CB Roderick Hood’s 68-yard return of a blocked field goal
was one of the bright spots in an altogether lackluster performance
by the Cards defense against the Vikings. Hood also contributed
2 solos and 2 PD. But in terms od IDP, there were a few decent performances.
The Cards’ leading tackler was FS Antrel Rolle (7 solos, 3
assists) and other standouts included MLB Gerald Hayes (9 tackles,
PD, FF, FR), Karlos Dansby (8 solos), DT Darnell Dockett (5 solos,
2 assists and a sack) Chike Okeafor (5 solos, 1 assist and a sack)
and Antonio Smith (5 solos and a sack).
Against the Bucs, DE John Abraham had one of his best games of
the season, posting 3 sacks and 3 solo tackles. Abraham now has
15.5 sacks on the season. LB Keith Brooking, on the other hand,
had his best game thus far in ’08 with 10 total tackles
(6 solo) and 2 passes defended. Starting safety Lawyer Milloy
has 12 total tackles (9 solo) and backup safety Coy Wire started
in place of the injured Michael Boley at OLB, posting 11 solo
tackles, 2 assists and one PD – also his best game of the
season by far. DT Grady Jackson also contributed with 6 tackles
(5 solo) and a sack, while CB Domonique Foxworth tallied 3 solos,
an INT and 3 PD.
The Ravens defense continued its stellar play despite a patchwork
secondary, although there weren’t many IDP standouts. LB
Ray Lewis finished with 7 tackles and a sack, DE Terrell Suggs
had 2 solos, a sack and a forced fumble, and LB Bart Scott totaled
8 tackles. While the defensive lineman and linebackers had quiet
games, safety Ed Reed again found the ball, recovering a fumble
and tallying 8 tackles and a sack.
Whitner led the Bills with 10 tackles (9 solo), although he
didn’t generate any junk points, which his secondary partner,
Terence McGee, did on a very small scale, registering 1 solo,
1 PD and 1 INT. Other than a solid performance by LB Paul Posluszny
(4 solos, 1 assist, 1 INT, 2 PD) and pedestrian numbers from LB
(5 solo) and rookie CB Leodis
McKelvin (5 tackles, 1 PD), there wasn’t much to write home
about. McKelvin is also a talented return man for the Bills when
starting special teams veterans McGee and Roscoe Parrish aren’t
Former Miami Hurricane LB Jon Beason continued his rock-solid
play with 10 tackles (9 solo) and a PD against the Broncos, while
former Ohio State standout Chris Gamble finished with 7 tackles,
an INT and a PD. Gamble is among the best DBs in the league and
now has 82 tackles, 17 PD and 3 INT on the season. DE Charles
Johnson also had one of his best games, finishing with 3 solos,
a sack, and 2 PD. Other contributors included former Oakland Raider
DL Tyler Brayton (5 solos, sack, PD), CB Richard Marshall (5 solos,
PD) LB Thomas Davis (4 solos, sack, PD), and S Charles Godfrey
(4 solos, PD).
Along with returning the opening kickoff 83 yards for a TD, Danieal
Manning posted 2 solo tackles for his second straight IDP performance
of merit. LB Brian Urlacher led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo)
and also had a PD. Other contributors against the high-powered
Saints offense included CB Charles Tillman (8 tackles, 1 PD) LB
Lance Briggs (7 solos, 1 PD) and DE Adewale Ogunleye, whose interception
and PD went along nicely with his 6 tackles (5 solo). “Wally”
has been playing well lately and now has 52 tackles on the season.
Safety Chris Crocker (not to be confused with the Britney Spears
of the same name) had his best game as a Bengal with 10 tackles
and a forced fumble that was recovered by CB David Jones and led
to a score. Another big play came on a goal-line stand on which
LB Corey Mays forced and recovered a Redskins fumble in the end
zone for a touchback. LBs Brandon Johnson (4 solos, 6 assists)
and Dhani Jones (3 solos, 3 assists) also contributed, as did
DBs Kyries Hebert (6 tackles) and Leon Hall (4 tackles, 3 PD).
For once, the IDP story did not involve LB D’Qwell Jackson (6
tackles, PD) or huge DT Shaun
Rogers (3 solos, 2 PD), as LB Andre Davis led the team with
10 solo tackles and Brandon
McDonald picked off two passes – one off Kevin Kolb late in
the game that he returned 24 yards for a score and the other at
the end of the first half off Donovan McNabb that he took all
the way back from his ownb end zone inside the Philadelphia 10-yard
line, only to have his pick-six come up short as the half expired.
