After 423 games in NFL history that went to overtime, AZ was the
first to win with a blocked punt for a TD. Special teams WR Sean
Morey blocked it and reserve ILB Monty
Beisel picked it up and ran three yards for a TD. This was just
one of many interesting plays in the game. AZ OLB Travis
LaBoy helped Dallas put the game in overtime when he was hit
with an offside penalty after a 30-yard pass completion with seconds
left. LaBoy was limping off the field with a groin injury after
the completion and was flagged despite being far up field and completely
out of the play. The five yards made it a 52-yard field goal DAL
K Nick Folk barely made. LaBoy brought good pressure during the
game, getting a few hits on DAL QB Tony Romo, but no sack. He posted
three tackles (one solo). The Cardinals have a bye this week, so
LaBoy has some time to recover. His back-up, Bert Berry, returned
from a groin injury of his own and notched his fourth sack of the
season with a nice strip from behind. He forced a fumble that DE
recovered. It came after QB Kurt Warner lost the ball on an aborted
snap on the previous play. The game was so unique even the ďTuck
RuleĒ made an appearance. DAL QB Tony Romo backed up in to his own
end zone in the second quarter and pumped just before DE Darnell
Docket collapsed him in the end zone and forced a fumble. Smith
recovered it for what was originally ruled a TD. After challenge,
the play was reversed and the Cowboys would drive for a TD. Dockett
had a sack that counted during the game and several pressures.
SS Adrian Wilsonís hamstring was reportedly much improved
last week and he saw more work on Sunday. He posted five solo
tackles and broke up a pass. CB Rod Hood returned after hurting
his groin in the previous game and posted six solo tackles. FS
Antrel Rolle led the team with eight tackles (six solo) and broke
up a pass.
Overshadowed by the performance on offense of this yearís first-round
pick QB Matt Ryan, last yearís first-round pick had perhaps his
best game on the other side of the ball. DE Jamaal Anderson not
only got his first career sack in the game, but had three other
tackles for a loss or no gain. He also batted away two passes.
The team had no other sacks and forced no turnovers. MLB Curtis
Lofton led the team with eight tackles (seven solo, including
one on special teams).
A thin secondary missing SS Dawan Landry (neck and back), CB Samari
Rolle (neck) and his back-up, Fabian Washington (shoulder and
neck) helped the Colts kick-start their air attack. Frank Walker
started in place of Rolle and along with CB Chris McAlister and
nickel CB Corey Ivy, all took a beating. There is no timetable
for Landry, who continues to recover from a scary spinal concussion
in Week Three, while Rolle is expected out the rest of the month
after surgery for a bulging disc in his neck. Washington, battling
a bulging disc but not opting for surgery, is day-to-day. Jim
Leonhard continues to start at SS while Landry is out.
OLB Bart Scott led the team with seven tackles (five solo). MLB
Ray Lewis had his first sack of the season among his six tackles
Several key defenders rested injuries over the bye and it looks
like most of them should be ready to play this week. CB Ashton
Youboty (hamstring) and FS Ko Simpson (hamstring) returned to
practice this week. DE Aaron Schobel (left foot) and CB Terrence
McGee (left knee sprain) did not return to practice on Monday.
Schobel sounds likely to return this week, but not McGee. Watch
for news later in the week on these two key IDPs. The team gave
up on former first-round pick John McCargo, dealing him to the
Colts for a fourth-round pick at the trade deadline.
With no sacks and forcing no turnovers, the defense couldnít
help overcome multiple miscues by the offense and special teams.
MLB Jon Beason led the team with 13 tackles (eight solo). WLB
Thomas Davis played through an ankle injury and is expected to
play this week. DT Kris Jenkins continues to have his snaps limited
as the team is cautious with a lingering back injury. The team
was missing DT Darwin Walker up front, who was out with a pulled
Already missing CB Nathan Vasher, who missed his second game after
surgery on his right thumb and wrist, took several more hits to
the secondary on Sunday. Before halftime, CB Charles Tillman fell
awkwardly after an offensive pass interference and injured his
left shoulder. He was already playing through a right shoulder
injury from earlier in the season, but still hasnít been
ruled out this week. Tillman was replaced by Marcus Hamilton,
who was signed just a few weeks ago after TB let him go. Hamilton
broke up a pass in the end zone, but also made a poor read on
the pass that set up the game-winning field goal for the Falcons.
