ILB Karlos Dansby led the team with ten tackles (seven solo) and
broke up two passes, including grabbing his first pick of the season.
His pick came after an INT returned for a TD by SS Adrian Wilson
was erased by an offside penalty on DE Darnell Dockett. The pick
came in the fourth quarter and led to the game-winning TD by the
offense. Wilson would get his second pick of the season later in
the game. An offside by Wilson nullified another pick six by FS
Antrel Rolle earlier in the game.
DE/OLB Travis LaBoy was back in the starting lineup after battling
a lingering groin injury. He had four solo tackles. Bert Berry
was back to backing LaBoy up. Berry had one solo tackle. CB Eric
Green (knee) was inactive, so Ralph Brown worked as the nickel.
First-round pick CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie previously passed
Green to start opposite Rod Hood.
As usual, DE John Abraham spent a lot of time in the opposing
backfield, picking up his 11th sack of the season with four QB
hurries in the game. It was the only sack for ATL in the game.
He leads the NFC and remains tied for second in the league in
sacks. Abraham got a stinger in his shoulder in the first half,
but returned to the game. FS Erik Coleman grabbed his team-leading
third pick of the season and led the team nine tackles (six solo),
as well as forcing a fumble. CB Chris Houston had his second pick
of the season and rookie nickel CB Chevis Jackson returned his
first career pick 95 yards for a TD late in the fourth quarter.
Former starter Brent Grimes has been demoted down to special teams
work with Domonique Foxworth taking over as the starter opposite
Houston after the Week Seven bye and Jackson leap-frogging him
as the nickel.
MLB Ray Lewis led the team with eight tackles (five solo) and
grabbed his first two picks of the season. One was tipped by DT
Haloti Ngata and the other was a lazy short pass over the middle
by HOU QB Sage Rosenfels. Ngata got his second pick of the season
when he tipped a pass to himself in the end zone on a first-and-goal
from the one for the Texans. CB Samari Rolle also had his pick
in his first game back since Week Three after undergoing surgery
for a bulging disc in his neck. Rolle started opposite Fabian
Washington, who will remain in the starting lineup as CB Chris
McAlister has decided to call it a season. After battling a torn
PCL and cartilage in his right knee that has limited him lately,
McAlister opted for surgery and was placed on the IR. SS Dawan
Landry (spinal cord concussion) joined him. Jim Leonhardís
value is locked in for the rest of the season.
DE Trevor Pryce had his fourth sack of the season. Week Eight
hero rookie UDFA OLB Jameel McClain shared a sack with fellow
reserve DE tweener Edgar Jones. Reserve CB Evan Oglesby continued
to see significant time despite the return of Rolle.
With NE dominating time of possession, there were plenty of tackles
opportunities for the Bills. DE Ryan Denney (eight solo), FS Ko
Simpson (seven solo), and WLB Kawika Mitchell (five solo) led
the team with 11 tackles. MLB Paul Posluszny had ten tackles (six
solo). Mitchell is playing through an ankle sprain. With depth
razor thin at LB already, the team added LB Teddy Lehman last
week, but he was inactive when Mitchell was deemed healthy enough
Denney continued to start in place of DE Aaron Schobel, who missed
his fourth game and is likely out the rest of the month. A defense
reeling from injuries got nothing but more bad news last week.
There was finally some clarification on Schobelís injury
last week after seeing a foot specialist. He reportedly does not
need surgery, but his bone bruise and torn tendon on a toe will
need a lot more time to heal. After missing three straight games,
CB Ashton Youboty was placed on the IR with plantar fasciitis.
It was fourth-round pick Reggie Corner, not first-round pick Leodis
McKelvin, who moved in to the nickel. However, McKelvin had a
great day as the primary kick returner, bringing one back 85 yards.
Another hit to the secondary was SS Donte Whitner being out, as
expected, with a separated shoulder. Bryan Scott replaced him
in the base defense, with George Wilson rotating in for pass packages.
