ILB Karlos Dansby and SS Adrian Wilson led the team with nine tackles
(seven solo) each. Dansby leads the team on the season. Wilson left
late in the game after suffering grade one (the mildest one) shoulder
sprain. He may not practice this week, but is expected to play.
DE/OLB Travis LaBoy was active, but limited by an ankle sprain and
a lingering groin injury. Bert Berry started and got his team-leading
fifth sack of the season. The team forced no turnovers. CB Rod Hood
was active, but limited by a rib injury. Eric Green returned to
the starting lineup opposite rookie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie,
who took the starting job from Green earlier this year, in his place
of Hood and saw most of the work.
DE John Abraham left early in the fourth quarter when he aggravated
a stinger in his left shoulder that has bothered him this month.
He racked up his 12th sack of the season before departing, tying
him for second in the league. Abraham also missed time in the
previous game due to the injury. He is expected to play this week
and is a must-start in sack-heavy leagues, as is almost automatic
for at least one sack, even playing hurt. Third DE Chauncey Davis
replaced him and got his second sack of the game. The team forced
Like a handful of players on other teams, DT Grady Jackson is
awaiting to hear the results of his appeal for his four-game suspensions
for a banned diuretic. The players involved claim it was in water
pills used for weight loss, but it is banned because it is a masking
agent that can be used to hide steroid use. A decision is expected
next week. It seems likely the suspension will be upheld, so be
prepared to be without him for the fantasy playoffs, in the unlikely
event you have him on your team.
Despite being questionable due to a lingering neck injury, FS
started and put the game away with a pick in the fourth quarter.
After driving to the BAL one-yard line, PHI QB Kevin Kolb, who
started in the second half after Donovan McNabb was benched for
the first time in his career, threw an interception to Reed in
the end zone that Reed returned 108 yards for a TD, breaking his
own record for longest interception return for a TD in NFL history
he first set in 2004 (104 yards). It was the second pick Reed
returned for a TD this season. He also returned a pick off McNabb
in the first quarter 43 yards to set up a TD. Reed broke up two
other passes and had two solo tackles. Starting corners Samari
Rolle and Fabian
Washington each had a pick, as well. Rolle has two picks in
the three games since returning from surgery for a bulging disc
in his neck. Rolle was questionable for the game with his neck
and shoulder bothering him and limiting his practice last week.
OLB Jarret Johnson and SS Jim Leonhard led the team with six tackles
(four solo). Johnson brought good pressure, sharing a sack with
DE Trevor Pryce in the first quarter and getting the sack trifecta
to stop a drive early in the second quarter. He stripped McNabb
and recovered the fumble on the play. He has 2.5 sacks in the
last two games and a career-high 4.5 so far this season. Pryce
suffered a concussion in the game and his status is in question
this week. Rookie UDFA Jameel McClain got his second safety of
his career when he blocked a punt out of the end zone in the third
quarter. He got credit for a safety on his first career sack in
After aggravating his separated shoulder in the previous game,
SS Donte Whitner was inactive again on Sunday and is doubtful
for this week. Back-up Bryan Scott was limited by a tender left
knee, injured in the previous game, so George Wilson got the start
at SS. Wilson, OLB Keith Ellison, and CB Terrence McGee led the
team with four solo tackles. Wilson notched a sack, giving him
1.5 in his last three games, and for his career. He also recovered
a fumble forced by rookie nickel CB Reggie Corner. Corner was
bumped up with CB Jabari Greer inactive and first-round pick Leodis
McKelvin starting in place of Greer opposite McGee. Greer was
inactive with a knee sprain suffered in the previous game. McKelvin
had the first two picks of his career, returning one 64 yards
for a TD. The short-handed secondary brought DB Dustin Fox up
from the practice squad for depth.
DE Aaron Schobel missed his sixth game with bone bruise on his
foot and torn tendon on his toe and is expected to miss another
2-3 weeks. Ryan Denney continues to start in his place and notched
his second sack of the season, a disappointing total for a player
who has been given a huge opportunity with Schobel missing so
much time. Denney has one more year on his contract, but the team
will need to find another pass rush threat from the edge in the
MLB Jon Beason led the team with 8 tackles (seven solo) and is
tied for fourth in the league with 92 tackles on the season. He
is on track to put up almost identical numbers to his breakout
rookie season last year. He is a tackle-machine, who is now establishing
himself as one of the elite fantasy LBs, but it would be nice
to see some more big plays from him. He has no sacks or forced
fumbles in his career, although he has two picks this year compared
to one last year.
