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Posted on: November 20, 2010 2:13 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Texans @ Jets
Bills @ Bengals
Tags: Antwan Odom, Baltimore Ravens, Brandon LaFell, Buffalo Bills, C.J. Spiller, Carolina Panthers, Chris Chester, Chris Crocker, Cincinnati Bengals, DeAngelo Williams, Dustin Keller, Dwight Lowery, Frostee Rucker, Houston Texans, Jimmy Clausen, Jonathan Stewart, Kyle Williams, Mark Sanchez, Matt Schaub, Mike Goodson, Morgan Trent, New York Jets, Spencer Johnson, Tank Johnson, Tyrell Sutton, Xavier Adibi, Zach Diles
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:41 am
Edited on: November 15, 2010 1:04 pm
Posted by Will Brinson & Josh Katzowitz
1. Garrett does Dallas
Perhaps the weirdest thing about a really weird Week 10 in the NFL was the Dallas Cowboys' not just winning, but flat-out dominating the New York Giants en route to a 33-20 thrashing of the team everyone thought was the NFC's best just a week ago.
But what could have possibly changed in just one week to take the Cowboys from the definitive punchline of the 2010 season and turn them into a dangerous spoiler machine?
"The difference is the freakish disasters that have defined our season didn't happen tonight for us," Jon Kitna said afterwards.
Well, yes, there's that. But where's the Jason Garrett love?!?!? After all, if he can do this in just one week, imagine what he could do in a whole year with a gigantic contract! (At least that's the argument he's likely pushing to Jerry Jones for the rest of this week.)
Garrett clearly makes the Cowboys a better team right now than Wade Phillips did -- simply based on effort alone -- but whether or not he's the long-term answer as a coach for Jones' organization is going to require more than just four quarters of impressive play from the Cowboys.
But Cowboys fans probably shouldn't bask in the glow of a dominating win against a division opponent -- continued success in a lost season will make Garrett all but a lock for the full-time job in 2011, and that would be a shame, particularly with so many excellent coaching candidates out there after the season.
One thing's for sure, though: whoever coaches Dallas next year and beyond is going to have a very special talent in Dez Bryant. The rookie wideout, whose play this year has to make Jones feel less horrible for passing on Randy Moss so many years ago, continued to light up the stat sheet against the Giants. (WB)
2. Dolphins QBs get tossed into the blender
Entering Sunday’s game, the Dolphins knew exactly where they wanted to go with their quarterbacks. Coaches had determined they needed to replace starter Chad Henne with backup Chad Pennington, and though this couldn’t have been easy for Henne, he took his demotion with class and professionalism.
That lasted all of two plays before Pennington dislocated his shoulder and left the game with a ton of money in hand (not the same hand that’s connected to the shoulder he just dislocated. The other hand, obviously). That’s because he got a $3.25 million bonus to play those two snaps (it was an escalator in his contract that had to do with him playing as the starting quarterback), so hey, good for him.
Next up was Henne, who soon left with a knee injury.
That leaves the Dolphins with one healthy quarterback, Tyler Thigpen. All we’ve heard since he was elevated to starter is how unorthodox of a signal-caller he is but, at the same time, how effective he can be. Apparently, he burns the Dolphins first team defense in practice all the time while running the scout team. Apparently, he’s innovative and, if he can limit his mistakes, he could be a real force. That said, 24 hours ago, he was nothing better than a third-string quarterback.
And to be fair, for all of Thigpen’s attributes, he’s 1-10 all time as an NFL starter.
Miami now will have to shop for at least one other quarterback to back up Thigpen, and the Dolphins probably will add two this week. JaMarcus Russell is apparently one option, as is Sean Canfield, Tom Brandsteter, Todd Bouman, Jeff George, Vinny Testaverde, and hell, I don’t know, Randall Cunningham (only Russell, Canfield, Brandsteter and Bouman are legit, by the way). (JK)
3. Do NOT make the Patriots angry
The debate surrounding the Patriots over the past week was "trap game v. crumbling dynasty." Could the Patriots really be looking that far past a former assistant on Bill Belichick's staff in Eric Mangini? Could Randy Moss have been more important than we thought to Tom Brady's success?
