NFL Texas Exes: Vasher Grabs A Pick-Six

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CB Nathan Vasher snagged his second career interception when he picked off San Francisco QB Ken Dorsey and returned it 71 yards to the house. After San Francisco challenged the call, officials found Vasher's pick and run back to be legit, and the touchdown sealed a 23-13 victory for Chicago. Vasher and the Chicago defense held the 49's to only 162 total offensive yards.

Kansas City RB Priest Holmes is moving up the record charts much like he is moving with the football these days. The former Longhorn ran for 143 yards and added three touchdowns Sunday to his already impressive season total of 10 rushing scores. It marked the ninth time in Holmes' career that he has registered three rushing TDs, tying him with Arizona's Emmitt Smith for second on the NFL all-time list. The next time it happens, Holmes will have matched NFL legend Jim Brown's record that has been untouched for decades.

Also racking up 82 receiving yards in that shootout against Indianapolis, Holmes took over the Chiefs' career lead for total yards with 7,578. Holmes helped Kansas City defeat the Colts, 45-35, in a game that saw both teams accumulate more than 500 offensive yards. Holmes currently leads the NFL in rushing yards (833), rushing TDs (13) and total TDs (14).

DT Shaun Rogers had five tackles in Detroit's 31-21 loss to Dallas. Cory Redding also served on the Lions' line and added a career-high four tackles, but Detroit looked more like the Lions from last season in the loss. Offensively, Detroit struggled in large part due to the absence of WR Roy Williams. The rookie receiver played through an ankle sprain last week, but the nagging injury kept him off the field on Sunday. LB Kalen Thornton played for Dallas but recorded no stats in the win.

OG Leonard Davis manned the line for Arizona and helped pave way for over 100 yards on the ground, but the struggling Cardinals fell victim to Buffalo 38-14. On the winning side of the game, though, OT Mike Williams helped make way for rookie RB Willis McGahee to rush for 128 yards in the win.

OG Dan Neil played for Denver, helping protect QB Jake Plummer enough to allow him to pass for 499 yards. The Broncos gained only 68 yards on the ground, though, and failed to hold onto an early game lead, as Atlanta beat Denver 41-28. Broncos WR B.J. Johnson was a guest on the Longhorn sideline during Texas' 31-7 win at Colorado.

DT Casey Hampton missed Pittsburgh's game against New England with a knee injury, but Hampton's Steelers teammates put an end to the Patriots' 21-game winning streak with a 34-20 win.

CB Quentin Jammer had a pair of tackles for San Diego and the Chargers crushed Oakland 42-14. Jammer and the defense limited the Raiders to just 22 rushing yards.

DT Cedric Woodard tied a season high with six tackles in Seattle's win over Carolina 23-17. DT Marcus Tubbs added three tackles on a Seattle line that kept the Panthers from reaching 100 yards rushing.

OG Derrick Dockery played for Washington, but the O-line failed to clear much way for RB Clinton Portis, who ran for only 70 yards. The Redskins lost to Green Bay 28-14.

QB Chris Simms and his Tampa Bay teammates had a bye week. Simms, who suffered a shoulder injury in his first start almost a month ago, is expected to return to practice this week but his status for this week's game vs. Kansas City.

K Phil Dawson and Cleveland also had a bye week. Heading into the Browns' game with the hated Baltimore Ravens, Dawson is a perfect 14-of-14 field goals on the season.


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