CB Chris Gamble had two solo tackles and forced a fumble. A relatively
quiet game, but Gamble is quietly putting together a big year.
He is on his way to a 90-tackle season, shattering his career
best, and his 15 passes defensed are already his best single-season
total by far. Only two picks are a bit disappointing, but the
increase in tackles has him back to being one of the top fantasy
CBs that he was his first two years in the league.
A struggling pass defense got healthy against an embarrassing
STL team. DE Adewale Ogunleye started the rout with a sack on
the Ramsí first possession on which he knocked STL QB Marc
Bulger and had another on replacement QB Trent Green when he came
in the next series. Ogunleye leads the team with 4.5 sacks this
season. DT Tommie Harris also had a pair of sacks and is turning
his season around in the second half. DE Alex Brown also had his
fourth sack of the season. The defense picked Green off four times
in the second half, with MLB Brian Urlacher tipping a pass that
WLB Lance Briggs grabbed and Briggs returning the favor to Urlacher,
who got his second pick of the season. Briggs also had a second
interception in the game, giving him a career-high three so far
in what should be another All-Pro season for him.
Vasher left the game in the second half with an injury to
the same right thumb and wrist he has surgery on in October. X-rays
were negative and Vasher reported the prognosis looks good for
him this week, but he struggled returning from the injury the
first time. CB Corey
Graham replaced him with DB Danieal
Manning replacing Graham as the nickel. Manning has also replaced,
at least for now, WR Devin Hester as the primary kick returner
so Hester can focus on punt returns. Manning had a nice 50 yard
return to start the game that set up a TD on the first drive of
the game. Graham was a breakthrough player when he replaced Vasher
the first time and is a great addition if Vasher misses any time.
Graham also broke up a fake punt in the second quarter when he
cut the legs from reserve DB Eric Bassey just as the pass was
arriving. Graham showed his intelligence on the play when he didnít
hesitate to hit Bassey early because he was the end man in a punt
formation, contact is eligible all the way down the field and
there is no pass interference. A flag was thrown on the play,
but was waived off when the officials conferred to affirm that
ruling. FS Mike
Brown also departed after the first half with a leg injury,
but his absence sounds precautionary with the game in hand. Rookie
replaced him, but it sounds like Brown will play this week. SS
led the team with six tackles (five solo) and has passed Urlacher
to be second to Briggs on the team for the season. SLB Nick
Roach had five solo tackles, including one for a loss, and
has replaced Hunter
Hillenmeyer as the starting SLB.
Despite PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger having been sacked the most
times in the league coming in to the Thursday night game, but
the Bengals failed to get to him or force a turnover on defense,
although SLB Rashad
Jeanty did recover a muffed punt late in the second quarter.
Their 11 sacks are second-worst in the league. FS Marvin
White led the team with nine tackles (six solo). Journeyman
got the start at SS Chinedum Ndukwe inactive. Ndukwe tore his
plantar fascia, the ligament that supports the arch of the foot,
in the previous game. He is unlikely to play this week. Crocker
had eight tackles (seven solo), including blasting PIT WR Santonio
Holmes and knocking him out of the game. The secondary was also
without CB Johnathan
Joseph who aggravated a foot and ankle injury from earlier
in the season in the previous game. David
Jones started in his place. Joseph was placed on the IR after
the game, so Jones will continue to fill in. UDFA rookie Simeon
Castille was brought up from the practice squad to serve as the
dime and on special teams.
DE Antwan Odom missed his second straight game with a left shoulder
injury. Frostee Rucker started in his place again, but left in
the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Jonathan Fanene and
Pat Sims worked in place of Rucker at RDE. Then in the second
quarter, LDE Robert Geathers hyperextended his knee and had to
leave the game. DT John Thornton replaced him. Odom sounds very
questionable this week, while their depth was devastated when
the placed both Geathers and Rucker on the IR. Thornton should
move to LDE, with Orien Harris starting at DT in place of Thornton
and Fanene seeing significant work at end, as well. DL Josh Mallard
was added for depth and will see significant work immediately,
especially if Odom canít go this week.
Jones and Brodney
Pool each had a pick. It was the second in the last three
games for Pool, giving him a career high of three so far this
season. It was the first pick of the season for Jones, who was
playing on a ginger ankle. NT Shaun
Rogers blocked a FG, the 13th of his career. He was limited
during the game as he is battling a litany of injury problems.
