- Atlanta DE John
Abraham recorded his first career interception with a brilliant
athletic play. After leaping to bat up a pass from New Orleans
QB Drew Brees, he tracked the ball and recovered it. On the
previous drive, DE Chauncey
Davis grabbed an ill-advised pitch by Brees and returned
the pick for a TD. Abraham also had a sack in the game, giving
him 13 on the season, one off the league lead.
- Philadelphia DE Trent Cole got his 10th sack of the season
on Tuesday night, giving him double-digit sacks in three of
the last four season (he had 9 in the other). He hasn't missed
a game since his rookie season and has developed into one of
the most reliable pass rushers in the league.
- Carolina DE Charles Johnson has erased any doubt about who
is the successor to Julius Peppers for the Panthers. With 8
sacks in his last six games, at least one in each, he now has
11.5 sacks on the season and alleviates one key position from
needing a high pick in next year's draft on a team that has
some serious rebuilding to do.
- It's been a long and winding road in the NFL for Tennessee
DE Jason Babin since being selected in the first round by Houston
in 2004, but he has made his first Pro Bowl seven seasons later.
After struggling to convert to an OLB in his rookie season,
he was unable to shrug the tweener label and quickly became
a journeyman. Finally getting an opportunity to start again
this season on his fifth team, Babin leads the team with 12.5
sacks on the season.
- Rookie LB Darryl
Sharpton got the start in the middle over Kevin
Bentley on Sunday, with Zac Diles regaining the starting
WLB job to replace Sharpton there. However, Sharpton suffered
a dislocated shoulder in the game and is done for the season.
Bentley should return to the middle and Diles remain at WLB.
- Injuries continue to slow Miami ILB Karlos
Dansby, who was inactive on Sunday. Tim
Dobbins replaced him and shared the team lead in tackles
with 6 (5 solo). OLB Cameron
Wake was held without a sack for the second straight game,
but kept his league lead with 14 sacks on the season.
- A dislocated elbow kept MLB Stewart
Bradley inactive and gave rookie Jamar
Chaney another start. He had 7 solo tackles.
- New England ILB Jerod
Mayo had just 5 tackles (3 solo) on Sunday, but still leads
the league in tackles by a comfortable margin with 169 on the
- A big reason for the success of Kansas City has been the
linebackers. OLB Tamba
Hali recorded his 12th sack of the season on Sunday and
Johnson has a career high 116 tackles on the season. Hali
was a Pro Bowl snub and Johnson also had a strong case.
- Arizona rookie OLB O'Brien
Schofield replaced Joey
Porter, who was inactive with a right triceps strain, and
got his first career sack. Porter may return this week.
- Washington OLB Brian
Orakpo remains questionable this week after missing Sunday
with a groin and hamstring strain.
- Pittsburgh SS Troy Polamalu won't test his injured right
Achilles and ankle until Friday, and while HC Mike Tomlin has
left the door open for a possible return after missing two weeks
with the injury, don't count on him. While the Steelers are
still playing for a bye, with a playoff spot secured, it seems
unlikely they'll risk aggravating the injury. Ryan Mundy will
continue to start in his place.
- After almost playing last week, Detroit FS Louis Delmas is
expected to return from his concussion this week. Rookie SS
Amari Spievey also returned to action last week after missing
the previous game, so C.C. Brown returns to the bench with both
safeties set to go this week.
- Green Bay FS Nick Collins continued to play through rib pain
and with the Packers playoff hopes on the line, should play
- You could tell Denver CB Champ
Bailey suffered a significant injury on Sunday after landing
awkwardly in the third quarter and immediately throwing his
helmet down in frustration. He injured his heel and is expected
to miss this week. An unrestricted FA after the season, he could
be in a different uniform next year.
- Washington CB DeAngelo Hall left in the second quarter with
a right hamstring injury and when he returned later in the game,
CB Carolos Rogers left for shortly after with a strained calf.
That gave nickel CB Phillip Buchanon plenty of work. Rogers
sounds unlikely to play this week, so Buchanon should get the
start. Reserve CB Kevin Barnes started at SS with Reed Doughty
out with a concussion and the recently acquired Victor Harris
got the start at FS with Kareem Moore inactive.