- New York Giants DE Osi
Umenyiora was inactive again for MNF and remains doubtful
for Week 3, but DE Justin
Tuck returned from a neck stinger and started on MNF. He
looked just fine at LDE and kicking inside on passing downs,
as usual, as he posted 5 tackles (4 solo, including 2 TFL),
3 QB hits and 1.5 sacks - sharing one with RDE Jason
Pierre-Paul, who now has 2.5 on the season as he replaces
Umenyiora as a starter.
- Jacksonville DE Aaron
Kampman (knee) remained inactive, after being declared out
early last week, and HC Jack Del Rio said in his post-game comments
that Kampman won't play this week either. Keep away from Kampman
as he comes off a November torn ACL, his second in as many years.
Roth continued to replace him and had a sack for the second
- Carolina DE Charles
Johnson registered his second sack in as many games. He
now has a sack in nine consecutive games.
- The front four continued rolling for Philadelphia. RDE Trent
Cole had a dominant performance both ways on SNF. He repeatedly
dropped Atlanta RB Michael Turner for short gains or losses,
posting 6 tackles (5 solo, including an incredible 4 TFL). As
a pass rusher, he had one easy sack and was credited with 2
other QB hits and a batted pass, but constantly brought relentless
pressure, including almost getting Atlanta QB Matt Ryan for
a safety before DT Cullen
Jenkins dropped him for a short gain. Jenkins got Ryan behind
the LOS a couple of time for 2 sacks. On the other side, DE
Babin got a sack, but was called for a few penalties and
less effective against the run. Babin and Jenkins now have 3
sacks on the season and Cole has a pair. The team was without
Tapp, who was inactive with a pec strain. Depth at end took
another hit when reserve DE Juqua
Parker suffered a high ankle sprain. He should miss a few
weeks with the injury. 2010 CFL sack leader Philip Hunt will
be in line for a bigger role, especially if Tapp is out this
- After Minnesota tried Everson
Griffen at SLB in the preseason to try and get his potential
in the lineup more, he has remained the top reserve at DE and
is working on the interior as a pass rusher in the nickel package.
Griffen got his first career sack at LDE on Sunday giving starter
Robison a blow. Robison finished with just an assist. On
the other side, DE Jared
Allen had a sack, giving him 1.5 so far on the season, also
3 QB hurries and batted down a pass. DT Letroy
Guion should return to the bench next week Kevin
Williams returns from suspension.
- Seattle DE Chris
Clemons had his first sack of the season. Coming off 11
sacks last year, he is a solid option in sack-heavy leagues
on a defense that will spend a lot of time on the field. The
depth at end thinned out last when sophomore Dexter
Davis was placed on the IR with a lingering hip injury.
- Baltimore NT Terrence
Cody was forced out of Sunday's game with a concussion.
After a dominating performance in Week 1 against the defending
AFC champion Steelers, Baltimore couldn't get to Tennessee QB
Matt Hasselbeck. The defense had no sacks and just one turnover,
an interception by DE Terrell
Suggs on a pass tipped by DL Haloti
Ngata, who also posted 6 tackles (4 solo).
- Against one of the worst pass-blocking offensive lines in
the league, New Orleans racked up 6 sacks. Third DE Junior
Galette led the way with a pair of sacks and 3 QB hits.
Galette has 2.5 sacks on the season. First-round pick Cameron
Jordan, who started at RDE in place of a suspended DE Will
Smith, was the least productive end, posting just a single
assist. Smith returns from suspension this week and is eligible
to play on Sunday, sending Jordan to the bench where he might
now be behind Galette, who has shown more pass rush ability,
in the rotation. On the other side LDE Turk
McBride had his first sack of the season on Sunday.
- A nice job was done on Chicago's top pass rush threats by
the New Orleans offensive line. DE Julius
Peppers, who was held to 1 solo tackle, and Week 1 breakout
Melton, who shut out in the box score, both were focused
on and faced double-teams and chips regularly. DE Israel
Idonije had the only sack for the Bears and posted 6 tackles
(3 solo). DE Corey Wooton remained inactive with a knee injury.
who is also looking like he has a promising future, was inactive
with a knee injury.
