NFL Texas Exes: Vasher Among INT Leaders

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CB Nathan Vasher nabbed an INT again this week, giving the Chicago rookie five interceptions on the season. After picking off a pass from Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich in the final two minutes of the game, Vasher ran the ball back for 38 yards.

The rookie's five picks lead his Chicago squad and rank third in the entire NFL. Vasher also recorded two tackles for the Bears on Sunday.

It was Chicago's defense that kept the game respectable, but the Bears lost to the Jaguars 22-3.

CB Quentin Jammer also added an interception, his first on the season. The San Diego defensive back picked off a Tampa Bay toss just before the half and returned it for 12 yards. Jammer also had a season-high seven tackles for a Chargers' defense that forfeited only 63 rushing yards but gave up 392 yards in the air.

With a 31-24 win over Tampa Bay, San Diego grabbed its 10th win of the year and moved even closer to its first playoff berth in nine seasons.

Buffalo ran all over Cleveland with the help of OT Mike Williams who served on an O-line that made way for the Bills to accumulate 215 total yards on the ground.

K Phil Dawson kicked only an extra point for a struggling Cleveland offense that managed just 17 total yards, the fifth fewest in league history. Buffalo crushed the Browns 37-7.

Seattle handed Minnesota its fifth loss in seven games in a 27-23 Seahawk victory. DT Cedric Woodard had a tackle for Seattle, and the Seahawks' defense forced five Vikings' turnovers. Seattle's rookie DT Marcus Tubbs missed the contest with an ankle injury.

OG Dan Neil played on a Denver line that paved way for the Broncos to gain almost 200 rushing yards. Denver stayed in the playoff hunt and eked out a victory over a two-win Miami team 20-17.

WR Roy Williams had a quiet day for Detroit with only one catch for 13 yards for a Lions' offense that failed to show up after the half-time break. After going into the half with a 13-point lead, Green Bay struck back with 16 unanswered points. The team's leading wideout did not have much of a chance to play a larger role in the game as Detroit QB Joey Harrington completed just 5-of-22 passes. After creating some noise at the start of the season, Williams has not found the end zone in six straight weeks.

DT Shaun Rogers and DE Cory Redding played on a Detroit D-line that kept the Packers scoreless through the first half. Rogers had five tackles and Redding added three, but Detroit kept a losing streak alive, having not beaten the Packers at Lambeau Field since 1991.

OG Leonard Davis helped Arizona rush for three touchdowns, but San Francisco edged out the Cardinals 31-28. Davis and the Arizona offense gained almost 400 total yards, but an overtime field goal handed the Cards the loss.

OG Derrick Dockery played for Washington, but the Redskins fell just short of upsetting an NFC-leading Philadelphia team and lost 17-14. Washington rushed for 88 yards in the contest.

RB Priest Holmes was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week and will miss the remainder of the season with a strained right knee. The Chiefs are confident that the league's scoring leader will be 100 percent for next season.

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