Smith was inactive due to a calf injury in the previous game.
Santonio Thomas started in his place.
OLB Kamerion Wimbley had a sack, giving him two in the last three
games after having just one in the first eight games. It was the
only sack of the game for the Browns. ILB DíQwell Jackson
led the team with nine tackles (four solo). Jackson leads the
league in tackles and was the first player to surpass 100 tackles
on the season.
OLB DeMarcus Ware got his 12th sack of the season and remains
in a tie for second in the league. He has been held without a
sack in just one game this season. On the other side, OLB Greg
Ellis got his fourth sack of the season, and first since Week
Seven. Ellis started, but Anthony Spencer continues to take snaps
away. Spencer got his first sack of the season in the game. FS
Ken Hamlin led the team with eight solo tackles, including his
first sack of the season on which he forced a fumble.
CB Terence Newman started his second game since returning from
surgery for a sports hernia. He continues to be limited in practice,
but is expected to remain in the lineup this week. On the other
side, Anthony Henry had his first pick of the season. Rookie Mike
Jenkins injured his hamstring on special teams and is expected
to be out this week. He is buried on the bench with both corners
back, as Orlando Scandrick and S Pat Watkins handle the nickel
work. CB Pacman Jones was reinstated and although he cannot play
this week, he is back practicing with the team and will return
the following game. He reportedly has some stringent terms and
will be banned for life for the smallest screw-up. So we should
be done with him for good shortly.
SLB Jaime Winborn led the team with eight tackles (six solo).
Since moving in the starting lineup, he has 48 tackles in five
games. After his double-duty in the previous game, rookie Spencer
Larsen started at MLB again, but wasnít called on to play
fullback on Sunday, although he remained on special teams, as
well. Larsen had six solo tackles, including one on special teams.
Mario Haggan spelled him in the middle and posted five solo tackles.
NLB Nate Webster missed his second game with a second-degree MCL
sprain in his knee. He has been practicing and could return this
week. WLB D.J. Williams is still a few weeks away, as he remained
inactive, as well, with a torn MCL. UDFA rookie Wesley Woodyard
continued to start in place of Williams and had four solo tackles.
Niko Koutovides has been working at WLB in practice, but looks
no closer to gaining a starting role despite all the injuries
to LBs. The team had no sacks and forced no turnovers.
HC Mike Shanahan continues to be dissatisfied with his FS situation.
After Calvin Lowrey replaced a healthy Marlon McCree, Lowry was
a healthy scratch and McCree was inactive with an ankle sprain
on Sunday, so it was Roderick Rogers who got his first career
start. The former UDFA had five solo tackles, but Shanahan wasnít
impressed after the game and Rogers was released this week. McCree
is still out a couple of weeks, so it looks like back to Lowry
this week. CB Champ Bailey missed his fourth game with a groin
injury, although it sounds like he could be back this week. UDFA
agent Josh Bell started over Karl Paymah in place of Baily, opposite
Dre Bly, but both saw work.
RDE Dewayne White missed his second game with a calf injury and
LDE Jared DeVries was playing with a broken hand, but Corey Smith
and rookie Cliff Avril stepped up with the opportunity to play
more. Smith, who started again in place of White, had two sacks
to give him a career-high of four on the season. Avril saw more
work and got his second sack of the season. He stripped the ball
on it and DT Chuck Darby recovered it. Darby had his first sack
of the season in the game. DeVries further injured his broken
hand and has been placed on the IR. Avril or Ikaika Alama-Francis
will get the start in his place on Thanksgiving, while White remains
doubtful to play and should continue to be replaced by White,
also giving Avril and Alama-Francis more chances.
MLB Paris Lenon led the defense with seven tackles (five solo).
He is closing in on WLB Ernie Sims for the team lead in tackles.
Sims continues to battle a lingering shoulder problem and has
had no more than five tackles in the last five games. Despite
returning to practice last week, FS Dwight Smith missed his fifth
game with a foot sprain. Kalvin Pearson continued to start in
his place and posted seven tackles (five solo, including one on
special teams) and forced a fumble on a kick return. The team
added S Stuart Schweigert for depth with Smith still out. Schweigert
worked on special teams.
The reorganized LB corps has A.J.
