November 27, 2012
NFL Boilers: Spencer coming up big
Anthony Spencer isn't talking about his contract until the end of the season.
But he can probably let his play do the talking for him; the Dallas linebacker is putting together his best season, with a career-high six-and-a-half sacks through Week 12. He had two, plus 10 tackles, in a loss to Washington on Sunday.
The Cowboys have had a slew of injuries at linebacker, leaving Spencer to call the defensive plays.
It might be another notch on the résumé for a big long-term deal this offseason for Spencer.
• Ryan Kerrigan's streak came to an end Sunday.
The second-year Washington linebacker hadn't missed a snap in his NFL career, until the end of the Redskins' blowout win over Philly in Week 11.
• Dustin Keller wasn't happy at the end of the latest Jets' loss, a 30-point blowout at home to New England on Thanksgiving night.
And it was the fans who had him the most upset.
• Rob Ninkovich was a defensive end at Purdue, and he is again now in New England.
But the former Boiler's athleticism has always led some to think he could play tight end; Ninkovich caught a couple TDs during his Purdue career, and is lobbying for a chance now with the Patriots.
• The Ravens have plenty of respect for Chargers' center Nick Hardwick.
The two teams played deep into overtime Sunday, with the Ravens winning by a field goal.
• Speaking of the Ravens, safety Bernard Pollard might face a fine for a hit vs. the Chargers, particularly after speaking out against the league's crackdown.
• After climbing back to .500, Drew Brees and the Saints are back under, following a loss to San Francisco Sunday.
But Brees is still confident New Orleans can make the playoffs.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 12 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (5-6, 38-31 loss to Washington; host Philadelphia at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#8||QB||Kyle Orton||Reserve||Did not play||#93||LB||Anthony Spencer||Starter||10 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 1 pass defensed|
New England Patriots (8-3, 49-19 win at New York Jets; play at Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#90||LB||Niko Koutouvides||Reserve||None||#50||LB/DE||Rob Ninkovich||Starter||1 tackles, 1 FR|
San Diego Chargers (4-7, 16-13 OT loss to Baltimore; host Cincinnati at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#61||C||Nick Hardwick||Starter||Chargers gained 91 yards rushing; line allowed six sacks||#95||LB||Shaun Phillips||Starter||3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH|
Baltimore Ravens (9-2, 16-13 OT win at San Diego; host Pittsburgh at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#31||SS||Bernard Pollard||Starter||8 tackles|
Chicago Bears (8-3, 28-10 win over Minnesota; host Seattle at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#86||TE||Kyle Adams||Reserve||None|
Detroit Lions (4-7, 34-1 OT loss to Houston; host Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#92||DE||Cliff Avril||Starter||2 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FF|
Green Bay Packers (7-4, 39-10 loss at New York Giants; host Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#96||DE||Mike Neal||Reserve||None|
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9, 24-19 win over Tennessee; play at Buffalo at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#77||RG||Uche Nwaneri||Starter||Jags gained 100 yards rushing; line allowed seven sacks|
New Orleans Saints (5-6, 31-21 loss to San Francisco; play at Atlanta at 8:20 p.m. Thursday)
|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 (4-7, 49-19 loss to New England; host Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#81||TE||Dustin Keller||Reserve||5 rec., 64 yards, 1 TD|
Philadelphia Eagles (3-8, 30-22 loss to Carolina; play at Dallas at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#67||RT||Dennis Kelly||Starter||Eagles gained 204 yards rushing; line allowed one sack|
Tennessee Titans (4-7, 24-19 loss at Jacksonville; host Houston at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#66||OT||Mike Otto||Reserve||Titans gained 110 yards rushing; line allowed one sack|
Washington Redskins (5-6, 38-31 win at Dallas; host New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. Monday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#91||LB||Ryan Kerrigan||Starter||4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defensed|
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