Multi-purpose DB Danieal Manning left with a pulled hamstring
in the third quarter and reserve CB Trumaine McBride also left
with a shoulder injury. McBride is likely to play this week, while
Manning appears more uncertain. The team will likely bring fifth-round
pick Zack Bowman off the practice squad and may need to hit the
street, depending on how severe some of the injuries are. Corey
Graham started in place of Vasher and led the team with 10 tackles
(nine solo), including a nice TFL on an attempted reverse.
Brown appeared to have game-changing play in the first quarter
when he got to ATL RB Michael Turner and the ball came lose. Brown
gathered the ball and rumbled down near the goal line. However,
replay showed Turnerís knee was down before losing the ball and
call was reversed. The Falcons would rebound and drive for a FG.
On the next drive, the Bears came out short on another potential
momentum-shifter on the next ATL drive. Graham forced a fumble
the DT Tommie
Harris recovered on his knees then inexplicably lost and the
Falcons took back. The change in possession gave the Falcons a
new set of downs and they would drive for another FG and 9-0 lead.
MLB Dhani Jones led the team with ten tackles (eight solo, including
one on special teams) and leads the league with 61 tackles on
the season. SS Chinedum Ndukwe got the team started on the right
foot when he recovered a fumble on the Jetsí first drive
of the game and returned it 15 yards for a TD. DE Antwan Odom
forced the fumble on a sack. Dexter Jackson (thumb) remained inactive
despite returning to practice last week. I expect Ndukwe to remain
the starter when Jackson returns.
CB Jonathan Joseph returned to the starting lineup after being
eased back in the previous game. CB Jamar Fletcher, who was signed
for depth, has a hamstring injury and is not expected to play.
FS Marvin White had his first career pick. DT John Thornton was
inactive with a sore Achillesí tendon, but is expected back
The Browns were rejuvenated on both sides of the ball in an upset
of the world champs. CB Eric
Wright sealed the victory with a 94-yard interception return
for a TD. FS Brodney
Pool also had a pick deep in CLE territory. SS Sean
Jones (knee) remained inactive coming off the bye, but could
be back this week. OLB Willie
McGinest returned and was in the starting lineup, but rookie
rotated in and had his team-leading third sack of the season.
ILB DíQwell Jackson led the team with ten tackles (eight solo).
OLB DeMarcus Ware posted six solo tackles, including his sixth
sack of the season among his four QB hits. He now had a sack in
nine straight games (ten if you include the playoffs). The NFL
record is ten, set by Denver OLB Simon Fletcher in 1992 when Wade
Phillips was an assistant with the Broncos. The Cowboys record
is considered 11 by DT Harvey Martin, but that was before the
sack was an official statistic.
Newman remained inactive with a groin injury and Adam Jones
started in his place. Newman had surgery on the groin last week
and is expected to miss four weeks. Of course, Jones was kind
enough to pick this time to be involved in another incident and
now the team will be without his services for at least four weeks.
Jones reportedly got in a fight with a body guard last week and
the police were called to the scene at a hotel. Not surprisingly,
owner Jerry Jones took no action. However, NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell suspended Jones indefinitely and will decide on the length
following Week Eleven, which means at least four weeks. If the
reports are accurate, this was a relatively minor incident and
not even worthy of punishment for most players, but Jones was,
and should be, held to a higher standard. How many ďlastĒ chances
can this recitative punk get? Orlando
Scandrick should get the start at corner and rookie CB Mike
Jenkins will see a bigger role. SS Roy
Williams is expected to return from a broken forearm this
week. He will likely split time with Keith
Davis. Depth is hurting at safety, as well, with Pat
Watkins missing another game with a stinger, although he is
expected to return this week. Courtney
Brown has been getting work in place of Davis in passing situations
with Watkins out.
Webster led the team with 11 tackles (seven solo), including
his first sack of the season. He forced a fumble on the Jaguarsí
first drive of the game that WLB D.J.
