A potential game-tying TD erased by a personal foul on offense definitely
cost them the game, but the inability of the defense to force a
turnover didn’t help. ILB Gerald Hayes led the team with 13
tackles (nine solo). WLB Karlos Dansby had nine tackles (six solo),
including a sack. OLB tweener Travis LaBoy played through a sore
ankle and had five solo tackles. Reserve OLB tweener Bert Berry
left the game earlier with a left groin injury, but returned and
had a sack for the third straight game. He should be fine…for
now. Despite not being a starter, he is off to a great start as
a pass rush specialist after landing the IR each of the last three
seasons. Caveat emptor.
DE John Abraham is one of the best passing rushers in the league…when
he can stay healthy. He’s healthy, for now, and picked up
two more sacks on Sunday, giving him six on the season. He forced
a fumble on one of his sacks and brought good pressure all day.
DT Grady Jackson was back in the starting lineup after missing
the previous game with a knee problem. WLB Keith Brooking had
10 tackles (seven solo). SLB Michael Boley was limited by a neck
strain suffered in the previous game and played only in certain
pass packages. He had four solo tackles. Coy Wire played SLB on
the base defense.
FS Erik Coleman led the team with 10 solo tackles, he also forced
a fumble and grabbed his first interception as a Falcon. SS Lawyer
Milloy started despite a DUI arrest last week. The team said they
are addressing this “internally”, while Milloy hasn’t
been fined or suspended by the league yet. If he missed any time,
rookie S Thomas DeCloud would get the start. CB Brent Grimes had
his first career pick and CB Chris Houston piled on the victory
when he returned a pick ten yards for his first career TD in the
FS Ed Reed has been battling a painful nerve problem in his neck
and left shoulder, limiting his fantasy impact, but it should
be no surprise that facing the Browns helped make him productive,
at least for one game. Going in to Sunday, six of Reed’s
34 career interceptions have come against the Browns, with two
returned for TDs. Reed help put the game away in the third quarter
when he grabbed a pick and return it 32 yards for a TD. On the
previous offensive series by Cleveland, CB Chris McAlister got
his second pick of the season that led to a TD. OLB tweener Terrell
Suggs got his first two sacks of the season, forcing a fumble
on one. Suggs didn’t get his first sack until Week six last
year, when he posted a career-worst five sacks on the season.
Not all the news was good on Sunday, as SS Dawan
Landry was left lying motionless and taken off the field on
a cart after hitting CLE RB Jamal Lewis low on a tackle and taking
a knee to the head in the second quarter. He was diagnosed with
a spinal cord concussion. He will wear a collar for a week to
stabilize his neck while it heals and will miss some time, but
is expected to return this season. Jim
Leonhard replaced him in the game and had a sack. The Ravens
drafted two safeties this year, Tom
Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura, but it appears DC Rex Ryan
will go with the cagey vet in Leonhard to replace Landry, leaving
the youngsters on special teams. Leonhard had some nice value
as an injury replacement in Buffalo last year. He is also being
used as a return man with specialist Yamon Figurs and Reed dinged
up, so he has some potential additional value in leagues that
count return yards, although Figurs figures to return this week.
Rolle aggravated a right shoulder injury in the game, but
is expected to play through it this week. He had his first pick
of the season on Sunday. The secondary is dinged up top to bottom,
although McAlister (right knee) and nickel CB Corey
Ivy (right ankle sprain) seem like they benefit from the unexpected
by in Week Two and could be past their injuries. Reserve CB Derrick
Martin was active for the first time this year, but he’s behind
Ivy and Frank
Walker, as well. Fabian
Washington (neck) remained inactive. NT Kelly
Gregg missed another game with a knee injury and is expected
to miss at least this week, as well, with some concern it could
end his season.
DE Chris Kelsay had his first sack of the season, the only one
in the game for the Bills. He forced a fumble on the sack that
MLB Paul Posluszny recovered. It set up Buffalo’s first
TD. DE Aaron Schobel brought good pressure, but is still looking
for his second sack of the season. Posluszny shared the team-lead
of six tackles (5 solo) with DT Marcus Stroud (four solo) and
FS Ko Simpson. Stroud through bulldozing OAK RB Michael Bush for
a two-yard loss on a second down on Oakland’s final drive,
setting up a third-and-long they didn’t convert. On the
previous play, DT Kyle Williams stopped Bush at the line of scrimmage.
