Troy Polamalu (S, Pittsburgh) had one of the crazier weekends in the NFL. His three tackles (one for a 4-yard loss) and 4-yard interception return were pretty typical. His broken-up lateral returned for a touchdown was not. Referees incorrectly overturned the play, and later admitted their mistake. The Steelers pulled out a 11-10 victory over San Diego, the first NFL game to finish with that score.
Matt Cassel (QB, New England) had the biggest game of his career and was impressive
even in defeat. Call it a moral victory. He piled up 400 yards on
30-of-51 passing with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 62
yards on 8 carries, making him the first NFL player to gain 400 yards
throwing and 60 yards receiving in the same game. He led the Pats back
from an 18 point deficit at halftime, but they eventually fell 34-31 in
overtime. No worries. The best game of his career was enough to win over the Sports Guy.
Lofa Tatupu (LB, Seattle) made 9 tackles in a 26-20 loss to Arizona.
LenDale White (RB, Tennessee) carried 14 times for 52 yards in a 24-14 victory over Jacksonville.
Terrell Thomas (CB, NY Giants) had a career-high 5 tackles, one for a loss, in a 30-10 win over Baltimore.
Justin Fargas (RB, Oakland) carried 17 times for 57 yards in a 17-15 loss to Miami.
Willie McGinest (LB, Cleveland) made 5 tackles in a 29-27 Monday night victory over Buffalo.
Steve Smith (WR, NY Giants) caught passes for 12 and 5 yards in the victory over Baltimore.
Frostee Rucker (DE, Cincinnati) made 4 tackles in a 13-13 tie with Philly.
Mike Patterson (DT, Philadelphia) assisted on a pair of tackles in the tie with Cincy.
Brian Kelly (CB, Detroit) had 2 tackles in a 31-22 loss to Carolina.
Shaun Cody (DT, Detroit) made a tackle in the loss to Carolina.
Sedrick Ellis (DT, New Orleans) had a tackle in a 30-20 win over Kansas City.
Lawrence Jackson (DE, Seattle) assisted on a tackle in the loss to Arizona.
Also played: Fred Davis (TE, Washington), Sammy Knight (S, NY Giants), Billy Miller (TE, New Orleans)
Matt Leinart (QB, Arizona) didn’t play, as usual. Does it strike
anybody else as strange that after he got in for a few minutes in week
two, he hasn’t even been used in garbage time during three different
games decided by 21+ points?
— Adam Rose
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