Week 5 for NFL Ducks

Denver Broncos running back Reuben Droughns (34) runs through a big hole in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The fifth week of NFL action found former Ducks in the limelight again. One former Duck running back, used primarily as a blocking back, put up numbers on Sunday like he used to do on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Another Duck is starting to make people in a City that has not known success for years, believe they have a chance. So off we go around the league to see how the Sunday Ducks did.

Filling in at running back suited Reuben Droughns of the Denver Broncos. Droughns was the primary ball carrier had 193 yards on 30 carries with a long of 32 yards. Droughns also had four receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown. If that wasn't enough, he also had two kickoff returns with a 10.5-yard average in Denver's 20-17 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The game was a shot-in-the-arm for Droughns personal statistics. Entering the game, he had a career total of 127 yards rushing yards primarily because he has always been used as a fullback. On Sunday he replace injured Quentin Griffin. Denver improved to 4-1 while the Panthers to 1-3.

After having a bye last week, the Detroit Lions went back on the road and recorded their second straight road win over the Atlanta Falcons, 17-10. Quarterback Joey Harrington was 16-for-24, 146 yards and one touchdown. The long struggling Lions appear to have breathed life back into the city of Detroit that has suffered through losing football. The Lions are now 3-1 for the season while dropped their first loss of the season and are now 4-1 for the year.

Speaking of teams that have struggled over the last few years is the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers however have a winning record of 3-2 after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 34-21. Defensive end Igor Olshansky had two tackles and tight end Justin Peelle had one tackle on special teams for the San Diego. Jaguar tight end George Wrighster was not on the active roster because of a back injury. Jacksonville is now 3-2.

The St. Louis Rams shocked the Seattle Seahawks with a 33-27 win in overtime. Running back Maurice Morris had two carries for five yards and returned five kickoffs for a 19.0 average with a long of 24 yards. Seattle is 3-1 for the season while the Rams are 3-2.

Woeful is the Miami Dolphins, losing again 34-28 to the defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots. A.J. Feeley got in for some action and was 1-for-2 for six yards. Jay Fiedler, the quarterback that was benched and then brought back in the Dolphin yo-yo quarterback situation, was 20-for-41, 251 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one lost fumble. The Dolphins are 0-5 for the year and perhaps the worst team in the NFL and the Pats are 4-0.

Punter Josh Bidwell of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4) defeated the 2-3 New Orleans Saints, 20-17. Bidwell had three punts averaging 43.3 yards with a long of 48.

The Minnesota Vikings (3-1) beat the Houston Texans (2-3) in overtime 34-28. Viking wide receiver Keenan Howry had one reception for three yards. Running back Onterrio Smith began his league imposed four-game suspension and did not play.

Wesly Mallard is on the New York Giants disabled list for the year with a torn ACL suffered last week in practice. The Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 26-10. The Giants are now 4-1 for the season and the Cowboys dropped to 2-2.

Rashad Bauman, corner back for the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver Samie Parker and Junior Siavii of the Kansas City Chiefs had the weekend off with a bye.

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