NFL Texas Exes: Priest Hits Paydirt Four Times

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Facing the NFL’s leading rushing defense, RB Priest Holmes managed to find the endzone four times in a 56-10 Kansas City rout over Atlanta — and the four running touchdowns were only half of the teams total for the game! (The eight rushing TDs set a new NFL record.) Holmes ran 22 times for 139 yards and also caught another 41 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. Holmes, who felt healthy enough to return to the field if needed, allowed RB Derrick Blaylock to take his place. Blaylock added another four rushing scores for the Chiefs.

Holmes’ 695 rushing yards currently leads the league, while his 11 total touchdowns are also the NFL’s best.

An ankle sprain suffered two weeks ago slowed down WR Roy Williams but did not stop the rookie from pulling down an 18-yard touchdown toss from QB Joey Harrington on Detroit’s first drive of the game. Williams, currently ranked fifth in the league in touchdown receptions, leads all rookies with five scores. After the ankle injury forced him to miss last week’s game, Williams came back strong this week with four catches for 67 yards to help the Lions defeat the New York Giants 28-13.

Detroit’s defensive front held Giants’ RB Tiki Barber to only 70 yards rushing. On the Detroit D-line that slowed the NFL’s fifth-ranked rusher stood DT Shaun Rogers and DE Cory Redding. Rogers recorded five tackles, while Redding added another two and forced a fumble. Both linemen also had a sack in Sunday’s win.

Rogers, the run-stopping specialist who is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, hobbled off the field with an injury but returned to action later in the game.

One of Sunday’s games saw ex-Longhorns going head-to-head in the trenches. OG Leonard Davis played for Arizona and paved way for RB Emmitt Smith to rack up over 100 yards of rushing against a talented Seattle defense. Davis’ effort helped put Smith over the century mark for the 78th time in his career, breaking Walter Payton’s NFL record. On the other side of the ball, DT Cedric Woodard grabbed three tackles, while DT Marcus Tubbs added another for the Seahawks, but Arizona upset Seattle 25-17 in a game that featured the all-time rushing leader (Emmitt Smith) against the all-time receiving leader (Jerry Rice).

K Phil Dawson connected on a 38-yard field goal and added four extra points for Cleveland in a 34-31 loss against Philadelphia. Dawson set a new Browns’ record by making his 24th straight field goal (he is 14-for-14 this season).

San Diego CB Quentin Jammer had three tackles in a 17-6 win over Carolina. Jammer and his defensive backfield helped limit Panther QB Jake Delhomme to just 155 yards in the air.

LB Kalen Thornton played for Dallas but recorded no stats as Green Bay crushed the Cowboys 41-20.

Backup CB Nathan Vasher accumulated no stats for Chicago in a 19-7 loss to Tampa Bay. The Bucs' Chris Simms has not played since suffering a shoulder sprain on Oct. 10 in his first professional start.

Long-snapper Cullen Loeffler played for Minnesota as the Vikings defeated Tennessee 20-3.

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