Williams continued to thrive and posted four tackles (three solo)
in the game.
SLB Keith Ellison was shaken up during the game, but returned
quickly. Rookie Leodis McKelvin didn’t see much time of
defense, but team’s new top kick returner brought back five
for 137 yards, including a 56-yard return.
Peppers broke an eight-game sackless streak with his first
sack of the season in the third quarter. LDE Tyler
Brayton and third DE Charles
Johnson split a sack on the next play. Johnson suffered a
minor hamstring injury in the game. Rookie FS Charles Godfrey
had his first career sack. CB Chris
Gamble had his first pick of the season.
WLB Thomas Davis led the team with eight tackles (five solo).
Reserve rookie LB Dan Connor tore his ACL on special teams and
is done for the year.
In a game full of aggressiveness past whistle, it was unsurprising
the outcome turned on a penalty. On Tampa Bay’s second possession
of overtime, the Bears buried them inside their own ten-yard line.
After stopping the Bucs on a third-and-nine, CB Charles Tillman
allegedly jumped in the pile late, drawing a brutal 15-yard penalty
that kept the eventual game-winning drive alive. Tillman led the
team with 11 tackles (10 solo), forcing a fumble on one and breaking
up two passes. CB Nathan Vasher had his first pick of the season
and SS Kevin Payne had his first career interception, but also
struggled in coverage. Vasher returned punts with WR Devin Hester
inactive and reserve DB Danieal Manning returned kicks.
MLB Brian Urlacher had six solo tackles and was involved in two
turnovers. He tipped a pass deep in Tampa Bay territory that WLB
Lance Briggs picked, leading to the first points for Chicago.
Urlacher also recovered the fumble Tillman forced. Briggs also
had six solo tackles and broke up three passes.
The defense was unable to put enough pressure on the NYG O, they
had no sacks and forced no turnovers, in the OT loss. MLB Dhani
Jones led the team with 12 tackles (eight solo). Rookie WLB Keith
Rivers had just two assists.
SS Dexter Jackson remained inactive with a broken thumb. Chinedum
Ndukwe started at SS and posted seven tackles (six solo). CB Johnathan
Joseph was inactive with an ankle sprain, giving David Jones a
start. Jackson and Joseph may be able to play this week, but their
return is still uncertain. Ndukwe could keep the starting job
over Jackson when he returns.
ILB D’Qwell Jackson led the team with 14 tackles (five solo) and
grabbed BAL QB Joe Flacco’s first career interception. Next to
him, ILB Andra
Davis posted 10 tackles (eight solo) and continues to distance
himself from third ILB Leon
Williams in snaps. Willie
McGinest was inactive with a hamstring, so seventh-round pick
got the start at OLB and notched his first career sack among his
seven tackles (six solo). Hall looks like revelation and could
finally be the player they’ve needed opposite Kamerion
Wimbley so they can finally move McGinest out of a starting
role. McGinest is expected to return this week, but it seems Hall
has earned the opportunity to see more snaps.
CB Adam Jones worked as the third nickel, but saw plenty of snaps.
