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Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.29.10 Sunday box score tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mike Tolbert had 26 carries for 103 yards.

Chargers inside linebacker Kevin Burnett has been one of the most pleasantly surprising players of 2010. He led the team with 10 tackles Sunday night.

Matt Ryan threw just four incompletions against the Packers Sunday.

Greg Jennings continued his dominance with 119 yards on five catches. Jennings averaged 36.6 yards per outing the first five games; he’s averaged 106.5 in the past six games. (One factor has been increased opportunities resulting from the absence of Jermichael Finley.)

The Steelers ran 83 plays against the Steelers, seemingly all of them coming on the first drive.

The Steelers also had over 100 yards in penalties for a second straight week.

Hines Ward had 107 yards receiving. Fred Jackson led the Bills with 105.

Donte Whitner had 18 tackles for the Bills. That speaks well for the safety and poorly for the front seven’s run defense.

Another strong outing for Peyton Hillis: 26 carries, 131 yards against the Panthers. Oh, and three touchdowns. Hillis has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. If 131 yards rushing aren’t enough, how about the 63 yards Hillis added through the air?

Abram Elam, a safety, led the Browns with two tackles for a loss AND two sacks Sunday.

The Jaguars rushed for 207 yards against the Giants, with more than 140 of them coming in the first half. Maurice Jones-Drew had a career-high fourth-straight 100-yard game. Backup Rashad Jennings (seven carries, 53 yards) continues to look better each week.

Brandon Jacobs got 14 carries (87 yards). Ahmad Bradshaw got nine (49 yards).

Giants wide receivers caught a total of five passes Sunday.

Despite being without Adrian Peterson most of the day, the Vikings outrushed the Redskins 137-29.

Toby Gerhardt had 76 yards on 22 carries. In a startling display of consistency, Gerhardt’s longest carry was just six yards.

Jared Allen recorded a sack and three tackles for a loss. He has 5.5 sacks his last three games after getting just one sack his first seven. (A few of his 5.5 sacks have been cheap, though.)

The Titans had just nine first downs at Houston, two of them coming from Texan penalties.

Randy Moss got his first, second and third catch as a Viking, though even listing them one at a time like that doesn’t make the total sound at all substantial.

Arian Foster: 30 carries,143 yards; nine receptions, 75 yards.

Miami Dolphins: 82 plays. Oakland Raiders: 45. What does this tell us? Oakland’s run defense still isn’t good. (Dolphins had 186 yards on the ground.)

Worth mentioning is that the Raiders run offense doesn’t appear to be very good, either. The Raiders ran the ball 12 times for 16 yards. Darren McFadden was stifled for the second week in a row.

The rushing disparity in Oakland almost pales to that in Seattle. The Chiefs: 270 yards on the ground. The Seahawks: 20. The Chiefs had the ball for more than 41 minutes.

Fantasy owners, take note: Seahawks wideout Ben Obomanu was impressive for a second straight week. The willowy fifth-year pro had 159 yards on five receptions.

Michael Vick’s 333 yards passing marked his second 300-yard game this season and just the fourth of his career. The Bears held Vick to 44 yards on nine runs.

The Bears’ top three wideouts, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox, all went for over 55 yards receiving.

The people calling for Josh McDaniels’ head can’t use the Jay Cutler trade as part of their argument. Kyle Orton threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams. Clearly, offense is not the problem in Denver.

Joe Flacco continues to quietly post big numbers. He had 289 yards through the air against the Bucs, with two touchdowns and only one pick (the Aqib Talib interception between the knees).

Bucs rookie DT Gerald McCoy had two sacks and two tackles for a loss.




Combed through all the box scores to bring you any nuggets that may have fallen through the cracks. Enjoy.

No need to read the Colts-Chargers box score too closely – only one stat stands out: Chargers zero turnovers, Colts five.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:46 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 1:41 pm
 

Key players slated for medical tests Monday

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two superstars coming off Week 12 victories will undergo important tests to their lower extremities Monday. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have an MRI on his injured right ankle. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have his right foot examined.

Peterson got his ankle caught in a pile in the first half at Washington. He went through several tape jobs and was chomping at the bit to go back in the game but ultimately remained on the sidelines while Toby Gerhardt handled the running game.

