Arizona Aaron Francisco
started at SS in place of Adrian
Wilson, but Wilson was active and got in the game soon enough
early in the first quarter and knocked out BUF QB Trent Edwards.
DE tweener Travis
LaBoy (six solo) and WLB Karlos
Dansby (four solo) each had seven tackles. LaBoy racked up two
sacks, giving him four on the season. Clark Haggans saw some more
time with Bert
Berry out with a torn groin. Haggans had a solo sack and shared
another with Dansby.
CB Rod Hood suffered a groin injury in the first half of the
game and his status is uncertain for this week. Rookie Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie would get the start if Hood can’t go. DRC was
burned badly by BUF WR Lee Evans for an 87-yard TD in the game.
Wilson played limited snaps and remains uncertain as his hamstring
continues to bother him.
After being held without a sack for the first time in their previous
game, DE John Abraham was all over the field. He had six solo
tackles, including a sack among his three hits on GB QB Aaron
Rodgers. He leads the league with seven sacks. SLB Michael Boley
had a pick that led to the game-winning TD. SS Lawyer Milloy led
the team with ten tackles (nine solo).
CB Chris McAlister got his third pick in his fourth game this
season. He also broke up two other passes and had a solo tackle.
CB Samari Rolle was out the previous game with what was originally
indicated as a shoulder injury, but a bulging disc in his neck
was the problem. He had surgery last week to remove the disc and
is expected to miss the rest of the month. Fabian Washington,
who is also battling a bulging disc, started in place of Rolle.
However, Washington aggravated his in the third quarter and had
to leave the game. Frank Walker replaced Washington. Walker had
a pick erased by a defensive holding call on him before the interception.
Walker could get the start this week. Justin Bannan continues
to start for the injured DT Kelly Gregg. Bannan got his first
career pick when DT Haloti Ngata batted a ball up with one of
his bear paws and it fell in to Bannan’s arms. Bannan will
start the rest of the year with news this week that Gregg is done
for the season. Gregg will have microfracture surgery on the left
knee he had arthroscopic surgery on in August that had kept him
sidelined all season.
led the team with eight tackles (seven solo). He continues to
start in place of Dawan
Landry at SS. Landry had his cervical collar removed late
last week and believes he’ll play again this year, but there is
no timetable for his return. ILB Ray
Lewis had seven tackles (five solo), including two for a loss,
and several other painful ones, as well as broke up a pass. A
questionable personal foul by DE tweener Terrell
Suggs on TEN QB Kerry Collins kept the game-winning drive
alive after an incomplete pass on third down. The team had no
CB Terrence McGee (knee sprain) was inactive, as expected, so
Ashton Youboty and rookie Leodis McKelvin were the second and
third corners. Both had four solo tackles on defense, while McKelvin
had another assist on special teams and Youboty broke up two passes.
CB Jabari Greer led the team with 12 tackles (nine solo) and broke
up a pass. The secondary took another injury hit when FS Ko Simpson
left with a hamstring injury. George Wilson replaced him. The
Bills have a bye this week, so McGee and Simpson should be back
in Week Seven. The team had no sacks and forced no turnovers in
Peppers had his third sack in as many games. He forced a fumble
on it that DT Damione
Lewis recovered. LDE Tyler
Brayton and third DE Charles
Johnson both had their first solo sacks of the season, giving
each 1.5 on the season. It was the first solo sack of Johnson’s
career and first since 2005 for Brayton. Brayton also forced a
fumble on his sack. After being active for the first time last
week and getting his first career sack, rookie DE tweener Hilee
Taylor left the game with a knee injury.
MLB Jon Beason led the team with seven tackles (six solo) and
grabbed a pick. CB Ken Lucas had one too.
DT Tommie Harris served a one-game suspension for violating a
team rule. Between his lingering problems with his surgically-repaired
left knee and issues in his personal life, he has been a mess
this year. He returns to the team on Monday and the defense will
need him when they play teams tougher than the Lions, which is
the rest of them. The defense was also missing CB Nathan Vasher
who was inactive after surgery on his right thumb. CB Charles
Tillman was active after suffering a right shoulder injury in
the previous game. The shoulder look fine on the four passes he
broke up, including picking one off and returning 26 yards for
a TD. The play came after the FS Mike Brown appeared to have recovered
a fumble forced by SS Kevin Payne that was reversed on review.