- Tennessee ends Jason
Jones and Derrick
Morgan returned after missing Week 1. As expected, Jones
started, but it was Dave Ball who remained in the starting lineup
over sophomore Morgan. Ball tied many for the team lead with
4 solo tackles (2 TFL), as well as a sack and 2 QB hits. Morgan
was also a disruptive force, getting 3 solo tackles (1 TFL),
a sack and 2 QB hits. Jones had just 1 solo tackle. Rookie reserve
Klug had his first career sack and forced 2 fumbles. DE
Hayes was inactive with a shoulder injury he suffered in
- Denver DE Elvis
Dumervil was inactive, as expected, with a left shoulder
Hunter replaced him in the starting lineup, but didn't sneak
up on anyone this week. Hunter had just 2 solo tackles. On the
other side, DE Robert
Ayers had just one solo, a QB hit and batted down a pass.
With Dumervil out, Derrick
Harvey was active for the first time and had a solo tackle.
Warren was placed on the last week. He had triceps surgery
in August, but was expected back early and not even placed on
the PUP. His rehab hit a snag and his career with the Broncos
may be over before it began.
- A week after St. Louis rookie first-round pick DE Robert
Quinn was a surprise healthy scratch for the opener, he was
not only active, but had moved up the pecking order enough to
see time for 2 solo tackles, his first career sack and another
QB hit. His redraft outlook is suddenly much improved. Starting
Long and James
Hall each had a sack, as well. It was the second in as many
games for Long. DE C.J.
Ah You was inactive, as expected, after wrist surgery. His
absence helped pave the way for more work for Quinn.
- The Oakland defensive line was shockingly inept in the pass
rush against a questionable OLine for Buffalo. They officially
had no sacks, as the one time DE Matt
Shaughnessy got to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick the sack was erased
by a penalty downfield. DT Richard
Seymour played through a rib injury.
- The Cincinnati DLine had a more productive day in Denver.
Geathers inactive due to a shoulder injury, RDE Michael
Johnson saw more snaps and posted 7 solo tackles, including
his first sack of the season and forced a fumble on it. Jonathan
Fanene, who replaced Johnson in run situations last week, started
at LDE in place of Geathers. Pass rush specialist Carlos
Dunlap had 4 solo tackles and Frostee
Rucker picked up a few more snaps with Geathers out.
- Despite a neck injury that kept his out of practice all week,
Indianapolis DE Robert
Mathis played on Sunday, although he did not start. Reclamation
Anderson got the start at LDE and worked in the base defense
allowing Mathis be limited to rushing the passer. RDE Dwight
Freeney bounced back from being shut out of the box score
the previous week with his first sack of the season, on which
he forced a fumble, and 2 solo tackles. Mathis being limited
still wasn't enough to get DE Jerry
Hughes, last year's first round pick, much work. He remains
relegated to special teams with Tyler
Brayton ahead of him in the defensive rotation. DT Fili
Moala left with an ankle injury in the first half and did
- Pittsburgh DE Brett
Keisel left Sunday's game early with a mild PCL sprain in
his left knee. Evander
Hood saw more snaps in his place. The team had been expanding
Hood's role in rotating in more frequently for the aging and
increasingly fragile DE Aaron
Smith. HC Mike Tomlin said Keisel could have gone back in,
if needed, so he should play this week.
- New York Jets rookie DE Muhammad
Wilkerson got his first career sack for a safety on Jacksonville's
first possession of the game. Impressively, it from a three-man
rush without a blitz. He beat Jacksonville G Will Rackley, a
fellow rookie. On the other side, DE Mike
Devito led the team with 5 solo tackles.
- Injury-prone Green Bay DE Mike
Neal is out indefinitely after a procedure on his left knee
last week. HC Mike McCarthy said they aren't looking at the
IR yet, but indicated he could miss significant time. That locks
Wynn in as the starter opposite Ryan
Pickett. Pickett left the game early with a sprained foot
and was replaced by Howard
Green. Wynn has had decent production in the first two games,
for a 3-4 end, with 7 tackles (5 solo) and a sack. NT B.J.
Raji had his first sack of the season.