On the second play from scrimmage, he forced a fumble on GB RB
then recovered it himself and returned it 21 yards to set up a
field goal, the first points of the game. Jones led the team with
eight tackles (six solo). With the team missing SS Roy
Williams with a broken arm, they worked Jones in more than
back-up S Pat
Watkins. CB Anthony
Henry was used in some timely blitzes and racked up the first
two sacks of his career. ILB Zach Thomas, OLB Demarcus
Ware, and DE Jay
Ratliff each had a solo sack. Ware has one sack in each game
this year and a streak of at least one sack in six straight games
dating back to last year (seven, if you include their one playoff
As if HC Mike Shanahan didn’t give fantasy players enough
fits on the offensive side of the ball with his unpredictable
handling of running backs, we now have a reason to dislike him
from an IDP perspective. The Broncos unveiled some 3-4 looks on
Sunday. The biggest beneficiary was OLB Jaime Winborn, who was
relegated to the bench in the previous game when Boss Bailey returned
from a preseason high ankle sprain. Bailey and Winborn worked
outside, while D.J. Williams slid inside with Nate Webster. Bailey
aggravated his ankle sprain during the game, but says he is fine
and will play this week. Kenny Peterson and Josh Shaw worked the
nose tackle, while several players rotated at DE. The most negative
impact seemed to be to DE Elvis Dumervil, who would never work
inside in a 3-4 like he does in a 4-3 on some passing downs and
isn’t a good fit for OLB either in a 3-4. However, it’s
a bit hard to gauge Dumervil’s performance Sunday as he
was playing with a broken right pinky with four pins in it. At
least initially, the scheme didn’t help the pass rush. They
posted one sack, by reserve DE Ebenezer Ekuban.
Regardless of the scheme, Webster and Williams should continue
to produce well. Williams had a game-high 16 tackles (14 solo),
including one for a loss. Webster totaled 12 tackles (seven solo)
in the game and had a couple huge plays. He saved a TD when he
stuffed NO RB Pierre Thomas on a fourth-and-goal at the Denver
one-yard line late in the second quarter. However, the offense
yielded a safety on the next play, but the four- or five-point
difference the stop meant made a difference in the end. Earlier
in the quarter, Webster also contributed six more points when
he picked up a fumble forced by DE John
Engelberger and went 34 yards for a TD.
Former first-round pick DE Jarvis Moss was active for the first
time after being a healthy scratch the first two weeks. He brought
some pressure, but only posted one solo tackle. It wasn’t
coincidental Moss being active came with the 3-4 experiment. Moss
is a good fit to rush from the edge as an OLB in a 3-4. Moss being
active came at the expense of DE Tim Crowder, who instead was
a healthy scratch. The team released S Hamza Abdullah this week.
It was a swift fall from grace for Abdullah, who ended the last
few weeks of last season as a starter for the first time in his
career until he was bumped by Marquand Manuel in camp and a few
weeks in to this season he’s jobless. The team signed S
Vernon Fox to replace him.
WLB Ernie Sims led the team with 13 tackles (11 solo). Jordon
Dizon was inactive due to a neck injury, ensuring all the work
in the middle remained with Paris Lenon. Lenon had seven tackles
CB Al Harris
was laid out in pain after a collision with teammate WLB A.J.
Hawk, and tried to return, but was pulled at the end of the
first quarter. Tests discovered he has a ruptured spleen and he
is expected to miss the season. Tramon
Williams replaced him and gave up a long TD to DAL WR Austin
Miles that sealed the victory in the fourth quarter. Williams
has the first shot at replacing Harris. SS Atari
Bigby was sidelined with a hamstring strain from the previous
game giving Aaron
Rouse the start and he once again capitalized on the opportunity.
Rouse led the team with 12 tackles (nine solo). FS Nick
Collins ended an early scoring threat after a long Dallas
drive with a pick in the end zone he took out and returned 61
yards before DAL WR Terrell Owens caught him from behind. Collins
hurt his back during the game and there is some concern about
his availability this week. CB Charles
Woodson played through his to toe injury to do a solid job
on Owens, but it resulted in little fantasy production.
The unexpected bye week didn’t help the defense game plan
any better for the Tennessee offense under new starting QB Kerry
Collins. They capitalized on two early turnovers before seeing
few more highlights on either side of the ball the final three
quarters. CB Jacques Reeves, starting with Dunta Robinson on the
PUP, grabbed a pick on the first play from scrimmage by the Titans
that led to a field goal. Later in the first quarter, SLB Zac
Diles forced a fumble that MLB DeMeco Ryans recovered and led
to another field goal. Ryans led the team with 13 tackles (10
solo). Diles, who has been a pleasant fantasy surprise so far
as a new starter, also had eight tackles (five solo). The team
got an additional scare when CB Fred Bennett had to leave the
game in the third quarter with a shoulder stinger. Demarcus Faggins
replaced him, but Bennett later returned. It was a rare game without
a sack for DE Mario Williams, as the team never got to Collins.