Yes and no are the answers to those questions -- and we can all justifiably hop back on the Pats bandwagon after they dismantled the Steelers on Sunday night behind a monster Brady performance that saw him throw for 350 yards, three touchdowns and rush for another. (Interestingly, all three were to rookie Rob Gronkowski and this was Brady's first game over 300 yards this season.)
Belichick may plan well (22-2 after a bye) and New England may never lose back-to-back games (23-3 following a loss), but not many people saw this coming, even if it was in Pittsburgh, where Brady's consistently ripped owned the Steelers franchise and stomped on the collective heart of the fanbase every time he gets a chance (6-1 against them for his career).
This isn't to say that there shouldn't be any hesitation to crown the Pats the best team in the NFL, because there should be. Their defense is still really young (though it's maturing), and there absolutely questions about the offense, but, really, what you should worry about is not playing them when they're angry. "
And if you saw Brady screaming at his offensive lineman, crunching forward for three yards, slamming the ball once he got in the end zone or referring to the game as "emotional" at least 30 times afterwards, you know the Pats played and practiced angry this week. (WB)
4. What else can go wrong in Minnesota?
Wait, wait, don’t answer that. If there is an answer to that, we don’t want to know the answer.
And we’re not even talking about Percy Harvin’s migraines and Sidney Rice’s hip and Bernard Berrian’s groin and John Sullivan’s calf and Adrian Peterson’s ineffectiveness Sunday and … so on and so on.
We’re talking about how Brett Favre somehow came up with another injury he can fight through (he told ESPN that he’s been having shoulder pains that might be related to biceps surgery he had in 2008) and how he threw three interceptions Sunday to go with a fumble and a QB passer rating of 44.5. Not coincidentally, Minnesota lost 27-13 to Chicago to fall to 3-6 on the season.
But obviously, Favre still thinks his squad can make the playoffs. Right, Brett?
"If I had to gauge today I would say no," he said. "I'm not writing us off. But guys are in that locker room as we did right after the game [saying], 'We've got to find a way to turn it around' – all the cliches that go with it, as you would expect. 'We've got to pick it up. We've got to find a way to win.' And I say yes to all of those.
"Can this team make the playoffs? Yes, I'll say yes to that. Will we make the playoffs? I have no idea. No idea. And for anyone in our locker room to think beyond next week, or really beyond today ... we will be watching the playoffs. That's probably a better guess than us making the playoffs. And that's just being honest."
The truth does, in fact, hurt. Whether Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was being completely honest about coach Brad Childress’ continued employment – he told ESPN that he wasn’t considering getting rid of Childress – we’ll just have to wait and see. But you can’t like the sour attitude that continues to waft through Childress’ locker room. Honest or not. (JK)
5. The AFC West just got wilder
The Oakland Raiders cruised into their bye with a three-game winning streak, but it was reasonable to think the Kansas City Chiefs could put some distance in the AFC West standings thanks to a matchup against the defensively incompetent Broncos.
Then a funny thing happened -- Denver watched how the Raiders beat KC the week before, stacked the box early against Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, and blew out Todd Haley's squad early and often. Late too, for that matter; Josh McDaniels' decision to keep his starters in the whole game didn't exactly sit well with Haley, who refused to shake hands after the game.
What was the long-term outcome of this game? Well, for starters, the AFC West is wide open now. Oakland and KC are both 5-4 and in first, but looming LARGE are the San Diego Chargers at 4-5 and just one game back.
The Bolts are even more terrifying for that division because by the time the second set of divisional games get underway, they'll be in possession of a fully-loaded weapon, as Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson and Legandu Naanee all (should) return sooner than later.
What might be most weird about this is, given that all eight divisions are completely up in the air at this point, the Chargers might once again represent the team most likely to run away with their division. If they can win their remaining four games against AFC West foes (home-and-home against Denver, home game against Kansas City, home against Oakland), there's a pretty good chance they close the season 6-1 and cruise to another title. (WB)
6. What else can we say about Palmer?
He’s not just average at this point in his career. He’s worse than average. Carson Palmer showed that again in the Bengals 23-17 loss to the Colts. His stats actually don’t look too bad (31 of 42 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions). But Palmer, as he’s been the past two seasons, is sometimes so inaccurate, it actually feels like a joke. Surely, he can’t be that off. He must be joshing us.