While McDonald got beat a couple times for TDs in the secondary,
he posted 6 solo tackles and 3 PD in a wild game. Veteran LB Willie
McGinest also had a decent game with 9 tackles (6 solo), while
Wimbley posted 3 solos and a sack and safety Sean Jones had
3 solos, an INT and a PD.
After his 3-sack performance Sunday night against the Giants,
RILB DeMarcus Ware has 7 sacks in his last three games and 19
on the year, just 3 short of retired Giants DE Michael Strahan’s
single-season record of 22. Ware also posted 7 tackles (6 solo)
and had 2 forced fumbles. The other defensive star in the Cowboys
victory was CB Terence Newman, who’s battled injuries his
entire career (and this season) but finished with 6 tackles, 2
interceptions of Eli Manning and 2 PD. Other contributors included
LB Bradie James (7 tackles, 1 sack) and pass-rushing LB Greg Ellis
(6 tackles, 2.5 sacks).
WLB D.J. Williams returned after missing five games with a torn
MCL, posting just three tackles in limited play, rendering rookie
Wesley Woodyard as useless IDP furniture. CB Champ Bailey missed
his seventh game with a groin injury and once again, rookie Josh
Bell started in his place. Bell led the team with 9 solos. As
Nowak called last week, Shanahan went with rookie DB Josh Barrett,
who had a huge game (7 tackles, INT, PD). In his second game back,
MLB Nate Webster posted 4 solos; CB Dre Bly had 5 solos, and LB
Jamie Winborn had 4 solos..
MLB Paris Lenon led the team in tackles with a whopping 16 (12
solo) – his best IDP game of the season. LB Ernie Sims also
posted 12 tackles (6 solo) and added a half-sack. The secondary’s
man of the hour was S Daniel Bullocks (7 solos, 1 assist) and
other contributors included LB Ryan Nece (7 solos, 3 assists),
and S Kalvin Pearson (6 tackles, PD). This week, Detroit’s
IDP stars should again see significant tackle totals facing the
Embattled Packers MLB A.J. Hawk led the team in tackles with 8
solos and had a sack, easily one of his best games of the season.
He’s posted just 76 tackles to this point, the lowest per-game
total of his young career. SLB Brady Poppinga finished with 7
solos. Charles Woodson, who started his third straight game against
the Jaguars and was announced along with S Nick Collins as the
Packers 2009 Pro Bowl representatives, had 6 solos and a sack
Sunday. DE Aaron Kampman contributed 3 solos and had a couple
QB hurries, but no sacks.
SLB Kevin Bentley led the Texans with 8 tackles in their upset
of Tennessee, while S Nick Ferguson added 5 solos and a FF. It
was a quiet day for LBs DeMeco Ryans and Xavier Adibi, but DBs
Eugene Wilson (5 solos) and Jaques Reeves (4 solos, PD) had decent
games. DE Mario Williams had 4 solos.
It was a bizarre day in Indy, with WLB Freddy Keiaho (I swear
he looks like a perfect
mix of Johnny Damon and Junior Seau) leading the Colts in
tackles with 8 solos and not much exciting happening on the IDP
front. MLB Buster Davis filled in for the injured Gary Brackett
and posted 8 tackles (7 solo), while SLB Clint Session had arguably
the best IDP line with 8 tackles and a FF. There were two 6-tackle
performances in the secondary from CB Kelvin Hayden and S Antoine
Bethea. Safety Melvin Bullitt, playing in place of injured starter
Bob Sanders, had 5 tackles and 2 PD. Sanders remains a game-time
decision for tonight’s game.
The Jaguars defense had one of its better weeks, holding the Packers
to just 16 points. SLB Clint Ingram had his highest tackle total
of the season with 7 solos, and CB Drayton Florence had the second-highest
total among the Jags with 6 solos and 1 assist. Green Bay did
have a final chance to win the game, but safety Reggie Nelson
(5 solos, INT, PD) picked off Aaron Rodgers’ pass over the
middle with 40 seconds remaining, clinching the victory for Jacksonville.
Another contributor was LB Daryl Smith (5 solos, 1 assist), but
the veteran was placed on IR Tuesday with a groin injury and is
done for the year. DE Reggie Hayward finished with 3 solos, 2
sacks and a FF, and rookie tweener Quentin Groves – a best
at Auburn – added 2 solos and a sack.
Rookie playmaker CB Brandon Flowers led the team with 10 solos,
adding a forced fumble and a PD. LBs Pat Thomas (hamstring) and
LB Donnie Edwards (knee and hamstring) remained inactive, and
the Chiefs used the same LB corps as last week, with Derrick Johnson (OLB, CB)
(3 solos, 2 assists) in the middle, Rocky Boiman (7 solos) on
the outside and Demorrio Williams finishing with an unsatisfactory
3 tackles (1 solo). Safety Bernard Pollard added 5 solos and 2
assists, while DE Tamba Hali had 5 solos, 2 sacks and 2 FF. DE
Jason Babin tallied 6 total tackles and a sack. Safety Jarrad
Page had 6 tackles, a FF and a PD, and CB Patrick Surtain (who
faces his old team the Dolphins this week) has 2 solos, an INT
and a PD.
