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Tigers in the NFL (and beyond): Iron Bowl edition

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As I put on my baseball cap and look for destiny in crazy stats, I wonder: is history pointing Auburn’s way this week?  Gaze into the numbers like John Nash and see the patterns within.

Quarterbacks:
Jason Campbell #17, and the Redskins lost a heartbreaker on the road in Dallas 7-6.  Jason completed 24 of his 37 passes for 256 yards and 1 INT.  The news gets worse for the Skins who lost another RB (down to the 3rd string) and another offensive lineman (3 starters lost this year) this week.  So an already terrible offensive line and an ineffective running game both just got a lot worse.  But 7-6 is a GOOD OMEN, reminding me of the 1949 Iron Bowl when Auburn had a 7-5 series lead over the Tide.  The year before bama had won 55-0 and was a heavy favorite coming into the game and looking to bring the series to 7-6, but Auburn surprised the Tide with a 1 point win to stretch the series record to 8-5.
For the season Jason has completed 192/291 66 %(8th) of his passes for 2,126 yards, 10 TDs, 9 INTs with a QB rating of 86.1 and has run the ball 31 times for 158 yard.

Running Backs:
Brandon Jacobs #27, rushed for 39 yards and a TD before he went down with a knee injury in the 3rd Quarter, the Giants went on to defeat the Falcons 34-31 in OT.  Jacobs says his knee is “fine” and he’ll start on Turkey Day.
Jacobs has 656 yards on 163 attempts for a 4.0 avg. 3 TDs and has caught 12 passes for 69 yards.
Tony Richardson #49, had one carry for no gain and a catch for 4 yards in the Jets’ 31-14 loss to the Patriots.
Tony has started 8 games this season and has 4 carries for 12 yards this year, and 2 catches for 5 yards.
Carnell Williams #24 had 11 carries for 32 yards and a catch for 4 yards as the Buccaneers got whacked by the Saints 38-7BAD OMEN: the only time this score has appeared in Iron Bowl history was in 1976 when bama crushed Auburn and first year head coach Doug Barfield.
Carnell has started 9 games this season and has 450 yards on 117 attempts averaging 3.8 yards a carry and has 3 TDs.  He has also caught 18 balls for 121 yards and 1 TD.
Ronnie Brown #23, is on IR with a foot injury and will miss the rest of the season.
Starting 9 games for the Dolphins, Ronnie finishes the year with 8 TDs (plus one passing) and had 147 carries for 648 yards (11th) a 4.4 yard avg., he also caught 14 passes for 98 yards.
Heath Evans #44, is out for the year with an achilles injury.
For the season Heath has 5 carries for 16 yards and 10 catches for 70 yds and 2 TDs.
Tre Smith #32 is on the IR with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; their season is now over.
Tristan Davis #43 is on the Detroit Lions practice squad.

So that’s 2 tailbacks and a fullback out with injuries: GOOD OMEN… very good omen considering that was the last time I felt this way before a game, like we had nothing to lose and everything to gain and we got a pleasant surprise from a new Auburn legend.

Wide Recievers:
Devin Aromashadu #19, despite the pleading for the bigger Aromashadu to get on the field by Bear’s QB Jay Cutler, Devin only got a handful of snaps in the 24-20 loss to the Eagles and did not record a stat.
For the season Devin has 1 catch for 10 yards.
Ben Obamanu #87, had 2 kick returns for 30 yards as the Seahawks fell to the Vikings 35-9BAD OMEN: the only times either team has finished with 35 or 9 was Alabama with 35 in 1973 and Auburn with 9 in 2000.
For the season Ben has caught only 2 balls for 22 yards despite playing in every game.  He has returned 6 kicks this season for 177 yards.
Prechae Rodriguez #85’s season is over with Hamilton; the home standing Tiger-Cats lost 34-27 to British Columbia.
Rodriquez finished the season with 45 catches for 495 yards and 3 TDs.
Tim Carter #15, was waived by the Rams.
Tim had 1 catch for 6 yards this year with the Rams.

Offensive Lineman:
Ben Grubbs #66, and the Ravens lost a defensive struggle to the Colts 17-15, a bad omen for Auburn fans reminiscent of the 1984 Iron Bowl, of course if I put some spin on it, I think on 4th and goal Chizik will trust Byrum’s leg to get us the lead.
Grubbs has started every game this year for the 5-5 Ravens
Marcus McNeill #73, was featured this week in the Sporting News interview seat after his Chargers beat the Broncos 32-3 to take the division lead.  GOOD OMEN: the only time a team has finished the game with 32 on the scoreboard was the very first game in 1893 when Auburn beat Alabama 32-22.
Marcus has started every game this year for San Diego and has given up 3 sacks.
King Dunlap #65, and the Eagles beat the Bears 24-20 last week.
King has played in every game this year, mostly on special teams.
Tyronne Green #69, is 2nd string RG for the San Diego Chargers but has yet to get into a regular season game this year.
Kendall Simmons #71, is injured and inactive for the Patriots with an Achilles injury he suffered last season when he was with the Steelers.
Tim Duckworth #75, is on the Saint’s practice squad.

