovered. Coleman had 3 tackles (1 solo).
Although the Giants passed the ball well, especially early, CB
Hall played well overall and had a great fantasy game. Hall
got his second pick of the year on a nice play, leaping over NYG
Toomer after sticking with him in tight man coverage. Hall
returned it 33 yards, and would have had more, if not for an illegal
leg whip by NYG TE Jeremy Shockey, who was flagged for the trip.
Hall broke up 3 other passes and led the team, along with SS Lawyer
Milloy, in tackles. Both had 11 solo tackles.
If SLB Michael Boley is still on the waiver wire, it’s
time to pick him up. Boley continues to put up numbers at an outstanding
pace. He had his second pick of the season on an athletic play
in zone coverage and finished with 5 tackles (3 solo). He is tied
for third in the league in overall tackles. Rookie Stephen Nicholas
was inactive, as expected, with a high ankle sprain. Demorrio
Williams returned from his benching in the previous game to start
at WLB and had 6 tackles (4 solo). MLB Keith Brooking played through
a hamstring injury and posted 8 tackles (6 solo). The team released
DE Josh Mallard and signed LB Travis Williams for depth with Nicholas
out and Brooking hurting.
The ineptness of the STL offense helped, but the Ravens looked
like a dominant force again as they totaled four sacks and several
QB hurries that contributed to a franchise-record five picks by
five different players. Underappreciated DTs Kelly
Gregg and Haloti Ngata led the way, dominating the line of
scrimmage. Both had 7 tackles, including a sack each on back-to-back
plays in the first quarter. Gregg also missed his getting his
first career interception when he appeared to pick off STL QB
while reserve DT Justin
Bannan was bringing him down. However, the play was ruled
a sack and forced fumble for Bannan, with a fumble recovery for
Gregg. Gregg had another tackle for loss erased by a penalty.
Pryce (broken wrist) remained inactive, giving Dwan
Edwards another start and opportunity for his first career
pick on a diving grab of a ball deflected up off the hands of
STL WR Drew Bennett. Edwards also had 4 solo tackles. Pryce is
expected to miss at least one more week, though some reports have
him out until November. MLB Ray
Lewis led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo) and 2 passes defensed.
One pass Lewis tipped was grabbed by CB Corey
Ivy for his first pick of the season. Reserve CB Derrick
Martin got his first career pick, CB Chris McAllister got
his first of the season, and FS Ed
Reed got his team-leading fourth pick of the season. Reed’s
four interceptions give him a share of the league lead. DE Terrell
Suggs finally got his first sack of the season among his 3
tackles (2 solo).
CB Samari Rolle wasn’t in on the pick party, but returned
from his mystery illness. He had been out since prior to Week
Three with an undisclosed illness that reportedly required a hospital
stay and side effects from medication that slowed his return.
Ivy remained the starter, shifting to nickel on the limited packages
Rolle was brought in for. Rolle’s role may need to increase
as McAllister suffered a strained right knee and is questionable
FS Jim Leonhard (calf) did not practice on Monday as the Bills
come off their bye. He is not expected to play this week, so the
George Wilson feel-good story could continue. The defensive depth
will get some help coming off the bye as DE Ryan Denney (broken
foot), CB Ashton Youboty (ankle), and Coy Wire (knee) returned
to practice. Youboty and Wire seem likely to return this week,
but Denney may still be questionable.
Keith Ellison returned from his high ankle sprain before the bye
so, until the next injury, their LB corps is set with Ellison
at WLB, John DiGiorgio in the middle, and Angelo Crowell at SLB.
If you are looking for help at LB, Ellison was a promising sleeper
before the injury and DiGiorgio is by default as a MLB. Wire is
the top back-up on the weakside and likely moves in the starting
lineup (with the other two shifting as needed) if another LB drops.
After the longest gap in his career between sacks, DE Julius
Peppers got to AZ QB Kurt Warner in the first quarter, forcing
a fumble that Peppers recovered. Warner was knocked out of the
game with an elbow injury when his left arm was bent under the
weight of Peppers when he fell on the ball. On the next AZ drive,
Peppers would flush out Warner’s replacement, Tim Rattay, catching
him from behind and force another fumble. The Panthers would go
on to grab three picks off Rattay. Peppers would share another
sack with DT Damione
Lewis and finish totaling 7 tackles (6 solo), including the
1.5 sacks, by far his best game of the year.