Safety Renaldo Hill led the team with 11 tackles (7 solos) and
adeda PD – the best game of his season – while standout
LBs Channing Crowder (9 solos, 1 asist, 2 PD) and Akin Ayodele
(8 solos, 1 assist) each had excellent games. IDP stud-in-waiting
Yeremiah Bell finished with just 7 total tackles but is tied for
the team lead at 104 with Crowder. DE Matt Roth had another good
game with 5 tackles and a sack, and LB Joey Porter (second in
the league with 17.5 sacks) added 3 solos and a sack.
While the Vikings defense played well against the Cardinals, most
of the plays were made in the secondary and in the backfield.
SLB Chad Greenway tied CB Antoine Winfield for the team lead in
tackles with 6 (5 solo), adding a sack and 2 PD. Winfield also
finished with 5 solos, a FF, and a PD. The Vikings lost one-half
of the Williams Wall – big Pat Williams – for the
rest of the season, but got a brilliant performance from CB Cedric
Griffin, who’s been playing out of his mind in ’08.
Griffin totaled 4 tackles, an INT, and 4 PD – a career high.
DE Jared Allen had 3 solos and 2 sacks – his third consecutive
multi-sack game and fifth on the season. He’s now at 14.5
on the year.
Patriots CB Ellis Hobbs had a 95-yard kickoff return for a TD,
but it was rookie Jerod Mayo who led the Pats in tackles with
11 (8 solo). CB Brandon Meriweather contributed 5 solos and an
assist, while LB Junior Seau, signed by the team last week to
replace ILB Tedy Bruschi, finished with 5 solos. The Pats were
still dinged up, but they got a solid game from LB Mike Vrabel,
who totaled 5 tackles and a sack.
DE Will Smith, still playing because of a federal judge’s
block on the NFL suspensions, had 4 solos. The Fresh Prince should
rebound with a big week against the Lions. LB Scott Fujita led
the Saints with 8 tackles (7 solo) and MLB Jonathan Vilma added
7 total tackles and a PD. Josh Bullocks, returning to the starting
lineup for the rest of the season, had 4 solos and broke up 2
passes. The secondary has been ravaged by injuries all year –
which could allow for some more big IDP totals against Detroit
n in Week 16 as the 0-14 Lions have nothing to lose but another
New York Giants
Johnson led the team in tackles with 5 solos and deflected
a pass. But it was obvious the Giants defense wasn’t at full tilt
against Dallas without NT Fred
Robbins blocking up the middle. Robbins, who’s been dealing
with a bruised, jammed shoulder, missed the game and didn’t practice
on Wednesday. If he isn’t available this week, the Giants will
hard a much harder time stopping Panther RBs DeAngelo Williams
and Jonathan Stewart. DE Mathias
Kiwanuka, who had 1.5 sacks, posted 5 tackles as well (4 solos)
as did DE Justin
Tuck, who added a half-sack.
New York Jets
In his second game back from groin surgery, LB David Harris, led
the team for the second straight week with 11 tackles (9 solo)
and added a PD. DE Shaun Ellis also posted 11 tackles (6 solo),
but effectively won the game when he scored his first NFL touchdown
on an 11-yard fumble return, erasing a 27-24 deficit with 1:54
left in the game. LB Eric Barton, whohas a team-lading 104 tackles,
had 8 solos and 1 assist, while OLB Calvin Pace contributed 8
total tackles (6 solos), a FF and 2 sacks. SS Abram Elam, who
forced the fumble that Ellis scored on, alsohad 6 tackles. FS
Kerry Rhodes added 9 tackles as well (4 solo) and a PD.
The Raiders couldn’t stop the Pats last week, but that didn’t
Wilson from continuing his magical IDP season and compiling
12 tackles (9 solo), a sack, and a PD. LB Kirk
Morrison added 7 tackles, and big DE Trevor
Scott had 5 tackles and two sacks of Pats QB Matt Cassel.
The big play came on backup DB Justin Miller’s 91 yd. kickoff
return TD, and the former New York Jet also added a solo tackle.
As usual, CB Nnamdi
Asomugha had a solid game, but it wasn’t reflected in the
stat line. He had just 4 solos and 2 PD, but is always a factor
as a shutdown corner.
