After a strong performance in Week One, OLB Travis LaBoy posted
a goose egg on Sunday. His back-up, Bert Berry spelled him and posted
his second sack of the year. WLB Karlos Dansby led the team with
eight tackles (seven solo). Starting corners Eric Green (calf) and
Rod Hood (neck) both left the game briefly with injuries, but both
SS Lawyer Milloy (seven solo) and rookie MLB Curtis Lofton (five
solo) led the team with eight tackles. Early Monday morning, Milloy
was arrested for a DUI as he was caught speeding. If he misses
any time because of it, rookie S Thomas DeCloud would get the
start. DE John Abraham notched another sack, giving him four on
the season. Jason Jefferson got the start in place of injured
Grady Jackson (knee). Jackson is expected back this week.
Due to damage to Houstonís Reliant Stadium caused by Hurricane
Ike, their game against the Texans was rescheduled to Week Ten.
That was to be the Ravensí bye week. The break will help
their dinged up secondary get healthy. CB Chris McAlister (swollen
right knee), FS Ed Reed (nerve impingement in neck and left shoulder),
and nickel CB Corey Ivy (right ankle sprain) all practiced last
week through injuries. CB Derrick Martin (shoulder) and CB Fabian
Washington (neck), were both coming off one-game suspensions,
but injuries were likely to prevent their debuts in Week Two,
if the game had been played. NT Kelly Gregg (left knee) was also
still listed as doubtful before the game was cancelled.
DT Kyle Williams continued to roll, getting a sack among his five
tackles (four solo). He has 2.5 on the season and is a DT on the
rise for leagues that segregate interior linemen. Williams was
a fifth-round pick in 2006, the same year the team took DT John
McCargo in the first round. McCargo was a healthy scratch Week
One and saw little work on Sunday. CB Ashton Youboty also had
a sack and CB Terrence McGee led the team with seven solo tackles.
Harris couldnít wait to face his former team and came up big
in the victory over the Bears. He forced a fumble, his second
of the season, on TE Greg Olson in Carolina territory in the third
quarter that CB Chris
Gamble recovered and would lead to a TD. Harris also had five
tackles (three solo, including one on special teams), while Gamble
also had eight tackles (seven solo) and just missed a pick six
when he jumped a route on a WR screen late in the fourth quarter.
Olson also had another big fumble in the second quarter, forced
by WLB Thomas
Davis, to kill a deep Bears drive. MLB Jon
Beason recovered the fumble. Beason also led the team with
11 tackles (eight solo) and broke up a pass. Davis also had nine
tackles (eight solo). DT Damione
Lewis had the only sack of the game, helped by pressure from
DE Julius Peppers, who got his hands on CHI QB Kyle Orton and
forced him in to standing fetal position for Lewis to clean up.
Peppers had three tackles (two solo, including one TFL). Tyler
Brayton continues to start at LDE opposite Peppers, but Charles
Johnson rotated in regularly, especially on third-and-long.
Brayton had a solo tackle and Johnson had two.
The defense looked good again most of the game, but couldnít overcome
a few crucial turnovers and general ineptness by the offense.
They brought great pressure, with DE Alex
Brown, FS Mike Brown, and reserve DE Israel
Idonije each getting a sack. Brown has a sack in each of the
first two games. CB Charles
Tillman had an interception when he grabbed a bobbled ball
from CAR TE Jeff King and returned it 26 yards to set up a TD.
Tillman led the team with six solo tackles. SS Kevin
Payne (five solo) and WLB Lance
Briggs (four solo) also had six tackles.
The game started off well when reserve LB Darrell
McClover blocked a punt on the first series that WR Brandon
Lloyd plucked out of the air and returned for a TD. Reserve S
McGowan suffered an ankle sprain on a kick return and was
in a walking boot after the game. If he misses time, SS Kevin
Payne gets a boost and reserve DB Danieal
Manning will see some time in pass packages. He could also
work kick returns, for those in return yardage leagues, because
of a Devin
Hester injury. CB Nathan
Vasher will work punt returns if Hester is out.
The cancellation of the Ravens @ Texans game impacted the Bengals.
In order to accommodate the rescheduling of that game, the Bengals
bye was changed from Week Ten to Week Eight.
On Sunday, MLB Dhani Jones led the team with ten tackles (five
solo), including one for a loss. First-round pick WLB Keith Rivers
had eight tackles (four solo), including two TFL. Darryl Blackstock
started at SLB over Rashad Jeanty, but both rotated. Blackstock
briefly left the game with a neck stinger. DE Antwan Odom didnít
start, but saw more action, and had four tackles (two solo), including
his first sack of the season on which he forced a fumble.
SS Dexter Jackson was inactive with a broken thumb. Chinedum Ndukwe,
who was inactive last week with a knee injury, got the start.