FS Deke Cooper grabbed two of the three interceptions, including
helping seal the victory with an incredible interception on a
ball tipped several times late in the fourth quarter. The pass
was just out of the reach of AZ WR Jerheme Urban, who tried to
tip it to himself. The ball flipped down to a diving CB Richard
Marshall, who couldn’t haul it in, but kept it in the air
after a second tip. With great concentration, Cooper made an acrobatic
grab of the ball before it hit the ground. It was the first two
picks as a Panther for Cooper, who also had 6 solo tackles. CB
Ken Lucas also had an interception, his first of the season. SS
Chris Harris continues to turn in big plays, forcing a fumble
and recovering it on Arizona’s first drive.
MLB Dan Morgan missed his third consecutive game with a partially
torn right Achilles’ tendon, giving rookie Jon Beason his
second start in the middle. Beason led the team with 9 tackles
(7 solo), including an assist on special teams.
Vasher missed his third consecutive game with a groin injury.
He is expected to miss this week, as well. Danieal
Manning again moved from safety to corner to replace him,
giving Brandon McGowan another start at FS. However, Manning went
back to FS and McGowan, who is really an in-the-box DB, moved
up to SS when Adam
Archuleta was benched in the second half. Archuleta had 4
solo tackles before leaving. Ricky
Manning Jr. and rookie CB Trumaine McBride saw more work at
CB when Danieal Manning went back to FS. DT Darwin
Walker was inactive, as expected, after suffering a knee sprain
last week. Anthony
Adams started in his place and Antonio
Garay was active and in the DT rotation. The depth problems
in the secondary and on the line caught up with them, as the safeties
repeatedly failed as the last line defense on three long TD runs
by MIN RB Adrian Peterson, who also cut through the front four
Tillman (ankle, ribs), WLB Lance
Briggs (hamstring), and DT Tommie
Harris (knee) all continue to miss practice time battling
injuries, but all started and played as usual. Pressuring the
QB and forcing turnovers are usually a strength of this defense,
but they did little of either on Sunday. DE Adewale
Ogunleye forced a fumble on RB Chester Taylor, but it got
lost under his legs and the Bears were unable to recover it. Third
Brown had the only sack, his first of the season.
The bye week didn’t help the LB situation much, as MLB Ahmad Brooks
(groin), top reserve Caleb
Miller (back), and SLB Rashad Jeanty (leg) all remained out.
Johnson led the team with 11 solo tackles, including 2 on
special teams, and shared a sack with DE Justin Smith on the second
offensive series for KC. Smith also had a solo sack on the first
series. They were the first sacks of the season for Smith. The
team had five on the day, after just four on the season until
Sunday, but otherwise did little to stop the Chiefs through the
air or on the ground, where KC RB Larry
Johnson had a season-high 31 carries and his second 100-yard
rushing game. Anthony
Schlegel got another start at MLB with Brooks and Miller out,
posting 6 tackles (5 solo). Dhani
Jones played SLB in the base, finishing with 3 solo tackles,
but DE Robert
Geathers saw work at OLB with the Bengals trying a jumbo 4-3
package to try to stop Johnson. Geathers had 5 tackles (2 solo)
and broke up a pass. He also had a fumble he appeared to force
and recover overruled on replay as an incomplete pass. Miller
is expected back this week, but Brooks and Jeanty remain question
marks. Brooks has missed three games and Jeanty is yet to suit
up for a game this season. Miller would likely start in the middle
if he is ready and Brooks remains out.
With Johnathan Joseph suspended for a game, rookie CB Leon Hall
got another start. Hall had 4 solo tackles. On the other side,
CB Deltha O’Neal also had 4 solo tackles and forced a fumble.
With SS Dexter Jackson battling illness and Joseph out, a couple
other reserve DBs, Blue Adams and rookie Chinedum Ndukwe saw time
and each had the first sack of their careers. FS Madieu Williams
had 8 solo tackles, including one on special teams, and his first
sack of the season. Williams leads the team in solo tackles and
is one behind Landon Johnson for the overall lead.