- Just one game in the season, Cleveland switched sides of
starting DE tandem Jabaal
Sheard and Jayme
Mitchell. The rookie Sheard is apparently more comfortable
on the left and the lankier Mitchell moved to the right, to
hopefully keep longer LTs off his body better than the compact
Sheard. The move worked for Sheard, who had 5 tackles (4 solo,
including 1 TFL on third down to force a FG) and had his first
career sack, on which he forced a fumble and recovered it before
going out of bounds, late in the game. Mitchell had 3 solo tackles.
Rookie DT Phil Taylor continues to impress. He had a handful
of tackles and now has 11 (8 solo, including 2 TFL) and a tipped
pass through two games.
- Detroit DE Kyle
Vanden Bosch had a sack for the second straight game, forcing
a fumble on it. DT Ndamukong
Suh had his first sack of the season and 2 QB hits. Rookie
Fairley remains inactive with a left foot injury despite
being beyond his expected return date. He is just beginning
to work out and looks like he won't be back before the end of
- Dallas DE Jason
Hatcher had a pair of sacks and 2 TFL. NT Jay Ratcliff also
had a sack. DE Kenyon
Coleman also remains in the starting lineup over Marcus
Spears, who is playing through a groin injury.
- New England DL Mike
Wright was inactive with a concussion suffered in the previous
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
With a sack in back-to-back games and Aaron Kampman's future
Roth is looking more appealing. In sack-heavy redraft leagues,
the apparent promotion of Robert
Quinn makes him a guy to look for, especially if disgruntled
owners dropped him after being inactive Week 1. Will
Smith and Kevin
Williams return from 2 game suspensions this week, so they
may be lurking on waiver wires. Derrick
Morgan had a nice debut after being inactive Week 1. In
deep, sack-heavy leagues, Junior
Galette has been the best pass rusher for the Saints. In
deep dynasty leagues, Philip Hunt is name to watch. The 2010
CFL sack leader would like to follow in the footsteps of Cameron
Wake for the Eagles.
- A week after losing MLB Jon
Beason to a torn left Achilles' tendon for the season, WLB
Davis tore his same right ACL for the third time in 23 months.
He was leg-whipped from behind during a tackle in the third
quarter and went down holding the knee. He returned to the game
for a play before Omar
Gaither replaced him for good. The worst-case scenario was
confirmed on Monday. Before the injury, Davis showed his speed
was back when he caught Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers from behind
just past the line of scrimmage in the second quarter on a third-and-long
to end a drive. Ironically, Davis ran out of the tunnel before
the game waving Beason's No. 52 jersey in a salute to his injured
teammate, who continues to be replaced by Dan
Connor in the middle. Connor worked primarily in running
sets, first and second downs. Anderson remained with Davis in
the nickel, instead of Connor, so now I expect Gaither, who
is probably the best option in coverage, to man the nickel with
Anderson. However, I think he'll compete with Jordan
Senn, who is a stronger tackler, to be the SLB in the base
and Anderson will be allowed to freelance more at WLB. To take
Davis' roster spot, the team signed LB Jason
Phillips, who was just released by Baltimore.
- After being bothered by an ankle sprain last week, OLB Brian
Orakpo said he felt fine Sunday. He had his first sack of the
season, forcing a fumble on it, and batted away a pass. On the
other side, first-round pick OLB Ryan
Kerrigan continued to be a playmaker. After returning his
first career pick for a TD in Week 1, Kerrigan got his first
career sack on Sunday. He also tipped a pass in coverage that
was picked ageless ILB London
Fletcher. ILB Rocky
McIntosh led the team with 8 tackles (3 solo, including
1 TFL) and had a sack.
- Minnesota MLB E.J.
Henderson played through swelling in his left knee and racked
up 6 tackles (5 solo, including 1 TFL). His brother, SLB Erin
Henderson, showed his breakout in Week 1 might have been
setting expectations a bit high. The other Henderson posted
just 1 solo tackle. Minnesota had a slight edge in time of possession
and Tampa Bay ran only 19 times, so those contributed to low
tackle numbers across the board. When E.J. was held out of practice
last week, Xavier
Adibi and Erin Henderson took the first-team snaps. E.J.'s
normal backup, Jasper
Brinkley, is done for the season with a hip injury.
