In a showdown on Thursday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals failed to beat a division foe for the second consecutive week. However, no blame can be tossed in Feely's direction, as he nailed all three of his field goal attempts on the day (49, 52, and 22 yards) while only one of his six kickoffs were returned, for minimal gain. This week continues a positive season for Feely after preseason doubts began appearing.
Kenny Demens (ILB, Undrafted in 2013, Arizona Cardinals):
After his second consecutive week on the inactive list due to a hamstring injury, Demens was waived Monday to make room on Arizona's roster. Hopefully the Cardinals bring him back to the practice squad again. Regardless, the man loves his crab legs:
After a solid Week 6, Branch regressed this week, both in terms of playing time and output. In the Bills close victory against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Alan played for only 23 defensive snaps and recorded no stats on the day.
Roh is on the practice squad in Carolina.
After returning from a hamstring injury last week, Hall left with an injury late in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Later reports revealed that Hall will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. Needless to say, this is disappointing for Leon and a devastating blow for the Bengals' secondary during their hopeful playoff run.
After five weeks on the inactive list, Jamison returned to the football field on Sunday for the Texans. I've wondered for a while now why Tim's been missing from Houston's roster, and others have as well prior to this week's game since there haven't been any reported injuries or anything else pointing to his inactivity. In his first game since Week 1, Jamison didn't do much as he recorded one solo tackle in a 17-16 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In another loss, Henne put up big numbers in terms of yards - 23 for 36 for 318 yards - but he had no touchdowns and one interception to show for it. However, even his semi-decent stats are misleading according to Big Cat Country:
"At the end of the day though, Henne again racked up yardage and garbage time stats without putting points on the board to show for it. He walked into crucial sacks in big plays and couldn't shake the team's offensive production woes."
Denard Robinson (WR, 135th in 2013 to Jaguars, Jacksonville Jaguars):
The reports on Robinson play like a broken record. In the Jags 24-6 loss against the San Diego Chargers this week, Denard received one carry and "made a great run for nine yards." It's too bad Jacksonville continues to not use him.
It's unclear how much action Hemingway received during the Chiefs' seventh straight victory to start the season. He recorded no stats on the day and snap counts aren't up yet for Week 7 on Football Outsiders. However, Junior seems to be killin' it in the electric grilling world:
I'm a beast on that George Foreman!!!— Junior Hemingway (@YoungHemi21) October 21, 2013
The Dolphins promoted Kovacs to the 53-man roster two weeks ago, and at the moment, he's being used mainly on special teams. Against the Bills this week, Jordan recorded no tackles while downing a single punt at Buffalo's 23-yard line.
Brady and the Patriots lost in overtime to the lowly Jets on Sunday and part of me is still laughing because I only want bad things to happen to Boston athletics after a rough weekend for Detroit sports. The Patriots led 21-10 at the half and started with the ball in the third quarter. On the second play after the kickoff, Brady tossed an interception that the Jets returned for a touchdown. Besides the pick-six, Tom looked off all day against the Jets as he finished 22 for 46 for 228 yards and no touchdowns. The concern level over Brady is rising in New England and rightfully so after a less-than-stellar start to the year by Tom. Even though the Pats are 5-2 and atop their division, Brady admits he needs "to do a better job."
In the Giants first win of the season last night against the Minnesota Vikings, Baas played for the first time in three weeks. Unfortunately, it lasted only one series as he seems to have re-injured his knee. As Baas put it after the game: "I just can't catch a break."
For whatever reason, Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman threw 53 passes last night without a touchdown, making him the second QB to accomplish that feat since 1960. Mundy helped force the new Minnesota play caller to go 20 for 53 for 190 yards with one interception in a Monday Night contest that featured the winless Giants against the one-win Vikings. In his team's first win, Mundy had three solo tackles with two assists.
David Harris (ILB, 47th in 2007 to Jets, New York Jets):
The Jets stole one in overtime against the Patriots this week, and Harris played on all 76 defensive snaps in the win. Even though he struggled in coverage, Harris "made some good plays at the line" and finished the game with three solo tackles and two assists. He's also in the top ten in lowest yards per cover snap allowed among inside linebackers at 0.65 yards.
Campbell was inactive for the seventh straight week.
Oakland had their bye this week.
The Eagles offense struggled in Week 7, and because of that, Avant continued to put up little production for the fourth straight week. On 95% of the offensive snaps (easily his most action this season), Jason caught only three passes for 32 yards and no touchdowns. However, Avant should have scored, but backup quarterback Nick Foles missed short on "a routine throw for a high school QB." The touchdown would have been Avant's first since Week 3, but after two solid weeks in a row, Foles' third start was a rocky one.
Brandon Graham (LB, 13th in 2010 to Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles):
Same old song and dance for Graham this week as he played for a minimal amount of defensive snaps (18, or 23%) while seeing more time on special teams. However, Brandon finally recorded some stats in his limited role with two solo tackles in a loss against the Cowboys.
LaMarr Woodley (OLB, 46th in 2007 to Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers):
Woodley continued to perform well for the Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens this week. On the day, LaMarr recorded four solo tackles with one sack. The sack pushed the Ravens back ten yards and forced a punt instead of letting Baltimore attempt a long field. Those three points could have sent the game into overtime, but the Steelers ending up winning by a score of 19-16.
Zoltan Mesko (P, 150th in 2010 to Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers):
On Sunday, Mesko booted a single punt for 36 yards and played the role of holder on one extra point and four field goals. Overall, it was a pretty slow day on the job for Zoltan.
Nothing to report for Goodwin this week, which generally means good things for offensive linemen. When there's something to say about linemen, it's usually not good (look no further than Jake Long). Goodwin played on all 65 offensive snaps for the 49ers in their win on Sunday.
Mario Manningham (WR, 95th in 2008 to Giants, San Francisco 49ers):
Manningham will be practicing/working out in hopes to return to the football field as soon as possible.
The top story in St. Louis this week is that quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. If not for that, Jake Long would probably be receiving more attention for his errors on Sunday. Called for tripping (or for "his best "sweep the leg" rendition from Karate Kid"), Long negated a 63-yard touchdown pass in the Rams 30-15 loss against the Panthers on Sunday. Further, Jake "leads the team in sacks and pressure allowed, with four sacks and a total of 18 more pressures through seven games this season." Pretty disappointing and underachieving considering the four-year, $34 million/$16 million guaranteed contract Long received this off-season.
After being signed off of the 49ers practice squad last week, Omameh was put on the inactive list for the Bucs' game against the Eagles on Sunday.
The Titans continue to use Martin as a rotational member of their defensive line. He recorded one solo tackle in a loss on Sunday against the 49ers.