NFL Texas Exes: Vasher Snags Another INT

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For the second week in a row, CB Nathan Vasher had an interception for Chicago as the Bears beat the New York Giants 28-21. The rookie's third career pick came off a QB Kurt Warner pass in the second quarter that Vasher returned for 41 yards. Vasher also had Warner's number when he recovered a first-quarter fumble and moved the ball an extra 14 yards. He also had a tackle for a Bears defensive squad that held former-MVP Warner to less than 200 yards passing.

Buffalo won its third-straight home game over the red-hot New York Jets 22-17 but paid a heavy price in the win. OT Mike Williams sustained a neck injury and had to be carted off the field in an ambulance in the third quarter. Before being driven away, though, the lineman managed to gave a thumbs up to the cameras. After tests came back negative, Williams returned to the sidelines with a neck brace.

Tampa Bay beat Kansas City 34-31 as the Buccaneer defense did not have to face prolific scorer RB Priest Holmes for much of the game. Holmes sat out most of the second half after taking a hit in the knee during the third quarter. The Chiefs' main offensive weapon managed 59 yards and a touchdown before being replaced by RB Larry Johnson. Kansas City officials do not believe the injury is serious. With 892 yards, Holmes leads the NFL in rushing, and his 14 rushing scores are also a league best.

QB Chris Simms did not play again for Tampa Bay. A sprained shoulder sidelined the passer after his first NFL start on Oct. 10. Simms threw passes in practice during the week.

After missing last week's game with an ankle injury, rookie WR Roy Williams returned for Detroit but only caught three passes for 33 yards. One of his snags was highlight-eligible, though, as the wideout hauled in a jumping, one-handed catch near the sidelines. Williams' 27 receptions for 395 yards are a team best.

DT Shaun Rogers tallied five tackles for Detroit while Cory Redding added another four as the Lions' defense allowed one offensive touchdown in the loss.

OG Derrick Dockery helped make way for Washington RB Clinton Portis to rack up 147 rushing yards as the Redskins beat Detroit 17-10.

K Phil Dawson connected on two field goals, including a 49-yarder, and also added an extra point, but Cleveland fell victim to Baltimore 27-13. Dawson, who has not missed a kick all season, extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to 26.

OG Leonard Davis played a role in Arizona's last minute 24-23 comeback victory over Miami. The lineman helped pave the way for Cardinals' rushers to total 121 yards on the ground in the win.

With the help of CB Quentin Jammer, San Diego crushed New Orleans 43-17. The defensive back had two tackles for the surprisingly good Chargers.

DT Cedric Woodard and DT Marcus Tubbs both helped Seattle defeat San Francisco 42-27. Woodard had a pair of tackles and Tubbs tacked on one more in the win. The linemen also helped hold the 49ers' rushing offense to just 74 yards.

OG Dan Neil played for Denver and helped the Broncos gain 364 yards of offense and keep Houston from putting together its first-ever three-game winning streak. Denver beat the Texans 31-13.


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