- After a quiet debut in Week 1, Jacksonville MLB Paul
Posluszny filled out the box score a bit more on Sunday.
He led the team with 8 tackles (4 solo).
- A calf strain in Week 1 sidelined Arizona ILB Daryl
Washington, giving Stewart
Bradley his first start as a Cardinal. Bradley finished
with 7 tackles (5 solo). ILB Paris
Lenon twisted his ankle in the first half and was replaced
Walker, but he returned in the third quarter. In Week 1,
it was Walker who replaced Washington when he was injured, as
HC Ken Whisenhunt said Bradley was still transitioning to a
3-4 defense for the first time. Apparently Bradley learned enough
last week and is now the primary back-up inside, but still interesting
to note Whisenhunt is high on the young Walker.
- Condolences to Chicago MLB Brian
Urlacher on the loss of his mother last week. Urlacher played
on Sunday, posting just 3 tackles (2 solo). If he had not, for
those with deep and/or dynasty rosters who want to know, Nick
Roach would have been his replacement and Brian
Iwuh would have likely replaced Roach at SLB. UDFA Dom
DeCicco is next on the depth chart, and impressed enough
in the preseason to make the roster, but he is a project limited
to special teams work this year. WLB Lance
Briggs bounced back from a slow fantasy start in Week 1
to lead the team 11 tackles (10 solo).
- Green Bay ILB Desmond
Bishop posted double-digit tackles for the second consecutive
game and picked up his first sack. He continues to prove last
year was no fluke. OLB Clay
Matthews picked up his first sack of the season, working
primarily on UDFA Carolina rookie LT Byron Bell, who made his
first career start in place of an injured Jeff Otah. On the
other side, Erik Walden remains the starter and couldn't get
his second sack, but had a couple QB hurries to go with 5 tackles
(4 solo). OLB Brad
Jones saw more of a role on Sunday, but Walden, with the
greater upside, should remain the starter and, as discussed
in this column last week, has nice potential in big play leagues.
- Continuing to rotate at ILB James
Farrior and backup Larry Foote both notched a sack and prevented
each other from decent tackle numbers. OLB James
Harrison notched his first sack of the season and LaMarr
Woodley shared one on the other side.
- The New York Giants were satisfied enough with the performance
of rookie MLB Greg
Jones, since Jonathan
Goff was lost for the year right before the season started,
that they haven't brought in a veteran to compete with him.
He is primarily in there as a run stopper and only on the field
about half the time, limiting his production. Jones had 2 solo
tackles, including a TFL on a goal-line stand. After St. Louis
RB Carnell Williams ignored an incomplete screen pass that was
thrown behind the line, so it was a lateral, WLB Michael
Boley scooped it up and returned it 65 yards for a TD on
MNF. He also had 6 tackles (3 solo), a QB hit and broke up a
- After SLB Quincy
Black struggled in the first half, reportedly due to an
ankle injury, rookie MLB Mason
Foster saw his role increase. Foster replaced Black, who
was benched in the base defense in favor of Adam
Hayward, in passing packages. The result was Foster led
the team with 10 tackles (7 solo, including 1 TFL), forced a
fumble and had his first career sack.
- Seattle MLB David
Hawthorne was active for the first time after a knee kept
him out of the season opener. His fantasy owners barely noticed
he was back, as Hawthorne posted just 3 tackles (2 solo).
- New Tennessee MLB Barrett
Ruud had just 2 solo tackles, but don't judge any Titans
too much on Sunday's box score. The team leaders were tied with
4, as the Titans dominated possession in a shocking upset of
- New York Jets ILB Bart
Scott continued his hot start, getting a sack for the second
consecutive game. He also had 4 solo tackles and 2 QB hurries.
- It was a quiet first game for St. Louis MLB James Laurinatis,
but he posted his first double-digit tackle game on MNF in Week
2 with 14 tackles (9 solo, including 1 TFL). WLB Ben
Leber left the game in the second half with a groin strain
and was replaced by Chris
- New Orleans replaced Will
Herring with Jo-Lonn
Dunbar as the starter at SLB and brought Jonathan Castillas
in as pass rusher in the nickel in place of WLB Scott
Shanle. Castillas had a sack for the second straight game.
