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Tigers in the NFL (and beyond): Week 10

Missing you: Jerraud Powers allowed his childhood hero Randy Moss only two receptions last Sunday, both short yarders. He currently has 45 tackles on the season.

Well friends… the injury report doesn’t look good this week.  Heath Evans was putting up great numbers (most yards, most TDs, most catches) for a fullback and was probably on his way to a Pro Bowl. Now he’s out for the year. Who else? Ronnie Brown, another Pro Bowl contender, who was hanging around in the top 5 for rushing TDs and also runs the best Wildcat in the pros.  That leaves us with seven former Tigers who will exit the season early due to injury – you could make it eight since Prechae Rodriquez’s knee kept him from recording a stat, though he did get into a game in the playoffs.

Jason Campbell #17, led the Redskins to their first win in over a month as the Redskins beat the Broncos 27-17 in Washington.  The Skins stopped a 4 game skid by extending the Broncos own 3 game slide.  Jason was his usual efficient self, going 17 for 26 for 193 yards and a TD with no INTs.  He also ran for 15 yards on 2 carries.  The Skins face a tall test this week in Dallas, but Jason has had success against the Boys before: his career best game, 33 completions for 348 yards, was in Dallas two years ago.
For the season Jason has completed 168/254 66.1%(8th) of his passes for 1,870 yards, 10 TDs, 8 INTs with a QB rating of 87.9 (16th) and has run the ball 31 times for 158 yards.

Running Backs:
Ronnie Brown #23, played his last game of 2009 in the Dolphins 25-23 win over the Buccaneers.  He gets to choose where he and Carnell take their vacation this year, but I’m sure he would rather continue finish season.  Brown was hurt when a defender rolled over his ankle as he was cutting; they’re calling it is a foot injury but he is on IR which means he’s done for the year.
Starting 9 games for the Dolphins, Ronnie finishes the year 4th in TDs with 8 (plus one passing) and had 147 carries for 648 yards (11th) a 4.4 yard avg. He also caught 14 passes for 98 yards.
Tony Richardson #49, had one catch for 1 yard in the Jets 30-25 loss to the Dolphins earlier in the season.
Tony has 3 carries for 12 yards in 6 starts this year, and one catch for one yard.
Carnell Williams #24 scored what he thought was the game winning touchdown when he shoved the ball into the endzone with 1:13 to go in the game, but the Dolphins had different plans. They drove down the field to kick the game winning field goal with 10 seconds left on the clock to take the victory, 25-23.  Carnell had 52 yards and a TD on 14 carries in the loss.
Carnell has started 8 games this season and has 418 yards on 106 attempts averaging 3.9 yards a carry and has 3 TDs.  He has also caught 17 balls for 117 yards, 6.9 yd avg, and 1 receiving TD.
Brandon Jacobs #27, was off last week.  The Giants face the Falcons in New York this week.
Jacobs has 617 yards on 151 attempts for a 4.1 avg. 2 TDs and has caught 10 passes for 56 yards.
Heath Evans #44, is out for the year with an achilles injury.
For the season Heath had 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.

Wide Recievers:
Devin Aromashadu #19, caught his first pass of the season Thursday in the Bears 10-6 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.  Expect the other Devin to get on the field far more this week: he is a favorite target of Jay Cutler who has been pleading for the bigger Aromashadu to get on the field.  The pass he caught was a ten yarder on the sideline from Cutler prompting the announcer to call the play, “complete on the sideline to Devin A…hmmm…..”
Ben Obamanu #87, sat out another game due to injury (oblique), but expect him back on the field as a kick returner this week against the Vikings.
For the season Ben has caught only 2 balls for 22 yards despite playing in every game.  He has returned 4 kicks this season for 116 yards.
Prechae Rodriguez #85s 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, helped the Ravens to a 16-0 win over the Browns and has been selected to the Pro Football Weekly Midseason All-Pro team. Grubbs has started every game this year for the 5-4 Ravens
Marcus McNeill #73, and his linemates paved the way for the Chargers offense to score 31 in a win over a stout Eagles team 31-23.  Marcus has started all 9 games this year for San Diego and has given up 3 sacks.
King Dunlap #65, and the Eagles lost 31-23 to the Chargers.  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, did his part, but the Cowboys offense couldn’t get on track as Dallas lost to the Packers 17-7.  Jay had 2 tackles in the game; while he isn’t putting up huge numbers, the league is well aware of him and he may be headed to his 2nd Pro Bowl. Jay has 25 tackles a forced fumble and 4 sacks from his nose tackle spot this year.
Quentin Groves #54 had a tackle and an INT in the Jag’s 24-22 win over the Jets. Quentin was about to score after the interception but was tackled by the turf monster and fell down at the 4.  His teammates aren’t letting him forget it.