Updating last week’s report, FS Bob Sanders is expected
to miss four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain. And so Sanders
keeps his streak of never playing 16 games in a season alive.
Antoine Bethea moved from SS to FS and Melvin Bullitt, a former
UDFA, took over SS. Bullitt had eight tackles (six solo), including
an assist on special teams. The team cut Keiwan Ratliff and brought
S Jaime Silva up from their practice squad to help with depth
WLB Freddie Keiaho stacked back-to-back double-digit tackles games
as he led the Colts with 11 tackles (eight solo). MLB Gary Brackett
also had 11 tackles (seven solo).
As the team dominated time of possession, limiting the Colts to
less than 20 minutes with the ball, there weren’t many opportunities
for the Jacksonville defense. CB Rashean Mathis contributed to
limiting the time the Indianapolis offense was on the field when
he took a pick 61 yards for a TD in the second quarter. SS Brian
Williams and CB Drayton Florence led the team with five tackles
(four solo) each. Williams continues his splendid fantasy performance
since moving to SS as he added a pick to his numbers on Sunday.
FS Reggie Nelson left the game late in the third quarter after
dinging his knee in a collision, but he is expected to play this
OLB Justin Durant was inactive with a groin injury suffered in
the previous game. Clint Ingram replaced him. Durant is likely
to miss this week, as well. OLB Darryl Smith had the only sack
of the game.
CB Patrick Surtain was inactive, so rookie Brandon Carr, a fifth-round
pick out of DII Grand Valley State, got his firs career start.
Carr led the team with nine solo tackles, including one for a
loss. Carr and second-round pick Brandon Flowers give the Chiefs
the only pair of rookie starters at corner in the league. Surtain
could miss this week, as well, and with the Chiefs going nowhere,
the team would probably like to see Carr get as much experience
The team had no sacks and forced no turnovers. DE Tamba
Hali couldn’t take advantage of ATL starting LT Sam Baker
leaving the game at halftime. Pat Thomas remains the starter at
MLB and had five tackles (three solo). Thomas has been unspectacular,
Harris (knee) remains inactive and out of favor with HC Herm
Edwards, while LOLB Donnie
Edwards is being phased out. Edwards, once a top cover LB,
is out of the nickel in favor of Thomas and ROLB Derrick
Johnson and Edwards rotates with Demorrio
Williams in the base defense.
Porter opined it “shouldn’t be that hard” to beat the Pats
without QB Tom
Brady and went about proving it on Sunday. He sacked NE QB
Matt Cassell three times, his first three-sack game since Christmas
Eve 2005 (the last time the Dolphins did it was a week earlier),
and forced a fumble on one that rookie DE Phillip
Merling recovered. Merling, the starting RDE, also had some
other big plays. He got his first career sack after a Porter sack
on New England’s second drive deep in Miami territory. Cassell
actually broke away as Merling was wrestling him down and appeared
to possibly have scrambled for a TD, but the play was whistled
dead and rule “in the grasp”. On the next play, Merling brought
the pressure on a screen, forcing a poor pass from Cassell that
third DE Randy
Starks made an athletic grab on for his first career interception.
FS Chris Crocker had recovered enough from his neck stinger in
the previous week to be active, but the sting of some big plays
he gave up had HC Tony Sparano keep Renaldo Hill as the starter
at FS. Hill had seven tackles (six solo). SS Yeremiah Bell led
the team with 10 tackles (seven solo).
With the Panthers leading 10-3 late in the first half, CB Antoine
Winfield came off the left edge on a safety blitz. He should have
been in CAR QB Jake
Delhomme’s line of vision, but Winfield blasted Dehomme for
the sack and forced a fumble, which he picked up and returned
19-yards for a TD. It was one of five sacks for the defense. DT
got two, DE Jared
Allen got his second in as many weeks, and SLB Chad
Greenway forced a fumble on his sack. WLB Ben
Leber recovered a fumble on an aborted snap.