Defensive Lineman:
Jay Ratliff #90, only recorded one tackle in Dallas’ 7-6 win over the Redskins, but it was an important one, with time winding down in the 4th quarter the Redskins faced 3rd-and-1 and Jay made the tackle in the backfield forcing the Redskins to punt.
Jay has 26 tackles a forced fumble and 4 sacks from his nose tackle spot this year.
Quentin Groves #54 and the Jaguars beat the coachless Bills 18-15 on Sunday. Quentin had 2 tackles in the game.  BAD OMEN: in games where a team finishes with 18 on the scoreboard Alabama is 4-1.
For the season Quentin has started 3 games and has 19 tackles, 1 pass deflection, 1 INT, and a forced fumble.
Spencer Johnson #91, had 4 tackles in the Bills’ 18-15 loss to the Titans, as he got his third start of the year.
For the season Spencer has played in every game, started three, and has 31 tackles and one pass deflection.
Pat Sims #90, had 3 tackles in Cincinnati’s shocking loss to the Raiders 20-17, looking like the bungles as they fumbled a kickoff return to set the Raiders up for the game winning field goal. BAD OMEN: when the series record was at 20-17 Alabama won the Iron Bowl to extend it to 21-17, the second straight win for the Tide that wouldn’t stop until they had won 9 in a row.
On the season Pat has started 3 games and has 25 tackles and 1 sack this year.
Sen’Derrick Marks #94, got in on the action on Monday night football and had 2 tackles in the Titan’s 20-17 win over the Texans.
For the season Marks has played in 5 games and has 6 tackles 2 playing 3rd team for Tennessee.
Stanley McClover #75, is on the IR for the Houston Texans

Linebackers:
Karlos Dansby #58, had 9 tackles in the Cardinals’ 21-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. GOOD OMEN: the only time the Iron bowl final score has been 21-13 was in 2004, an Auburn win during a very good year.
Karlos leads the Arizona defense with 73 tackles and two halves of a sack with 2 pass deflections this season.
Will Herring #54, did not record a stat in the Seahawks’ loss to the Vikings 35-9 .
For the season Will has 26 tackles, and 1 pass deflection in 5 starts and has played in every game.
Takeo Spikes #51, is nursing a hamstring and did not play in the 49ers 30-24 loss to the Packers.  GOOD OMEN: the last time anyone scored 30 in the rivalry was 20 years ago in the first Iron Bowl played in Jordan Hare.
Takeo started the first nine games this year before his injury and has 42 tackles and a sack on the season.
Reggie Torbor #53, did not record a tackle Thursday night in the Dolphins’ 24-17 win over the Panthers but did deflect 2 passes.
Playing in every game and starting 2, Reggie has 24 tackles on the season with 4 pass deflections and an INT.
Tray Blackmon #30 was on IR but has now left the Calgary Stampeders and his season ends while he is at home.

Cornerbacks:
Carlos Rogers #22, did not start in the 7-6 loss to the Cowboys, Washington chose to start Fred Smoot instead.  Carlos did play but did not record a stat.
Starting 9 games for Washington, Carlos has 22 tackles and 8 pass deflections, but no INTs.
Jonathan Wilhite #24, had three tackles in his start as the Patriots dominated the Jets 31-14.  GOOD OMEN: Alabama lost 4 in a row trying to get their 31st win in the series, Auburn won their 31st in the middle of another Auburn winning streak when they recently won 6 in a row.
Jonathan has started 6 games and played in 8 this season for the Patriots, he has 24 tackles, 4 pass deflections and 1 INT.
Jerraud Powers #25 had 5 tackles in the Colts’ 17-15 win over the Ravens   GOOD OMEN: Auburn is 4-3 when they score 17 points, and 2-1 when 15 is on the final scoreboard.
Powers has started 9 games this season and has 50 tackles (4th on the team), 7 pass deflections, an INT, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Kevin Hobbs #23, had two tackles in the Lions exciting 38-37 win over the Browns on Sunday.
For the season Hobbs’ has 2 starts in 7 games and 20 tackles.
Rod Hood #37, after starting three games for the Titans did not play Monday in the 20-17 win in Houston.
On the season Hood has played in 4 games, with 3 starts and has 12 tackles, three pass deflections, and three INTs.
Pat Lee #22, is on IR with the Green Bay Packers

Kickers:
Robert Bironas #2 was 2/3 on field goals (a new long for the year of 53) and 2/2 on extra points in Tennessee’s 20-17 win over the Texans.  Bironas kicked the game winner with 52 seconds remaining in the game to continue the streak of 4 wins for the Titans, the Texans quickly drove the ball down and tried their own game winner win 1 second left and missed.  GOOD OMEN: the last time there was a game winning field goal in the last minute followed by a last second miss was when Jaret Holmes made a 39 yarder with 21 seconds to go to take the lead 18-17, Alabama got a great kick return to try their own game winner and missed.
For the year Rob has made 16/20 FGs (one blocked) and all his extra points (21).  His long for the year is 53.
Damon Duval #15 and Montreal absolutely slaughtered the BC Lions 56-18.  Duval was 2/3 on his field goals and 7/7 on extra points for 14 total points.  He also punted 4 times for a 49.3 average.  GOOD OMEN: in 1956 Auburn beat Alabama 34-7.
Duval is the dominant kicker in Canada and has made 57/66 field goals with 28/28 extra points adding up to a record 256 points on the year.  He has also punted 112 times with a 45 yard average and a long of.

Questions, comments, anyone you want to know about that’s not listed?  Let me know and I’ll have it up next week!

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