- Cincinnati MLB Rey
Maualuga had another quiet fantasy day with 7 tackles (6
solo). He now has 13 tackles (9 solo) and no big plays after
two games, not the start fantasy owners hoped for after winning
the full-time MLB role and a strong preseason. WLB Thomas
Howard continues to produce back in a full-time role, leading
the team with 8 tackles (7 solo). Rookie speedster Dontay Moch
remained inactive with a foot injury.
- Denver WLB D.J.
Williams was inactive, as expected, with a dislocated left
elbow, and is out again this week. Denver replacement WLB Wesley
Woodyard led the team with 13 tackles (10 solo, including
1 TFL) as D.J. Williams remained inactive with a dislocated
left elbow. MLB Joe
Mays had 8 tackles (5 solo, including 2 TFL) while rookie
Miller got his first career sack.
- After fantasy disappointment in the season opener, Oakland
McClain led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo, including
1 TFL) and broke up 3 passes.
- After two games, Buffalo OLB Shawne
Merriman has been mostly a non-factor, especially in the
pass rush. He doesn't have the power and explosion he used to
and has been handled by the pass protection. The team moved
Moats inside in the preseason, but may have to consider
giving him more time in place of Merriman outside when he is
healthy. Moats was inactive again with a knee and calf injury
from the preseason. ILB Nick
Barnett was active on Sunday, leading the team with 14 tackles
(7 solo, including 1 TFL) and forcing a fumble that helped spark
a second-half comeback.
- Indianapolis MLB Gary
Brackett was inactive with a left shoulder injury, so SLB
Angerer moved to the middle, as expected. Angerer had 8
tackles (3 solo), forced a fumble and 2 QB hits. Philip
Wheeler got the start at SLB with Angerer in the middle.
He had 4 tackles (2 solo). WLB Kavell
Conner played through a sore left ankle/foot and led the
team with 10 tackles (4 solo), also forcing a fumble. Conner
had more opportunities with his backup Ernie
Sims, who replaces Conner in the nickel, inactive with a
knee injury. LB Nate Triplett was signed off practice squad
for depth and active on Sunday, in case he was needed.
- Detroit MLB Stephen
Tulloch continues to disappoint in the tackle department.
After two games he has just 7 solo tackles. He also recovered
a fumble on Sunday. OLB Justin
Durant led the team with 11 tackles (8 solo, including 1
- Philadelphia rookie MLB Casey
Matthews asserted himself more than in his first game, posting
7 tackles (4 solo, including 1 TFL) and is now taking most of
the snaps in the nickel package. SLB Jamar
Chaney struggled in coverage when matched up with Atlanta
TE Tony Gonzalez and was out of position on a few runs, but
tied for the team lead with 9 tackles (4 solo). WLB Moise Fokou
has the most limited role among the starters and is barely hanging
on to a job with his struggles against the run.
- Atlanta WLB Sean
Weatherspoon (7 solo, including 1 on special teams) and
Lofton (6 solo) led the team with 10 tackles. Lofton also
broke up 2 passes. Weatherspoon has 19 tackles through two games.
- Dallas ILB Sean
Lee continues to be the featured LB and again led the team
in tackles, putting up his second straight double-digit tackle
game with 11 (9 solo, including 2 TFL and 1 on special teams).
OLB Demarcus Ware had 2 sacks for the second straight game and
Spencer had 1 for the second straight game.
- In a nickel package to start the game, it Dane
Fletcher who joined Jerod
Mayo as the LBs for New England. Mayo led the team with
11 tackles (8 solo) and forced a fumble. Brandon
Spikes returned from an ankle injury. Gary
Guyton was inactive with a hamstring.
- Miami ILB Karlos
Dansby suffered a groin injury in the second half on Sunday
and is questionable this week. Marvin
Mitchell is his backup if he can't go.