MLB E.J. Henderson led the team with 12 tackles (11 solo), including
three for a loss. CB Charles Gordon continues to fill in at nickel
while Marcus McCauley was inactive again as he recovers from a
knee injury. Rookie FS Tyrell Johnson had five solo tackles. He
continued to replace Madieu Williams who remained out with a neck
injury. Williams is out of the neck brace, but no timeline has
been shared. SS Darren Sharper continues to play through a shoulder
The defense had no answer for MIA RB Ronnie Brown and some single-wing
trickery the Dolphins inserted in the game plan. Brown rushed
for four scores and throw for another. Rookie Jerod
Mayo (eight solo) and SS Rodney
Harrison (six solo) led the team with 12 tackles. Harrison
also forced a fumble. CB Ellis
Hobbs had four tackles (three solo) and set a team record
with 237 yards in kick returns. The team is struggling with quality
and depth after Hobbs at corner after the departure of Asante
Samuel. The team brought in several street free agents for
work outs this week, so some changes could be coming in the secondary.
An injury-riddled Saints defense continued to shuffle parts in
and out. SS Roman
Harper returned from a hamstring injury and was back in the
starting lineup after missing the previous game, posting six solo
tackles and breaking up a pass. CB Randall
Gay returned from a lingering left hamstring injury that left
him inactive in Week Two, but he aggravated the injury in the
first half and left the game. He was replaced by Mike
McKenzie, who was active for the first time this year as he
returns from a torn ACL in 2007. McKenzie worked in the nickel
package early before replacing Gay at LCB, opposite rookie starter
in the second quarter. McKenzie was in good form, making four
solo tackles and grabbing a pick. SLB Scott Fujuta remained inactive
with a bruised right knee and is day-to-day. UDFA rookie Jo-Lonn
Dunbar got another start. The highlight was DE Charles
Grant and rookie DT Sedrick
Ellis ganged up to stop DEN RB Andre Hall late in the first
New York Giants
The Giants posted six sacks for the second straight week, led
by DT Fred Robbins who had two sacks for the second consecutive
week. Fellow DT Barry Cofield, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, reserve DE
Darrell Tollefson, and CB Corey Webster each had a sack. Webster
forced a fumble on his. CB Aaron Ross left the game in the fourth
quarter with a left shoulder injury. Sam Madison, who briefly
replaced Webster earlier in the game when Webster cramped up,
replaced Ross. Kevin Dockery remained the nickel CB. Kiwanuka,
who has been playing on a sore ankle, and Ross, whose injury doesn’t
look serious, should be healthy after the team’s bye this
MLB Antonio Pierce led the team with 13 tackles (10 solo). Gerris
Wilkinson and rookie Bryan Kehl continued to alternate each series
at WLB, but neither posted a tackle. First-round pick S Kenny
Phillips continues to work as the third safety.
New York Jets
Barrett continued his strong play with a pick returned for
a TD and just missing another, but he left early in the first
half with a shoulder injury. Justin
Miller replaced him, but Barrett would return in the second
half. It was the only turnover and the team had no sacks. ILB
led the team with 10 tackles (nine solo). DT Kris
Jenkins left in the second quarter with a back injury and
The Raiders brought good pressure and forced turnovers, but fell
apart late in the game. Third DE Kalimba Edwards and DT Gerard
Warren each had their second sack of the season in as many weeks.
Edwards forced a fumble on his sack. DE Derrick Burgess shared
a sack with CB DeAngelo Hall. Hall also had his first pick as
a Raider. Warren left the game in the second half because of a
neck or chest injury and Burgess missed some time due to a lingering
shoulder injury and a new triceps problem. Warren’s injury
turned to be a partially torn left pec. He will be out for a while.
Key an eye on the status of Burgess.
Morrison led the team with 10 tackles (nine solo) and also
forced a fumble. SS Gibril
Wilson was ejected in the fourth quarter for a retaliatory
head shot at BUF WR Josh Reed. Rookie Tyvon
Branch worked with the first unit after Wilson’s ejection.
Branch, a fourth-round pick out of UConn, is flexible player who
has moved up the depth chart quickly.