Corey Graham started in place of Vasher opposite Tillman. Graham
had seven tackles (four solo). Vasher is expected to return this
week, but could be limited by some type of pad on the hand.
OLB Lance Briggs led the team with eight solo tackles, including
his first sack of the season. Israel Idonije started in place
of Harris and had three solo tackles, also batting down a pass.
Rookie Marcus Harrison also got more playing time and continued
to produce, getting his second sack. The DLine brought plenty
of pressure as ends Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown each had a
sack. Brown forced a fumble on his that third DE Mark Anderson
recovered. Reserve OLB Nick Roach left the game in the third quarter
after his left shoulder popped out. Roach has passed Jamar Williams
as the top back-up and had impressed the staff enough to have
been taking reps from SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer the last few games.
Roach has a history of dislocation with the shoulder.
MLB Dhani Jones led the team with ten tackles (eight solo) and
leads the league with 51 tackles on the season. Rookie WLB Keith
Rivers had his first career pick. Dexter Jackson could return
from a broken thumb this week, but Chinedum Ndukwe should hold
on to the starting role. Ndukwe had seven solo tackles, including
one for a loss. He also should have been crediting for forcing
a fumble the Cowboys recovered in the third quarter, but it wasn’t
in the official stats. CB Jonathan Joseph returned after missing
the last two games with an ankle injury. He didn’t start,
David Jones remained out there most of the time, but Joseph saw
some work. Reserve OLB Darryl Blackstock was suspended four games
for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He claims
it was substance in a nutritional supplement he was unaware of.
Coming off the bye, OLB Willie
McGinest is expected back and he’ll rotate with rookie Alex
Hall who has been a nice surprise in his absence. SS Sean
Jones hopes to return from his knee injury this week, but
his return is still in question.
CB Adam Jones dropped three interceptions, but OLB Greg Ellis
got his first pick in nine year, the first of the season for the
Cowboys. Jones manned the starting LCB spot with Terence Newman
inactive with a lingering groin problem. Jones did lead the team
with six tackles (five solo). OLB DeMarcus Ware had a sack to
keep a streak of nine straight games with at least one, dating
back to last season (including playoffs), alive. NT Jay Ratliff
had his third sack of the season.
SS Roy Williams
may return from a broken forearm to practice this week, but he
won’t play this week. Depth at safety is a problem with Pat
Watkins (stinger) also inactive last week. Keith Davis started
WLB D.J. Williams led the team with 11 tackles (nine solo), including
his second sack of the season. SLB Boss Bailey (nine solo) and
MLB Nate Webster (eight solo) had ten tackles each.
DE Ebenezer Ekuban had his second sack of the season and DE Elvis
Dumervil had his first. The team continues to incorporate 3-4
fronts, but not involving Jarvis Moss and Tim Crowder. Both were
healthy inactives. Ekuban and Dumervil seem to benefit from it.
The bye didn’t help Detroit’s game plan against the
Bears, as they got rolled. Travis Fisher replaced Brian Kelly
as a starter at CB, but it really doesn’t matter. Fisher
had a sore knee after the game and his status is in question for
this week, so Kelly could be back as a starter. Jared DeVries
had the only sack for the Lions, who forced no turnovers. WLB
Ernie Sims led the team in tackles with 11 (five solo). MLB Paris
Lenon had nine (two solo). Rookie LB Jordon Dizon finally saw
more than just special teams work, posting four tackles (two solo)
With CB Al
Harris (lacerated spleen) and SS Atari
Bigby (hamstring) out already out again, third safety Aaron
Rouse was also inactive after suffering a left knee sprain
in the previous game. CB Tramon Williams again replaced Harris
and the Falcons went after him. The result was a team-high 11
tackles (ten solo) and his second pick in as many games, an athletic
one-handed grab in the end zone. Williams is a solid play while
Harris is out, although teams aren’t avoiding CB Charles
Woodson with his lingering toe problem. ATL WR Roddy White
beat him a few times. The optimistic timetable for Harris is to
return by next month. Charlie
Peprah got the start at SS and had three tackles (one solo).
The team hopes to have Bigby and Rouse back this week.
Already missing DE Cullen Jenkins, his replacement in the base
defense, Michael Montgomery left the game with an ankle injury.