ILB Leon Williams continues to start ahead of Andra Davis, with
both cannibalizing each other’s stats and leaving ILB D’Qwell
Jackson as the top tackler. Williams had 3 solo tackles, Davis
one solo and a QB pressure, while Jackson again led the team,
posting 9 solo tackles, as well as breaking up a pass. Jackson
is tied for third in the league in total tackles. He tweaked an
ankle during the game, but never left. OLB Kamerion Wimbley and
reserve OLB Antwan Peek each had a sack. DE Robaire Smith is the
only other Brown with a sack so far this season.
Rookie CB Eric Wright continues to be their most valuable fantasy
DB. He had his first career interception, broke up another pass,
and had 8 solo tackles. While Jackson leads the team overall in
tackles, Wright leads them with 44 solo stops. On the other side,
Bodden had his team-leading third pick of the year.
NT Ted Washington was active, but continues to see limited work
as Ethan Kelley remains the starter as Washington continues to
be phased out. DE Orpheus Roye was active, but Shaun Smith started
and will continue to while Roye deals with lingering knee problems.
OLB DeMarcus Ware continues to rack up stats. He led the team
with 10 tackles (6 solo), including a sack. Over the last four
games, he has tallied all of his team-leading 5.5 sacks and averaged
over 6 tackles per game. Pass rush specialist OLB Greg Ellis got
the biggest sack, stripping NE QB Tom Brady as third DE Jason
Hatcher came off the left side to scoop it up and return it 29
yards for his first career TD.
CB Anthony Henry stopped wearing his protective boot for his high
ankle sprain last week, but HC Wade Phillips says Henry is still
not ready for action and may not practice until late this week,
if at all. Henry still holds a share of the league lead in picks
with four. Jacques Reeves continues to start at corner opposite
Terence Newman with Henry out. Newman had 9 tackles (8 solo) and
forced a fumble. Nickel CB Nate Jones had a sack and forced a
fumble on separate plays.
After being inactive in Week 5, DE Simeon Rice admitted over the
bye week his left shoulder is continues to be a problem and blamed
it for his uninspiring start to his Bronco career. However, he
said it was improving over the bye. Pass.
CB Champ Bailey sat out practice on Monday as he is still recovering
from a pulled left hamstring that cost him most of the second
half of their last game before the bye. Bailey indicated it was
precautionary and said he will play Sunday night.
The team released LB D.D. Lewis and signed former Falcon Jordan
Beck, who also brings ability to back-up the middle.
MLB Paris Lenon rested his sprained left ankle over the bye and
is expected to return this week.
After a TD was nullified by a holding penalty late in the third
quarter and the team had to settle for a FG to leave the Packers
still down by four, the defense took over to ensure the victory.
On the subsequent offensive series by WAS, WR Santana Moss tried
to slide for a loss on an end round GB sniffed out, but reserve
Williams stripped Moss on the way down. CB Charles
Woodson picked it up and returned it 57 yards for the go-ahead,
and eventually decisive, TD. Woodson also had 4 tackles (3 solo)
and his first pick of the season in the game, as well as recovering
another fumble on a punt that hit teammate Jarrett
Bush. With the offense unable to add to the three point lead
in the fourth quarter, the defense had to stop WAS several times.
Bigby forced a fumble deep in WAS territory that WLB A.J.
Hawk recovered. Bigby also had 8 solo tackles and Hawk also
forced a fumble earlier, as well as totaling 8 tackles (7 solo).
However, the offense failed to convert that in to points, missing
a FG. On the next WAS drive, they went for in on fourth-and-two
in GB territory. MLB Nick
Barnett showed his speed racing out to the flat to stop WAS
RB Ladell Betts for no gain. Barnett led the team with 12 tackles
(8 solo) and is second in the league overall this year. A pick
by Favre and a three-and-out gave the Redskins two final opportunities,
but DE Aaron
Kampman, who brought great pressure the whole game, took over
on the final two drives. On those drives he had 2 sacks and 3
other solo tackles, including one for a four-yard loss on WAS
RB Clinton Portis. Kampman totaled 9 tackles (8 solo) on the day
and his two sacks give him a team-leading five for the season.