Even Groves’ gaffe — he tripped near the goal line without being touched following an interception — was still giving players a laugh Monday. They taped off a miniature football field in front of Groves’ locker, complete with an end zone and an outline of the defensive end sprawled on the ground at the 4-yard line. They also placed a yellow caution sign nearby with an arrow pointing to Groves.

“He’s getting ribbed,” Del Rio said. “But that wasn’t an embarrassing play for him. That was a great play. He jumps up and catches the balls. Did you see how fast his feet were going? Seriously. He was flying. He was separating from a wide receiver. He can run. He reached up, caught the ball, made a great defensive play.

“They’re having a lot of fun with him, which is great, which is what you do after a victory.”

Groves has once again been relegated from starter to 3rd string.  What – they don’t have a 2nd string in Jacksonville?  The Jaguars depth chart is a clusterf*%$; it’s never right and often has players in as many as four different positions. For instance, this week their defensive depth chart features 14 unique positions with 54 players in slots.
For the season Quentin has started 3 games and has 17 tackles, 1 pass deflection, 1 INT, and a forced fumble.
Spencer Johnson #91, had 4 tackles in the Bills’ 41-17 loss to the Titans, his second start of the year. For the season Spencer has played in every game, started two, and has 28 tackles and one pass deflection.
Pat Sims #90, had 2 tackles in Cincinnati’s win over the Steelers 18-12, securing their spot as my surprise team of the year after sweeping the Super Bowl champs.  On the season Pat has started 3 games and has 22 tackles and 1 sack this year.
Sen’Derrick Marks #94, got the most action he’s seen all year with 3 tackles in the Titans trouncing of the Bills, 41-17. For the season Marks has played in 4 games and has 4 tackle2 playing 3rd team for Tennessee.
Stanley McClover #75, is on the IR for the Houston Texans

Karlos Dansby #58, had 8 tackles and a half a sack as the Cardinals beat the Seahawks 31-20.
Karlos leads the Arizona defense with 65 tackles and two halves of a sack with 2 pass deflections this season.
Will Herring #54, again played through a sore shoulder and had 2 tackles in the Seahawks’ 31-20 loss to the Cardinals.  For the season Will has 26 tackles, and 1 pass deflection in 5 starts has played in every game.
Takeo Spikes #51, had 5 tackles as the 49ers ended their losing skid by beating the Bears 10-6 on a Thursday night. Takeo has started every game this year and has 42 tackles and a sack on the season.
Reggie Torbor #53, returned to the second string last week so his production dropped to only one tackle in the 25-23 win over the Buccaneers. Playing in every game and starting 2, Reggie has 24 tackles on the season with 2 pass deflections and an INT.
Tray Blackmon #30 was on IR but has now left the Calgary Stampeders. His season ends with him at home.

Carlos Rogers #22, was benched for his poor play in Washington’s 27-17 win over the Broncos, but will be back in the starting lineup this week against the Cowboys.  Rogers had 1 tackle in the game.
Starting every game for Washington, Carlos has 22 tackles and 8 pass deflections, but no INTs.
Jonathan Wilhite #24, was picked on all night by Peyton Manning and gave up 7 catches and 2 TDs, one being the game winner. But give him a little credit – Wilhite spent the night covering Reggie Wayne, a tall order for any corner against Peyton Manning.  And he did have an INT and 5 tackles.
Jonathan has started 5 games and played in 7 this season for the Patriots. He has 21 tackles, 4 pass deflections and 1 INT.
Jerraud Powers #25 had a fantastic night matched up against his childhood hero Randy Moss and Wes Welker, but only gave up 2 completions on the night, both short yarders.  He also broke up the pass on 3 and 2 that preceded the now legendary 4 and 2 try from the 28 that Bill Belichek is catching so much heck for this week.  The Colts use Powers in run support often which led to him having 5 tackles on the night.
Powers has started 8 games this season and has 45 tackles (4th on the team), 7 pass deflections, an INT, a forced fumbl,e and a fumble recovery.
Kevin Hobbs #23, had one tackle in the Lions 27-10 loss to the Vikings.
For the season Hobbs’ has 2 starts in 7 games and 20 tackles.
Rod Hood #37,  started his third straight game and had his third straight with an INT as the Titans blew out the Bills 41-17.  It makes you wonder why Hood spent so long on the shelf and couldn’t find a roster spot.
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

Robert Bironas #2 was 2/3 on field goals (a new long for the year of 51) and 5/5 on extra points in Tennessee’s 41-17 win over the 49ers.
For the year Rob has made 14/17 FGs (one blocked) and all his extra points (19).  His long for the year is 51.
Damon Duval #15 is off until the 22nd when the Allouettes host the BC Lions.
Duval is the dominant kicker in Canada and has made 55/63 field goals with 21/21 extra points adding up to that record 242 points on the year.  He has also punted 108 times with a 44.8 yard average and a long of 70 (also the NFL long).

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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