Rookie Jeremy Thompson replaced him. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila provided
little help, failing to show up in the box score. He’s still
looking for his first sack this season. WLB A.J. Hawk started
and played through a lingering groin injury from the previous
game that is hampering his performance. He had just three tackles
SLB Zac Diles continued his strong start to the season, leading
the team with nine tackles (six solo), including one for a loss,
and a pick. MLB DeMeco Ryans had seven solo tackles. DE Mario
Williams posted two sacks and had three QB hits.
The defense capitalized on too many risks taken by fill-in HOU
QB Sage Rosenfels to overcome a ten-point deficit with four minutes
to play. First, Rosenfels tried to hurdle CB Marlin
Jackson, who clipped his legs and launched Rosenfels in to
the air where DE Raheem
Brock pasted him and knocked the ball loose. MLB Gary
Brackett picked it up and returned it 68 yards for a TD. Jackson
led the team with 11 tackles (ten solo). On the next drive, DE
Robert Mathis dove at a scrambling Rosenfels and slapped the ball
loose, which he recovered, getting credited with a sack, forced
fumble, and fumble recovery on the play. DE Dwight
Freeney forced a fumble on his third sack of the season. He
also dinged his leg in the game, but returned shortly after.
SS Melvin Bullitt sealed the win with a pick on the final HOU
drive. Bullitt also had ten tackles (six solo). Bullitt continues
to replace Bob Sanders (high ankle sprain and arthroscopic knee
surgery). The latest estimate on Sanders was pushed back, indicating
he might not be back until next month. CB Kelvin Hayden departed
in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury and Tim Jennings
replaced him. LB Tyjuan Hagler is expected to be activated from
the PUP next week, but Clint Session may hold the starting SLB
job. Session had five solo tackles in the game and is second on
the team in tackles on the season to WLB Freddie Keiaho.
CB Rashean Mathis got the team off to a good start when he returned
a pick 72 yards for a score, despite battling a sore shin. He
returned one for 61 yards earlier this season. The secondary was
missing FS Reggie Nelson (knee) again and he is not expected to
play this week. Gerald Sensabaugh and Pierson Prioleau replaced
Nelson. After filling in when Mathis left the previous game early,
Will James started at CB with Drayton Florence out with a groin
injury. James led the team with seven tackles (six solo).
The Panthers just ran over the Chiefs and even when the defense
did something, the offense was no help. Rookie DT Glenn Dorsey
forced a fumble in the second quarter, that fellow DT Tank Tyler
recovered. That led to a fine three-and-out. FS Jarad Page made
a nice play in the end zone and was awarded the pick when the
play was challenged. The next play was an INT back to Carolina.
The DLine failed to take advantage of Carolina missing both starting
tackles, as they had no sacks. Tamba Hali is still looking for
his first sack and can be dropped in shallow redraft leagues.
Surtain was active, returning from a shoulder injury, but
Carr continued to start over him across from fellow rookie
Flowers. They frequently went after Carr, which helped him
post eight solo tackles, including one for a loss. OLB Derrick
Johnson led the team with nine solo tackles. He also broke
up a pass. OLB Donnie
Edwards (ankle) was inactive, as expected and Napoleon
Harris (knee) is yet to be active this year. Pat Thomas remains
the MLB and Demorrio
Williams started outside in place of Edwards. Edwards is expected
back after the bye this week.
Roth continues to make a nice transition to playing with his
hand off the ground. He had five solo tackles, including his second
sack of the season. OLB Joey
Porter and DE Vonnie
Holliday shared a sack. Porter has 5.5 on the season, matching
his total from last year. He gained an extra sack via a scoring
change over the bye for their Week Three game. A tackle that was
originally ruled a one-yard gain for NE QB Matt Cassell in the
game was changed to no gain and a fourth sack in that game for
Porter. SS Yeremiah Bell led the team with six tackles (five solo)
and broke up two passes. The team forced no turnovers.
Winfield almost single-handedly led the team to victory. With
the team in danger of going down by ten in the first quarter,
Williams got a hand on a field goal attempt that bounced in
to Winfield’s hands in stride. Winfield raced 59 yards for a TD.