Hawk at MLB replacing Nick
Barnett, who is done for the season with a torn right ACL,
and Brandon Chillar taking over WLB from Hawk. Brady
Poppinga remains the SLB. Hawkís adjustment was spotlighted
on national TV Monday night when his drop wasnít deep enough and
NO TE Billy Miller beat him for an easy 16-yard TD. Hawk had five
solo tackles. Chillar led the team with 10 solo tackles, including
one on special teams. He also had his first sack of the season,
the only one in the game for the defense.
Ryans continues to return to form as he gets healthy. He led
the defense with six tackles (five solo) and recovered a fumble
forced by CB Jacques
Reeves. He had 11 tackles in each the previous two games.
Reeves had six solo tackles, including one on special teams, and
grabbed his team-leading third pick of the season, in addition
to the forced fumble. Nickel CB Fred Bennett had his first pick
of the season and DE Anthony
Weaver grabbed his third career INT when CLE QB Brady Quinn
didnít notice he dropped back in to coverage. Dunta
Robinson is back starting at RCB and Reeves looks like heíll
hold on to the starting job while Bennett plays the nickel.
Morlon Greenwood has recovered from an ankle sprain, but rookie
Xavier Adibi has kept the starting WLB job. After 15 tackles in
his first career start the previous game, Adibi had just four
solo tackles on Sunday, but could be a nice late-season addition
for fantasy players hurting at LB. DT Amobi Okoye returned after
missing two games with a high ankle sprain, but was limited and
put up a blank sheet in the box score. DE Mario Williams had just
one tackle, for a loss. Heís stuck on eight sacks this season,
having gone without one the last three games, his longest stretch
without getting a sack this season. Third DE Earl Cochran, who
was showing some potential as a pass rusher, was placed on the
IR with turf toe. Nick Ferguson (SS) and Eugene Wilson (FS) remain
the starting safety tandem. FS Will Demps, who Wilson replaced
a few weeks ago, was inactive as he battles a lingering hamstring.
SS Bob Sanders missed a second straight game with swelling in
his surgically-repaired right knee, but CB Kelvin Hayden returned
after missing six games for surgery on his left knee and then
a right hamstring injury. Hayden returned to his LCB spot, moving
Tim Jennings to the right side, while Keiwan Ratliff is demoted
to the nickel. Melvin Bullitt started in place of Sanders again,
on a tender ankle. He and MLB Gary Brackett posted eight tackles
(seven solo). Brackett is third in the league with 96 tackles.
WLB Freddie Keiaho led the team with ten solo tackles, including
one for a loss.
UDFA rookie DT Eric Foster shared his first career sack with DE
Robert Mathis. Mathis also had a solo sack and forced a fumble.
He has 6.5 on the season.
Darryl Smith remains the starting MLB, and he led the defense
with seven tackles (five solo). Mike
Peterson remains in the picture, as he is working at WLB on
running downs, cutting in to the snaps of Justin
Durant. FS Reggie
Nelson had seven tackles (six solo, including one on special
teams). CB Rashean
Mathis had six solo tackles, including is first career sack,
as he plays with a lingering foot injury. SS Gerald
Sensabaugh had his third pick of the season, the only turnover
the defense forced. CB Brian
Williams had five tackles (four solo).
DT John Henderson returned after missing two games with a MCL
sprain. He had four tackles (three solo). First-round pick DE
Derrick Harvey is back in the starting lineup the last two games,
but has just a solo sack in each. On the other side, DE Reggie
Hayward had a sack and former starter Paul Spicer, rotating in,
also had one. They lead the team, along with Smith, with all of
2.5 each on the season.
With MLB Pat Thomas (hamstring) and LB Donnie
Edwards (knee and hamstring) inactive, the versatile Rocky
Boiman got the start in the middle and led the team with 11
tackles (nine solo) and forced a fumble. Boiman had started the
previous two games outside with Derrick
Johnson inactive, but Johnson returned from a hamstring injury
to start on Sunday. Boiman could hold on to the job and have some
value the rest of the way. Edwards is expected to miss this week
and Thomasí status is in question.
CB Brandon Flowers returned after missing two games with a hamstring
to start opposite fellow rookie Brandon Carr. Maurice Leggett
worked the nickel, as veteran Patrick Surtain remained inactive
with a quad injury. FS Jarrad Page played through a tender groin,
but is expected to play this week. DE Tamba Hali returned from
a right ankle sprain and Alfonse Boone started on the other side,
as Turk McBride went on the IR last week. The team added former
first-round pick DE Jason Babin for depth, who saw significant
work as the third DE and with Hali eased back in. Babin had seven
solo tackles, including one for a loss, but the inept pass rush
produced no sacks and the Chiefs remain last in the league with
just six sacks on the season.