I needed just 5 points in one of my leagues from the Philly defense,
Samuel (1 solo, INT, PD) did it by himself, returning a Ken
Dorsey INT 50 yards for a score in the second quarter. MLB Stewart
Bradley led the team with 6 solos, an INT and a PD. The second-year
man out of Nebraska continues to pay dividends to astute IDP leaguers
who drafted him in the middle to late rounds or grabbed him off
the wire early on in the –08 season. Both CB Sheldon
Brown and LB undrafted second-year LB Akeem
Jordan had 4 solos and 1 assist. Trent
Cole continued his recent assault on opposing QBs, tallying
4 solos and a sack, applying pressure to Dorsey all game.
LB James Farrior led the team with 8 solos and 4 assists, while
DE Aaron Smith contributed 7 solos, an assist and a sack. DE Travis
Kirschke filled in for the injured Brett Keisel, posting 7 tackles
(4 solo) and S Ryan Clark added 6 tackles and an INT. Defensive
player of the year candidate James Harrison had just five tackles
and went without a sack for just the fifth time this season. With
94 tackles on the year, he’s not just a one-dimensional
player. Backup LB Lawrence Timmons also played well with 5 solos,
a sack, a FF and a PD.
The Rams are still a mess on defense, with several players, including
MLB Will Witherspoon, CB Jason Craft, CB Fakhir Brown and DE Leonard
Little nursing injuries. Against the Seahawks, LB Pino Tinoisamoa
led the team once again with 9 tackles (7 solo). Safety O.J. Atogwe
contributed 7 solos and Craft, at nickel back, finished with 5
solos, a sack and a FF. CB Ron Bartell had 4 solos, a sack, and
2 PD. Witherspoon continued to have his snaps limited and postd
just 2 solos, while #2 draft pick Chris Long had 3 solos.
LILB Stephen Cooper finished the wacky game against the Chiefs
with a team-leading 11 tackles (9 solo), an INT and 2 PD. LOLB
Shaun Phillips posted 5 solos and a PD, but the Bs were noticeably
quiet in this one. Only FS Eric Weddle topped 5 tackles in the
secondary, while backup LB Antwan Applewhite totaled 4 solos and
Lewis, overcoming an abdominal injury, led the team again
with 6 tackles (5 solo) CB Nate
Clements came back after missing the first game of his eight-year
NFL career following surgery on his broken right thumb. He had
5 solos and a PD. ILB Patrick
Willis had his second straight lackluster game, finishing
with just 4 tackles (3 solo). He’s still among the league leaders
in tackles and is a must-play as long as he’s active.
OLB Leroy Hill was inactive with a neck stinger for a second straight
week and is doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the
Jets. Safety Jordan Babineaux had the play of the game, returning
a fumble 24 yards for a TD. Babineaux also had 3 solos. Cb josh
Wilson, who started once again alongside CB Marcus Trufant, led
the team with 7 solos and now has 70 tackles on the season. DT
Rocky Bernard added 6 solos and a sack, and nickel back Kelly
Jennings and LB Julian Peterson each added 6 tackles.
While LB Barrett Ruud led the team with 14 tackles (9 solo) and
now has 117 total on the year, SS Jermaine Phillips continued
his stellar IDP play in the last four games, posting 12 tackles
(9 solo) and a FF. CB Ronde Barber had another INT (his fourth
in as many games) to go along with 6 tackles and 2 PD. Other contributors
include DE Kevin Carter (8 tackles), safety Tanard Jackson (7
tackles, a sack and a FF), and LBs Cato June and Derrick Brooks
– each with 7 tackles.
CB Nick Harper, nursing an ankle injury from last week led the
Titans with 10 solos. Safety Michael Griffin posted 9 tackles
(4 solo) and LB Stephen Tulloch finished with 8 tackles, and a
sack. This week, the Titans are missing both DT Albert Haynesworth
(4 solos last week) and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, who left in Week
14 after aggravating a groin injury. It sounds precautionary and
he should play this week. DE Jevon Kearse, in his second run with
Tennessee, has picked up his game, posting 3 solos, a sack, a
FF and 2 PD in Week 15.
CB Shawn Springs was active following a week of rest to his lingering
calf injury, but posted just 3 solos, as did safety Laron Landry.
The team tackle leader in Week 15 was backup LB H.B Blades, who
filled in for the injured Rocky McIntosh. McIntosh is out this
week, but Chris Horton, who suffered a stinger in Week 14 game,
practiced on Wednesday. MLB London Fletcher, still nursing a left
foot sprain, still posted 6 tackles and a half-sack. Free agent
pickup Jaspn Taylor played in his 10th game for the Skins this
season, posting 3 tackles and a half-sack.