Scott had seven tackles (five solo). Whitner is expected to miss
this week, as well.
Peppers had his most dominating performance in a couple years,
posting his a three-sack game almost exactly two years to the
day since his last. Peppers abused starting OAK LT Kwame Harris
so bad, they brought in rookie back-up Mario Henderson, but the
results were the same. In addition to the three sacks, giving
him seven for the season, he forced fumbles on two of them, had
four other solo tackles, and batted down a pass. Peppers left
briefly in the third quarter holding his arm, but returned shortly.
Davis had his first sack of the season and third DE Charles
Johnson also had one. Johnson now has 4.5 on the season and
three in his last two games. Davis had ten tackles altogether
Some key picks helped offset an offense that struggled at times.
Nickel CB Richard Marshall had his first pick of the season in
the end zone on a drive after the offense had one of their own
and gave OAK great field position. CB Chris Gamble had his second
pick of the season in CAR territory to help protect an eight-point
lead early in the fourth quarter. MLB Jon Beason led the team
with 15 tackles (11 solo) and broke up a pass.
The Bears loss can be attributed to inability to get to the QB.
They shut down the run, holding the Titanís NFL-leading
rushing game to negative five yards in the first half, but when
TEN made adjustments at halftime and came out passing, QB Kerry
Collins had all day in the pocket. The team had one sack by DE
Adewale Ogunleye. It was just the second game this season in which
Ogunleye got to the QB. He has 2.5 for the year. WLB Lance Briggs
led the team with 13 tackles (11 solo), including two for a loss.
FS Mike Brown had a lot of big tackles too among his eight (seven
solo), also with two for a loss. MLB Brian Urlacher had just five
tackles (four solo), although two were for a loss.
CB Charles Tillman aggravated his shoulder problems he has been
battling in practice last week, but still started and saw a full
workload. He had seven solo tackles and broke up a pass. CB Corey
Graham moved to the nickel despite DB Danieal Manning returning
from a hamstring. Graham remains a good play. He posted five solo
tackles, including one on special teams, and recovered a big fumble
when TEN FB Ahmad Hall lost the handle on a fourth-and-goal from
the one-yard line. It was the first time this season the Titans
didnít score on a red zone possession. It looked like Graham
had the stop even if Hall had not fumbled. SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer
remained sidelined with a thumb injury. Nick Roach started in
his place and had three assists.
The team activated OLB Darryl Blackstock from the suspended list
and cut CB Geoffrey Pope to make room for him.
Already battling sore ribs, NT Shaun Rogers fell on his left wrist
during a tackle in the third quarter and came up cringing in pain.
He left the game and the injury was reported as a stinger. He
returned after missing a few series and finished with two solo
tackles. OLB Kamerion Wimbley had the only sack in the game, just
his second of the season. After 11 sacks his rookie season, he
managed just five last year and is on pace for even less this
season. He has little value in most leagues until he can start
getting to the QB regularly again. ILB DíQwell Jackson led
the team with 11 tackles (seven solo), his sixth double-digit
tackle game of the season. He leads the league with 88 tackles
on the season.
McDonald had a rough game Thursday night, getting burned for
TDs by both DEN WR Brandon Marshall and rookie WR Eddie Royal,
as well as dropping a pick. His stats were two solo tackles and
three passes defensed. FS Brodney
Pool had his second pick of the season, the only turnover
for the defense, when Marshall broke the wrong way on a pass in
the second quarter. It was one of the few times the defense had
an answer for DEN QB Jay Cutler, who threw for a career-high 477
yards in leading his team back from a ten-point fourth quarter
CB Terence Newman is expected to return coming out of the bye,
pushing rookie Mike Jenkins back to a reserve role. It appears
Jenkins wonít play the nickel as fellow rookie Orlando Scandrick
has played well there. Reserve OLB Anthony Spencer has been taking
snaps from starter Greg Ellis and could even take over in a starting
role this week.