DE Cullen Jenkins remained in the starting lineup, playing through
rib soreness. He had his first sack of the season before leaving
before the end of the first half with a knee injury. Jenkins returned
in the second half, finishing with 5 tackles (3 solo) and now
has the bye to rest his injuries. Pass rush specialist DE Kabeer
Gbaja-Biamila had just an assisted tackle and single QB pressure
after seeing more work with Jenkins dinged up and being a pass
rush demon the previous three games.
Fletcher inactive for the second straight week, rookie Fred
Bennett took over nickel duties. He forced his first career
fumble and caught JAX RB Fred Taylor from behind after a 76 yard
run to save a TD. Bennett finished with 5 solo tackles. MLB DeMeco
Ryans recovered the fumble Bennett forced and had 6 tackles (5
solo). CB Demarcus
Faggins led the team with 8 solo tackles and also recovered
S Bob Sanders (ribs) returned to practice and says he will play
this week off their bye. He remains a key, but injury-prone, piece
of their defense. The team has a key AFC South match-up with JAX
on MNF this week, but you have to think the team also wants to
protect him for their Week 9 match-up with New England. WLB Freddie
Keiaho (dislocated right elbow and concussion) is also expected
The return of HOU RB Ahman Green didn’t matter as JAX shut down
the HOU running game. The highlight was a sack by DE Paul Spicer,
forcing a fumble that WLB Darryl Smith picked up and returned
it 77 yards for a TD. Spicer, who leads the team with three sacks,
was back in the starting lineup with DE Reggie
Hayward inactive with a hamstring injury. Spicer totaled 6
tackles (5 solo). He could remain in the starting line up when
Hayward returns because Bobby
McCray continues to disappoint this season.
SS Sammy Knight led the team with 12 solo tackles and also forced
a critical fumble it took replay to register. After HOU appeared
to go up 10-0 on a TD pass to WR Andre Davis, it was overruled
on replay when he lost the ball out of bounds just before crossing
the goal-line. Knight was credited with knocking it free and JAX
took possession on the touchback. Knight remains a strong waiver
wire addition and JAX already has had their bye.
DE Jared Allen remains on tear after serving a two-game suspension
to start the season. He brought great pressure all day, first
meeting up with DE Tamba Hali to share a sack in the first quarter
and then Allen got two solo sacks later. He forced a fumble on
one that DT Ron Edwards recovered. Allen now has 6 sacks on the
season, tied with a crowd for second in the league. It was the
first sack for Hali since posting two in Week Three. The team
allowed just one (of eleven) third-down conversions by the Bengals
SS Bernard Pollard strung together his second solid game after
starting the season slow. Pollard had 5 solo tackles and his first
career pick late in the fourth quarter to help preserve the victory.
FS Jarrad Page had just a solo tackle, but recovered an onside
kick with less than a minute to go to ensure the win. CB Patrick
Surtain broke up 2 passes, grabbing one for his first pick of
the year, and had 6 solo tackles.
WLB Donnie Edwards led the team again with 9 tackles (8 solo).
He leads them in solo and overall tackles on the season. Reserve
LB Keyaron Fox aggravated his hamstring injury during practice
last week and missed his third straight game. He looks doubtful
again this week. The four-year veteran started to show something
in his first significant action last year due to injuries, but
he has been a non-factor this year with the revamped LB corps
playing well and Fox having to deal with his own injury.
Darius returned to the starting lineup, but left in the first
half with flu-like symptoms and his calf bothered him. It’s no
surprise because this defense, especially the secondary, would
make anyone sick to their stomach. Darius had 3 solo tackles before
leaving…for good. In a surprise move, the team released him this
week. On Sunday, Renaldo
Hill rotated spots as they tried to place journeyman Cameron
Worrell, who replaced Darius, where he would hurt them least.
