Here are the Pack alum's performances from week four of the NFL season. Players are listed in alphabetical order as not to offend anyone; please hold your applause until the end of the presentation.
David Amerson (‘13/2nd): The hapless Oakland Raiders are good for what ails you, and on Sunday Raiders' QB Matt Flynn was particularly good to Amerson, who pick sixed him in the Skins' 24-14 win. It was the first win for Washington (1-3) and the first pick in the rookie CB's young career.
Andre Brown (‘09/4th): Brown is walking bootless and reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab but cannot return before November 10th regardless of his progress. The Giants (0-4) may well still be winless then, and they're playing the Raiders (a team that, as the Skins found, is good for what ails you).
Audie Cole (‘12/7th): Cole continues to run around on special teams and not tackle people; he's stuck on one for the year. But the Vikings (1-3) did get off the schneid against new league doormat Pittsburgh.
Jerricho Cotchery (‘04/4th): The Steelers (0-4) remain squarely on the schneid after their 34-27 loss to the Vikes, but Cotchery is enjoying a bit of a resurgence at age 31. He led the Steelers with 103 yards receiving and hauled in his second TD grab of the year. He now has 15 catches for 248 yards, which may be enough production to see him reappear on some fantasy radars. The 100-yard receiving game was his first since 2009.
Mike Glennon (‘13/3rd): Tampa Bay's stout defense did all it could to help make Glennon a winner in his debut, turning the Cardinals over thrice and limiting them to under 300 yards of total offense. But big Mike was awful, averaging just 4.5 yards per attempt and turning it over three times (two picks and a fumble). The Bucs (0-4) led 10-3 late in the fourth before Glennon's first pick set up the tying score and his second set up the winning score for Arizona.
Glennon has two things going for him: 1) Josh Freeman has asked to be traded or released; given his attitude and performance, there is just no way he is getting another look. Ever. 2) Glennon has a bye week to study film from his first game and get tons of reps with the ones. I think he will show improvement next time out and, in the midst of a lost season, the Bucs have nothing to lose by letting him learn ugly.
T.J. Graham (‘12/3rd): Graham did not have a huge game, but he easily had his best game of the year in the Bills' 23-20 win over the Super Bowl chumps. The former track star caught two balls for 32 yards and added a 14-yard rush against the Ravens. He only had 13 yards receiving and five yards rushing coming into the game. Graham has been targeted 12 times this season but has only four receptions. Having not seen all of the Bills' games, I really have no idea why passes in his direction are not often resulting in completions. Lots of bombs, which have a low success rate? Drops? Bad route running? Rookie QB? I imagine it's a combination of all of the above.
Ted Larsen (‘10/6th): Larsen has appeared in all four games for the tough-luck Bucs (thee of their four losses are by three points or less).
Manny Lawson (‘06/1st): Lawson continues to be a key cog in a solid Bills' defense that picked Joe Flacco fives times and sacked him four times. Lawson had five tackles, one of those aforementioned sacks, as well as an additional tackle for a loss. The Bills are 2-2.
Terrell Manning (‘12/5th): Twenty Chargers (2-2) recorded at least one tackle in their win over Dallas, but Manning was not one of them. That's because he was released Wednesday. As if to rub salt in his wounds, ESPN did not even mention Terrell in its 30 For 30 "The Book of Manning" special, prompting the former Pack linebacker to tweet that he's the black sheep of the family.
Philip Rivers (‘04/1st): Rivers brutalized the Boys' secondary, completing 35 of 42 passes (83.3%) for 401 yards and three scores, giving Rivers an even 200 touchdown passes for his career. It was Rivers' second 400-yard game of the season and sixth of his career. Rivers is now just 355 yards shy of surpassing Roman Gabriel's career passing yardage total (29, 444), which would make Rivers the yards-passingest State QB in NFL history. He needs two touchdowns to supplant Gabriel (201) for the TD-tossingest distinction as well.
J.R. Sweezy (‘12/7th): I'm giving The Sweez all the credit for Seattle's 179 rushing yards; the five sacks the line gave up are all the other four guys' fault. Protect the franchise, dudes!
Stephen Tulloch (‘06/4th): Tulloch's 14 tackles were twice that of any of his teammates in Detroit's 40-32 win over rival Chicago, and he now is tied for the team lead on the season. He also registered his second sack.
Mario Williams ('06/ 1st):The Ravens, formerly a win with defense and a running game type of thing, barely bothered to try to run the ball on Mario and his boys. Nine carries for 24 yards. That's it. All that passing (50 attempts) and you know Super Mario got to the QB. His sack upped his season total to 5.5, good for third in the NFL.
Adrian Wilson (‘01/3rd): Wilson is still languishing on the Pats' IR.
Russell Wilson (‘12/3rd): Houston got Amato'd big time in this one, outgaining the Shorebirds 476-270 only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Seattle took the second quarter off, giving up 20 straight points to head to the locker room down 20-3, but the Texans forgot to score in all the other quarters. Wilson did not exactly light up the box score, throwing for just 123 yards, but he did run for 77. Pete Carroll noted after the game that Wilson's stats did not tell the story of all the plays he made to keep the team undefeated. The biggest play, however, was turned in by Richard Sherman, whose 58-yard pick six knotted the game at 20 with 2:40 left in regulation.
C.J. Wilson (‘13/UDFA): Wilson appeared in his first game as a pro Sunday but did not record any statistics.
Earl Wolff (‘13/5th): Yeah, so, Philly called, and it was wondering if it can have its Andy Reid back. The Eagles (1-3) were the latest victim of Peyton Manning's Bucking Bronco Offense of the Apocalypse, yielding 38 points on 472 yards. Not that Denver needed it, but the Broncs added a special teams and defensive score to break 50 points in the blowout. Denver has scored 72 more points than the Bears. The Bears have scored more points than anyone not named Denver. Ten NFL teams have not scored 72 total points for the season. Just think about that for a minute.
Oh by the way, Wolff did equal his career-best with seven tackles.
Willie Young (‘10/7th): A week after registering four QB hits, Young was held out of the backfield Sunday; he registered just one tackle.
No one got an official BTP Game Ball during the first three weeks of the season because I just thought of it right now. So, with apologies to worthy candidates Rivers, Cotchery, and Tulloch, and without further ado, this week's BTP Game Ball goes to David Amerson. Got to give the rookie some love for a pick six that was instrumental in his team's first win of the season.