With SLB Boss Bailey out for the season and WLB D.J. Williams
on the shelf for a month with a torn MCL, the last thing the defense
needed to see was MLB Nate Webster limping off the field in the
first quarter. He has a second-degree MCL sprain in his left knee
and is expected to miss a few weeks. Niko Koutouvides replaced
him, but had just one assist, as the other two reserve LBs were
all over the field. WLB Wesley Woodyard had ten solo tackles,
including two for a loss. An UDFA out of Kentucky, Woodyard was
the leading tackler in the SEC the last two years, but fell out
of the draft because of his size. SLB Jaime Winborn led the team
with 13 tackles (12 solo) and broke up a pass. Winborn is the
guy to pick up, if heís still available, but be aware he
is injury prone. Woodyard looks like a decent addition while Williams
is out, while Koutouvides, who projected to be the starting MLB
in the off-season, looks to have limited value. Louis Green also
some work with the LBs.
CB Champ Bailey missed his second game with a groin injury. Karl
Paymah continued to start in his place, posting six tackles (five
solo, including one on special teams) and recovered a fumble when
CB Dre Bly stripped the ball free on a key play in the fourth
quarter that helped Denverís late comeback. Bailey really
wants to play next week as he returns home to Georgia for a visit
to the Falcons. FS Marlon McCree (left high ankle sprain) was
inactive, as expected. Calvin Lowry started in his place. The
team had no sacks.
As if this team needed any more problems, they lost both their
defensive ends in the game. DE Dewayne White limped off the field
in the first quarter with an apparent calf injury and did not
return. Jared DeVries also left in the first half with a broken
hand. Rookie Cliff Avril and Corey Smith replaced them. Smith
got his second sack of the season. White is expected to miss at
least this week, finally giving Avril and Ikaika Alama-Francis
significant opportunities. DeVries need surgery and will miss
at least this week. Smith should replace him in the base defense,
giving the other two ends more snaps, as well. DT Cory Redding
brought some good pressure, but didnít get a sack.
SS Daniel Bullocks led the team with 11 tackles (five solo). WLB
Ernie Sims had just five tackles (two solo) as he continues to
battle a shoulder problem that has hampered his production the
last three games. He still leads the team in tackles by a significant
margin and is on pace to be over 100 for the year. FS Dwight Smith
missed his third game with a foot sprain. Kalvin Pearson continues
to replace him. Rookie LB Jordon Dizon was active after missing
the last few games with a hamstring. He has started working outside
and may no longer be viewed as the future in the middle.
Barnett suffered a right knee injury in the first series of
the third quarter and left the game. He didnít return and was
concerned after that game that it was serious. His fears were
confirmed when HC Mike McCarthy reported Barnett tore a ligament
and is done for the season. Desmond
Bishop replaced him in the game and posted six solo tackles.
Barnett had five solo and broke up a pass before leaving. Bishop
is a former sixth-round draft pick who is a solid run defender,
but struggles in coverage. The Vikings immediately exploited this
when MIN RB Chester
Taylor took a short pass 47 yards for a TD off Bishop soon
after he entered the game. Bishop also stripped MIN RB Adrian
Peterson on one of his six solo tackles on defense. There is still
a question if Bishop will get the first shot to replace Barnett.
Reserve Brandon Chillar also has extensive starting experience
and they could also consider moving A.J.
Hawk back to his collegiate position in the middle. SLB Brady
Poppinga led the team with 11 tackles (five solo).