He had six tackles (four solo) and broke up a pass. Kyries Herbert
also saw some work at safety and recovered Odomís fumble.
Jackson has already been ruled out this week, so Ndukwe gets another
start at SS. CB Johnathan Joseph limped off the field with an
ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. He had a walking boot at practice
Monday and his status is in question for this week.
Jones had his right knee cleaned last week to correct a lingering
problem. He is expected to miss up to a month. Mike Adams, who
started at FS in place of Brodeny Pool (concussion) in Week One,
took over SS. Adams led the team with nine solo tackles, including
one on special teams, DE Robaire
Smith suffered a torn Achillesí tendon in the game and was
placed on the IR this week. Shaun
Smith should see more work in his place.
CB Terence Newman returned to the starting line, but CB Adam Jones
remained in as the starter opposite Newman. OLB Greg Ellis had
two sacks and Demarcus Ware had another on the other side.
CB Champ Bailey led the team with seven solo tackles, including
one on special teams. He also had his first pick of the season
to set up the Broncos first TD. His brother, SLB Boss Bailey,
made his debut after missing Week One recovering from a high ankle
sprain suffered in the preseason. Boss posted six tackles (five
Former first-round pick DE Jarvis Moss was a healthy scratch for
the second straight week. DE John Engelberger had the only sack
in the game.
Another week, another embarrassment by the Lions. For the second
consecutive week, DE Dewayne White had the only highlight, the
only sack for the team. He had the trifecta on the sack, forcing
and recovering the fumble, as well. Daniel Bullocks replaced Gerald
Alexander as the starting FS and led the team with 12 tackles
(eight solo). Alexander suffered a concussion in the game.
Despite indications rookie Jordon Dizon would play more and Paris
Lenon being dinged up, Lenon took all the snaps at MLB. WLB Ernie
Sims was back from a right ankle injury to start. He posted five
tackles (three solo). This week both DE Ikaika Alama-Francis and
rookie DE Cliff Avril were active. Alama-Francis had a TFL and
Avril played special teams.
Woodson sealed the win with picks on back-to-back series in
the fourth quarter. The second interception he returned 41 yards
for a TD. FS Nick
Collins turned it in to a complete blowout when he returned
a pick on the next series for a 42 yard TD. Woodson is still hampered
by a healing broken toe, so his status will continue to frustrate
owners each week, but he looked pretty good on Sunday. SS Atari
Bigby left the game early with a hamstring injury. Aaron
Rouse replaced him and was involved in two long TDs surrendered
to DET WR Calvin Johnson allowing the Lions to briefly take a
second half lead. Bigby is expected to not practice until Friday,
so his status is in doubt this week. Rouse, who is playing with
a dinged ankle himself, would replace Bigby if he canít go.
Due to damage to Reliant Stadium caused by Hurricane Ike, their
game against the Ravens was rescheduled to Week Ten. Week Two
was now their bye instead of Week Eight.
Freeney continues to start, but play mostly on passing downs,
and got his second sack of the season among his three tackles
(two solo). He also forced a fumble on his sack. WLB Freddie Keiaho
led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo, including one on special
teams). FS Bob
Sanders had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with an
ankle injury and will miss four weeks. Melvin Bullitt replaced
him. Sanders has never played 16 games in a season, so Bullitt
Giordano will have value in at least one game this season.
Bullitt would probably start if Sanders canít go this week.
Williams led the team with eight solo tackles. MLB Mike Peterson
also had eight tackles (seven solo). OLB Justin
Durant left in the first quarter with a groin injury and was
replaced by Clint
Ingram. RDE Reggie
Hayward had his first sack of the season. First-round pick
Harvey had a solo tackle rotating with Hayward, while second-round
Groves had three solo tackles, including his first career
sack, rotating in with LDE Paul
Spicer. Groves forced a fumble on the sack with a classic
arm sweep while being dragged down that Hayward recovered. It
led to a field goal.
DT Tank Tyler (six solo) and OLB Derrick
Johnson (seven solo, including one on special teams) led the
team with eight tackles. Pat Thomas remained the starter at MLB
and had four tackles (three solo).
Pollard recovered a fumble OAK rookie RB Darren McFadden put
on the ground and forced another on McFadden that went out of
bounds. Pollard also recovered another fumble that FS Jarrad Page
forced. CB Patrick
Surtain left the game at the half with a shoulder injury in
some pain. Rookie Brandon
Carr replaced him and had two solo tackles. Surtain is questionable
this week and Carr would replace him.
Crocker suffered a neck stinger in the first quarter and tried
to return to the game before leaving for good. Instead of former
first-round pick Jason
Allen, it was Renaldo
Hill who replaced Crocker. Hill started the past two years
before he tore his ACL last October. It didnít matter who was
back in the Miami secondary, they couldnít stop AZ QB Kurt Warner
and WR Anquan Boldin. Warner threw three TDs to Boldin and posted
a perfect QB rating on the afternoon. HC Tony Sparano mentioned
there could be changes in the secondary as soon as this week.