The defense doesn’t play the typical strong and free safety in
many packages, more but weak and strong side. UDFA rookie Courtney
Brown also played for the first time. Worrell had 8 tackles
(5 solo, including 1 on special teams) and Hill 5 tackles (4 solo),
as well as a forced fumble. Worrell aggravated a shoulder injury
and may miss some time, although it seems like he is in line to
start with Darius being cut. Most disappointing to the Miami secondary
is their last two top draft picks there, Jason
Allen and Travis
Daniels, continue to fail to see regular time. Allen, last
year’s 16th overall pick, was switched back to safety and being
moved back to college CB position earlier this year. He was healthy,
but limited to special teams. Travis Daniels switched back to
CB after failing in an opportunity to start at safety earlier
this year. Daniels saw little work as Will Allen and Michael
Lehan remain the starters and Andre’ Goodman the nickel. Another
journeyman who has started at safety this year, Travares
Tillman, missed his third game after knee surgery. He was
expected to miss less than a month, so could be back soon. Despite
this mess, the team felt Lamont
Thompson brought them nothing more, as he was released so
they could sign DT Sam Rayburn.
MLB Zach Thomas led the team with 12 tackles (10 solo). WLB Channing
Crowder returned from an ankle sprain and had 2 tackles (1 solo).
His snaps were limited, as he didn’t take his usual spot
in the nickel package. Jason Taylor had a sack, the only one for
the team, among his 4 solo tackles and recovered a fumble. Taylor,
who leads the team with four sacks, is heating up with three in
his last two games. SLB Joey Porter continues to produce more
with his mouth before games than on the field during them, as
he is still searching for his first sack as a Dolphin.
DT Vonnie Holliday missed another game with the slight fracture
in his right ankle.
Leber had a few highlight plays, getting his first sack of
the season on an unblocked spring at CHI QB Brian Griese. He also
got his first pick of the season and 2 other solo tackles. His
play on passing downs caught the notice of HC Brad Childress,
who insinuated in the Star-Tribune on Monday that Leber needs
to get more time at the expense of WLB Chad
Greenway in pass packages. Greenway fell down in coverage
on a first-down pass to CHI TE Desmond
Clark in the game, so it could be a knee-jerk reaction, but
something for Greenway owners to watch. FS Dwight
Smith had his second pick of the season that seemed to seal
the victory, but the offense went three-and-out on the subsequent
drive and the Bears scored two TDs in less than three minutes,
requiring a career-long FG by K Ryan
Longwell as time expired to win the game.
Henderson led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo) and forced
a fumble when he absolutely demolished CHI FB Jason McKie on a
carry to run out the clock in the first half. CB Antoine
Winfield recovered the fumble as the second quarter ended.
DT Pat Williams
had a huge fumble recovery on a fourth-and-one QB sneak, where
it looked like he deserved credit for the stop and strip, but
DE Ray Edwards
got credit for the tackle and forcing the fumble.
DE Erasmus James was active for the first time this year, but
not without drama. He got in to a fight after a practice last
week, reportedly punching RB Chester Taylor in the face. The response
was reportedly was a chair being thrown at James by Taylor. OT
Bryant McKinnie took collateral damage from the chair, requiring
stitches over his right eye. James called the fight a “misunderstanding”
and was added to the injury report with a shoulder injury apparently
related to the fight. Smart move after struggling to come back
from a torn ACL and MCL, but James did finally end up playing.
He didn’t see many snaps and didn’t appear in the
After waiting 5 years for another interception, ILB Junior
Seau is starting to make a habit of it. He took a ball tipped
by SS Rodney
Harrison for his third pick in two games. It set a new career-high
for the 38 year-old Seau. In addition to the pass defense, Harrison
had 3 solo tackles, including one on special teams and his first
sack of the season. It was sack number 29.5 in his career, already
the all-time leader among defensive backs. He is the only player
in NFL history with 25 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career,
so he is about to establish a new 30/30 Club. Harrison was back
in the starting lineup, but James
Sanders remained, getting the start at FS over Eugene
Wilson. The bigger Sanders got the start to help try to slow
DAL TE Jason Witten. ILB Tedy
Bruschi had another solid game, leading the team with 6 tackles
(3 solo). He also forced a fumble on a fourth down run by DAL
RB Marion Barber, but it was erased by penalty. Barber had one
of the most amazing two-yard runs you’ll see late in the third
quarter. He ran into congestion off tackle to the left at the
DAL ten-yard line and was bounced back toward the end zone. Barber
ran across the end zone, breaking six tackles, before getting
pushed out of bounds by Wilson at the DAL 12.
