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Tigers in the NFL (and beyond) 2012 —Week 1

T’is a shame Thor missed the Blessed 2011 season. But whatever—what’s important is that Still Saturday’s in Our Hearts has returned.

Well, Week 1 in the NFL went by with a few minor surprises: The Redskins beat the Saints 40-32 and it wasn’t that close, the Bengals have returned to being a bad team (I don’t think the Ravens are THAT good), and the 49ers went to Lambeau field and embarrassed the Packers30-22, and that score wasn’t as close as the score indicates either.

Jason Campbell #2, Chicago Bears – With Cutler not being able to finish either of the last two seasons healthy, the Bears went out and sold Jason on being the solid #2 with no #3 at all.  He did not get in the game Week 1.

Cam Newton #1, Carolina Panthers – Cam struggled behind poor offensive line play and they fell to Tampa 16-10.  The Bucs defense smothered him. He still threw for 23 of 33 and 303 yards but only one TD and 2 INTs, the first was a ball tipped into the air and the second was an overthrow that the safety picked off.  Cam added only four yards rushing on five carries.

Running Backs
Ronnie Brown #30, San Diego Chargers – Ronnie started the game at running back in the Chargers 22-14 win over the Raiders.  He was mainly used in pass protection gaining only 5 yards on five carries and 26 yards receiving on five catches.  For a little perspective, the leading rusher for the Chargers had 12 yards, yikes!

Mario Fannin #42, Denver Broncos – Mario is on injured reserve with Denver and will be placed on the practice squad when he returns from his Achilles injury.

Tristan Davis #38, Washington Redskins – Tristan is currently on injured reserve with the Redskins and will be placed on the practice squad.

Ben Tate #44, Houston Texans – despite the Texans 30-10 win over the Dolphins, Ben only got eight touches, much to chagrin of fantasy owners who drafted him in hopes of a powerful one-two punch for Houston.  Ben had five carries for six yards and three catches for 22 yards.  The Texans are hoping to get Tate 12-plus touches each week.

Carnell Williams – Is not currently on a roster but is rumored to be in talks to sign with the Lions.

Wide Receivers
Devin Aromashadu #19, Minnesota Vikings – Devin is currently running as the #2 outside receiver and is fighting for that #1 spot.  He caught three passes Sunday for 61 yards in the Vikings thrilling 26-23 OT win over the Jaguars.

Ben Obamanu #87, Seattle Seahawks – Ben played sparingly in the Seahawks 20-16 loss to the Cardinals and did no record a stat.  He’s listed as second string.

Offensive Tackles
King Dunlap #65, Philadelphia Eagles – On his birthday, King started at LT for the Eagles in their hard fought 17-16 win over the Browns.

Lee Ziemba #75, Carolina Panthers – Lee is currently on injured reserve with the team with a bum knee.  He is likely out for the season and will likely stay on injured reserve so that the Panthers retain his rights.

Marcus McNeill, Marcus was released by the Chargers after injuries have severely damaged his career.  The Jets worked him out two weeks ago but the OT is continuing to ponder retirement.  Remember: Marcus always had spinal stenosis and even though he was a very talented player his career was always time sensitive.

Tyronne Green #69, San Diego Chargers – started at left guard for the Chargers who didn’t pave the way for any yards on the ground (team total of 34) but his line protected the QB, only giving up a two-yard sack in the 22-14 win over the Raiders.

Ben Grubbs #66, New Orleans Saints – Ben was signed away from the Ravens to start at left guard for the Saints.  His offensive line gave up two sacks in the Saint’s disappointing 40-32 loss to the Redskins.

Brandon Mosley #67, New York Giants – Brandon was set as the backup at left guard when he injured his ankle.  The injury didn’t seem too serious but the Giants moved him to IR anyway.

Josh Harris #47, Atlanta Falcons – Josh has made the team as an undrafted rookie and is currently the Falcons long snapper.

Defensive Tackles
Zach Clayton #69, Tennessee Titans – Zach is currently on the practice squad for the Titans but don’t be surprised if he gets activated during the year—he was fighting for playing time in the preseason.

Nick Fairley #98, Detroit lions – Nick is currently getting playing time as Suh’s backup and recorded a tackle and a sack in the Lions 27-23 win over the Rams.

Spencer Johnson #91, Buffalo Bills – Spencer is a backup with the Bills and recorded three tackles in the Bills 48-28 loss to the Jets.

Sen’Derrick Marks #94, Tennessee Titans – Sen’Derrick is nursing a knee injury and did not play in the Patriots demolition of the Titans, 34-13.

Jay Ratliff #90, Dallas Cowboys – Jay has a high ankle sprain and did not play in the season opener.

Pat Sims #90, Cincinnati Bengals – Pat is on the PUP list and is not eligible to play until week six.  He has a lingering ankle injury that caused him to miss time last season and carried over into training camp this year.

Outside Linebackers
Quentin Groves #54, Arizona Cardinals – Quentin is a backup with the Cardinals, he recorded two tackles in Arizona’s 20-16 win over the Seahawks.

Will Herring #54, New Orleans Saints – Will is second string in New Orleans but was active in the 40-32 loss to the Redskins Sunday recording 5 tackles and a forced fumble.  The Saints did not recover.

Inside Linebackers
Josh Bynes #56, Baltimore Ravens – Josh was signed to the Ravens practice squad.

Karlos Dansby #58, Miami Dolphins – Karlos is the starting middle linebacker for the fins and finished the 30-10 loss to the Texans with 9 tackles, 6 solo.

Takeo Spikes #51, San Diego Chargers – started the game at inside linebacker and recorded five tackles and four solo in the Chargers 22-14 win over the Raiders.

Pat Lee #26, Oakland Raiders – Pat is the 5th corner for the Raiders and mainly plays on special teams.  He did record two tackles in the Raiders 22-14 loss to the Chargers.

Jerraud Powers #25, Indianapolis Colts – Jerraud had some injury issues in the preseason and had an MRI done just two weeks ago but was still on the field as a starter for the Colts and recorded six tackles in the 41-21 loss to the Bears.

Carlos Rogers #22, San Francisco 49ers – Coming off his pro bowl year last season, Carlos had an impressive start to the season with four tackles and a sack in the 49er’s impressive 30-22 win over the Packers.

Neiko Thorpe #38, Kansas City Chiefs – Neiko made the practice squad with the Chiefs as a corner.

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