It has to be hard being the team-leader in tackles on a team that couldn't tackle a win if it fell down in front of it. But that's just what former Husker linebacker Demorrio Williams is doing. With another seven tackles tallied today, this coming in the obligatory loss to the Giants, Williams moves his season-total to 26. Fellow former Husker and unfortunate member of the Chiefs, safety Mike Brown, has revived his career a bit, and has actually stayed healthy thus far. Brown was second on the team in tackles going into this weekend, just one behind Williams. That stayed consistent today as the Husker great notched six tackles today, taking his total to 24 on the season.
Not to be outdone in the department of futility is, of course, the St. Louis Rams. The short distance between the struggling franchises has apparently led to everyone catching this dreaded disease of "football? Who said we were playing football?."
But there is good news, because former Husker, former Oregon Duck, Richie Incognito, even in the face of the Rams being pasted by the 49ers, 35-0, did not get a single foul "credited" to his name. Things are definitely looking up for the Rams. Fellow former Husker, kicker Josh Brown, missed on his only field goal attempt for the game and is now 1-for-4 on the year. But here's a stat for you: He's perfect on extra points, Brown getting a total of three glorious opportunities to kick the point-after for the Rams.
You might want to start Brown in the backfield or something just so he has a reason to put his helmet on. It's a good thing he's not narcoleptic.
Not everyone can stink, though, which certainly applies to the Chicago Bears, which actually has an offense this year. Yeah, that's right, an offense. It was good enough to slap 48 points on the hapless-but-not-winless Detroit Lions, the Bears doubling Detroit up today. Zackary Bowman, the oft-injured cornerback, has remained healthy this regular season, and he notched four tackles today, taking his total on the season to 18, good enough to keep him in the top three amongst all Bear-defenders.
And talking about not-sucking, how about those Denver Broncos? With the "legendary" former Chicago Bear quarterback, Kyle Orton at the helm, all the team has done is go undefeated, which includes a win over the schizophrenic Dallas Cowboys and their equally Cybil-like quarterback, Tony Romo. But let's not give all the credit to the quarterback Bear fans ran out of town. Some props have to go to a former Husker in the form of running back Correll Buchalter. All the former Philadelphia Eagle has done in his first year with the franchise is lead the team in rushing, coming out of this week with an average of almost seven yards per carry through four games of the season, his total of 285 yards through those games also best on the team. Buchalter actually went into this weekend ranked amongst the top 10 rushers in the NFL. Not sure if he stays there, but add that to almost a hundred yards receiving, he's turning out to be not only healthy, but darn versatile for the Broncos. Let's not forget Le Kevin Smith, who now has a home as well with the Broncos. The former Husker DT notched one tackle for the game. Smith spent the previous three years with the Patriots, 2008 his best season as he totaled 13 tackles his last year in New England, playing second string.
Floating between the realm of successful and just bad is the Houston Texans. They climbed the ladder of respect at least one rung today with a 29-6 victory over the ridiculously bad Oakland Raiders. As always, former Husker kicker Kris Brown did his part, connecting on all three of his extra-point attempts and hitting two-of-three field goals on the game. Brown was a perfect three-for-three on field goals coming into this game, as well as being just as accurate on his eight extra-point attempts for the almost-titanic-Titans.
That's the good Titanic, not the one at the bottom of the ocean.
Fabian Washington notched three tackles for Baltimore as Tom Brady, the guy everyone seems to want to call washed up, proved that he might have a game or two left in that aged-arm, throwing for 258 yards and a touchdown against the always-defensive Ravens. Washington moves his season-total to 14, good enough to rank in the top six amongst all the Baltimore defenders.
Defensive End Kyle Vanden Bosch had one tackle in the 37-17 trouncing of his Titans at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Linebacker Scott Shanle totaled three tackles in the New Orleans Saints' 24-10 victory over the previously unbeaten New York Jets. Shanle went into this game second on the team in tackles, and should remain at that spot once all the weekend-numbers are tallied.
Chris Kelsay notched a sack against the Miami Dolphins, as his Buffalo Bills stunk up the place to the tune of a 38-10 beat down at the hands of the Florida franchise, who came into this contest, 0-3. Props to the Bills for having the humanity to give a team a little confidence, even if it meant they would lose what little they had left.
Barrett Ruud tied for the team-lead in tackles yet again, as he notched six in the 16-13 loss to the Washington Redskins. Ruud continues to rank amongst the top five tacklers in the entire league, but alas, his team still manages to lose to a Washington team, led by quarterback Jason Campbell, whose three interceptions weren't enough to toss the Bucs their first victory of the year.
In action tomorrow night for that game with that dude, who played for that team, then said he wasn't playing for that team, then went to another team, and then left that team saying he wouldn't come back to play for any team and then signed with this other team.
Well, he's back, coming off a game-winning touchdown toss, and now that dude faces his old team where he played for 16 years.
Or something like that
We would be looking forward to watching running back Brandon Jackson, but alas, the former Husker tailback has been out the entire season from an injury. He's listed as being out for this game, but the good news is, at 2-1, his Packers don't yet stink.
We'll see if that remains after tomorrow's epic battle against he-who-must-not-be-named.