DE Richard Seymour is eligible to come off the PUP this week and
play. However, as usual, the Pats are quiet about injury information.
After just one sack in their first four games, the Saints got
after the QB every which way on Sunday night. DEs Charles
Grant and Will
Smith brought good pressure from the edges, although only
Grant ended up with a sack and Smith was inexplicably absent from
the box score (I can’t believe he wasn’t credited with even a
QB hurry). Smith and DT Hollis
Thomas got the sack party started on the first drive, when
they both converged on SEA QB Matt Hasselbeck on third down and
Thomas got the sack. A poor snap on the subsequent punt attempt
would lead to a gift score for NO when RB Pierre Thomas took it
in to the end zone for his first career TD.
SS Roman Harper had 2 sacks among his 6 solo tackles. FS Josh
Bullocks had a rare standout game. He led the team with 8 tackles
(7 solo), blocked a FG attempt, and had his first pick of the
season deep in NO territory late in the fourth quarter to help
preserve the win.
SLB Scott Fujita returned from an ankle sprain to post 7 solo
tackles. CB Jason David is expected to miss another week or two
due to his broken left forearm. Jason Craft continues to replace
him in the starting lineup.
New York Giants
The Giants brought good pressure once again on Monday night, racking
up four sacks against two young tackles starting because of injuries
in the ATL. The Giants now lead the NFL with 21 on the season.
DE Osi Umenyiora didn’t have any (although he still leads
the NFL with seven), but his pressure helped others tally some.
Umenyiora flushed ATL QB Joey Harrington out one time for pass
rush specialist DE Justin Tuck to get a sack despite losing his
helmet. Tuck now has 5.5 on the season. DT Fred Robbins got his
first sack of the season and DE Michael Strahan shared one with
rookie CB Aaron Ross. Ross also got his third pick on two games
on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. MLB Antonio Pierce
got his first sack of the season and nearly knocked Harrington
out of the game when Harrington’s left foot buckled while
Pierce dragged him down. Pierce led the team 8 tackles (7 solo).
New York Jets
Rhodes kept rolling, getting his first sack of the season
among his 8 tackles (7 solo). After a slow start to the season,
Rhodes has 17 tackles (14 solo), a sack, a forced fumble, and
a fumble recovery for a TD in his last two games. FS Erik
Coleman returned from a concussion and posted 8 tackles (5
solo), although Eric
Smith started the game. Smith was quickly demoted back down
after he and nickel CB Andre
Dyson were burned for a 75-yard TD by PHI WR Kevin Curtis.
Poteat saw more work in place of Smith and has the first interception
of his career in his ninth season. Rookie CB Darrelle
Revis led the team with 9 solo tackles, as well as broke up
The defense doubled their sack total of their first five games
on Sunday, matching the three they had with another three. In
addition to Rhodes, DE Kenyon Coleman got his first sack as a
Jet, while NT Dewayne Robertson and OLB Bryan Thomas shared their
first sack of the year. Robertson has been battling a knee problem
and had to leave the game with an undisclosed injury, but did
As usual, RB LaDainian Tomlinson had a big day against the Raiders.
He rushed for 198 yards and four scores. He has run for over 100
yards in eight of his 13 career games against the Raiders, scoring
Howard continues to turn in his weekly big play. He had a
pick for the fourth straight game and returned his second for
a TD this season. His four picks give him a share of the league
lead. He also had 3 tackles (2 solo). OLB Sam
Williams was a late scratch. A shoulder injury he suffered
before the bye lingered, so Robert
Thomas got the start and led the team with 8 solo tackles.
Morrison also had 8 tackles (7 solo).
DE Derrick Burgess returned to the starting lineup off their bye
after missing two games with a right calf injury. However, Burgess
saw limited work, taking only about half the snaps. DT Gerard
Warren was inactive with a thigh injury. Jay Richardson started
in place of him at DT, but spent most of his time in place of
Burgess at end with Tommy Kelly and Terdell Sands working Warren’s
interior spot more.
