Nov. 29, 2012
By Eric Roberts, WakeForestSports.com
Josh Bush - Jets
The New York Jets hosted the New England Patriots on Thursday night in a Thanksgiving Day contest. The game marked the first time the Jets played on Thanksgiving since they took on the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. The Jets struggled defensively in the first half as they were plagued with turnovers, including two of which were picked up and returned for touchdowns. The Jets were able to score two second-half touchdowns as well as force a safety but the late efforts were not enough as they fell to the Patriots 49-19. Bush continued to play a role on special teams for the Jets. He has played in all 11 games on the season. The New York Jets (4-7) are looking for success in the latter part of the season and hope to start a hot streak against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Tyson Clabo - Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in a game that came down to the wire. The Falcons and Buccaneers each scored a touchdown and field goal to go into halftime tied 10-10. The Buccaneers broke the tie quickly though as they converted on a 42-yard field goal to take the lead. The Falcons struck on the very next play with an 80-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead. Despite 10 straight fourth quarter points from the Buccaneers the Falcons managed to score the eventual winning touchdown with seven minutes left in the game. The Falcons held on for their 10th win of the season as they ended the game 24-23. Clabo and the line helped the offense put up 424 yards for the game, 345 of which came from the passing game. The Falcons (10-1) look for revenge on Thursday night as they play the New Orleans Saints, who are the only team to beat the Falcons this season.
Aaron Curry - Raiders
Chris Givens - Rams
The Oakland Raiders released Curry last week after he was active for the previous two games. Curry was listed on the PUP list for the majority of the season as he was battling a knee injury. Two weeks ago the Raiders activated him and he saw action in two games. After being traded midseason last year to the Raiders from the Seattle Seahawks Curry finished the season strong playing in nine games and compiling 46 total tackles with three pass deflections. The former top-five draft pick is sure to add depth and experience to any defense in the league at the linebacker position.
The St. Louis Rams played the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in an NFC conference tilt. Givens' speed was a problem all game long for the Cardinals' secondary as he finished the game with 115 receiving yards, including a 37-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to give the Rams a 21-17 lead. Givens averaged 23 yards per catch on five receptions in the game. The Rams were fueled by two interception returns for touchdowns by rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins. The Rams sealed the 31-17 victory with 17 second-half points. The game marked Givens' first career game with over 100 receiving yards. The Rams (4-6-1) will play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday as they look to win the second matchup after tying them in Week 10.
Joe Looney - 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers played the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in an NFC conference matchup. The 49ers were without starting quarterback Alex Smith due to injury; however, it did not much matter as backup Colin Kaepernick controlled the offense just as well. The game was tied 14-14 at half after the 49ers returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter. The 49ers drove down the field on the first possession of the second half and scored on a six-yard pass to take the lead. Another interception return for a touchdown by the 49ers helped seal the victory 31-21. Looney, who has not seen any action yet this season, still sits second on the depth chart at the left guard position. The 49ers (8-2-1) play the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in an NFC West divisional matchup. This game is their second of the season after the Rams and 49ers finished their Week 10 game in a 24-24 tie.
Calvin Pace - Jets
The New York Jets played in their seventh ever Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday as they hosted the New England Patriots. The Jets had a 4-2 record on Thanksgiving Day games coming into the game. The Patriots controlled all aspects of the game early on and secured a 49-19 victory with the help of two fumble return touchdowns. Pace had two assisted tackles in the game against the top-ranked offense in the league. He recorded his 34th tackle on the season which puts him in the top five on the team for tackles on the year. The Jets (4-7) take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a non-conference matchup.
Alphonso Smith - Lions
The Detroit Lions released Smith on Nov. 12 after he played in four games this season. Smith was picked up on Oct. 18 as the Lions' secondary struggled with injuries. In four games this season, Smith had eight total tackles, seven of which were solo, and two pass deflections. Smith will be a free agent and could be a valuable pickup to any team who needs to add depth and experience at the cornerback position.
Steve Vallos - Jaguars
Vallos was inactive for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans but 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 (2-9) will play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday as they try and go for two straight wins for the first time this season.
Kyle Wilber - Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys played in their 44th Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday against the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys have had a lot of success playing on the holiday as they came into the game with a 28-14-1 record overall. Since 2006 the Cowboys have won five of the last six games they have played on Thanksgiving Day. The game seemed to be over early as the Redskins scored 28 points in the second quarter to help give them a 28-3 lead going into the half. Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo tried to mount a comeback as he threw for three touchdowns in the second half to help pull them within a touchdown late in the game; however, it was not enough as they dropped the game 38-31. Wilber filled a vital role on special teams for the Cowboys and played in his seventh game on the season. The Cowboys (5-6) host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in their second matchup this season.
Brandon Ghee - Bengals (Injured Reserve)
Chris DeGeare - Titans