Sam Bradford: In a rare loss for the rookie passer, the Rams fell to the defending SB Champs in New Orleans. Going 18 of 32 for no TDs and 2 INTs was definitely a down day for the stand out rookie, probably his worst of the season. On the upside, he had 2 carries for 5 yards…one of them for a TD. Perhaps Bradford’s most intriguing play of the day came after a Stephen Jackson fumble on the goal line, after which Bradford ran down the Saints defender. Tremendous athleticism and desire. The fumble was reversed on review, Bradford’s excellence wasn’t.
Colt McCoy: <Delhomme starts again, Brown fans await the return of their pony.>
Jimmy Clausen: Showing slight improvement, Clausen went 14 of 24 for 107 and an INT against one of the better teams in the conference in rival Atlanta. Things will get worse in Carolina before they get better, hopefully Jimmy can remain his smug, cocky self in the face of such adversity. John Gruden was probably right on Clausen.
Tim Tebow: <No stat line again> But there is rumbling in Denver about Tebow getting a start or two so that the Broncos know what they have in Tim. Makes sense given former Head Coach McDaniels departure and the Broncos uncertain future.
Mike Williams: In the quietest game of his season to this point, the stellar wideout only managed one catch for 15 yards after Washington rolled coverage his way all day long. Bucs win again, I am sure the ‘Cuse Orangeman will take the wins over stats any time at all.
Dez Bryant: <IR> The Cowboys may miss Dez more than they do Tony Romo.
Demaryius Thomas: <Still no stat line>
Ryan Mathews: Back into the fray for this week’s divisional standoff between San Diego and Kansas City. Mathews carried the rock with success getting 16 touches for 65 yards with a TD and added another catch for 6 yards in a rout for the sleeping golem Chargers, winning 31 to 0 walking away. Pundits continue to say that Tolbert is the better back but fail to mention that Tolbert’s swollen stat line was due to the fact that there wasn’t another primary back to vulture carries and TD’s. Smart money says this is Ryan’s team to lose.
Jahvid Best: Used sparingly in the win over rival Green Bay, Best carried 13 times for 38 yards and only caught one pass for 4 yards. They really need to throw Jahvid the football at least 6 to 12 targets a game, this low reception total isn’t the recipe for victory, despite their rare upset today. Another thought may be to just shut Jahvid and his bad toes down and let him get healthy for next year. It’s not like the Lions are playing for anything anymore and he’s half his healthy self right now.
CJ Spiller: CJ is still wearing a couple hats in Buffalo’s offensive scheme, handling kickoff, punt, and relief duties to Fred Jackson. On the day Spiller had 8 carries for 32 yards, one kickoff return for 18 yards and three punt returns for 39 total yards. We still think he’s a Reggie Bush type back, not a #1RB.
Ndamukong Suh: Only one tackle and two assists but Suh was responsible for the discomfort felt by Aaron Rodgers before being knocked from the game and being replaced by Matt Flynn. Lions broke a 19 game losing streak within their division- talk about getting a monkey the size of King Kong off your back.
Gerald McCoy: A few pressures, hurries and knock downs on the game but only credited with a single tackle in a Buccaneer win over the Redskins due to a botched extra point after a nearly game saving Santana Moss TD. Sadly, McCoy has a bicep injury that will end his season but not his bright, bright future.
LeGarrette Blount: A modest day’s work for the battling back, Legarrette had 15 carries for 68 yards rushing and one fumble on the afternoon.