Williams recovered. The offense promptly gave it right back
when RB Fred Taylor fumbled on the next play. SLB Boss
Bailey had seven tackles (four solo) and forced a fumble,
but continues to struggle with the right ankle he sprained in
the preseason. He left twice in the fourth quarter after aggravating
it. Despite a poor aggregate performance by the Denver defense,
teams appear still unwilling to challenge CB Champ
Bailey. The Rocky Mountain News reported he hasnít had a pass
throw his way in the last two games and just ten on the season.
DT Kenny Peterson had his third sack of the season, tying a career-high
for a single season. He forced a fumble on the play that DE Elvis
Dumervil recovered. SS Marquand Manuel had ten tackles (eight
solo). Reserve DE Tim Crowder and tweener Jarvis Moss were both
active, but saw little work in either the teamís 3-4 or
4-3 fronts. The team missed Ebenezer Ekuban, their premier pass
rush threat from the edge this year. He was inactive with a groin
injury, but is expected to return this week.
A spirited effort by the defense couldnít overcome the inept
offense or the officiating. CB Leigh Bodden was charged with a
questionable pass interference late in the game that set up the
game-winning FG. Bodden had his first pick as a Lion in the third
quarter, which led to Detroitís only TD of the game. He
recovered a fumble and forced one on back-to-back drives in the
fourth quarter, as well as posted four solo tackles. SS Daniel
Bullocks led the team with ten tackles (nine solo, including one
for a loss) and forced a fumble. S Gerald Alexander, who Bullocks
replaced as a starter earlier in the year, was placed on the IR
with a neck injury. CB Brian Kelly was back in a starting role
and had seven tackles (six solo). Travis Fisher, who started over
Kelly in the previous game, was active but did not play due to
a sore knee.
DE Dewayne White had his best fantasy game of the season. He had
seven tackles (six solo), including his third sack of the season.
DE Jared DeVries had a sack for the second straight game. WLB
Ernie Sims and DT Cory Redding shared a sack. Sims had seven tackles
A banged-up GB defense was greater than a banged-up SEA offense.
Corners Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams helped prevent any
hope of a comeback with picks on back-to-back possessions to start
the fourth quarter. Woodson continues to play at an All-Pro level
despite battling a toe problem all season. In addition to his
fourth INT of the season, he broke up another pass and had two
solo tackles, including a sack. Williams had a pick for the third
straight game as he continues to replace Al Harris. The news was
good this week on Harris, with latest reports saying he could
return from his lacerated spleen after the teamís Week Eight
bye. The news isnít as good at safety, where SS Atari Bigby
remained out with a hamstring injury. Aaron Rouse returned from
a left knee sprain to start in place of Bigby, but he suffered
a concussion in the first half and left the game. Charlie Peprah
replaced Rouse at SS in the second half. It is believed that Rouse
will be OK to play this week. Bigby will probably be held back
one more week because the team has a bye in Week Eight, so it
should be Rouse or Peprah this week.
The DLine injury news is also a mixed bag. New starting DE Michael
Montgomery, who took over when Cullen Jenkins went on the IR,
missed the game with an ankle injury. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila started
and rotated with rookie Jeremy Thompson. While SEA LT Walter Jones
handled them, LDE Aaron Kampman brought plenty of pressure. He
notched two sacks, giving him six on the season, and two other
solo tackles. DT Ryan Pickett battled knee tendinitis at practice
last week and then suffered a strained triceps in the game. He
believes heíll play this week, but his status is uncertain.
The line should get a boost as last yearís first pick, DT
Justin Harrell, returns to practice from the PUP. He could be
ready to go Sunday, if needed. WLB A.J. Hawk continues to play
through a lingering groin injury and doesnít appear up to
full speed. He had just two solo tackles, giving him five total
(four solo) in the last two games. FS Nick Collins led the team
with six solo tackles. MLB Nick Barnett had five solo.
DE Mario Williams had his third two-sack game of the season, forcing
a fumble on one. He has six sacks on the season. New SS Brandon
Harrison, who replaced C.C. Brown who is on the IR, led the team
with ten tackles (six solo). MLB DeMeco Ryans had just four tackles
(three solo). DT Deljuan Robinson started over last yearís
first-round pick Amobi Okoye for the second straight game. Okoye
has struggled in run defense, but still works in for his superior
pass rush ability in passing situations.