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
I'll unexcitedly put Omar
Gaither out there, because he is the most experienced warm
body in Carolina. Of the guys recommended last week that still
might be around, Bart
Scott and Thomas
Howard. One guy who intrigues me for deep and/or dynasty
leagues is Jonathan Castillas. He is an explosive-looking player
and should see his role continue grow.
- Green Bay FS Nick
Collins is done for the year with a neck injury. He was
taken off the field on a stretcher after banging his head awkwardly
off Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart's hip when Stewart attempted
to hurdle Collins in the fourth quarter. HC Mike McCarthy has
said it is too early to comment on the career impact. That should
Peprah gets the start at FS going forward and fellow reserve
Bush will see more work too. CB Tramon
Williams was inactive was a right shoulder injury and nickel
Shields got the start in his place with Bush taking over
the nickel role. It sounds like Williams will be back this week.
The secondary was busy against rookie QB Cam Newton on Sunday
as Carolina came out with a pass-heavy game plan. CB Charles
Woodson had a pair of picks and recovered a fumble forced
by SS Morgan
Burnett on a sack. Burnett also had a pick. Burnett was
a tackle-machine in Week 1 and a playmaker in Week 2. It seems
he is completely recovered from his torn ACL last year and should
be started in all format.
- As expected, Washington SS LaRon
Landry (hamstring, lingering Achilles' tendon injury) was
inactive and continues to be replaced by Reed
Doughty, who had 6 tackles (3 solo) and recovered a fumble
forced by CB Byron
Westbrook. Westbrook saw more work when CB Josh
Wilson left in the third quarter after getting his head
banged around on an attempted tackle and then off the ground.
He eventually walked off the field and ended up with a back
injury that HC Mike Shanahan said "doesn't look too bad ". Wilson
was replaced on the first team by nickel CB Kevin Barnes, who
battled some leg cramps briefly during the game, giving Westbrook,
who replaced Barnes as the nickel, even more work. Landry should
be at least questionable again this week and I wouldn't start
him until after he plays. You should also have a strong back-up
for him for the rest of the year because I'd be surprised if
he keeps healthy.
- Already without SS Chris
Harris, who was inactive with a hamstring, the Bears lost
his replacement, Major
Wright, after a getting shaken up on a head-first hit in
the third quarter. Yet another scary looking injury to a DB
on Sunday, but thankfully Wright was also eventually able to
leave the field under his own power. Wright was replaced by
Chris Steltz. Wright, who started the season opener at FS, moved
to SS to replace Harris and Brandon
Meriweather got the start at FS, although the roles are
fairly interchangeable in Chicago's Cover Two. Wright has been
diagnosed with a stiff neck, and not a concussion, so he may
be available this week, but the team was already expecting Meriweather
to take over his starting role sooner than later, so the immediate
need for Wright will depend on how Harris' hamstring is coming
along. For the second straight game, CB Charles
Tillman forced a fumble. He also recovered it. CB Tim Jennings
continues to pile up tackles in run support. He has 17 tackles
(14 solo) though the first two games.
- With Kansas City SS Eric
Berry done for the season with a torn ACL on the second
play of the season, Jon
McGraw replaced him in the starting lineup with reserve
Piscitelli also seeing a significant role. McGraw led the
team with 10 tackles (5 solo, including 1 TFL) and broke up
2 passes, picking off one of them. Piscitelli had 8 tackles
(5 solo). Neither is particularly strong in pass coverage, with
the younger Piscitelli having the slight advantage and used
in the nickel.
- No punts returned for a TD this time, but Arizona first-round
Peterson had 8 tackles (5 solo). FS Kerry
Rhodes continues to fill up the box score. He had 8 tackles
(7 solo, including 1 TFL), broke up a pass, and had a sack for
the second straight game. Nickel CB Richard
Marshall had his first pick of the season, but his tackle
numbers continued to be limited by his lack of a starting role.
Wilson continued to mitigate concern about playing through
a partially torn biceps with an interception deep in Arizona
territory on the first drive of the game to end an early scoring
opportunity for Washington. Wilson broke up another pass and
had 4 tackles (3 solo, including 1 TFL).
