November 20, 2012
NFL Boilers: Brees gives
Drew Brees has his Saints back to .500 after winning five of the last six following an 0-4 start.
But perhaps more importantly, at least to those struggling on the East Coast, Brees is helping off-the-field, too, donating $1-million to a Hurricane Sandy relief fund.
Brees will talk about the gift on Friday on CBS.
Over the years, Anthony Spencer has been criticized at times in Dallas.
But he might be changing minds based on his play of late.
Spencer, who keeps coming up with big plays at the end of games, like he did vs. Cleveland on Sunday, is becoming a crunch-time player.
Rob Ninkovich has now tied New England's record for forced fumbles in a season, with his fifth Sunday against the Colts.
Ninkovich hasn't always been a household name in the New England area, although his play of late is getting him closer. Jets coach Rex Ryan - the Pats play in New York on Thanksgiving - is getting more familiar.
Defensive tackle Mike Neal is becoming a factor for Green Bay.
Dustin Keller's season hasn't gone exactly as planned, with an injury keeping him out of the lineup early and the Jets' anemic offense not helping either.
But he's welcomed a new new addition a couple months ago.
Dennis Kelly made his third consecutive start for the Eagles Sunday, but at a new position.
After starting two games at right guard, Kelly was at a more familiar post - right tackle - in the loss at Washington.
Philly has certainly had its offensive problems, and the line's been part of that. But Kelly had an honest view of Mike Vick in a recent Sports Illustrated.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 11 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (5-5, 23-20 OT win over Cleveland; host Washington at 4:15 p.m. Thursday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#8||QB||Kyle Orton||Reserve||Did not play||#93||LB||Anthony Spencer||Starter||6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QH, 1 pass defensed, 1 FF, 1 FR|
New England Patriots (7-3, 59-24 win over Indianapolis; play at New York Jets at 8:20 p.m. Thursday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#90||LB||Niko Koutouvides||Reserve||1 special teams tackle, 1 special teams assist||#50||LB/DE||Rob Ninkovich||Starter||8 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 1 FF, 1 FR|
San Diego Chargers (4-6, 30-23 loss at Denver; host Baltimore at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#61||C||Nick Hardwick||Starter||Chargers gained 53 yards rushing; line allowed four sacks||#95||LB||Shaun Phillips||Starter||5 tackles, 1 sack (for safety), 2 TFL, 1 QH|
Baltimore Ravens (8-2, 13-10 win at Pittsburgh; play at San Diego at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#31||SS||Bernard Pollard||Starter||5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass defensed|
Chicago Bears (7-3, 32-7 loss at San Francisco; host Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#86||TE||Kyle Adams||Reserve||None|
Detroit Lions (4-6, 24-20 loss to Green Bay; host Houston at 12:30 p.m. Thursday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#92||DE||Cliff Avril||Starter||2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH|
Green Bay Packers (7-3, 24-20 win at Detroit; play at New York Giants at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#96||DE||Mike Neal||Reserve||None|
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9, 43-37 OT loss at Houston; host Tennessee at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#77||RG||Uche Nwaneri||Starter||Jags gained 86 yards rushing; line allowed one sack|
New Orleans Saints (5-5, 38-17 win at Oakland; host San Francisco at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#9||QB||Drew Brees||Starter||20-of-27 passing for 219 yards, 3 TDs / 0 int., for a 134.6 QB rating|
New York Jets (4-6, 27-13 win at St. Louis; host New England at 8:20 p.m. Thursday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#81||TE||Dustin Keller||Starter||2 rec., 16 yards|
Philadelphia Eagles (3-7, 31-6 loss at Washington; host Carolina at 8:30 p.m. Monday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#67||RT||Dennis Kelly||Starter||Eagles gained 80 yards rushing; line allowed four sacks|
Tennessee Titans (4-6, BYE in Week 11; play at Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Season Statistics||#66||OT||Mike Otto||Reserve||Has played in two games (one start)|
Washington Redskins (4-6, 31-6 win over Philadelphia; play at Dallas at 4:15 p.m. Thursday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Season Statistics||#91||LB||Ryan Kerrigan||Starter||3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR|
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