Yet, he threw another pick-6 Sunday, and against a Colts defense missing most of its key players, he simply wasn’t good enough. He’s also not getting enough help from his teammates, particularly Terrell Owens, who seems to quit on a route at least once a game. Too far out of his reach – which, to be fair, happens quite a bit with Palmer – and Owens doesn’t bother going after it or knocking it away from the defender who’s usually ready to make the interception.
Palmer apparently had a pain-killing injection put into his shoulder before the game – the same shoulder that caused him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday – and it seems clear Palmer isn’t healthy. Perhaps, he hasn’t been healthy in quite a while. Those are the whispers that follow him around, and though he’s always quick to deny that he has long-lasting pain, that could explain why he’s fallen so far from being an elite quarterback to being one that has dropped below the average line. (JK)
7. When playing not to win works
Pretty sure I'll feel like a jerk suggesting this, but the Browns should have played for the tie on Sunday. And yeah, maybe Herm Edwards won't agree, but when Cleveland dialed up a pass on first down with 1:35 remaining in overtime, and Colt McCoy missed Ben Watson, it ended up costing the Browns the game (and, no joke, a chance to at least get back near the playoff race) because they left the Jets 24 seconds on the clock after a punt to their own 37-yard line.
Now, McCoy had already led an amazing drive to close out regulation, so it's fine putting the game in his hands. But in that situation, you really can't play "just to win," because the risk-reward of having to march 60 yards just to have a shot at a game-winning field goal doesn't pan out. Run the ball with Peyton Hillis twice, and maybe play action on third down. Otherwise you end up losing just like the Browns did. (WB)
8. There's a new Smith in town
When we talked to 49ers LB Takeo Spikes recently about his team, he brought up, with no prompting, how quickly the team had taken a liking to QB Troy Smith.
"Just with Troy’s presence," Spikes said. "He’s a guy who’s not only confident in his abilities but he makes everybody feel confident about themselves and what he’s about to do when we step on the field."
You could really see that against the Rams. Smith threw for 356 yards and a TD on just 17 completions, and as the game entered the second half, he looked completely in control and command. This is not how he looked when he was in Baltimore. Maybe it’s something in that San Francisco air. Or maybe it’s the Rice-A-Roni. (JK)
9. Bills get off the schneid
The Bills have been so close on so many different occasions.
They kept New England in sight before falling 38-30 in Week 3. And after taking their bye in Week 6, the heartbreaks really began to pile up.
In Week 7, the Bills gained 505 yards and scored four touchdowns – and took a 24-10 lead against Baltimore, no less – but the game turned for good in overtime when Ravens LB Ray Lewis lifted up Buffalo Te Shane Nelson (not unlike Patrick Swayze hoisting Jennifer Grey into the air) and stripped the ball away. Four plays later, Baltimore kicked the game-winning field goal.
In Week 8, Buffalo forced overtime AGAIN, and AGAIN, the opponent crushed the Bills souls in the final period. Early in overtime, Bills K Rian Lindell actually kicked the 53-yarder that would have given the Bills the win, but Chiefs coach Todd Haley had called timeout just before the snap. On the retry, Lindell hit the upright and it was no good.
And last week, not even a trip to Toronto could change the Bills fortunes. Despite Buffalo leading 19-14 in the fourth quarter, the Bills allowed (of all people) Bears QB Jay Cutler to throw the go-ahead TD pass with 6:41 to go. The Bears could not respond and fell 22-19.
But Sunday … ah, Sunday. A blessed, glorious victory.
So, Buffalo, how did it feel beating the Lions 14-12? This Associated Press lede should tell you the story:
Elated and relieved, guard Eric Wood could not contain himself as he skipped toward the Buffalo Bills’ locker room door.
“Holy cow! We won a game!” Wood yelled, his voice echoing in the tunnel at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
So, yeah, it felt pretty good. Buffalo can thank RB Fred Jackson, who rushed for a season-high 133 yards and scored both touchdowns. And despite the fact Lions QB Shaun Hill led a furious comeback in the final minutes, the Bills defense cracked down during the two-point conversion and Hill was forced to throw it out of the back of the end zone.