CB DeMarcus Faggins started next to Jacques
Reeves for the second straight game, with Fred
Bennett demoted to nickel corner. Dunta Robinson came off
the PUP this week and returned to practice. DB Eugene
Wilson almost blew the game after trying to score on a pick
late in the fourth quarter. He fumbled the ball back to MIA who
went on to score a TD and take the lead, before some late-game
heroics by QB Matt Schaub led them to victory.
With CB Kelvin Hayden inactive with an injured left knee, Tim
Jennings got the start and made an impact early and often. He
tipped a pass on the Ravensí first drive that SS Melvin
Bullitt intercepted. Jennings then got a pick of his own in the
fourth quarter and then forced a fumble on the next drive that
DE Robert Mathis recovered. Jennings also led the team with ten
solo tackles. Hayden visited Dr. James Andrews, never a good sign,
regarding his knee injury last week, but there is no update on
his status so he should be considered out indefinitely. Bullitt
continues to fill in for Bob Sanders (high ankle sprain and arthroscopic
knee surgery), who isnít expected back until November. CB
Marlin Jackson played through a sore ankle.
WLB Freddie Keiaho had two fumble recoveries on the same play.
After DE Raheem Brock separated BAL RB LeíRon McClain from
the ball in the first quarter, Keiaho recovered it and then fumbled
it on the return and recovered it yet again. Brock also had a
sack in the game. DE Dwight Freeney was active, but limited by
a lingering hamstring problem. He is expected to play this week.
Mathis made up for the absence of Freeney by bringing enough pressure
for two players and racking up three sacks, forcing a fumble on
one. He took advantage of the absence of starting OT Adam Terry
and abused his back-up, an aging Willie Anderson. SLB Clint Session
was expected to be inactive with a calf injury, but started and
played. Tyjuan Hagler returns from the PUP this week and resumed
practicing. He will press Session to regain the starting SLB job.
The team acquired former first-round pick DT John McCargo from
the Bills for a fourth-round pick. They released LaJuan Ramsey
to make room.
Unhappy with the play of CB Will James, the team worked SS Brian
Williams back at corner again, despite the return of Drayton
Florence from a groin injury. Williams had four solo tackles
and broke up two passes. Florence had three solo tackles and got
credit for a forced fumble by WR Brandon Marshall at the Jaguarsí
five-yard line. Florence picked it up and returned it 18 yards.
Nelson (knee) missed his third straight game and with Williams
at corner, Gerald
Sensabaugh and Pierson
Prioleau got the starts at safety. Prioleau led the team with
six solo tackles, including one on special teams. WLB Darryl Smith
had six tackles (five solo). Sensabaugh left the game in the second
quarter with a sprained thumb, but returned in the second half.
Sensabaugh got his second pick of the season on an overthrown
ball before leaving in the second quarter. Third DE Reggie
Hayward forced a fumble in the first quarter that CB Rashean
Mathis recovered. It led to a FG, the only points JAX converted
off their three turnovers.
OLB Donnie Edwards (ankle) didnít practice last week, so
he remains a question mark this week. Demorrio Williams would
get another start if Edwards canít go. Unable to find any
takers for Napoleon Harris at the trade deadline, the Chiefs cut
bait and released him.
Porter remains on a tear, posting a sack among his five QB
hits and three solo tackles, also batting down a pass. He has
5.5 sacks in the last three games and 6.5 on the season, tied
for second in the league. One of his hits forced a bad throw that
was intercepted by ILB Akin
Ayodele. CB Andre Goodman also had a pick and appeared to
have another to seal the victory late in the fourth quarter, but
it was reversed on replay because it was trapped, and the Texans
continued the drive for a game-winning TD. CB Will
Allen hurt his knee during the game, but there is no report
on the severity of the injury. ILB Channing
Crowder led the team with 13 tackles (nine solo, including
one for a loss) and broke up two passes. SS Yeremiah
Bell had 12 tackles (eight solo), broke up a pass, and recovered
Williams dominated the interior line exploding for a career-high
four sacks. He had four other solo tackles, including one for
a loss. Williams now has six on the season, the most heís had
since 2004, when he posted back-to-back double-digit sack seasons
his first two years in the league. After going two games without
a sack, DE Jared
Allen got a gift when DET QB Dan
Orlovsky made a dumb mistake in his first career start. The
Lions were pinned at their own one-yard line late in the first
quarter after recovering a fumble. On second down, Orlovsky scrambled
back to avoid Allen, not paying attention to his field position.
