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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sammy Vegas - NFL "N"sider #9

In yet another unbelievable week in the NFL, we saw the Saints improve to a miraculous 5-1, the once invincible Chicago Bears needed two miracle fumbles and a missed field goal to beat the Arizona Cardinals, and our own Josh Brown escalated to rock-star status in Seattle with a 54 yard game winner. In fact, check out this interview and see how “awesome” Josh Brown is.

Josh Brown (K): Brown once again provided late game heroics as the Seattle Seahawks downed the St. Louis Rams 30-28 in a match up of one loss teams. Josh was 3 of 3 on field goals, none more crucial then the game winning 54 yard field goal as time expired.

Mike Brown (S): In one of the most improbable finishes I’ve ever seen, Brown played a key role in helping the Chicago Bears beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-23. Brown, who had 4 solo and 1 assisted tackle, scored the Bears’ first TD on a fumble return as the Bears came back from a 23-3 deficit in the fourth quarter. The Bears won without scoring an offensive TD, but Brown was carted off the field midway through the 4th quarter and his injury status is still unknown.

Ralph Brown (CB): The Cleveland Ralph-Browns had the week off and host the Denver Broncos next Sunday.

Correll Buckhalter (RB): Buckhalter and the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the surprising New Orleans Saints 27-24. Correll has seen his playing time drop and he had just 1 carry for 5 yards and 1 reception for 10 yards.

Daniel Bullocks (S): The Detroit Lions recorded their first victory of the season over the Buffalo Bills 20-17 last week. Daniel added in 2 solo and 4 assisted tackles.

Josh Bullocks (S): Bullocks and the Saints continued their amazing start by downing the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. Bullocks added 3 solo and 1 assisted tackle as the Saints defense was able to hold Donovan McNabb and the Eagles’ offense in check.

Scott Shanle (LB): Shanle also continues to shine for 5-1 New Orleans Saints as he led the team with 6 solo tackles. The Saints currently sit atop the NFC South 1 game ahead of the Carolina Panthers, but go check out the rest of their schedule. Needless to say, the early honeymoon might quickly be over.

Dejuan Groce (DB): Attention!! There has been a Dejuan Groce sighting recently in a New Orleans Saints uniform, and in fact, he had a tackle. Although Dejaun was a great punt returner for the Huskers, I doubt Reggie Bush is looking over his shoulder on the depth chart.

Ahman Green (RB): The Green Bay Packers had a bye week and travel to Miami next week. Green, who has been out with a hamstring the past few weeks, should play.

Richie Incognito (OT): Richie and the St. Louis Rams (4-2) lost a heart breaker to Josh Brown and the Seattle Seahawks 30-28. As expected, Incognito has quickly become a starter in St. Louis as the only question was not his athletic ability, but his sanity.

Mike Minter (S): The Carolina Panthers went on the road and defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-21 to improve to 4-2. Minter added 3 solo and 2 assisted tackles and the Panthers have now won 4 in a row since the return of 2006 NFL MVP Steve Smith.

Mike Rucker (DE): Rucker added 2 solo tackles for the Panthers in their win over the Ravens. More importantly, however, it was Rucker who knocked Ravens’ QB Steve McNair out of the game with a concussion after a vicious hit early in the 1st half.

Chris Kelsey (DE): Kelsey had 3 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, and 1 sack as the Buffalo Bills gave the Detroit Lions their first win. The Bills fell to 2-4 and must face the New England Patriots next week.

Sam Koch (P): Koch continues to do a fantastic job with the Baltimore Ravens as he had 5 punts for an average of 43 yards with 2 inside the 20. However, the Ravens lost their second consecutive game with a loss to the Panthers.

Kyle Larson (P): The Cincinnati Bengals and Kyle Larson lost a controversial game last week in Tampa Bay on a roughing the passer penalty. Unfortunately, it was anything but roughing the passer. In fact, it cost the Bengals the game as Tampa got their first win of the season. Larson added 7 punts for an average of 42 yards in the loss.

Barrett Ruud (LB): Ruud added 1 assisted tackle in Tampa’s first victory over the Bengals. The Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles next week.

Fabian Washington (DB): Once again, Fabian did not play for the Raiders as they lost yet another game, this time to the Denver Broncos. Washington is currently out with injury and it is uncertain as to when he will return.

Demorrio Williams (LB): In a disappointing 27-14 loss to the New York Giants, Demorrio had a superb game as he led the team with 9 solo tackles, 2 assists, and 1 INT. Atlanta (4-2) has Pittsburgh (2-3) coming to town in what is shaping up as a must win game for both teams although we’re not even half way through the season.

Grant Wistrom (DE): In a thrilling come from behind win, Wistrom had a solid outing with 4 solo tackles in the Seattle Seahawks’ 30-28 win over his former St. Louis Rams. The Seahawks are now 4-1 and look to be on track for another Super Bowl run.