DE Aaron Kampman shared a sack with reserve DT Colin Cole. It
was the first for time Kampman got to the QB since Week Six. CB
Charles Woodson, FS Nick Collins, and nickel CB Tramon Williams
each had a pick. It was the fifth for Woodson and Collins and
the fourth for Williams. Collins returned his for a TD. Woodson
and Collins broke out of a big tie to take over the league lead
MLB DeMeco Ryans got back on track, leading the team with 11 solo
tackles. It was his third double-digit tackle game of the season
and first since Week Three. His return to form is coming at a
good time because the defense took a huge blow when SLB and leading
tackler Zach Diles broke his left tibia practice last week. He
is done for the season. Kevin Bentley replaced Diles at SLB and
picked up where he left off, posting seven tackles (four solo)
and getting a sack. WLB Morlon Greenwood rolled his ankle in the
game and his status is in question. Rookie OLB Xavier Adibi, who
saw some work helping replace Diles, could get the start if Greenwood
is out. LB Kevis Coley was activated from the practice squad to
fill Dilesí roster spot. Heíll play special teams.
DT Amobi Okoye missed the game with a high ankle sprain. Third
DE Earl Cochran had a sack for the second straight game. Nick
Ferguson (SS) and Eugene Wilson (FS) remain the starting safety
tandem, while Fred Bennett has returned to starting at corner.
DE Dwight Freeney had two sacks, forcing a fumble on his first
and another huge one on the Steelersí final drive to help
preserve the victory. Freeney is tied with DE Robert Mathis for
the team lead with five. While he is showing some improvement
over the last two disappointing injury-prone years, he is still
on pace to fall short of double-digit sacks. His sack production
is erratic and he offers no value outside of sacks, so he is still
a risky start.
WLB Freddy Keiaho (knee) returned to the staring lineup and Tyjuan
Hagler to the bench. Keiaho had ten tackles (five solo). SS Antoine
Bethea led the team with 11 tackles (six solo), including one
for a loss. Starting corners Tim Jennings and Keiwan Ratliff each
had a pick. Reserve S Melvin Bullitt had his team leading third
pick on a tipped Hail Mary for the final play of the game. CB
Kelvin Hayden missed his fourth game with a knee injury.
Turmoil over their disappointing season boiled over last week
when MLB Mike Peterson and HC Jack Del Rio reportedly had a heated
exchange in a team meeting on Monday. Peterson was sent home when
he showed up for practice on Wednesday. He was sent home again
on Thursday, but Del Rio met with Peterson on Friday and he was
reinstated, although still left a healthy scratch on Sunday. Darryl
Smith moved to the middle and Justin Durant filled his WLB job,
with Clint Ingram remaining at SLB. Smith responded with his best
game of the season, posting seven tackles (five solo), including
a solo sack and sharing another with rookie third DE Derrick Harvey,
who also had a solo of his own. They were the first sacks Harveyís
career. Hopefully this was the zenith of a disappointing season
so far for Peterson. He is just shy of a pace to even post 100
tackles this year. His sub-par play comes off a preseason where
he was frustrated at not receiving an extension. Itís hard
to blame the team for not throwing more money at Peterson considering
he is 32 and hasnít played a full season since 2005.
Henderson is inactive with a MCL sprain. Tony
McDaniel started in his place. CB Rashean
Mathis played through a foot injury to post five solo tackles
and break up three passes, including grabbing his team-leading
third pick of the season. SS Gerald Sensabaugh led the team with
seven solo tackles, including one on special teams. He remains
the starter with Brian
Williams starting back at CB again.
Despite missing more than half of their starters and top back-ups,
the Chiefs gave the Chargers a run for their money. Iím not sure
if that is more of an indictment of the Chargers offense or the
starters on the Chiefs defense. DE Turk
McBride was inactive with a shoulder injury and Alfonso
Boone started in his place. McBride is expected to miss this
week, and perhaps the season, while the news at end got worse
during the game on Sunday. DE Tamba
Hali suffered a right ankle injury in the game and his back-up,
Johnston, suffered a calf injury. Neither is expected to play
this week. First-round pick Glenn
Dorsey had his first career sack in the game. OLB Derrick
Johnson was inactive after injuring his hamstring in the previous
Boiman started in his place. Johnsonís status is also in question
Youíll need to check the Wednesday injury report and follow
updates if you plan to start just about any Chief this week. At
this point, Iíd say McBride and Surtain are definitely out.