After battling back much of the game, the defense lost itís
poise as the game wound down. ILB Channing Crowder and NE OT Matt
Light were ejected for a fight halfway through the fourth quarter,
then OLB Joey Porter drew personal fouls on back-to-back plays
on the Patriotsí final drive. Porter did have a sack in
the game, moving his league lead in sacks to 14.5 on the season.
SS Yeremiah Bell led the team with nine tackles (eight solo),
including his first sack of the season. He leads the team in tackles
on the season.
The Williams DT duo had their day in court with the league last
week regarding their potential four-game suspensions for a banned
diuretic. The players claim it was in water pills used for weight
loss, but it is banned because it is a masking agent that can
be used to hide steroid use. A decision is expected next week.
It seems likely the suspensions will be upheld, so be prepared
to be without them for the fantasy playoffs. Both tackles started
on Sunday and both had a sack, with Kevin also sharing one with
DE Ray Edwards. Kevin leads the team with 8.5 sacks this season,
the most heís had since 2004.
DE Jared Allen continues to play through the pain of a third-degree
sprain of the AC joint. He posted three tackles (two solo), including
two for a loss and had a QB hit, but no sacks. Allen also had
to visit the league office last week due to some recent cheap
shots on QBs. He was fined $25K on top of a previous $50K he was
hit with, but not suspended. However, any more questionable hits
this year and expect him to miss a game. The shoulder continues
to be a concern, although he reported it felt better after the
game Sunday than it did the previous week. Expect him to continue
to miss practices and be listed as questionable. However, it looks
like he will be able to play with pain on game day, especially
this week with a critical match up with the Bears for first place
in the division.
MLB Napoleon Harris got the team off to a huge start when JAX
aborted the center exchange on the first play from scrimmage.
Harris picked up the loose ball and returned it 27 yards for a
TD just seconds in to the game. CB Cedric Griffin was benched
for the first series of the game because of missing a team meeting.
Marcus McCauley officially got the start across from Antoine Winfield
before Griffin returned and played the rest of the game. Nickel
CB Benny Sapp grabbed his first pick of the season and also forced
a fumble on a punt that JAX recovered. It was Sapp, instead of
McCauley, who was tabbed to replace Charles Gordon at nickel.
Gordon is done for the season with a serious left leg injury suffered
two weeks ago. Winfield led the team with 12 tackles (11 solo)
and forced a fumble. FS Madieu Williams had his second pick of
the season despite battling a shoulder injury that has had him
questionable to doubtful the last two games.
Meriweather sealed the victory with a pick in the fourth quarter
after WR Randy Mossí third TD of the game. It was the fourth pick
of the season for Meriweather, who leads the team, and the only
turnover the team forced. He also had five tackles (four solo).
Seymour had a sack for the third straight game. He leads the
team with seven on the season, one shy of his career high in 2003.
Vrabel had his third sack of the season and first since Week
One in what has been a season of disappointing production following
his career-high 12.5 sacks last year.
OLB Adalius Thomas remains out indefinitely with a broken left
forearm, but the team has not put him on the IR in hopes he is
ready for the playoffs. Pierre Woods continues to start in his
place opposite Vrabel. The team placed LB Eric Alexander on the
IR and brought up LB Vince Redd from the practice squad for depth.
The team also placed rookie CB Terrence Wheatley on the IR. He
needed surgery on his left wrist, an injury dating back to college.
David, who has been victimized on national TV a few times
since coming to NO, got some redemption on MNF. He grabbed two
big picks, one helped by WR Greg Jennings falling down. MLB Jonathan
Vilma led the team with eight solo tackles. DE Will
Smith is waiting to hear the results of his appeal for his
four-game suspensions for a banned diuretic. The players involved
claim it was in water pills used for weight loss, but it is banned
because it is a masking agent that can be used to hide steroid
use. A decision is expected next week. It seems likely the suspension
will be upheld, so be prepared to be without him for the fantasy
New York Giants
Rookie nickel Terrell Thomas helped progress toward the win when
he grabbed his first career pick early in the fourth quarter after
the Giants had just scored a TD to go up 31-19. The offense ran
four minutes off the clock and converted a FG following the pick.