Here’s hoping the Bills enjoy this victory. Lords knows they’ve earned it. (JK)
10. Quick Hitters:
****We had two overtime games this week. In an unbelievable upset, CBS’ Gus Johnson wasn’t calling either game. His game actually was decided on a last-second Hail Mary, which allowed him to be at his best while not having to put any extra (unpaid) time into his shift.
****As a result of the Bills winning, the Panthers look like they're in prime position for the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. It'll be the first time in franchise history Carolina selects first overall -- the closest they came was No. 2 in 2003, which netted them Julius Peppers instead of David Carr. That worked out okay.
****The Lions are 8-1 this season! Against the spread. Which is actually pretty impressive and probably indicative that they're better than their record indicates. So, that's something, right?
****Amazingly, the 49ers had three of their touchdowns called back because of penalties. And they were impressive touchdowns, too. Unfortunately, they’ve gone to that almost-touchdown heaven in the sky, never to be seen or heard from again.
****Speaking of San Francisco, the team was 0-for-11 on third-down conversions until Rams S O.J. Atogwe was called for pass interference in overtime. Two plays later, the 49ers kicked the game-winning field goal. Who said you have to convert third downs to win?
****Shonn Greene was expected to get more carries this week and he did, making the most out of the 20 times he toted the rock (his second-highest total of the season) and giving a good indication that the's prepping to turn into more of a workhorse for the Jets.
****Know what's weird? People just refuse to talk about the Atlanta Falcons as the best team in the NFL. Even though they have a record to match. That is all.
****Mario Manningham and Ramses Barden looked sharp in the loss to the Cowboys, just proving how deep and talented that WR corps of the Giants is -- if Steve Smith misses significant time, it's obviously problematic, but New York can still score.
****Randy Moss said he had a "bad" day/game in his debut for the Titans. And he's correct, but it was odd that he didn't try and blame someone else, merely pointing out he'd do what was necessary in order to help the team win. But that's usually what he does after his first week in a new location. If this keeps up and the Titans aren't winning, things could change. Quickly.
****Pete Carroll's playcalling is so freaking bizarre. It's one thing that the Seahawks simply can't run the ball without Russell Okung healthy (they can't), but it's another to be chunking the ball left and right across the field with little-to-no time remaining. Oh, and his decision to QB sneak in the red zone resulted in a broken bone for Matt Hasselbeck. It's really going criminally underrated because they're having some success this year.
****Brandon Marshall's temper flared up again Sunday, as he got upset after making a catch and threw the ball into the stands, drawing a penalty. Given that he might be catching passes from JaMarcus Russell soon (no, no seriously), there's a pretty good chance we could be seeing an epic meltdown at some point.
Tags: Ben Watson, Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Buffalo Bills, Carson Palmer, Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Colt McCoy, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Dez Bryant, Eric Mangini, JaMarcus Russell, Jason Garrett, Jeff George, Jon Kitna, Josh McDaniels, Kansas City Chiefs, Mark Sanchez, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Rob Gronkowski, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Sean Canfield, Todd Bouman, Todd Haley, Tom Brady, Tom Brandsteter, Troy Smith, Tyler Thigpen, Vinny Testaverde
Posted on: November 13, 2010 12:09 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Last week, we told you about the new body language system implemented in Jets practice that allows offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to fine QB Mark Sanchez for visibly becoming frustrated.
It actually was Sanchez’s idea, and apparently, the system is working well, keeping him calmer during games when bad things happen.
“Sometimes the hardest thing is to fight your emotions and deal with the rollercoaster of the game,” Sanchez told the New York Daily News. “If you can show that even keel demeanor to the team, that stuff is contagious. When our team can see that from me, it resonates. They know, ‘Hey man, don’t mess with this guy in a tough situation. He’s ready.’
“That’s the kind of demeanor that you want to have and the message you want to send to those guys. Because you’re going to need it late in the game.”
The system has worked well during the games, but Sanchez isn’t always perfect during games.
“I’m pretty clean in games,” Sanchez said. “In practice, you’ll get upset, kind of wave your hand in a negative way and they’re on it in the film room. Bam, $100. They’re hitting me hard because the proceeds will probably go to some sort of quarterback function. They’d love for me to finance that. So they’re looking for everything possible.”