He stepped out of bounds without even knowing it. Allen, the closest
defender to Orlovsky when it occurred, was credited with the sack
New MLB David Herron suffered a left ankle sprain in the second
quarter and had to leave the game. He would return before leaving
for good early in the fourth quarter, also getting his bell rung
in the game. Herron was replacing E.J.
Henderson, who is out for the season. Vinny
Ciurciu replaced Herron in the game, but he is more of a special
team player and played with a concussion. Erin Henderson, E.J.ís
brother and a reserve LB, also suited up despite a concussion.
However, the UDFA is a special teams player and not in the mix
as a replacement. There is concern Herron will miss this week,
so the team brought back former second-round pick Dontarrious
Thomas on Monday. Thomas left for SF via free agency over
the winter, but failed to make it out of camp with the 49ers.
He could start in the middle this week if Herron isnít ready.
Leber had six tackles (five solo) and got credit with a generous
fumble return when he and SS Darren
Sharper collided with DET WR Calvin Johnson early in the fourth
quarter. The ball came out, and Leber recoverd it, but replay
appeared to show Johnson was down. However, the referee ruled
the evidence wasnít indisputable and the turnover stayed. FS Madieu
Williams completed his second week of practice back from a
neck injury, but was still inactive. Rookie Tyrell
Johnson continues to replace Williams, whose return date was
pushed back a few weeks after he was expected to be back by now.
Nickel CB Charles
Gordon had his first career sack.
DE Ty Warren
had four solo tackles, including twice stopping SD RB Ladainian
Tomlinson for a loss and once for a gain of just one. He also
picked up an unforced fumble by SD RB Jacob Hester for the teamís
only turnover. The Pats had no sacks. First-round pick ILB Jerod
Mayo led the team with seven tackles (six solo, including
one on special teams).
CB Ellis Hobbs (leg), DE Jarvis Green (right ankle), and S Brandon
Meriweather (hip) were dinged in the game. As usual, there was
no information from the team. Hobbs returned in the second quarter
after leaving in the first. Greenís injury seems the worst.
He left the game limping in the first quarter, did not return,
and was reportedly seen in a walking boot after the game.
With the game in hand, third DE Bobby McCray cleaned up with two
sacks, forcing a fumble on one recovered by DT Kendrick Clancy.
MLB Jonathan Vilma led the team with 11 tackles (seven solo).
CB Randall Gay returned to the starting lineup, across from Mike
McKenzie, with rookie Tracy Porter done for the season. Nickel
CB Jason David had his first pick of the season. Depth was thin
at corner as veteran Aaron Glenn was inactive with an ankle sprain.
He is expected back this week. FS Kevin Kaesviharn was inactive
with a back injury. Josh Bullocks replaced him. First-round pick
DT Sedrick Ellis remains out a few more weeks with a knee injury.
New York Giants
MLB Antonio Pierce battled a quad strain in practice last week
before aggravating it in the first quarter of Monday nightís
game. He left, but would return, finishing with four tackles (three
solo) and a pass defensed. Chase Blackburn manned the middle while
Pierce was out. After WLB Gerris Wilkinson was starting to get
more snaps in the job share with rookie Bryan Kehl, he suffered
a MCL sprain in the second quarter and left the game. Kehl led
the team with six tackles (five solo). CB Aaron Ross left the
game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury, but it
was reported as just a cramp. The team had no sacks and forced
no turnovers in the loss.