It doesnít look good for Hali, Johnson, or Johnston. Cautious
optimism for Flowers.
Allen started despite a third-degree sprain, the most severe,
of the AC joint in his right shoulder. He suffered the injury
the previous week in perhaps a bit of instant karma. Allenís cheap
shots on HOU QB Matt Schaub in that game knocked Schaub out for
a month. HC Brad Childress indicated last week that ďpain toleranceĒ
will be the major factor in Allen being able to play. It didnít
slow Allen down on his way to his eighth sack of the season for
a safety in the second quarter. Earlier in the quarter, DT Kevin
Williams stripped GB QB Aaron Rodgers, knocking the ball in
the end zone. When Rodgers tried to flip it out, it was ruled
intentional grounding and a safety. Williams should have gotten
credit for a sack on the play, but the scorer just had a tackle
and forced fumble. Look for a scoring change later this week.
Allen has six sacks in the last four games.
SLB Chad Greenway led the team in tackles with seven (six solo),
including his third sack of the season. Greenway leads the team
in tackles on the season. MLB Napoleon Harris and third DE Brian
Robison each had their first sack of the season.
Nickel CB Charles Gordon suffered a gruesome leg injury on a punt
return in the second quarter and was carted off the field. He
is done for the season with a dislocated left ankle. Benny Sapp
should step in at nickel, but it is also an opportunity for second-year
CB Marcus McCauley. After seeing some starting opportunities due
to injury as a rookie last year, McCauley was injured in the preseason
and then fell to the bottom of the depth chart. He has been a
healthy scratch for several games this year.
After losing their starting QB, RB, and SS so far, the team suffered
another devastating injury to a playmaker. OLB Adalius Thomas
broke his left forearm and is expected to miss at least the rest
of the regular season and will probably go on the IR this week.
He was replaced by Pierre Woods after the injury in the second
quarter. A team that prides itself on depth now has to deal with
the loss of a versatile star that was in on almost 100% of the
snaps on defense. Woods is in his third season out of Michigan
who was signed as an UDFA. An athletic tweener who was a solid,
but unspectacular, collegiate performer. He put up some good numbers
in workouts, but on the field he struggled against the run as
an end or to handle all the assignments and reads as a linebacker.
Woods has been primarily a special team player in the pros and
his next NFL start will be his first. Depth at OLB took a hit
last week before the game when rookie Shawn Crable was placed
on the IR.
Starting ends Ty Warren and Richard Seymour each had a sack. Starting
corners Deltha OíNeal and Ellis Hobbs each had a pick. Warren
led the team with seven tackles (five solo). It was the fifth
sack of the season for Seymour, the most heís had since
2004. Rookie ILB Jerod Mayo had six tackles (four solo) and broke
up a pass. He could also see some work outside as UDFA rookie
Gary Guyton has seen work inside. Rookie nickel CB Terrence Wheatley
was inactive with a wrist injury suffered in the previous game.
Still without CB Lewis Sanders, who missed his third game with
a hamstring injury, the team brought back veteran CB Jason Webster,
who was one of the final cuts before the season. If they donít
put Thomas on the IR, the team needs to make a decision this week
on one of their corners in order to add another OLB for depth.
CB Mike McKenzie was carted off the field in pain in the third
quarter with a broken right kneecap. Aaron Glenn replaced him,
but suffered a left ankle injury and may not be ready to move
in to the starting lineup this week. It is the same knee McKenzie
blew late last year, tearing the ACL and meniscus. He will be
placed on the IR and his career is in question at 33 after two
major injuries to the same knee in less than 11 months. CB Leigh
Torrence, just released by the Redskins, was signed to fill McKenzieís
roster spot. Jason David probably gets the start at corner if
Glenn canít go, but Torrence could also be in the picture.