Thomas also led the team in tackles with eight (six solo, including
two on special teams). It appears he has retained the nickel role
as Kevin Dockery returned from injury to a lesser role. SS James
Butler returned to the starting lineup with FS Michael Johnson,
but rookie Kenny Phillips still had a prominent role. He led the
defense with seven solo tackles. DE Justin Tuck got the only sack
of the game, his first since Week Nine. He forced a fumble on
it that DE Mathias Kiwanuka. Tuck leads the team with 9.5 sack
this season. DT Fred Robbins left in the third quarter when he
dinged his shoulder in the game. He is expected to play this week.
New York Jets
Elam popped the ball out from the hands of TEN rookie RB Chris
Johnson on the first play from scrimmage after a NYJ FG gave the
visitors a 13-3 lead. OLB Bryan
Thomas recovered and the offense converted it to the eventual
game-winning TD late in the third quarter. Elam continues to have
a nose for the big play and is locked in as the new starter, even
Smith returns from a concussion. Smith remained inactive on
Sunday and is expected to be out again this week. Elam also led
the team with nine tackles (six solo). Like Smith, ILB David
Harris missed his fourth straight game. Harris is recovering
from groin surgery and is expected to miss another week or two.
Pace had his fifth sack of the season, the only one in the
game for the Jets. DE Shaun
Ellis leads the team with seven, but he hasnít gotten one
in the last three games. He is battling a bit of a shoulder problem
after a hot start that has him on his way to his best numbers
in a few years.
CB Ty Law stepped in to the starting lineup in his third game,
replacing rookie Dwight Lowery opposite Darrelle Revis. However,
Law strained his hamstring early in the game and Lowery saw plenty
of action, especially since Drew Coleman was a healthy scratch
since being bumped by Law and now Lowery as the nickel. Lowery
had been putting up great numbers since he was tested regularly
and giving up some big plays. Lawís injury doesnít
sound serious, so if he is back next week, Loweryís fantasy
value takes a hit. He also got dinged in the game, so Coleman
could be back this week.
After six picks last year, WLB Thomas Howard finally got his first
of the season on Sunday to help seal the victory in the fourth
quarter. The offense converted the turnover to their second TD
on the day, after not scoring one for 15 consecutive quarters.
Howard also led the team with eight tackles (seven solo). CB Chris
Johnson had a pick returned 65 yards for a TD nullified by a questionable
defensive holding call on him. Johnson has been impressive since
replace DeAngelo Hall. DE Derrick Burgess returned after missing
six games, but the registered no sacks in the game.
SS Gibril Wilson recovered an aborted snap and had six tackles
(five solo). He is tied with teammate MLB Kirk Morrison for fourth
in the league on the season with 92 tackles. Undersized Jon Alston
got his first career start over Sam Williams at SLB because Alston
is better in pass defense. SLB Ricky Brown remained inactive with
a groin injury. Reserve DB Michael Huff left the game with a neck
stinger, but is expected to play this week. The team claimed former
Jets CB Justin Miller off waivers last week and have installed
him as the primary kick returner.
HC Andy Reidís desperation to shake up the lineup began
before he benched QB Donovan McNabb before the game. WLB Omar
Gaither was benched for Akeem Jordan. Jordan led the team with
nine tackles (eight solo), including two for a loss. An UDFA out
of FCS James Madison, he was the Atlantic 10 Defensive POY in
2006. As a rookie last year, he was a key special teams contributor
much of the season and got his first career start in the final
game of the season. He started this season again on special teams,
but saw more work on defense. MLB Stewart Bradley had a season-low
three tackles (one solo). He leads the team in tackles this season,
but his output is sporadic. He had back-to-back double-digit tackles
in his previous two games, but also four games with four tackles.
DE Trent Cole continued his hot streak, posting his seventh sack
of the season among his eight tackles (seven solo). After just
three sacks in his first eight games, he has four in his last
three games. He also has 24 tackles (18 solo) in that span. Reserve
DE Victor Abiamiri got his first career sack. His role has grown
more recently, seeing more time in the end rotation and also playing
inside in the nickel package. DL Darren Howard left the game in
the fourth quarter with a neck injury. He is having an outstanding
year in the DE rotation and situational work inside, he leads
the team with eight sacks. DT Brodrick Bunkley was also dinged
early, but returned to the game. CB Asante Samuel suffered a stinger
in the game. None of the injuries appear serious, but the team
is on a short week with a Thanksgiving game on the schedule. SS
Quentin Mikell had his second sack of the season among his six
tackles (five solo) and forced a fumble on it.