- Coming off an injury-shortened season last year, Minnesota
Winfield is returning to form as one of the top tackling
corners in the game. He had his second double-digit tackle game
with 11 solo, including 1 TFL. Nickel CB Chris
Cook left the game in the first half with a groin strain
and was replaced by Asher
Allen, who played through a toe injury. There was no serious
tear for Cook, but he is very questionable for this week and
those type of injuries can linger. While Jamarca
Sanford remains the nominal starter at SS, backup Tyrell
Johnson rotates in frequently as HC Leslie Frazier hasn't
seen separation between them. Johnson didn't help his cause
when he dropped what should have been a pick with less than
two minutes left on what would be the game-winning drive for
Tampa Bay. FS Husain
Abdullah hung on to his first interception of the season
in the third quarter.
- The New York Jets S Jim
Leonhard left the game briefly with a hamstring cramp, but
was able to return. CB Antonio
Cromartie redeemed himself after a tough Week 1 by grabbing
a pair of picks on Sunday. S Eric
Smith also had an interception. Smith, who had a sack in
Week 1, also broke up another pass and had 5 tackles (4 solo,
including 1 on special teams).
- Tennessee CB Jason
McCourty continued to be a playmaker, grabbing a pick on
Sunday. He now 9 solo tackles, an interception, a sack and a
forced fumble through two games. Nickel CB Alterraun Verner,
who McCourty replaced in the starting lineup, also had a pick.
Hope (dislocated shoulder) was inactive giving Jordan
Babineaux his first start as a Titan. Babineaux had 2 solo
tackles and recovered a fumble.
- After being listed as questionable with an ankle last week
New Orleans SS Roman
Harper started and led the team with 7 solo tackles, also
posting a pair of sacks and forcing a fumble on one. Harper
had a couple other QB hits and with 2.5 sacks in two games,
DC Gregg Williams is utilizing Harper a bunch on the blitz.
CB Tracey Porter was inactive with a calf injury and replaced
- The Baltimore secondary was unable to contain the Tennessee
receivers, allowing veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck to sling it around
like he was ten years younger. They were without nickel CB Chris
Carr (hamstring) and rookie reserve CB Jimmy
Smith (high ankle sprain), but starting corners Lardarius
Webb and Cary
Williams, as well as FS Ed
Reed, did little but help their fantasy owners with high
tackles numbers after catches. SS Tom
Zbikowski continues to be a full-time starter, with Bernard
Pollard left in just a backup role.
- Pittsburgh CB Bryant
McFadden was inactive with a hamstring on Sunday, giving
Gay the start opposite Ike
Taylor. Gay stayed at the slot in nickel, with Keenan
Lewis coming on and filling the LCB role. McFadden has been
struggling to get out of the block, with a groin injury eliminating
most of his preseason before the hamstring last week.
- Carolina reserve S Jordan
Pugh was again involved in giving up a couple big plays.
Because of the lack of depth at corner in the preseason, Carolina
plays Pugh at SS in the nickel package with SS Sherrod
Martin moves to FS and FS Charles
Godfrey covers the slot. However, the team may look to involve
Butler more as Pugh continues to struggle. Butler was claimed
off waivers from New England just before the season and has
yet to see much work.
- Jacksonville CB Derek
Cox was inactive with rib and chest injuries suffered in
Week 1. It was William Middelton who replaced Cox in the base
defense, while Drew
Coleman remained the nickel corner. Middleton grabbed an
interception and grabbed a pick.
- Denver CB Champ
Bailey was inactive after pulling his left hamstring trying
to catch Oakland RB Darren McFadden last Monday night. Cassius
Vaughn replaced him in the starting lineup and teamed with
Andre Goodman to allow Cincinnati rookie QB to pass for over
300 yards. CB Jonathan
Wilhite moved in to the nickel role. Bailey remains questionable
- Oakland FS Michael
Huff did not start and saw limited action due to a groin
strain. He was missed as backup Matt
Giordano provided a significant drop-off in pass coverage.