Bobby McCray debuted as the new starter at LDE, with Charles Grant
done for the season, and posted three tackles (two solo). The
team had no sacks in the game.
SLB Scott Fujita led the team with 12 tackles (11 solo), including
one for a loss. MLB Jonathan Vilma, who leads the team in tackles
on the season by a wide margin, had just three tackles (two solo).
The team forced no turnovers.
New York Giants
SS James Butler was out with a knee injury suffered in the previous
game despite practicing Thu. Rookie Kenny Phillips got the start
at SS with James Butler out and posted five solo tackles. Veteran
Sammy Knight saw some work there, as well. Butler was inactive
with a knee injury, but could return this week. MLB Antonio Pierce
led the team with eight tackles (seven solo). Chase Blackburn
got another start at WLB and while he posted just one solo tackles
on defense, he had three on special teams and recovered a fumble
on a kick return in the first quarter. Rookie Bryan Kehl is battling
a toe injury, but he was active and it appears Blackburn has passed
him. Gerris Wilkinson added an ankle injury while trying to return
from his MCL sprain and missed his fifth straight game. Wilkinson
will try to return this week, but Blackburn looks like the only
guy with value of the three.
Already down nickel CB Kevin Dockery (back), the team took a hit
at corner when Corey Webster left with a groin injury. Veteran
Sam Madison got some more work, resulting in his first pick of
the season. Webster returned to the game and should play this
week, but Dockery is expected to remain out, so rookie Terrell
Thomas remains the nickel.
New York Jets
Elam continues to be a big playmaker, getting involved in
a defensive score for the second consecutive week. In the previous
game, he returned his first career pick 92 yards for a TD. On
Sunday, he blasted STL QB Marc Bulger from his blindside in the
first quarter for his first career sack and knocked the ball loose.
Pace recovered the fumble and took it 50 yards for a TD. Pace
also shared a sack with ILB Eric
Barton. Elam took over SS, pushing Kerry
Rhodes to FS, when Eric
Smith suffered a concussion, but it looks like Elam will hold
on to the starting job when Smith returns. Smith is not expected
to return this week regardless, so Elam remains a solid play.
returned for his second stint with the Jets and was reunited with
HC Eric Mangini, who worked with him as the DC in NE. He isnít
expected to start, but should be used in a variety of roles to
help in pass packages. Interesting timing, with the Jets set to
face the Pats this Thursday. The team released CB Justin
Miller to make room for Law. A former second-round pick, Miller
had been a healthy scratch lately after plummeting down the depth
chart at corner and losing his return duties to RB Leon Washington.
Miller has good upside as a returner, so someone should bring
him in soon.
Barton led the team with ten tackles (eight solo). He leads the
team on the season, as well. ILB David Harris remained inactive
and had surgery last week for his hip and groin problems. He is
expected to miss at least two more weeks. David Bowens got the
start, but Cody Spencer also worked in, as well, and posted seven
tackles (five solo, including two on special teams).
As rumored last week, CB DeAngelo
Hall was released. If there was any question whether or not
Al Davis has completely lost it, the argument is over. He parted
with a second round pick to give up on a two-time Pro Bowl corner
after eight weeks. The timing was financially motivated, to avoid
reported millions in guaranteed injury bonuses, but where was
the due diligence on the front end of figuring out whether or
not the guy would fit in before giving him such a contract in
the first place? As no other team was interested in picking up
Alís horrible contract to get Hall, he cleared waiver and became
an unrestricted FA. Nnamdi
Asomugha moves from RCB to LCB, while special teamer Chris
Johnson, not Stanford
Routt, got the bump and is now a starter at RCB. Routt and
Eugene also lost snaps to young journeyman Rashad
Baker. The secondary got impressive performances from the
new guys, despite Johnson and Baker having a combined four career
starts between them in total 11 years of experience. Johnson provided
good coverage even when matched up with CAR WR Steve Smith, to
the point CAR QB Jake Delhomme made the rare decision of challenging
Asomugha. The result was Asomughaís first pick of the year among
four Delhomme threw on Sunday. Baker grabbed two, the first two
heís had since 2005, showing great closing speed in centerfield.
