Here are the Pack alum's performances (sporadically infused with random bits of other goodies) from week six 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): Washington (1-4) lost a head scratcher in Dallas, dropping a 31-16 decision despite outgaining the Boys 433-213. Dwayne Harris's 86-yard punt return TD and a pair of turnovers from the
Redskins Insert Generic PC Nickname Here helped explain the final. Even with the long return, it's hard to score 24 points on 213 yards. Taking out the return, that's a point for every 8.9 yards gained. For comparison sake, N.C. State is scoring a point for every 17.4 yards gained this year. If they averaged a point for every 14 yards, which is closer to the norm, they would be scoring over 30 points per game instead of 24.7. And if they scored a point for every 8.9 yards gained, they would average 48.2 points per game. So, yeah, Washington was pretty unlucky.
Oh, Amerson had one tackle.
Andre Brown (‘09/4th): Brown should be ready to go when he is eligible to return on November 10th against Oakland. New York is one of just three winless teams in the NFL and one of just two at 0-6. Interceptin' Eli is up to 15 picks on the year and has a real shot at breaking George Blanda's record of 42. I'm sure everyone is on the edge of their seats for that G-Men-Vikings showdown coming up on Monday Night Football.
Audie Cole (‘12/7th): Speaking of the Vikings (1-4), they were pounded into oblivion by the Panthers (at home, no less). Minnesota didn't find the endzone until there was a minute left in the fourth quarter of the 35-10 loss. Cole, who is still stuck on one tackle for the season, was a DNP for the first time this year.
The Panthers, by the way, are +41 in point differential, the third best mark in the NFC...and 2-3.
Jerricho Cotchery (‘04/4th): Cotchery got a bit of pub in the local press for his homecoming to New Jersey, where he played for seven seasons, then failed to register a target (much less a catch) in the Steelers' 19-9 win. Despite a 1-4 start, Pittsburgh is just two games out of a wild card spot and Cincinnati is a shaky 4-2 in the division lead. A home win over Baltimore might have the Steelers back in this thing; a loss will make Mike Tomlin's seat toasty.
Mike Glennon (‘13/3rd): The Bucs (0-5) have led at the half in both of Glennon's starts and upped their point average from 11.3 under Josh Freeman to 15 per game with the rookie at the helm, so that's progress, I reckon. Glennon went 26-for-43 for 273 yards and threw a pair of scores against just one pick in a very respectable second career start, but Tampa's defense wilted in the fourth quarter, allowing the Eagles (3-3) to score the game's final 10 points in a 31-20 final.
T.J. Graham (‘12/3rd): Despite Graham's best game of the season -- four catches for 74 yards, including a long of 47 -- the Bills (2-4) dropped their second game of the year by a field goal or less, this time a 27-24 overtime tilt against Cincinnati.
Leroy Harris (‘07/4th): DNP.
Steven Hauschka (‘08/UDFA): Hauschka had two more threes -- one that tied the game in the third quarter and another that put Seattle (5-1) ahead for good in the fourth -- in the Seahawks' 20-13 win over Tennessee. He's 14-for-15 (93.3%) on the year.
Nate Irving (‘11/3rd): A week after registering just one stop, Irving was more active in Denver's 35-19 mercy killing of Jacksonville (0-6). Irving made four tackles and was credited with a pass defended for the yet-untarnished Broncos (6-0).
Markus Kuhn (‘12/7th): Kuhn is eligible to be de-PUP'd this week, so, Giants, your season is officially almost probably turned around.
Ted Larsen (‘10/6th): Who got his first start of the season at center in Glennon's second career start? Theodore-Fucking-Larsen, that's who. And Big Mike nearly threw for 300 yards. Coincidence? I think not.
Manny Lawson (‘06/1st): After several very productive weeks in a row, Lawson managed just three tackles in the OT loss to the Bengals.
Terrell Manning (‘12/5th): The CFL, maybe?
Tobais Palmer (‘12/UDFA): Unbeknownst to me, Palmer was signed off Jacksonville's practice squad a couple of weeks ago; he even appeared in a game. His name, albeit spelled wrong, is forever recorded in pro-football-reference.com's annals. Oh...and then he got released. The CFL, maybe?
Philip Rivers (‘04/1st): Rivers completed 22-of-33 passes for 237 yards and a score to lead the Chargers (3-3) to an upset over the Colts (4-2). Rivers is arguably the best QB in the NFL right now not named Peyton Manning; he is second to Peyton in completions, completion percentage, passer rating, and touchdown passes. Rivers ranks third in passing yards behind the elder Manning and Drew Brees, and he is getting it done without the supporting cast that either of those gentlemen enjoy.
J.R. Sweezy (‘12/7th): Even with a banged up front five, Sweezy's Seahawks continue to pound away on the ground, rushing for 151 yards against a Tennessee team that came into the game giving up just a little over 100 yards rushing a game. Only Philly (178.5 yards per game) does more on the ground than Seattle (157.7).
Stephen Tulloch (‘06/4th): Tulloch had seven tackles, defended a pass, and got a lick on the quarterback in Detroit's one-sided, 31-17 win in Cleveland. The Lions are looking playoff bound after a 4-2 start. Tulloch is second on the team with 46 stops on the season.
Mario Williams ('06/ 1st): Super Mario managed a half sack Sunday, giving him eight on the season, good for third in the league. Williams is on pace to obliterate his previous career high of 14 sacks set way back in 2007.
Adrian Wilson (‘01/3rd): Wilson is still languishing on the Pats' IR.
Russell Wilson (‘12/3rd): Wilson bounced back from an inefficient, turnover-prone performance against the Colts, completing 23-of-31 balls for 257 yards. The Wolfbadger also contributed 61 yards rushing on 10 carries. He's second among NFL QBs with 294 yards rushing and could pass the banged up Michael Vick next week (and there is no guarantee Vick starts over Nick Foles even if he is healthy).
C.J. Wilson (‘13/UDFA): Wilson got into his second game, a Bears' 27-21 win over the Giants, and made his first career tackle. Someday it will make a fine story for the grandkids. Da Bears snapped a two-game slide to move to 4-2 and remain firmly planted in the playoff hunt.
Earl Wolff (‘13/5th): The Eagles are just 3-3 but tied with Dallas for first in the NFC East. They square off with the Boys' this weekend, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that Wolff's first pick should come Sunday against Tony Romo. Wolff had six tackles and broke up a pass from his fellow rookie former N.C. State teammate in Sunday's Philly win over Tampa. The Eagles play four of their next six at home, including hosting Arizona, New York, and Washington, so Wolff's squad may run away with the division if they can get by Dallas.
Willie Young (‘10/7th): Young had a very nice game against Cleveland with four tackles and a sack included among two hits on the QB. Young's 17 tackles on the season are already a career high, and he is just one sack shy of matching his career high of three set in his rookie season. Young is a free agent at season's end, and his productivity in limited snaps for Detroit may well earn him a nice payday and a chance to be an every-down end or even outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme with another club, though I'm sure the Lions would love to keep him in the den.
I am tempted to give the coveted BTP Game Ball to C.J. Wilson this week in honor of his unlikely accomplishment: undrafted free agent who did not start for his college team to NFL player with a stat! Alas, as impressive as that is, I am going to wait for bigger and better things for C.J. and once again honor Rivers, who led the Chargers to a win as an underdog with yet another impressive stat line. I am certain he will someday mount these mythical BTP game balls right next to his miniature Canton Hall of Fame bust in his man cave.