Roethlisberger got his right foot caught in the ground and his knee rolled late against the Bills. He finished the game and was talking about the injury afterwards, so it’s almost unimaginable that it’s anything serious.

UPDATE: Though Peterson described his ankle pain as "unbearable", NBC Sports says the running back is expected to be available when the Vikings face the Bills next week.

UPDATE II (1:40 p.m. ET): Leslie Frazier says Peterson has a sprain. The team will know more later in the week.

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Adrian Peterson's day might be over

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is dealing with a right ankle injury and probably won’t return to the Minnesota-Washington game.

The injury seems relatively minor after he got his ankle twisted in the pile following a second-quarter run, but he hasn’t returned to the game since. He originally limped off the field, got his ankle retaped, put back on his helmet and began jogging in place. In actuality, he looked ready to return.

But backup Toby Gerhart has been the one to get the carries ever since, including his first career touchdown – a five-yard run – to give the Vikings a 14-7 lead.

On the team’s latest drive, trainers put extra tape on the right side of Peterson’s shoe, but he’s no longer wearing a helmet. At this point, it appears that Peterson’s day could be done.

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 2:33 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Rice back after 'precautionary' practice holdout

Posted by Will Brinson

Sidney Rice (among others) returned to Vikings practice on Friday, after a "precautionary" holdout earlier in the week.

Our Vikings Rapid Reporter Dana Wessel reports that Rice was back at full practice the day after Thanksgiving, along with the rest of the 53-man roster.

Rice missed practice on Thursday, and Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported that new head coach Leslie Frazier was "simply being cautious" with the Vikings best wideout.

Minnesota will need him too, come Sunday -- Washington's got one of the worst secondaries in the league, and if Frazier wants to get on the right track with his gig as a potential head coach, he'll utilize the combo of Favre and Rice that was so deadly last year to build a big lead against the Redskins and let Adrian Peterson salt away what should be a win for Minnesota.

Of course, if things were that simple, Frazier wouldn't be sitting in an interim job right now (because Brad Childress wouldn't have let this team slip away from him), but by getting Rice back in time for the game Sunday, he'll at least give himself a leg up in picking up a win.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Brad Childress perhaps won himself a reprieve today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Did the Vikings somehow save Brad Childress’ job today? Probably not. Even if Minnesota would have fallen to Arizona – and make no mistake, they SHOULD have lost that game – owner Zygi Wilf probably wouldn’t have terminated Childress until after the season.

Or maybe not.

But make no mistake: the come-from-behind victory, thanks to RB Adrian Peterson, QB Brett Favre and TE Visanthe Shiancoe, makes life easier for the Vikings – at least for this week.

"A win will calm things,” Favre told reporters.

Last week couldn’t have gone much worse for the Vikings and Childress. He went above his boss’ head and released Randy Moss. He and WR Percy Harvin (eight catches, 120 yards) reportedly had to be separated in a verbal confrontation Friday (Childress said after the game it was due to his desire for Harvin to get an MRI, which he did Saturday). Everybody seems to have crapped on Childress – his personality, his coaching style, the essence of his soul. And it sounds like it’s been deservedly so.

When the Vikings fell behind the Cardinals 24-10 late in the fourth quarter, chants of “Fire Brad Childress” could be heard around the dome. But Favre, who went 36 for 47 for a career-high 446 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Peterson (144 total yards and two scores) led the Vikings to a pair of touchdowns in the final 4 minutes of the game.

In overtime, Minnesota’s defense – surprisingly led by DE Jared Allen, who’s been so irrelevant this year but had a tremendous 5-minute stretch near the end of regulation and in overtime – stopped Arizona. That led to a 35-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell that sealed the win.

And, for now, might make Childress – who said the crowd at the Metrodome attended the game today to see an execution – feel better. Not that, ahem, he needs it.

"I'm not going be here and be like Favre and tell you that I need a hug,” Childress said. “I'll be all right.”

(Childress, I think, was not trying to be an ass with that comment. I think he was actually referring to what Favre said earlier in the week when he was asked whether Childress is a compassionate coach: Said Favre: "Is he compassionate as in give us a hug or something? Boy, I sure could use one. But he hasn't given me one.")

UPDATE (10:12 p.m.):
Favre had an interesting comment when he was asked if he felt like he was playing for Childress' job today.