New York Jets
Smith suspended, Abram
Elam got the start at safety and led the team with seven tackles
(six solo, including one on special teams). The defense brought
plenty of pressure from everywhere on lightly-tested CIN QB Ryan
Fitzpatrick. Journeyman DB Hank Poteat got the second sack of
his career and forced a fumble that OLB Calvin
Pace recovered. Pace also had a sack among his four solo tackles
and forced a fumble on it. DE Shaun
Ellis and ILB Eric
Barton each had a sack. OLB Bryan
Thomas and ILB David
Harris shared a sack. Thomas dinged his leg in the game, but
was able to return. Harris had six tackles (two solo). CB Justin
Miller, who has missed time due to a foot injury, remained
inactive on Sunday despite reportedly being healthy enough to
Pressure on the QB was lacking with DE Derrick Burgess inactive
with a strained triceps. DT Tommy Kelly had the only sack and
only other QB hit. Jay Richardson started at LDE and Kalimba Edward
moved to RDE. No firm word on when Burgess will return, but the
conservative estimate is two weeks.
Wilson (ten solo) and WLB Thomas
Howard (eight solo) led the team with 11 tackles. Although
Asomugha is playing with a brace as he continues to recover
from a right elbow fracture, he continues to garner respect. NO
QB Drew Brees only threw at him once among his 30 passes.
Down by nine at the half, the defense stepped up to secure the
win. SS Quintin Mikell got his second pick of the season after
the team went up by one on the previous drive. It led to a FG.
On the 49ers next drive, DE Trent Cole stripped the ball for the
sack and forced fumble that reserve DE Chris Clemons recovered.
It led to another FG. On the subsequent SF drive, DE Juqua Parker
grabbed his first career INT and returned 55 yards for his first
career TD to seal the victory. Parker also had a sack among his
five tackles (four solo) as he played through some right knee
MLB Stewart Bradley led the defense with nine tackles (six solo).
Mikell had nine tackles (five solo), including a solo and assist
on special teams. DE Victor Abiamiri was active for the first
time this season and played in a few pass packages, but put up
a goose egg. Abiamiri is being eased back from a dislocated wrist.
DE Brett Keisel is expected to return this week after resting
his calf injury over the bye. NT Casey Hampton remains questionable
with a groin injury.
Defensive-minded new HC Jim Haslett appears to have used the bye
week to work on forcing turnovers, because the defense forced
three on a WAS O that had not committed one prior to Sunday. FS
O.J. Atogwe forced a fumble after a first-down catch by WAS TE
Chris Cooley in Ramsí territory. CB Jason
Craft recovered. He also had 10 solo tackles, including one
for a loss. Craft was starting with Tye
Hill expected out the rest of the month after arthroscopic
surgery over the bye to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.
In the second quarter, WAS QB Jason Campbell couldnít recover
a bad shotgun snap, especially when DE Leonard
Little was on top of him quickly. DE Chris
Long recovered the ball. The play of the game came just before
halftime when DT Adam
Carriker slapped a Campbell pass in the air and in to the
arms of WAS G Pete Kendall. Kendall was promptly hit by WLB Pisa
Tinoisamoa and coughed up the ball. Atogwe picked it up and
raced 75 yards for his second TD of the season to give the Rams
the lead, and the momentum, heading in to halftime. Tinoisamoa
also had a sack and led the team with 12 tackles (nine solo),
including two for a loss and an assist on special teams. In the
third quarter, Little got his third sack of the season when he
stripped the ball on a third down play deep in WAS territory.
The Redskins recovered, but had to punt, and the Rams converted
Nickel CB Ricky Manning Jr. had had a sack before breaking his
ankle in the second quarter. Jonathan Wade replaced him, but the
team is now in trouble at CB as Manning Jr. went on the IR. To
fill his spot, they resigned CB Fakhir Brown. Brown was a starter
earlier this year before his questionable release by former HC
Scott Linehan late last month.
FS Eric Weddle continues to be the top tackle producer, leading
the team with 11 solo, including one on special teams. He suffered
a shoulder sprain in the game, but is expected to play this week.
He leads the team, by a wide margin, with 50 tackles and 41 solo
tackles on the season. ILB Stephen Cooper looks back to 2007 form
in his second game back, posting ten tackles (seven solo), including
his first sack of the season. Tim Dobbins started next to Cooper,
but had just one solo tackle, rotating with Matt Wilhelm. Wilhelm
had six tackles (five solo). On the outside, Jyles Tucker remained
inactive for the second straight game giving Marques Harris another
start. Harris had a sack on which he forced a fumble among his
three tackles (two solo). Tucker is expected back from a strained
hamstring this week.