The defense was clicking on all cylinders in the first half, shutting
out the Colts. However, the offense was could only convert field
goals and the explosive Colts offense came back in the second
half. DE Jared Allen got his first sack as a Viking and MLB E.J.
Henderson was all over the field, getting three tackles for loss,
including a sack, among his six tackles (five solo). SLB Chad
Greenway led the team with six solo tackles.
A banged-up Saints defense fell apart late in a loss at Washington.
SLB Scott Fujita suffered a bruised right knee in the first quarter
of their Week One victory, but returned to make a game-clinching
interception with seconds left. However, the knee swelled up last
week and he was out on Sunday. Rookie Jo-Lonn Dunbar, an UDFA,
started in his place and posted six tackles (three solo) and two
passes defensed. SS Roman Harper was inactive with a hamstring
injury and Josh Bullocks returned to the starting lineup in his
place. Chris Reis also saw some time at safety and got his first
career sack. CB Randall Gay also missed the game, so Aaron Glenn
got the start opposite rookie Tracy Porter. Glenn joined the legion
of wounded during the game when he left in the fourth quarter
with a strained ligament in his ankle. Mike McKenzie was inactive
again as he is still recovering from a torn ACL last year.
MLB Jonathan Vilma did play, and he had a game-high 16 tackles
(10 solo) and jumps out to an early league-lead in tackles. DE
Will Smith had his first sack of the year among his four tackles
New York Giants
The Giants got after STL QB Marc Bulger all day, sacking him six
times and hitting him several more. LDE Justin Tuck and DT Fred
Robbins each had two sacks each, but RDE Mathias Kiwanuka was
kept in check on a hobbled ankle by STL star LT Orlando Pace.
Kiwanuka had a clean sheet in the box score. Tuck also put a cherry
on top of the victory in the fourth quarter when he lined up as
a DT and batted a Bulger pass in the air, grabbed it himself,
and took it 41 yards for a TD.
Pierce had a sack and two other solo tackles. Gerris Wilkinson
and rookie Bryan
Kehl continued to alternate each series at WLB. Kehl had four
tackles (three solo, including one on special teams) and Wilkinson
had just one solo tackle. This battle looks to be tilting towards
the rookie, but both will continue to cannibalize the value of
the other for now. FS Michael
Johnson suffered a neck stinger in the second half, but returned
to the game to finish with a team-high seven solo tackles, including
two on special teams. First-round pick S Kenny
Phillips thought he had his first career pick when he and
STL WR Torry Holt both came down with a 45-yard pass in the end
zone in the fourth quarter. However, Holt kept wrestling for the
ball on the ground and officials ruled it a TD once on the scene.
Phillips continues to work as the third safety. CB Aaron
Ross dinged his shoulder in the game, but it sounds like he
will be OK. Reserve CB R.W.
McQuarters was inactive with a calf injury.
The hapless Raiders ran in to the even more hapless Chiefs and
put up a solid defensive effort. They knocked KC starting QB Damon
Huard out of the game quickly and then got after QB Tyler Thigpen,
as KC was on their third QB in Week Two. WLB Thomas
Howard led the way with a team-high seven tackles (five solo),
as well as a sack and a forced fumble on separate plays. MLB Kirk
Morrison had a sack among his six tackles (five solo) and
a pick. After dinging his shoulder on Monday night, D Derrick
Burgess started and got his first sack of the season among
his five tackles (four solo), forcing a fumble on it. Third LDE
Edwards made his season debut after missing the opener with
a groin injury and had a sack rotating with starting RDE Jay
The big defensive highlight in the exciting offensive exhibition
on MNF came on the heels of a TD by the Philly offense to pull
them within a point at 14-13. On the subsequent kick-off, the
ball was misplayed and the Cowboys were buried deep in Philly
territory. On the first play from scrimmage, DAL QB Tony Romo
rolled in the end zone to avoid the rush when FS Brian
Dawkins knocked the ball loose and SLB Chris
Gocong landed on it for his first career TD. CB Sheldon
Brown led the team with eight solo tackles and forced a fumble.
DE Aaron Smith scored two sacks while on the other side Brett
Keisel suffered a calf injury in the second quarter and is expected
to miss some time. CB Deshea Townsend was inactive with a heel
injury. Nickel CB Bryant McFadden started in his place and had
a pick. Townsend is expected back this week. SS Troy Polamalu
also had a pick in the game.