- A week after blowing up in a hybrid LB/DB role, Buffalo S
Scott posted just 2 solo tackles, 1 on special teams. I
was high on him and their frequent use of the nickel package,
but the results need to be more consistent. It was veteran Drayton
Florence, and not rookie Aaron
Williams, who replace Terrence McGee (hamstring) at starting
corner opposite Leodis
McKelvin. McKelvin bore the brunt of most of the breakout
by Oakland rookie WR Denarius Moore. Rookie S Da'Norris Searcy
had his first career pick on a game-saving interception in the
end zone on the final play of the game. FS Jarius Byrd had 10
tackles (8 solo).
- Seattle CB Brandon
Browner was picked on by Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger
on Sunday, helping Browner post 7 tackles (6 solo). Browner
was quite the long shot to end up on a NFL roster, much less
starting. A UDFA rookie with Denver in 2005, he broke his arm
in camp and was cut the next year before ever getting on the
field for a NFL game. He then spent four years in the CFL, an
all-star for three of them, while failing to get past a tryout
for a half-dozen other teams, until Pete Carroll, who was familiar
with the former Oregon State star from Carroll's time at USC,
signed him before the lockout. Browner then earned a starting
job on arguably the thinnest team at corner in the league.
- The job share at FS in Cleveland continues between Mike
Adams and Usama
Young, with Young getting his first pick of the year on
- St. Louis CB Bradley
Fletcher played through a toe injury and actually did a
decent job on NYG WR Hakeem Nicks on MNF. He had a rough stretch
early in the game with a pass interference penalty that looked
like very good coverage on replay and gave up a TD on an indefensible
pass and brilliant catch two plays later. He also had a defensive
holding penalty later in the game, but otherwise played well
for a player who is going to be relied on with CB Ronald Bartell
done for the season. Fletcher had 6 tackles (5 solo) and broke
up a pass. Justin
King replaced Bartell in the starting lineup across from
Fletcher. He was picked on more as the game went on as Fletcher
handled Nicks. King had 9 tackles (8 solo) and drew a couple
holding penalties in coverage. It looks like the plan will be
for the bigger Fletcher will draw the opposing team's top WR
and the smaller, faster King looking at being tested by opposing
QBs. FS Quintin
Mikell temporarily prevented a TD with a perfect one-on-one
stop of NYG RB Brandon Jacobs after a wide lane was opened up
through the middle for him. Mikell also had his first pick of
the season to prevent a scoring opportunity deep in their own
territory on the first possession of the game. He finished with
7 tackles (6 solo).
- Detroit CB Chris
Houston had his second pick in as many games, while CB Eric
Wright had his first as a Lion and SS Amari
Spievey had his first of the season as Detroit manhandled
- Philadelphia corners Nnamdi
Asomugha and Asante
Samuel each had a pick. FS Jarrad
Page struggled in coverage, but tied for the team lead in
tackles with 9 (5 solo). SS Kurt
Coleman has been unimpressive through two games. Rookie
Jarrett may get a look soon or Page could move to SS and
Nate Allen take over FS when his knee tendinitis is better.
- San Francisco FS Dashon
Goldson remained inactive with a knee, so Madieu
Williams got another start in his place and rotated with
- New England S Patrick
Chung left the game in the third quarter with a hand injury,
but returned in the fourth. Segio Brown saw more snaps while
Chung was out. He had 7 tackles (5 solo) and his first career
pick. Rookie CB Ras-I
Dowling remained the starter and he also left early with
a thigh problem. Leigh Bodden replaced him.
- Houston CB Johnathan
Joseph left the game in the second quarter with a right
ankle sprain, but returned in the fourth quarter and played
through it with a noticeable limp. FS Glover
Quin replaced him at corner and reserve S Troy
Nolan replaced Quin while Joseph was out. Joseph had 4 solo
tackles and broke up 3 passes, including 1 for his first interception
as a Texan, in his abbreviated opportunities.
- FS Reshad
Jones had 6 tackles (4 solo, including 1 TFL) and a sack.
Chris Clemons, the man he replaced in the role, was inactive
with a hamstring injury from Week 1. He battled leg problems
in the preseason. CB Vontae
Davis left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, but would
return. The team appears a bit concerned about it, as they signed
Jones this week.
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
Smith is quietly filling up the box score for the Jets.
In shallow, tackle-heavy leagues, see if Antoine
Winfield was overlooked. In deeper ones, Tim
Jennings and Lardarius