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Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:03 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 3:27 am
Posted by Andy Benoit
3.) What the Hillis happened in Cleveland?
10.) Quick Hits
***In his first game back since suffering a week 6 concussion, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson did not look at all eager to stick his nose in there and be physical. Not saying the Falcons have another Bryan Scott situation on their hands (remember Bryan Scott, the rising safety for Atlanta who got a concussion and, for the next year or two, was noticeably afraid of contact?). But Robinson’s lack of aggressiveness was plain to see.
***This seems like a perfect segue into ripping Mike Jenkins one more time for his pathetic tackling effort (or non-effort) on the James Jones touchdown. Seriously Mike. What. Was. THAT?
***Nate Burleson got flagged for celebrating a touchdown by kicking the ball into the stands a few weeks ago. When he scored Sunday, Burleson did a wind up to boot the ball again, only this time he intentionally missed it. Clever. (P.S. Burleson had seven catches for 113 yards this game.)
***How about Ray Rice racking up 97 yards on seven receptions?
***When was the last time we saw two teams score fumble recovery touchdowns on kickoff coverage on the same day? Talk about the ultimate lucky touchdown. The Cardinals got one from Michael Adams and the Packers got one from Nick Collins on a fumble that would have been ruled down by contact if the Cowboys had been able to challenge.
***Hope you enjoyed watching Nick Collins, by the way, because if the NFL is true to its word about cracking down on illegal hits, the Packers safety should be suspended a game for his shot on Roy Williams. That hit was almost as egregious as Brandon Meriweather’s hit on Todd Heap. (True, Meriweather was not suspended, but that was likely only because the hit occurred the week before the NFL issued the harsher punishment for violating the rule.)
***I didn’t watch the Chargers-Texans game, but in seeing the highlights and scanning the box score, it’s looking like I might have to learn how to say the name Seyi Ajirotutu. Dammit all.
Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Asante Samuel, Atlanta Falcons, Austin Collie, Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Buffalo Bills, Calvin Johnson, Carolina Panthers, Chris Harris, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Darrelle Revis, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jason Garrett, Jay Cutler, Jerry Jones, Jim Caldwell, Kansas City Chiefs, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mark Sanchez, Matthew Stafford, Michael Adams, Michael Turner, Michael Vick, Mike Jenkins, Minnesota Vikings, Nate Burleson, Ndamukong Suh, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Nick Collins, Oakland Raiders, Percy Harvin, Peyton Hillis, Peyton Manning, Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Seyi Ajirotutu, Steve Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wade Phillips
Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:52 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
If Jets QB Mark Sanchez shows bad posture or displays other signs of not being happy during practice, he’s now subject to a fine. And that’s exactly the way he wants it.
The Jets have implemented a body language fine system for their quarterback - at Sanchez's suggestion - and if he shows signs of unhappiness, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is going to reach into his wallet and take out a few bucks. Backup QB Mark Brunell will be Schottenheimer’s taxman, collecting all the fines.
"Today, there was a play in practice when he screwed something up," Schottenheimer told reporters, including the Newark Star Ledger. "He kind of looked like it was someone else's fault. That's a fine.
"It's fun stuff. He's a passionate guy that loves to play. We just stay on him about that."
For an example, take a look at the picture on the right. See the disbelieving eyes? The pouty face? The slumped shoulders? All of those are fineable offenses (at practices, not during games).
According to the NY Daily News, Sanchez got hit twice today but putting his palms to the sky and looking around after a couple of mistakes.
And if the Jets had implemented this system last year?
Said Schottenheimer: “He’d be broke.”
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Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:14 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta asks an interesting question today: is Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer too concerned with making sure that QB Mark Sanchez spreads the ball around to his bevy of talented receivers?
Basically, is that why the Jets offense struggled so badly in New York’s 9-0 loss to the Packers last Sunday?
Braylon Edwards thinks there might be something to that theory.
"That definitely could be the case," Edwards said Monday. "Maybe (Schottenheimer's) sitting back and trying to make sure the balls are being distributed equally. ... That's a tough job on a coordinator, trying to balance out the numbers. I don't know if that's the case."