You need to look no further than the pressure the defense brought
on blitzes to see how the Eagles won. The Eagles totaled nine
sacks, led by 2.5 from DE Juqua
Parker. Parker forced a fumble on one that DT Brodrick
Bunkley recovered. Bunkley had a sack of his own. WLB Omar
Gaither shared a sack with Parker and got one of his own.
Dawkins had the trifecta when he recorded a sack, forcing
the fumble, and recovering it himself in one play. DE Trent
Cole had his first sack of the season and was robbed on another,
as well as a safety, when PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger flipped a
pass out of the end zone as Cole was dragging him down in the
fourth quarter. The play was ruled intentional grounding and a
safety credited, but not to Cole. DT Darren
Howard and reserve DT Dan
Klecko shared a sack on the Steelers final play of the game.
CB Asante Samuel had a pick for the second straight game. SS Quentin
Mikell led the team with nine tackles (seven solo, including one
on special teams).
Foote isn’t going to give his job up to Lawrence Timmons without
a fight. Foote got after PHI QB Donovan McNabb, sacking him once
alone and sharing another with DE Travis
Kirschke. Kirschke started in place of Brett
Keisel who is expected to miss up to a month with a calf injury
suffered in the previous game. The DLine took another hit when
Hampton aggravated a groin injury. He will miss at least this
week and Chris
Hoke will start in his place.
ILB James Farrior led the team with seven solo tackles and forced
a fumble on the first Eagle drive that CB Bryant McFadden recovered
after replay reversed the original down by contact ruling. McFadden
continues to start while Deshea Townsend (heel) is out. Townsend
could return to practice this week, but it is uncertain if he’ll
play this week. SS Troy Polamalu made an incredible diving, one-handed
pick off a ball tipped by McFadden. OLB LaMarr Woodley got his
second sack of the season.
MLB Will Witherspoon led the team with seven solo tackles, including
the only sack of the game for the Rams. RDE Chris Long had seven
tackles (six solo). LDE Leonard Little missed another game with
a hamstring injury, giving James Hall another start. DT Adam Carriker
had a nice effort, bringing some good pressure from the interior.
While he didn’t finish a sack, he had six solo tackles,
including three for losses. Little reportedly made some progress
last week, practicing in a limited basis, but he should be questionable
and a risky play again this week.
CB Antonio Cromartie dropped a pick in the first quarter, but
made up for it in the second quarter by grabbing his first of
the season on a fantastically athletic play and returning it 52
yards for a TD. He added another later in the game. He also led
the team in tackles with nine (seven solo). SS Clinton Hart played
with a broken bone in his hand a dropped a pick in the end zone.
FS Eric Weddle also had a pick.
OLB Jyles Tucker did his Shawne Merriman imitation with two sacks
among his six tackles (five solo). On the other side, Shaun Phillips
got his first of the season. DE Luis Castillo left in the second
quarter with what looked like a serious knee injury, but he would
Smith is not having a problem with adjusting to a tweener
role. He had his second sack of the season, after two all of last
year, among his four tackles (three solo). He forced a fumble
on the sack and also picked off an attempted screen on Detroit’s
final play from scrimmage. Part of the ease of adjusting has been
that the 49ers have scaled back the 3-4 they play. Between mixing
in a 4-3 look regularly and their pass packages, Smith spends
a lot of time in a four-man front. OLB Manny
Lawson just hasn’t turned out to be the pass rusher they expected,
although he has been strong in coverage. However, this looks like
a possible breakout year for OLB Parys
Haralson. He tallied his third sack of the season. Another
surprise on Sunday was a two-sack game from pass rush specialist
The 49ers dominated time of possession, leaving decreased tackle
opportunities. ILB Patrick
Willis led the team with six tackles (four solo). Jeff
Ulbrich continues to start inside with Willis, but Takeo
Spikes is seeing more reps. Neither player is worth much with
a job share going on. With Shawtae Spencer (knee sprain) and Donald
Strickland (lingering knee problems) inactive, Tarrell Brown
played the nickel and grabbed his first career pick. Strickland
is expected back this week, Spencer is done for the season and
will be put on the IR. SS Michael
Lewis is playing through an elbow problem.