On the first play of the second quarter, he hit the trifecta with
the sack and forcing the fumble he recovered himself in the red
zone. It led to a TD and gave the Vikings their first lead of
the game. Of his eight solo tackles, five were for a loss.
Greenway forced a fumble on a controversial play where a face
mask he committed on NO RB Reggie Bush was missed. Greenway also
had five solo tackles. WLB Ben
Leber broke up three passes and picked one of, as well as
posted seven tackles (six solo). MLB E.J.
Henderson was inactive, as expected, due to what was reported
as two dislocated two on his left foot. David Herron started in
his place and posted just two tackles. It was revealed Henderson
needed major surgery on the foot this week and he was placed on
the IR. A huge loss for a strong defense, David Herron now gets
a huge opportunity. The former undrafted free agent goes from
special teamer to starting MLB in his second year. However, it
will be Leber, not Herron, who wears the defensive headset on
the field. FS Madieu
Williams is expected to return from a neck injury this week.
Johnson has filled in and had a pick at the end of the game
to seal the victory.
OLB Adalius Thomas led the team in tackles with five (four solo),
including his third sack of the season. He also broke up a pass.
SS Rodney Harrison, nickel back Brandon Meriweather, and CB Deltha
O’Neal each had a pick. It was his first as a Pat for O’Neal.
Rookie DT Sedrick Ellis will miss up to a month after having surgery
for a torn medial meniscus in his knee. Brian Young stepped in
to the starting lineup and had the only sack of the game. The
team took another hit to their promising rookie crew when CB Tracy
Porter dislocated his wrist in the game. He is done for the season.
Randall Gay should return to the starting lineup in his place
and veteran Aaron Glenn will have a bigger role, as well.
The defense did a great job of shutting down the Minnesota running
game. MLB Jonathan Vilma led the way with a team-high ten tackles
New York Giants
DE Mathias Kiwanuka’s said his ankle was feeling better
coming off the bye and he provided immediate return to prove it
with his second sack of the season. Third DE Darrell Tollefson
had a sack for the second straight game, the second of his career.
The defense is clicking on all cylinders and any of their starters
or top reserves on the DLine can be a productive play any given
week. DT Barry Cofield led the defense with seven tackles (five
solo) and is one of the top fantasy DT plays in leagues that segregate.
Everyone on the defense is playing so well, they are rotating
regularly at most positions, hurting the fantasy potential of
all. It is particularly noticeable at safety, where James Butler
and Michael Johnson were the starters at SS and FS, respectively,
but rookie Kenny Phillips was the most productive, posting seven
tackles (five solo, including two on special teams) and Sammy
Knight had two solo tackles on defense and an assist on special
teams. WLB is another position where it is prominent, as Gerris
Wilkinson and rookie Bryan Kehl continued to alternate each series
New York Jets
Smith was suspended a game for his hit on AZ WR Anquan Boldin.
Smith is appealing. David
Barrett, who was already encroaching on Smith’s time, will
get the start.
Oakland Gerard Warren (partially torn pec) and CB Nnamdi Asomugha (right
elbow fracture) had some time to recover over the bye. They played
with there injuries before the bye and practiced this week, so
they should be playing. CB Stanford Routt (ankle) practiced this
week and rookie S Tyvon Branch had his cast removed from his broken
thumb and is expected to play.
Without putting enough pressure on the Washington offense, they
allowed them back in the game after the offense and special teams
staked the Eagles a big lead quickly. FS Brian Dawkins had the
only sack for the team among his eight solo tackles. MLB Stewart
Bradley and DT Mike Patterson led the team with ten tackles (eight
Reserve S J.R. Reed left the game with a strained hamstring and
is not expected to play this week. DE Victor Abiamiri had screws
removed from his wrist last week and should begin practicing soon.
Abiamiri was expected to be a key part of the rotation before
dislocating his wrist in training camp.
OLB James Harrison and OLB LaMarr Woodley continue to dominate
from the edges. Woodley led the team with six solo tackles, including
three for a loss and two sacks among multiple hits on JAX QB David
Garrard. Woodley has 17 tackles (13 solo) and 4.5 sacks in his
last three games. Harrison had a sack on which he forced a fumble
among his four tackles (three solo). He has 15 tackles (nine solo)
and 3.5 sacks in the last two games. Harrison is second in the
league with 6.5 sacks.