Or it could be because that since Santonio Holmes has returned from his suspension two games ago, Sanchez’s numbers have nose dived (48.5 completion percentage, zero touchdowns, four interceptions). Holmes has great talent obviously, but he’s also another guy who wants the ball thrown his way.
"We have so much talent," Edwards said. "For us, it's being able to harness that and being able to utilize it on a consistent basis. It's so many weapons. It's trying to get all these weapons to (play at a high level). Maybe that's tough. Maybe that's hard."
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Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:40 pm
In his first game since injuring his shoulder in Week 1, Matthew Stafford was 26/45 for 212 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. (DeAngelo Hall, who was outplayed by Calvin Johnson for most of the afternoon, snagged the interception on a brilliant first quarter play.)The box score shows Washington gaining 80 yards on the ground, but 45 of those yards came on four Donovan McNabb runs. The Redskins never came close to sustaining a true rushing attack on Sunday.
Ndamukong Suh is running away with the Defensive Player of the Year award. The behemoth DT recorded two more sacks Sunday, bringing his total to 6.5 on the season. Suh also had five tackles and a game-sealing touchdown off a fumble return.Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril also recorded a pair of sacks for the Lions.
Only 42,339 people paid to see the Lions defeat the Redskins.The Bills became the fourth team in NFL history to lose back-to-back overtime games on the road. (Of course, that kind of heartbreak is nothing for a franchise that once lost back-to-back Super Bowls back-to-back times.) The last team to lose two straight road overtime games was the ’09 Steelers (remember them?).
For what it’s worth, Kansas City’s Thomas Jones became the first player in NFL history to rush for 500 yards for a fifth different team. Jones had 77 of the Chiefs’ 274 yards rushing. (Jamaal Charles led the way with 177; he also led the Chiefs with 61 yards receiving.)C.J. Spiller seemed to spend as much time at wide receiver as running back. And not at slot receiver – split out WIDE, as in outside the numbers. Spiller finished with four catches for 28 yards and six carries for 17 yards. (It’s apparent that the first-round rookie is still doing too much reading and not enough reacting.)
Paul Posluszny led the Bills with 18 tackles. He has extra chances to tackle because none of Buffalo’s defensive linemen can get off blocks.
Steven Jackson played with a broken finger against the Panthers. He came out in passing situations (one catch, four yards), but rushed for 59 yards on 23 carries (his performance looked better than the numbers suggest).You can call off the search party for Carolina’s running game – not because the run game was found but because it’s safe to declare it dead. Jonathan Stewart managed just 30 yards on 14 carries against the Rams. DeAngelo Williams stayed home with a foot injury.
James Laurinaitis is putting together a Pro Bowl season. On Sunday the second-year linebacker had eight tackles, a sack, three tackles for a loss and an interception (which came on a horrendous decision and throw by Matt Moore).The Packers told Aaron Rodgers all week not to worry about his completion percentage – just make sure he didn’t turn the ball over. Rodgers listened. He was 15/34 passing with zero interceptions and fumbles.
LaDainian Tomlinson is clearly the No. 1 back for the Jets. He got 16 carries against Green Bay; Shonn Greene got six. Neither player was particularly effective (LT got tripped up on several shoestring tackles).
After catching a pass in 133 straight games, Donald Drive was held without a catch for a second straight game. He was still hampered by a quad injury.Troy Smith was an efficient 12/19 for 196 yards and a touchdown in his 49ers starting debut. Looks like Mike Singletary may have a new starting Smith to threaten with a benching.
Brandon Lloyd hauled in seven passes for 169 yards. Lloyd has had triple-digit receiving yards in five games this season.Justin Smith led the Niners with two sacks and two tackles for a loss.
Seyi Ajirotutu (save some vowels for the rest of us, pal) had three catches for 48 yards for the Chargers. Ajirotutu is an undrafted rookie from Fresno State.
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 25 times for 92 yards Sunday, with his longest run going for just nine yards.
LeGarrette Blount had 22 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s win at Arizona. (Cadillac Williams had just four carries for 10 yards.)
In his first game since Week 3, Steve Breaston caught eight passes for 147 yards.No one for the Steelers had more than 43 yards receiving at New Orleans Sunday night.
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