Nov. 16, 2012
By Eric Roberts, WakeForestSports.com
Josh Bush - Jets
The New York Jets took on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday as they looked to end their two-game losing streak. After the Seahawks scored on their first drive the Jets responded with a 21-yard fumble return for a touchdown to even the score at 7-7. The Jets struggles continued, though, as they were unable to start any offensive momentum throughout the game. The Seahawks took a 14-7 lead into the half and never looked back from there as they sealed the game 28-7. Bush continued to fill his role on special teams for the Jets in his ninth game this season. The Jets (3-6) hope to turn the season around when they play Chris Givens and the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in a non-conference tilt.
Tyson Clabo - Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons put their undefeated record on the line Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Falcons struck first with a touchdown pass on their first possession of the game. The Falcons then returned on the next drive after intercepting the Saints and converted on a 37-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead. The Saints managed to come back and score three passing touchdowns of their own to go into halftime leading 21-17. The Falcons' 10 fourth quarter points proved to not be enough as the Saints upended the undefeated Falcons 31-27. Clabo and the line helped the offense put up 454 yards for the game, 408 of which came from the passing game. The Falcons (8-1) host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday as they look to extend their win count to nine.
Aaron Curry - Raiders
Chris Givens - Rams
Curry saw his first action of the year on Sunday as the Oakland Raiders played the Baltimore Ravens. Curry finished the game with one tackle late in the fourth quarter that went for a two-yard loss. The Raiders' defense was unable to hold off the fire power from the Ravens' offense as they fell 55-20. The Ravens broke their franchise record for most points scored in a single game. The Raiders (3-6) look to snap their two-game losing streak as they prepare to host the New Orleans Saints.
The St. Louis Rams challenged the NFC West division leader the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Rams got off to a quick start with the help of two first-quarter touchdowns to give them an early 14-0 lead. The Rams went into the fourth quarter with a 17-7 lead but they could not hold off the 49ers rushing attack which is currently number one in the league. Two rushing touchdowns helped the 49ers pull within three points and kicker David Akers converted on a 33-yard attempt with five seconds remaining to tie the game 24-24 and force overtime. Neither team was able to score in overtime and the game ended in a 24-24 tie, the first tie in four seasons. Givens was inactive for the game but should be returning next week as the Rams (3-5-1) host the New York Jets on Sunday.
Joe Looney - 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers played the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in an NFC conference matchup. The 49ers took a big hit when they lost starting quarterback Alex Smith to a concussion in the first half. The game set history as it ended in a 24-24 tie after both kickers missed on field goal attempts in the overtime period. The tie was the 18th in the history of the league and the first in four years. It was the second tie in 49ers history and the first since 1986 against Atlanta. Looney, who has not seen any action yet, still sits second on the depth chart at the left guard position. The 49ers (6-2-1) play Monday night against the Chicago Bears in a game where the 49ers' number one rushing game will face off against the Bears' defense which is top five in the league.
Calvin Pace - Jets
The New York Jets faced the Seattle Seahawks (5-4) on Sunday. The last time the Jets beat the Seahawks was in 2004 when they won 37-14. Pace had a stellar game for the Jets' defense as he finished with two tackles, one solo and one assisted, as well as a fumble recovery and a pass deflection late in the first half. It was his 10th fumble recovery of his career. The Jets' defense pressured the Seahawks' defense heavily all game long but it was not enough as the Seahawks took the victory 28-7. The Jets (3-6) will face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in a game where both teams are looking for their fourth win on the season.
Alphonso Smith - Lions
The Detroit Lions played the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday as they looked to win their third straight game. The Vikings took a 13-3 lead into halftime as they managed to score on a three-yard pass on their first drive of the game. The Lions battled back with 21 second half points but it was not enough as the Vikings put up 18 points in the fourth quarter to give them their sixth win of the year 34-24. Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson exploded for 207 receiving yards on 12 receptions and for his first touchdown of the season from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Smith helped out the Lions' secondary and made an impact on special teams as he returned a punt in the game. The Lions (4-5) will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the start of a three-game home-stretch.
Steve Vallos - Jaguars
Vallos was inactive for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, but he is expected to play a "swing" role off the bench for the Jags, as he is able to play both guard spots and center. The Jaguars (1-8) will play the Houston Texans on Sunday as they look to get some momentum to turn their season around for the latter part of the season.
Kyle Wilber - Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys took on the Philadelphia Eagles in a divisional matchup on Sunday. The Cowboys looked for revenge in this game as they dropped both games against the Eagles last year. Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo led the offense all game long and finished with two passing touchdowns for 209 yards. The Cowboys thrived in the fourth quarter as they had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown as well as a 47-yard interception for a touchdown to help seal the victory 38-23. Wilber filled a vital role on special teams for the Cowboys and finished the game with one tackle. He now has back-to-back games with tackles. The Cowboys (4-5) will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as they look to win two games straight for the first time this season.
Brandon Ghee - Bengals (Injured Reserve)
Chris DeGeare - Titans