The Eagles kept two streaks alive, as they remained undefeated
against the Jets (8-0 all-time) and undefeated after a bye week
under Andy Reid (9-0). Although NYJ RB Thomas Jones ran all over
them, they didn’t allow any TDs and CB Sheldon Brown clinched
the victory when he knocked down a pass to NYJ WR Laveranues Coles
in the end zone on fourth down late in the fourth quarter. Brown
broke up two other passes, one of which was his second interception
of the season, and had 5 solo tackles. At the other corner, Will
James continues to start for Lito Sheppard, who was inactive.
Joselio Hanson, who moves in to the nickel package when James
starts, got his first sack of the season, and second of his career,
among his 7 tackles (5 solo). He saw significant time because
the Jets employ a lot of three-wide looks. SS Sean Considine led
the team with 10 tackles (7 solo). Sheppard (right MCL sprain)
and FS Brian Dawkins (neck) remain inactive. Sheppard practiced
a lot last week, and it was a bit of surprise he was still out,
but all current reports are expecting him to be back this week.
On the other hand, the status of Dawkins remains more of a mystery,
although HC Andy Reid said last week the injury was not season-ending.
Keep tabs on if he practices this week. Quintin Mikell continued
to replace him in the starting lineup on Sunday.
DE Trent Cole had his sixth sack among his 6 tackles (3 solo).
Cole moves in to a crowded tie for second in the league in sacks.
On the left side, Jevon Kearse had his second sack in as many
HC Mike Tomlin sounds like he expects SS Troy Polamalu (ribs)
to return this week off their bye. He was not mentioned in the
injury report. NT Casey Hampton (hamstring) still sounds questionable
and nickel CB Bryant McFadden looks doubtful as he recovers from
a high ankle sprain.
Among the few highlights for the Rams on Sunday was a sack and
forced fumble by DE Leonard Little and a pick by SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa.
The result of those two turnovers was a missed FG and the offense
giving the ball back to BAL three plays later. It was the first
sack and forced fumble of the season for Little, which was recovered
by third DE Victor Adeyanju. Little was in and out of the game
in the second half battling a sprained left toe he aggravated.
He said after the game it is a pain-tolerance issue, so while
something that shouldn’t rule him out of any game this year,
could continue to bother him. DE James Hall had his second sack
of the season. It was the first interception of the season for
Tinoisamoa and prevented the score from being even worse, as it
came at the STL six-yard line after a TD run was nullified by
a holding penalty.
Chavous (strained left pec) remained inactive, but CB Tye
Hill returned after missing four weeks with fractures in his
lower back. Chavous looks questionable for this week. Ronald Bartell
remained the starter opposite Fahkir Brown, but Hill was worked
back in certain package. The team must be fairly confident in
the health of Hill’s back going forward, because CB Lenny Walls
was released last week. Todd
Johnson bounced back from a neck sprain to get the start at
SS. He led the team with 7 tackles (6 solo). With Johnson at SS,
O.J. Atogwe remained at FS and made a poor tackle attempt on a
TD run by BAL RB Willis McGahee.
The edges of the defense pinned back their ears and came after
OAK QB Daunte Culpepper hard the whole game, posting six sacks.
Merriman got 2 solo sacks and shared another with DE Igor
Olshansky. DE Luis
Castillo had his first sack of the season and OLB Shaun
Phillips got 2 sacks. Phillips forced a fumble on one and
led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo). Merriman and Phillips lead
the team with 5.5 sacks each this season. NT Jamal
Williams recovered the fumble Phillips forced. Williams, who
has been battling knee problems, had both knees cleaned Monday
and will with the bye to rest, is not expected to miss a game.
Rookie ILB Patrick Willis has lived up to expectations so far.
He leads the team and is fifth in the NFL in tackles with 50,
despite already having his bye. The team unofficially has him
with 67 stops this season. He has forced one fumble and his athleticism
should generate other big plays soon.
After losing DT Marcus Tubbs to a torn right ACL in the preseason,
the DLine took another hit when DT Chartric “Chuck”
Darby went down with a torn patellar tendon Sunday night. He was
placed on the IR and rookie Brandon Mebane, who has been a nice
addition to the rotation, will join the starting lineup next to
Rocky Bernard inside for the Seahawks.