"I felt like I was playing for mine," Favre said. "I am just being honest. I have played for 20 years. I have always wanted to be the best. I had to ask myself, 'Are you willing to do what it takes?'

“Do I always get along with my head coach, quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator? No. Do I always agree with the plays that were called? No. Why should that factor in to me wanting to be the best player I can be?"

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:16 pm
 

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s our favorite time of the week (or, more accurately, my favorite time of the week. Maybe not everybody’s favorite time of the week). It’s time for the weekly prop bets from bodog. As usual, we’ll skip past the newly-crowned Super Bowl favorites (though the Steelers and Patriots are at 15/2) and go straight to the fun stuff.

Randy Moss - Total receiving yards as a member of the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Over/Under  475

At this point, how do you go over? Hell, he might not be with the team in three weeks. Plus, aside from taking defenses away from RB Adrian Peterson in Minnesota – Chris Johnson can expect similar results in Tennessee – Moss simply doesn’t have the gaudy stats this year.

Shawne Merriman - Total sacks as a member of the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Over/Under 2.5

At this point, how do you go over? Hell, he might be injured again next week.

Who will be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Jon Gruden  3/2

Bill Cowher 5/2

Jason Garrett 4/1

Wade Phillips 50/1

Any Other Coach 1/1

I might be tempted to put a few bucks on Phillips just because the odds are so high. But otherwise, I’m going with “any other coach.” I don’t think Cowher will take it, and I don’t think Jerry Jones would offer Garrett the job. I think there’s a chance with Gruden, but I’d still take the even odds at 1/1.

Will Marvin Lewis be the coach of Cincinnati for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes Even

No 130

I’d go No every day of the week.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Playmakers finding tough time getting on field

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of injury updates for players who mean a great deal to their respective teams.

1) It’s looking less and less likely that Vikings WR Percy Harvin’s ankle will allow him to play this weekend.

Harvin According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Harvin isn’t making much progress in the rehab process, and he’s missed the past two days of practice.

Harvin is the team's leading receiver with 31 catches for 393 yards, and if he’s out, Minnesota is left with TE Visanthe Shiancoe, RB Adrian Peterson out of the backfield and a host of receivers who haven’t yet hit double-digits in receptions this year.

But it’s not a big deal, because the team still has a really good down-field threat in Randy Mo … oh, never mind.

2) Cardinals RB Beanie Wells’ knee is acting up, because of a bad reaction to a medicine that provides lubrication to joints (um, OK. Let’s try that again. The medicine is supposed to make his knee feel better). Instead, the medication has made his knee swell.

He hasn’t fully participated in practice the past few days, but Wells says the knee is feeling better. He’s hopeful about practicing Friday.

Wells "Very, very seldom do you have a reaction like he did," coach Ken Whisenhunt said in quotes captured by the Arizona Republic. "So there is really nothing wrong with his knee. It's just about getting the swelling out."

Perhaps there’s a good medicine they can inject directly into his knee and that will help ge … oh, never mind.

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.1.10 box score tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

We read through all the box scores so that you wouldn't have to. Here's what was pulled out.

Neither quarterback was very good in the Bengals-Dolphins game. Carson Palmer struggled with distance-based accuracy, completing just 17/38 passes. Chad Henne was 24/37 with no touchdowns and an awful interception to Morgan Trent.

M. Stafford returned to Detroit and helped lead his squad to a victory against Washington (Getty). For the seventh time in seven games this season, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams were both held to 80 yards or less on the ground.

Davone Bess, who started ahead of Brian Hartline for the first time this season, caught seven balls for Miami. The shifty slot receiver is on pace for 89 receptions and nearly 1,000 yards in 2010.

Maurice Jones-Drew had his best game of the season against the Cowboys, rushing for 135 yards on 27 carries.

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.

Mark Sanchez was equally inaccurate, going 16/38 but with two picks (one of which was Charles Woodson plain ripping the ball away from Dustin Keller.)

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.

The trio of Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles combined for 145 yards rushing for San Diego.

Some guy named 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.

The Seahawks were 1/16 on third down against the Raiders.

How’s this for consistency: Adrian Peterson carried the ball 25 times for 92 yards Sunday, with his longest run going for just nine yards.

Danny Woodhead turned in five catches for 45 yards against the Vikings.

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.

Robert Meachem and Marques Colston both had six catches and at least 75 yards receiving for the Saints.

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