With LDE Leonard
Little out with a hamstring injury, first-round pick DE Chris
Long remained on the right and James
Hall got the start in place of Little. Howieís son got his
first career sack and Hall had six tackles (five solo). Hall looked
like he was about to take NYG QB Eli Manning down for a sack late
in the first half when he appeared to have Manning ďin the graspĒ,
but there was no whistle and Manning flipped the ball to RB Brandon
Jacobs with his left for a completion. Victor
Adeyanju was bumped up to the third DE with Little out and
got a sack. Little remains questionable for this week. MLB Will
Witherspoon looked like his recovery from a groin injury had
progressed, as he led the team with seven tackles (six solo).
It appeared FS O.J. Atogwe forced a fumble late in the third quarter
as NYG WR Plaxico Burgess came down with a catch deep in St. Louis
territory, which Atogwe recovered. However, upon review, Burgess
was ruled down before Atogwe knocked the ball out. The Giants
scored the TD that would be the difference in the game on the
OLB Shawne Merriman had successful surgery on his left knee this
week and is expected to be ready for training camp. As expected,
Jyles Tucker replaced him opposite Shaun Phillips at OLB. Tucker
had two tackles (one solo) and batted down a pass in the fourth
quarter. Tucker played most of the first half and new top reserve
OLB Marques Harris rotated in outside in the second half. Phillips
suffered a strain groin in the game and Harris hurt his hand.
Both are expected to play this week.
CB Quentin Jammer led the team with 11 tackles (ten solo) and
forced a fumble. SS Clinton Hart broke a bone in his hand and
had surgery this week. He plans to try playing through it with
a cast. FS Eric Weddle also strained his groin, but is expected
to play this week.
The 49ers had been behind the entire game when the Seahawks were
threatening to extend a 20-13 lead in San Francisco territory
until a pass deflected by CB Walt Harris fell in to the arms of
ILB Patrick Willis who returned it 86 yards for a TD to tie the
game. Willis led the team with eight solo tackles. Not long after
the pick, Willis left the game with a leg injury and had x-rays
that were negative. He would return to the game, just missing
one series. Harris also had a pick of his own.
Lewis had five tackles (three solo), including a sack. He
also recovered a fumble. Nickel CB Dashon
Goldson left the game in the first half with a knee sprain.
His back-up, Shawntae Spencer also left the game with a knee sprain.
Both should be OK for this week.
The defense got after SF QB J.T. OíSullivan, sacking him
eight times. DE Patrick Kerney and rookie RDE Lawrence Jackson
led the way with two each. Kerney has three sacks on his first
two games. He also led the team in tackles with six (five solo).
Despite breaking his left hand in practice last week, CB Marcus
Trufant played with a cast. He had two solo tackles and recovered
Despite concerns a strained right hamstring would cost him a game,
WLB Derrick Brooks played in his 210th straight game and made
his 194th straight start. He had three tackles (two solo). He
could be limited again this week, but is expected to start. MLB
Barrett Ruud led the team with eight tackles (five solo). DE Gaines
Adams got two sacks and third DE Greg White had 1.5 sacks, following
up his one the previous week. White was rewarded with a new three-year
contract on Monday.
Rookie nickel CB Aqib
Talib got his first career pick when ATL rookie WR Harry Douglas
fell down on the first series. He left the game in the fourth
quarter with a hamstring strain.
He only posted four tackles (two solo), but RLB Keith Bulluck
sealed the victory early in the fourth quarter. With the Bengals
punting deep in their own end zone, Bulluck came up the middle
to the right and got his hand in on, then picked it up for a TD
to give the Titans a 24-7 lead, which was the final score. MLB
Keith Fowler had seven tackles (four solo), including two for
The secondary continue to be excellent fantasy performers, led
by corners Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper. Finnegan had his
third pick of the season and four tackles (three solo). Harper
had five tackles (four solo) and forced a fumble. Nickel CB Vincent
Fuller had eight tackles (three solo), including two assists on
special teams. SS Chris Hope also had eight tackles (four solo).
FS Michael Griffin had six tackles (five solo), including a solo
and assist on special teams, as well his first interception of
the season. LDE Jevon Kearse shared a sack with RDE Kyle Vanden
Bosch, and Kearse also forced a fumble. DT Albert Haynesworth
started despite a mild concussion, although he left the game briefly
late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. He forced
a fumble on his only tackle of the game.
Taylor got his first sack as a Redskin among his four tackles
(two solo) and also batted down a pass. MLB London
Fletcher led the team with seven tackles (four solo). H.B.
Blades got the start at SLB with Marcus
Washington inactive with hamstring and hip problems. Blades
had six tackles (four solo) and broke up a pass. Washington is
expected to return this week.
SS Reed Doughty was inactive because he was sick, so rookie Chris
Horton got the start and proved to be quite a playmaker, building
on a strong preseason. He had two picks, including one to end
the final drive by the Saints and preserve the victory. He also
recovered a fumble, making him a part of every turnover the team
forced. The seventh-round pick was an All-PAC-10 safety at UCLA
known for his hard hitting. Definitely a player to watch.