The team had no sacks on Sunday, but OLB Julian
Peterson continues to make key plays in other place. He forced
the only turnover, striping NO RB Reggie Bush deep in SEA territory
at the end of the third quarter to keep hope alive for the Seahawks.
Rookie reserve DE Baraka
Atkins recovered the fumble.
Despite the TEN dominating the time of possession, the young defense
remained fresh and kept the team in the game long enough for QB
Jeff Garcia to lead them to a game-winning FG drive in the fourth
quarter of this defensive struggle. MLB Barrett
Ruud led the team with 11 tackles (7 solo) while he continues
to battle a sore knee that limits him in practice. Ruud has failed
to have double-digit tackles in just one game this year and continues
to lead the league in total and solo tackles. DT Jovan
Haye (7 solo) and SLB Cato June (6 solo) joined Rudd in double-digit
tackles with 10 each. Haye, who also had a sack, is having a breakout
year in his fourth season after failing to stick with the Panthers
and Browns his first two seasons. He leads the team with three
sacks and is becoming a quality starter for leagues that require
CB Rhonde Barber is still looking for his pick of the season after
an athletic interception in the end zone was overturned on replay
in the third quarter because he only got one foot in. A few plays
later, Barber would recover a fumble forced by WLB Derrick Brooks,
but then lose it back to TEN. What became a frustrating drive
for the Bucs ended in a punt after DE Kevin Carter recorded his
99th career sack. CB Brian Kelly was active, but saw limited work
as Phillip Buchanon continues to start in his place. Kelly sounds
doubtful for this week. Buchanon had 8 solo tackles and his second
pick of the year deep in TB territory.
After a good showing in the previous game, rookie DE Gaines Adams
got his first sack of the season. Pass specialist Patrick Chukwurah
had his first career fumble recovery on an aborted handoff in
the second quarter, but injured his left shoulder soon after and
missed the rest of the game. X-rays on the shoulder were negative,
but Chukwurah is likely questionable this week.
Already battling an ankle injury, DT Albert
Haynesworth suffered another leg injury in the first quarter.
He would return in the first half, but limped off again shortly
after. He returned again late in the game. He finished with 4
tackles (3 solo), all in the first half. Haynesworth has been
a dominating force this year in real NFL terms, although it hasn’t
translated to fantasy production. Haynesworth is probably questionable
this week with upper thigh and groin injuries from the game. Despite
the absence of Haynesworth for much of Sunday, the defense played
well most of the game. They shut down an impotent TB running game,
with the Bucs missing their top two RBs. CB Nick
Harper was burned and FS Calvin
Lowry was late with help on a 69-yard TD to TB WR Joey Galloway
in the third quarter on one of the few plays that cost them. However,
eventually the defense’s inability to record sack or force a turnover
allowed TB to hang close and veteran TB QB Jeff Garcia picked
them apart on a final game-winning drive. SLB David
Thornton led the team with 6 tackles (4 solo). Harper had
4 solo tackles.
FS Sean Taylor twice dropped an opportunity to grab Brett Favre’s
record-breaking 278th interception toss, but finally grabbed a
rainbow from Favre with a nice over-the-shoulders catch in the
third quarter. Taylor added his second pick of the game, and team-leading
fourth INT this season, in the fourth quarter. His four picks
give him a share of the league lead, as well. He also had 3 solo
tackles and forced a fumble. Shawn Springs has left the team indefinitely.
His father Ron, a former Cowboy, is in a coma. Ron suffers from
diabetes and had a kidney transplant donated by former teammate
Everson Walls seven months ago.
McIntosh led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo), as well as
had a forced fumble and pass defensed. SLB Marcus
Washington was inactive with a left hamstring injury he suffered
in the previous game. Randall
Godfrey replaced him as the starter at SLB in the base defense,
but it was rookie DE Chris Wilson who stepped up with a sack and
2 other solo tackles replacing Washington in as an edge rusher
in pass packages. It was the first career sack for Wilson, who
spent two years in the CFL after not being signed out college,
including winning the Grey Cup with British Columbia last year.
Daniels played through a slightly separated right shoulder.
He and DT Anthony
Montgomery shared the first sack of the season for both. Daniels
also forced a fumble and totaled 3 tackles (1 solo).