November 6, 2012
NFL Boilers: Kelly with two straight starts
Dennis Kelly spent a few weeks learning a new position, and no he might never leave.
The former Boilermaker left tackle has started the last two games at right guard for the Eagles, and he might not be giving up his spot any time soon.
Kelly, a fifth-year draft pick, is part of a Philadelphia offense line trying to build, with mixed results. The Eagles gave up seven sacks against the Saints Monday night.
• Cliff Avril is banking on himself, hoping that a big 2012 can turn into a a long-term deal, whether that's with the Lions or elsewhere.
Avril's one of the league's best pass-rushers, and has developed into a better rush defender, as well. He got an opportunity to return home Sunday, with the Lions playing at Jacksonville.
Avril has some fond memories of Jacksonville, but the best, he says, was signing with Purdue.
• Before Baltimore's game Sunday at Cleveland, the Ravens' defense was ranked near the bottom of the league.
That's not where Bernard Pollard expected them to be.
• Uche Nwaneri is happy playing football, but he's also looking toward the future.
The Jacksonville right guard is a business man, with an eye toward politics, too.
• Westlake High School in Austin, Texas has a couple of quarterbacks in the NFL.
One is Drew Brees; the other is Eagles' backup Nick Foles. The two met Monday night.
Foles, Philly's rookie, broke some of Brees' high school passing records at Westlake.
• Ryan Kerrigan is putting together another solid season in Year 2 in the NFL. But he does want to become more consistent.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 9 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (3-5, 19-13 loss at Atlanta; play at Philadelphia at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#8||QB||Kyle Orton||Reserve||Did not play||#93||LB||Anthony Spencer||Starter||5 tackles, 1 TFL|
New England Patriots (5-3, BYE in Week 9; host Buffalo at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Season Statistics||#90||LB||Niko Koutouvides||Reserve||No tackles in six games||#50||LB/DE||Rob Ninkovich||Reserve||27 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 pass defensed, 4 FF in eight games (eight starts)|
San Diego Chargers (4-4, 31-13 win over Kansas City; play at Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#61||C||Nick Hardwick||Starter||Chargers gained 123 yards rushing; line allowed one sack||#95||LB||Shaun Phillips||Starter||1 tackle, 1 FR (for TD)|
Atlanta Falcons (8-0, 19-13 win over Dallas; play at New Orleans at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#93||DE||Ray Edwards||Reserve||None|
Baltimore Ravens (6-2, 25-15 win at Clevland; host Oakland at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#31||SS||Bernard Pollard||Starter||7 tackles|
Chicago Bears (7-1, 51-20 win at Tennessee; host Houston at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#86||TE||Kyle Adams||Reserve||None|
Detroit Lions (4-4, 31-14 win at Jacksonville; play at Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#92||DE||Cliff Avril||Starter||1 tackle|
Green Bay Packers (6-3, 31-17 win over Arizona; BYE in Week 10)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#96||DE||Mike Neal||Reserve||2 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH|
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7, 31-14 loss to Detroit; host Indianapolis at 8:20 p.m. Thursday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#77||RG||Uche Nwaneri||Starter||Jags gained 64 yards rushing; line allowed one sack|
New Orleans Saints (3-5, 28-13 win over Philadelphia; host Atlanta at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#9||QB||Drew Brees||Starter||21-of-27 passing for 239 yards, 2 TDs / 0 int., for a 128.2 QB rating|
New York Jets (3-5, BYE; play at Seattle at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Season Statistics||#81||TE||Dustin Keller||Starter||16 rec., 173 yards, 1 TD in four games (four starts)|
Philadelphia Eagles (3-5, 28-13 loss at New Orleans; host Dallas at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#67||RG||Dennis Kelly||Starter||Eagles gained 221 yards rushing; line allowed seven sacks|
Tennessee Titans (3-6, 51-20 loss to Chicago; play at Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#66||OT||Mike Otto||Reserve||Did not play|
Washington Redskins (3-6, 21-13 loss to Carolina; BYE)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#91||LB||Ryan Kerrigan||Starter||1 tackle|
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