He should continue to cost Michael
Huff, Eugene, and Routt playing time in pass packages. SS
battling a groin injury also provided Baker more opportunities.
Williams got in on the pick party. An injury-prone former
failed starter previously, Williams was back in the picture with
missing another game with a groin and Robert
Thomas going on the IR with a hamstring injury. Williams got
his first career pick when a pass bounced off CAR FB Brad Hoover.
In addition to losing Thomas for the season, promising fourth-round
Branch (shoulder) also joined the IR. A valuable special teams
player, he also had been worked in on defense at times during
the season. The team added OLB Marquis Cooper and CB Michael
Waddell to fill the roster spots.
The Eagles got off to a good start when DT Mike Patterson deflected
a pass to himself at the line of scrimmage on the Giantsí
first series and grabbed it for his first career interception.
He had a 21 yard return that the offense would convert to a TD.
Patterson also had a solo tackle and recovered a fumble forced
by SLB Chris Gocong. DE Trent Cole got his fourth sack of the
season among his six solo tackles. Cole had four sacks before
Week Three was over last year. MLB Stewart Bradley led the team
with a career-high 14 tackles (13 solo).
Nickel CB Lito Sheppard was active, but limited by a groin, Joselio
Hanson saw most of the work in his place. DT Brodrick Bunkley
briefly left the game in the third quarter, but returned to finish
with a career-high seven tackles (six solo).
OLB James Harrison led the team with 12 tackles (nine solo, including
one on special teams), with three for a loss and his 11th sack
of the season. He is tied for second in the league in sacks. OLB
LaMarr Woodley was inactive with a calf injury. He is expected
to return this week. Lawrence Timmons started in his place and
posted five tackles (four solo), including one for a loss. DE
Aaron Smith had a sack for the second consecutive game and has
four on the season.
Injury problems continue in the secondary. CB Bryant
McFadden remains sidelined indefinitely with a broken arm.
starting in his place, suffered a hamstring injury in the game
and was replaced by William
Gay. Townsend has been ruled out this week and the team signed
Bryant because depth is thin. FS Ryan
Clark (dislocated shoulder) returned to the starting lineup
and played most of the game despite aggravating the injury during
the contest. CB Ike
Taylor tipped a deep pass right to IND WR Reggie Wayne for
a TD in the first quarter. He broke up another pass and had five
With the Jets dominating time of possession in the blowout, there
were plenty of tackle opportunities. New starting SLB Quinton
Culberson led the team with 11 tackles (eight solo), including
one for a loss. SS Corey Chavous joined him at double-digit tackles
with ten (eight solo). Culberson replaced Chris Draft, who broke
his foot in the previous game. The team had no sacks and forced
DE Leonard Little returned to the starting lineup, but saw limited
work as he battles a lingering hamstring. Adam Carriker (ankle)
did not start, but rotated in, also seeing limited work. CB Tye
Hill (torn cartilage in knee) remained inactive. The condition
has regressed since he began practicing and he has a dreaded visit
with Dr. James Andrews this week.
SS Clinton Hart was the hero in an unimpressive display against
the hapless Chiefs. Hart batted down the two-point try for the
win at the end of the game. He wasnít credit for a pass
defense in the Gamebook for some reason. He had three tackles
(two solo). FS Eric Weddle had the only sack in the game among
his four solo tackles. The team forced no turnovers. CB Antonio
Cromartie returned from hip problems, and while he didnít
start, his return was accelerated when CB Cletis Gordon, who started
in his place, left with a sprained knee early in the game. Cromartie
led the team with 11 tackles (ten solo). Gordon could miss a couple
weeks. ILB Stephen Cooper had nine tackles (seven solo) and ILB
Tim Dobbins had five solo, plus an assist on special teams.