Reserve DT Ryon Bingham continues to see more work, both backing
up NT Jamal Williams and when the line has a four-man front. He
had seven tackles (five solo), including a sack, and is on pace
to put up career numbers across the board. DE Igor Olshansky had
a sack and DE Luis Castillo had five solo tackles. Castillo hurt
his arm in the game, but is expected to play this week. CB Quentin
Jammer had his first pick of the season.
ILB Takeo Spikes had a pick for the third consecutive game and
posted seven tackles (two solo). ILB Patrick Willis led the team
with eight tackles (six solo). DE Ray McDonald blocked a FG and
DB Donald Strickland returned it 41 yards for a TD to pull the
49ers within one as the first half expired. OLB Manny Lawson (hamstring)
was inactive for the second straight game. He is expected back
MLB Lofa Tatupu led the team with 11 tackles (ten solo), including
one for a loss. It was the first double-digit tackle game of the
year for him. OLB Julian Peterson had his third sack of the season
among his seven solo tackles and forced a fumble recovered by
DT Rocky Bernard on it. The turnover was in GB territory and led
to a TD.
DE Patrick Kerney suffered a neck stinger in the game, but is
expected to play this week. SS Deon Grant suffered a strained
ligament in his left knee on the Packersí first play from
scrimmage and left the game. He would later return and finish
the game. Grant believes he will play this week, with a brace,
if necessary, although it appears he has not had further tests
yet. Jordan Babineaux should get the start if Grant cannot go.
CB Kelly Jennings was active after suffering a concussion in the
previous game, but Josh Wilson remains the starter and it sounds
like it will stay that way even if Jennings in 100%.
After losing their last five at home to CAR, TB got all the bounces
on their way to trouncing the Panthers. It started on the first
drive of the game, when reserve rookie LB Geno
Hayes blocked a punt, picked it up in stride, and returned
it 22 yards for a TD. Later in the first quarter, CAR TE Dante
Rosario tipped up a diving attempt at a catch in to the hands
of FS Tanard
Jackson who returned it 25 yards to set up the second TD of
the game. Late in the first half, QB Jake Delhomme tried to close
the gap with a deep pass to CAR WR Muhsin Muhammad in the end
zone. Muhammad and rookie nickel CB Aqib
Talib would go up for it and knock it to SS Jermaine Phillips.
It was the first pick of the season for Jackson and Phillips.
Talib would get his second pick of the season and his career when
CAR WR Steve Smith couldnít hang on to a pass in the fourth quarter.
It could have been worse, as DE Gaines Adams, MLB Barrett
Ruud, OLB Derrick
Brooks and CB Ronde
Barber each dropped potential interceptions.
Ruud started despite a torn meniscus suffered in his right knee
the previous game. He had four solo tackles. Brooks (four solo),
Barber (four solo), and OLB Cato June led the team with five tackles.
The Bucs had no sacks for the second straight game.
Vanden Bosch (groin), DT Tony
Brown (foot), and CB Reynaldo Hill (hamstring) remain uncertain
this week despite resting their injuries over the bye week.
The game started out well, with SLB Marcus
Washington forcing a fumble on STL RB Steven Jackson deep
in Ramsí territory. FS LaRon
Landry recovered and RB Clinton Portis took it in on the next
play. Washington looked significantly better after battling hip
and hamstring problems. Washington also had eight tackles (five
solo, including two for a loss). DE Jason
Taylor returned, but did not start, although he saw significant
playing time and had four tackles (two solo, including one for
a loss). CB Shawn Springs returned and had a sack after missing
the previous game with a calf strain. DT Cornelius
Griffin was active, returning after missing the previous game
with a shoulder injury.
Rookie SS Chris
Horton led the team with ten solo tackles, including one on
special teams. Horton suffered a ďlowĒ ankle sprain in the game.
He is expected to play this week and the team may have problems
if he canít. Reed
Doughty, who Horton replaced as a starter, was inactive as
he battles a back problem and went on the IR this week. The team
Green to replace him at safety. Nickel corner Fred
Smoot had a groin injury in the game and was replaced by Leigh
Torrence. Smootís injury reportedly isnít serious.