Mac's NFL Blog - 9/25/07

In today's NFL Blog: The Titans rise up as the Saints sink deeper, injuries rule the NFC West, Vince Wilfork may have to go to the Principal's office, and Matt Hasselbeck gets cake!

The Tennessee Titans used their time on a national stage to show that they are contenders in the AFC.

Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck had a huge night.

According to John DeShazier of The Times-Picayune, to call what New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is in a slump would be an understatement.

It appears that the Saints will be without running back Deuce McAllister for awhile. (ESPN's Ed Werder reported overnight that McAllister has a torn ACL and will miss the year. The team has not made an official announcement.)

Around the NFL

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Dallas, but Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that this is most likely a 2-3 week injury.

Meanwhile, Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander will be playing with a cracked bone in his wrist.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will miss next week's game against the Seahawks with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

More questions than answers remain in regards to the quarterback situation for the Arizona Cardinals.

Buffalo Bills quarterback JP Losman will miss at least two weeks with a sprained MCL. The team has signed free agent quarterback Craig Nall.

New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork expects to be fined for his low (and late) hit on Bills quarterback JP Losman, but bristles at the notion that he's a dirty player.

(I saw this play on TV, and while I haven't seen enough of him to classify Wilfork as a "dirty" player, it was a dirty play. If you didn't see the play, the 325-pound Wilfork lunged into Losman's left knee elbow-first like "Macho Man" Randy Savage long after Losman had released the ball. The Patriots were penalized 15 yards for the hit, but Losman was lost for the game.)

New York Jets running back Thomas Jones gets stronger as the game goes on.

After another poor performance by the special teams, Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron is making every player available for special teams duty.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips isn't particularly fond of his nickname.

There are some similarities between this year's New York Giants team and last year's Giants team when it comes to their records and remaining schedule after Week 3.

Philadelphia Eagles second-year defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley is playing with more confidence.

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is day-to-day with an abdominal strain.

Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs defended the clock management and play-calling in the final two minutes against the Giants.

The bye week comes at a good time for the Redskins' walking wounded.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is frustrated.

The Chiefs play-by-play man has an interesting nickname for Johnson.

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch may need a few weeks to heal, but quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to play this week.

The Oakland Raiders activated rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell on Monday.

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson spent his Monday downplaying the sideline argument he had on Sunday with quarterback Philip Rivers.

With all the talk in Chicago focusing on the status of Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, the team could be without a trio of key defenders when they travel to face the Detroit Lions next Sunday.

Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver Calvin Johnson is day-to-day with a back injury.

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Pass still doesn't understand why the Lions exposed quarterback Jon Kitna to injury when they trailed by 35 points in the 4th quarter.

In this Minnesota Vikings notebook in the Star Tribune, the starting quarterback this week for the Vikings is still up in the air and rookie running back Adrian Peterson gets a new nickname.

The Green Bay Packers are going to stick with what's working on offense.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard is displaying the leadership abilities that justified the decision of Jack Del Rio to name him starter.

In the last 6 seasons, the Indianapolis Colts have been the NFL's best team in September.

Colts rookie left tackle Tony Ugoh has held his own thus far.

Houston Texans center Steve McKinney has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

Texans defensive end Cedric Killings fractured the C-4 vertebra in his neck on Sunday.

The Baltimore Ravens may have won back-to-back games, but they don't have much momentum.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sets the stage for this week's "Family Feud" when three of the four finalists for the Pittsburgh Steelers head coaching job square off in Arizona on Sunday.

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward says his right knee is fine.

In their last 16 games dating back to last October 1st, the Cincinnati Bengals are 6-10.

Some changes are coming for the Cleveland Browns' 31st-ranked defense.

Bruised ribs and a lost fumble hasn't cost Cadillac Williams his role as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' primary running back.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer writes that Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers is a great athlete, but not a great football player.

Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is "day-to-day" with a strained elbow.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino promises he'll suspend or fine cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

For Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the punishment Petrino dishes out "will define his tenure".

That's slightly over the top for my taste, but that's beside the point. I wouldn't know the first thing about running a franchise, but I can imagine that getting players who are bigger, stronger, faster and make more money than you do to respect your authority.

It's important to keep in mind that this is Petrino's first NFL head coaching job. He came from a successful stint at a smaller school (Louisville) and he needs to demonstrate that he has a firm grip on this team.

Happy 32nd Birthday, Matt Hasselbeck.


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