Willis led the team with 11 tackles (nine solo). He is currently
second in the league in tackles. DE/OLB Justin
Smith had seven tackles (six solo), as well as batted down
a pass and two QB hits, but no sacks. The team had no sacks and
forced no turnovers. After appearing to adjust well to the tweener
role early in the season, he hasnít had a sack since Week Five.
However, he is on pace for a career high in tackles.
A procedure last week on DE Patrick Kerneyís surgically-repaired
left shoulder showed he did not tear the labrum again. Despite
the good news, he is still out indefinitely after getting the
shoulder cleaned. Rookie Lawrence Jackson started in his place
at RDE opposite Darryl Tapp.
MLB Lofa Tatupu returned after being inactive in the previous
game with a groin injury. He led the team with nine solo tackles.
OLB Leroy Hill had six solo tackles, including his first sack
of the season. He leads the team in tackles and is on pace to
be well over his first 100 tackle season. He is filling the gap
left by Tatupu, who is on track to be under 100 tackles for the
first time in his career.
The team brought back S Donte Nicholson for depth on the heels
of losing Jermaine Phillips. Sabby Piscitelli will remain the
starter at SS, but depth was thin. There has been a question of
whether or not Phillipsí arm is actually broken, as he reportedly
is not wearing a cast. HC Jon Gruden was ambiguous. Expect Phillips
to be out at least this week, but watch for further information
on the severity.
OLB Keith Bulluck played through torn rib cartilage to keep his
streak of consecutive games started alive at 106. Though he was
beat for a TD by Forte for the first score of the game, he led
the team in tackles with ten (nine solo). It was his second game
of the season with double digit tackles and he is on pace to just
barely eclipse 100 tackles on the season. However, he has just
half a sack and no picks or forced fumbles. He is in line for
another season of disappointing fantasy output for a player who
was one of the elite IDP producers not long ago. The injury will
not heal without rest, but reportedly cannot get worse, so Bulluck
will play with it for the rest of the season and handling it will
be a matter of pain tolerance. SS Chris Hope remains a ball magnet.
He had his fourth pick of the season of a pass tipped by CB Cortland
Finnegan. All four of Hopeís interceptions this season have
been in the last three games. Hope also had five tackles (three
solo). Finnegan had his first sack of the season among his four
solo tackles. He provided lockdown coverage most of the game and
broke up three passes in total. CB Nick Harper started, but suffered
an ankle sprain in the game, giving Eric King significant work
in his place. Harperís status for this week is in question.
Vanden Bosch was inactive after aggravating a groin injury
in the previous game. He is uncertain to play this week, as well.
started at RDE in his place, but left the game in the first quarter
after getting flipped over on a block by CHI RB Matt Forte while
leaping to try to defend a pass. Ford would return, but Dave
Ball also saw significant work. Ball notched another sack,
giving him 2.5 on the season, all in the last two games as he
has seem more work with Vanden Bosch limited lately and proven
to be a valuable reserve. Rookie reserve DT Jason
Jones blocked a FG.
My suspicions that Daniel Snyder is Al Davis for a new generation
received further support last week the team signed CB DeAngelo
Hall. With Shawn Springs aging and battling injury, it isnít
a bad move, but Hall has the potential to upset the apple cart,
especially with a rookie coach on a team that seems to have good
chemistry. Leigh Torrence, who has performed well this season
with a lot of injuries in the secondary, was released to make
room for Hall. Springs expects to return from a calf injury this
week. If he does, Hall likely begins as no more than the third
or fourth corner. A natural ball hawk, Hall could also be worked
in at centerfield in some pass packages, moving LaRon Landry closer
to the line and knocking one of the LBs out. Hall also offers
upside as a punt returner, where Antwan Randle El has provided
diminishing returns (pun intended) since coming to Washington.
DE Jason Taylor has practiced and is expected to return this week,
but his calf injury has already required a second procedure, so
watch for updates before considering starting him.