Former second-round pick CB Josh Wilson got the start with Kelly
Jennings nursing a cracked rib. Wilson had seven solo tackles.
Jennings played a limited role, despite the injury, posting a
solo tackle and breaking up a pass. He is expected to be back
in a starting role this week.
OLB Julian Peterson had the only sack, on which he forced and
recovered a fumble. OLB Leroy Hill led the team with 11 tackles
(10 solo). The Seahawks released former first-round pick (of the
Texans) reserve DE Jason Babin.
The defense brought great pressure in the first half and forced
some key turnovers to contribute to the OT victory. No turnover
was bigger than DE Gaines Adams grabbing an ill-advised lob from
CHI QB Kyle Orton on a busted screen. Adams raced 45 yards and
dove in to the end zone for his first career TD and give the Bucs
14 unanswered points late in the first half after falling behind
6-0. The strong play from the front four included a sack by DE
Kevin Carter and one by third DE Greg White, giving him 2.5 in
the last two games.
CB Rhonde Barber had six solo tackles and notched his 22nd career
sack. MLB Barrett Ruud led the team with seven tackles (six solo)
and juggled a pass that fell in his hands in the end zone before
securing it for the pick. Rookie CB Aqib Taliq was inactive with
a hamstring strain suffered in the previous game. He practiced
in limited fashion last week, but his status is still in question
for this week and he is likely to be a game-time decision. WLB
Derrick Brooks started despite a lingering right hamstring strain
and is expected to continue playing.
CB Cortland Finnegan put an exclamation point on the victory with
a 99-yard interception return for a TD in the final minutes of
their win over the Texans on Sunday. It was the fourth pick of
the year for Finnegan, who leads the league in interceptions.
FS Michael Griffin had two picks in the game, giving him three
on the season. SS Chris Hope led the team with six solo tackles.
Finnegan (three solo), LLB David Thornton (four solo), and MLB
Ryan Fowler (five solo) also had six tackles. CB Nick Harper is
battling a strained quad and his status for this week is in question.
The front four brought good pressure, contributing to the interceptions.
DT Albert Haynesworth returned from a mild concussion last week
and got his third sack of the season. Ends Jevon Kearse and Kyle
Vanden Bosch each had a sack, as well. Vanden Bosch forced a fumble
on his. Kearse is off to a solid start, with 1.5 sacks already
after just 3.5 total the last two seasons. However, he’s
a risky play any given week and more of a nice bye week filler
than regular starter like Vanden Bosch.
Nickel CB Leigh
Torrence is still looking for his first career interception,
but his tipped pass across the middle early in the fourth quarter
landed in the arms of CB Carlos
Rogers and led to the game-winning score after a 42-yard return
to the Arizona 15-yard line by Rogers. Torrence saw more work
in most pass packages with usual nickel CB Fred
Smoot limited by a hip injury. Rogers was also involved in
Washington’s other turnover in the game. WLB Rocky
McIntosh and SS Reed
Doughty converged on AZ RB Edgerrin James on the last play
of the first quarter with McIntosh freeing the ball. Rogers recovered
it and it led to a field goal. Rogers also had four tackles (three
solo). McIntosh led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo), including
sharing a sack with DE Andre
Carter. Doughty, who returned from missing the previous game
due to illness, had nine tackles (seven solo), including one on
special teams. Chris
Horton, who was the star of their previous game with Doughty
out, returned to a back-up role and posted two solo tackles. It
looks like DC Greg Blache will play this one conservatively for
now and ignore Horton’s big-play ability.
Taylor had just one solo tackles, but he brought some pressure
and batted away three passes, including two in goal-line situations.
Taylor suffered a lower leg injury after being kicked in the shin
during the game. The pain was bad Monday morning and doctors feared
the swelling could cause nerve damage, so a medical procedure
was immediately done to drain the blood to help bring down the
swelling. Taylor is expected to miss the next game, with Demetric
Evans and Chris
Wilson seeing more time while he is out. SLB Marcus
Washington was active and started, returning from hamstring
and hip problems. He had six tackles (three solo). H.B.
Blades, who replaced Washington, returned to mostly special