ILB James Farrior led the leagueís best defense with 11
tackles (eight solo), including one for a loss. Farrior leads
the team in tackles for the season and after a dip in numbers
the past couple of games, he posted his fourth double-digit tackle
game of the season. All four were in the last six weeks. OLB LaMarr
Woodley had the only sack in the game. He now has 10.5 on the
season, trailing teammate OLB James Harrison who has 12.
SS Troy Polamalu grabbed his fifth pick of the season on the Bengalsí
final play of the game. CB Bryant McFadden remains out with a
broken arm and CB Deshea Townsend missed his second straight game
with a hamstring injury, so William Gay started opposite Ike Taylor
again. McFadden has returned to practice and could be back this
week, but Townsend is doubtful. DE Brett Keisel left the game
in the fourth quarter with a right knee sprain and was replaced
by Chris Hoke. Keisel has a MCL sprain and is expected to miss
a couple of weeks.
Little was out of the starting lineup again as he continues
to battle a lingering hamstring injury. He only saw limited work
in passing situations, while Victor
Adeyanju got the start at LDE and James
Hall worked in more once Adeyanju turned his ankle. Hall had
the only sack for the Rams, a gift when CHI QB Kyle Orton tripped
coming out from under center in the third quarter. Hall is tied
with Little for the team lead with 4.5 sacks. Little hasnít had
a sack since Week 7 and isnít worth a roster spot in all but the
deepest leagues with large benches where he can be buried until
he is healthy. Rookie RDE Chris
Long separated the ball from fellow rookie CHI RB Matt Forte
for the first time this season. FS O.J. Atogwe recovered it and
then forced a fumble of his own later in the game. After a few
quiet games, Atogwe is back to being one of the few playmakers
on either side of the ball for the Rams. DT Clifton
Ryan had six tackles (four solo, including two for a loss)
as he remains in the starting lineup in place of Adam
Carriker, who is active, but limited, but a lingering ankle
injury and also hurt his shoulder on Sunday.
MLB Will Witherspoon led the team with eight solo tackles. WLB
Pisa Tinoisamoa had eight tackles (seven solo, including one for
a loss) and has a slight lead over Witherspoon for the team high
on the season. Witherspoon has battled injuries this season, from
a groin in the preseason to a thigh to tears in both labrums (in
one shoulder on Sunday), but has teased with 20 tackles in the
last two games. Proceed with caution, he doesnít look like
a promising producer for the rest of the year. SLB Chris Draft
(broken foot) and CB Tye Hill (torn cartilage in knee) both remained
inactive. Draft is expected to miss a few more weeks and Hill
has started running, but not practicing, and it remains a mystery
when, or if, he returns this year. The luster is off SLB Quinton
Culberson. After posting double-digit tackles in his first game
replacing Draft, he hasnít had more than four the last two
games. CB Ronald Bartell hurt his knee in the previous game, but
was in the starting lineup on Sunday.
CB Quentin Jammer led the team with 11 tackles (nine solo) and
grabbed his second pick of the season, the only turnover the defense
forced. He is on his way to career numbers across the board. NT
Jamal Williams (nine solo) and FS Eric Weddle (eight solo) each
had ten tackles. Williams had the only sack in the game. Weddle
leads the team in tackles on the season. Matt Wilhelm got his
first start since Week Five and saw more work than he has in a
while against the pass-heavy IND O. Tim Dobbins saw little action.
DE Luis Castillo was inactive with a groin injury suffered in
the previous and Jacques Cesaire replaced him despite a knee injury
suffered in the previous game. Castillo is expected back this
ILB Takeo Spikes led the team with nine tackles (six solo). ILB
Patrick Willis had seven (five solo) and is second in the league
on the season.
Lewis was playing through a leg injury and suffered an abdomen
injury during the game. He is expected to play this week. CB Walt
Harris is questionable with a hamstring. OLB Manny Lawson
had the only sack in the game for the team and has sacks in back-to-back
It looked like the Seahawks would get one more late chance for
victory when FS Brian
Russell forced a fumble with less than two minutes to play
that DT Baraka
Atkins recovered. However, the QB Matt Hasselbeck through
a pick on the next play.
OLB Julian Peterson got his fifth sack of the season and DE Darryl
Tapp got his third. Peterson also led the team with ten tackles
(eight solo). DE Patrick Kerney was finally put on the IR, unable
to recover from chronic problems with his left shoulder. Rookie
Lawrence Jackson is locked in as the starter opposite Tapp for
the rest of the season.
After falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter to the winless
Lions, the defense held them to three points the rest of the way
and CB Ronde Barber put the game away with an INT returned 65
yards for a TD in the third quarter. Barber had another pick earlier
in the game and four solo tackles. Those were his first two picks
of the season and it was his 11th career turnover returned for
a TD, third in NFL history.
Reserve DE Jimmy Wilkerson had the first two-sack game of his
career and has three sacks in the last two games. He has four
on the season after totaling one sack in his previous five seasons.
DE Gaines Adams had his team-leading fifth sack of the season.
MLB Barrett Ruud led the team with six tackles (four solo). SS
Jermaine Phillips returned to practice last week from a forearm
injury, but was still inactive and continues to be replaced by
Sabby Piscitelli. Rookie LB Geno Hayes was put on the IR with
a knee injury and the team signed FA LB Matt McCoy. They brought
back McCoy after cutting him earlier this year after a DUI arrest.
Although he was questionable and limited in practice last week,
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch returned after missing all or most of the
last four games with a groin injury. He had six tackles (two solo)
and shared a sack with DT Albert Haynesworth. Injuries have kept
KVB worthless since early in the season, but his performance on
Sunday was a good indicator he is back to full strength and someone
to look for on waivers after others have given up on him this
season. Haynesworth forced a fumble on the shared sack in the
first quarter and got a solo sack on the second-to-last play of
the first half, but had to leave the game after he caught a shoulder
to the head from teammate DE Jevon Kearse during the play. Haynesworth
returned to the game in the second half. Keep an eye on Haynesworthís
status because he has already suffered a concussion this season.
He leads the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks this season. Rookie
reserve DL Jason Jones missed his second straight game with a
foot injury. OLB Keith Bulluck continues to play through torn
rib cartilage, but it isnít hampering his performance. Bulluck
(nine solo) and MLB Stephen Tulloch (seven solo) led the team
with ten tackles. It was Bulluckís third double-digit sack
performance of the season and second in the last three games.
He still isnít turning in the big scoring fantasy plays,
but tackles numbers are up from his disappointing season last
CB Cortland Finnegan grabbed his fifth pick of the season with
an acrobatic one-handed stab in NYJ territory in the second quarter.
The offense responded on the subsequent drive with a three-and-out,
not gaining a yard, and having to punt. The team is dinged up
at corner, with Nick Harper missing his second game with an ankle
sprain. He is expected to return this week. Top reserves Eric
King and Reynaldo Hill were both placed on the IR before the game.
King broke his left forearm in the previous game and Hill has
a hip injury. Former OAK return specialist Chris Carr got his
first start at CB opposite Finnegan in the game, while the team
promoted CB Tuff Harris from the practice squad and signed FA
journeyman Tyrone Poole for depth.
It appeared SEA would get one last chance when RB Ladell Betts
fumbled with less than two minutes left in the game, but CB Shawn
Springs sealed the win on the next play from scrimmage when he
grabbed his first INT of the season. Springs returned to the starting
lineup after missing the previous four games with a calf injury.
His return left little work for Hall, who was the fourth corner.
Landry had his first career (regular season) pick earlier
in the game.
MLB London Fletcher and DE Andre Carter both suffered foot injuries
on Sunday. Carter has a sprain of the plantar fascia in his right
foot. He is expected to play through, but isnít worth a
start as heís having a thoroughly disappointing season.
Fletcher has a sprain in his left foot and his status is in question,
but he hasnít missed a game in 11 years and it is hard envisioning
him missing a key division match-up with the Giants. Fletcher
had a season-low two solo tackles, but leads the team with 86
on the season. H.B. Blades would get the start in the middle if
Fletcher canít go. Blades started Sunday at SLB for Marcus
Washington, who is out indefinitely with a high-ankle sprain suffered
in the previous game, joining the hamstring and shoulder problems
Washington was already battling in a forgettable season for him.
If Blades has to play the middle, Alfred Fincher would be forced
in to duty at SLB this week. DE Jason Taylor returned after missing
two games with a recurring calf problem. He had three solo tackles
and saw work at SLB, as well, on running downs. WLB Rocky McIntosh
led the team with seven solo tackles, including his second sack
of the season.
With top reserve DT Anthony Montgomery inactive with an Achillesí
injury and starting DT Kedric Golston battling a bone spur, little-used
DT Lorenzo Alexander capitalized on his opportunity for more snaps
and posted three solo tackles, including his first career sack.
Montgomery is expected to play this week.