DE Travis Kirschke and NT Chris Hoke continued to start in place
of Brett Keisel (calf) and Casey Hampton (groin), respectively.
Keisel returned to practice this week as the team heads in to
a bye, so he should be back for their next game. While CB Deshea
Townsend’s heel is healed, CB Bryant McFadden has retained
the starting job and a good pick in leagues that segregate positions
in the secondary.
CB Tye Hill had arthroscopic surgery over the bye and is expected
to miss up to a month. MLB Will Witherspoon rested his sore shoulder.
ILB Stephen Cooper returned from suspension and stepped back in
to the starting lineup. He had eight tackles (seven solo), including
one for a loss. Cooper is a nice addition in leagues where he
might have been forgotten about and on the waiver wire because
of his four-game suspension to open the season. OLB Jyles Tucker,
who replaced Shawne Merriman, did not play because of a strained
hamstring suffered in the previous game. He is believed to be
at least another week away from returning. Marques Harris started
in place of Tucker and shared a sack with OLB Shaun Phillips.
It was the only sack of the day for San Diego, who did not force
FS Eric Weddle led the team in tackles again with ten (eight solo),
including one for a loss. Tim Dobbins continues to steal snaps
from ILB Watt Wilhelm. Dobbins had six solo tackles (including
one on special teams) in the game, Wilhelm had four. SS Clinton
Hart sprained his shoulder in the game, but is expected to play
As the Patriots dominated time of possession, the 49ers had plenty
of opportunities to put up numbers on defense. ILB Patrick Willis
led the team with 18 tackles (14 solo), including a sack. ILB
Takeo Spikes had 14 tackles (seven solo) and a pick. All three
of the four primary down linemen had a sack, with Aubrayo Franklin
being the exception. However, Franklin had the pressure that led
to an interception by Spikes.
Lewis left the game in the fourth quarter with a right elbow
strain. He has said he’ll play this week…the 49ers face his former
team, the Eagles. OLB Manny
Lawson was inactive after injuring his hamstring in the previous
game and is unlikely to play this week, either. OLB Parys
Haralson replaced Lawson, but wasn’t technically a starter
since the team came out in a nickel package. They nickel more
than half the game.
CB Kelly Jennings left in the first quarter with a concussion
and was replaced by Josh Wilson. The Giants went after him and
nickel corner Jordan Babineaux with great results, but it gave
Wilson some good fantasy numbers. Wilson led the team with 11
tackles (eight solo) and broke up a pass. Jennings is expected
to play this week.
DE Patrick Kearney had the only sack in the game, forcing a fumble
on it that the Giants recovered. OLB Leroy Hill had nine tackles
(five solo), including two for a loss, and now leads the team
by a wide margin with 34 tackles on the season.
MLB Barrett Ruud suffered right knee sprain during the second
half and left the game. Adam Hayward replaced him. Ruud is questionable
for this week. If he cannot go, Hayward could get a start or Derrick
Brooks could move to the middle and Quincy Black would get a start.
SS Jermaine Phillips led the team with nine tackles (eight solo)
and he broke up a pass. The team had no sacks and forced no turnovers.
OLB Keith Bulluck led the team with 13 tackles (seven solo). CB
Nick Harper helped preserve the victory with a late pick, his
second in as many games. Harper also had six solo tackles. CB
Cortland Finnegan had eight (six solo). FS Michael Griffin had
his fourth pick of the season, already passing his three total
as a rookie last year. He moved in to a tie with Finnegan for
the league lead. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch suffered a groin injury
and left the game early, but he has the bye week to heal up. The
team had no sacks.
Rookie SS Chris Horton led the team with eight tackles (seven
solo, including two on special teams) as he continues to thrive
as a starter. Reed Doughty backed him up despite a sore back.
DE Andre Carter had six tackles (five solo), including two for
a loss, as well as batting down a pass. The team had no sacks
CB Shawn Springs was inactive with a calf strain and was replaced
by Fred Smoot. Springs is expected back this week. SLB Marcus
Washington was a surprise scratch as he continues to battle hip
and hamstring problems. H.B. Blades started in his place and had
three tackles (two solo). DE Jason Taylor has begun light workouts,
but is expected to miss at least another week. DT Cornelius Griffin
suffered a right shoulder strain in the game, but was able to