December 11, 2012
NFL Boilers: Light honored on Monday
Former Patriot offensive tackle Matt Light was honored at halftime of the Monday Night game for his distinguished career in New England.
Light played 11 seasons in New England, tying an NFL record by going to five Super Bowls. He's also been a community fixture, with his "Light Foundation" helping empower youths.
But now, he's enjoying retirement, while working for ESPN.
Anthony Spencer is making himself some money. The Cowboys linebacker is having a career year, and at a good time.
After signing a franchise tag last summer, he will be a free agent again this offseason, and due to a long-term deal. He's made plenty of hits on QBs this season, but wasn't fined for one vs. Philadelphia in Week 13.
Drew Brees' team has fallen out of the playoff picture.
And Brees himself is struggling, by his standards, particularly on deep throws.
Dennis Kelly is looking like a good draft pick by the Eagles. The fifth-round rookie has settled in at right tackle and might be part of the solution for Philadelphia on the offensive line.
Listen back to Ryan Kerrigan's interview on The Herd on Monday.
And Nick Hardwick is now writing a blog.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 14 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (7-6, 20-19 win at Cincinnati; host Pittsburgh 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||11 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QH|
New England Patriots (10-3, 42-14 win over Houston; host San Francisco at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#90||LB||Niko Koutouvides||Reserve||None||#50||LB/DE||Rob Ninkovich||Starter||5 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 QH|
San Diego Chargers (5-8, 34-24 win at Pittsburgh; hosts Carolina at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#61||C||Nick Hardwick||Starter||Chargers gained 94 yards rushing; line allowed one sack||#95||LB||Shaun Phillips||Starter||1 tackle|
Baltimore Ravens (9-4, 31-28 OT loss at Washington; host Denver at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#31||SS||Bernard Pollard||Starter||8 tackles|
Chicago Bears (8-5, 21-14 loss at Minnesota; host Green Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#86||TE||Kyle Adams||Reserve||1 rec., 9 yards|
Detroit Lions (4-9, 27-20 loss at Green Bay; play at Arizona at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#92||DE||Cliff Avril||Starter||2 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 QH|
Green Bay Packers (9-4, 27-20 win over Detroit; play at Chicago at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#96||DE||Mike Neal||Inactive (shoulder)||n/a|
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11, 17-10 loss to New York Jets; play at Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#77||RG||Uche Nwaneri||Starter||Jags gained 123 yards rushing; line allowed three sacks|
New Orleans Saints (5-8, 52-27 loss at New York Giants; host Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#9||QB||Drew Brees||Starter||26-of-43 passing for 354 yards, 1 TD / 2 int., for a 75.1 QB rating|
New York Jets (6-7, 17-10 win at Jacksonville; play at Tennessee at 8:30 p.m. Monday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#81||TE||Dustin Keller||Inactive (ankle)||n/a|
Philadelphia Eagles (4-9, 23-21 win at Tampa Bay; host Cincinnati at 8:20 p.m. Thursday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#67||RT||Dennis Kelly||Starter||Eagles gained 29 yards rushing; line allowed six sacks|
Tennessee Titans (4-9, 27-23 loss at Indianapolis; host New York Jets at 8:30 p.m. Monday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#66||RT||Mike Otto||Starter||Titans gained 97 yards rushing; line allowed one sack|
Washington Redskins (7-6, 31-28 OT win over Baltimore; play at Cleveland at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#91||LB||Ryan Kerrigan||Starter||4 tackles, 2 QH|
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