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October 9, 2012
NFL Boilers: Brees with record-breaker
It didn't take long Sunday night for Drew Brees to break a 50-plus year old record, throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th consecutive game.
The mark breaks that of Johnny Unitas, the Hall of Famer who tossed a TD in 47 straight games ending in 1960. Brees' streak defines him, as he's become one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL, and perhaps all-time. Consider that five years ago, some wondered if Brees would be a Hall of Famer; now, there's no doubt.
The record-breaker was a 40-yard dart to Devery Henderson, on a play that Brees and backup Chase Daniels thought would work after watching film on the Chargers.
During the first couple weeks of the season, Rob Ninkovich's move back to defensive end, where he played at Purdue, wasn't going so well.
But that seems like history now, as the Patriot has put together back-to-back solid outings.
Ninkovich said he knew he was capable of making big plays, twice forcing fumbles. He had another forced fumble a week earlier.
Coming off the suspended list, there was some question whether Mike Neal would be active Sunday.
But he was, and had a solid game in his debut, picking up a sack in the Packers' loss in Indianapolis.
Neal's played only 10 games in two-plus seasons in Green Bay, due to injury and suspension. But might be on his way to a good year, if Game 1 was an indication.
Anthony Spencer thinks he'll be able to play this week after missing the Cowboys' last outing. The linebacker had a strained pectoral muscle, but was able to rest during Dallas' bye.
Ryan Kerrigan might be single-handedly saving the Redskins' defense, which has been plagued by injury this season.
The linebacker had his second career interception return Sunday.
Here's a look at Kerrigan's pick and half-leap - or sit - into the FedEx Field stands.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 5 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (2-2, BYE; play at Baltimore at 1 p.m. Sunday)
San Diego Chargers (3-2, 31-24 loss at New Orleans; host Denver at 8:30 p.m. Monday)
Atlanta Falcons (5-0, 24-17 win at Washington; host Oakland at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Baltimore Ravens (4-1, 9-6 win at Kansas City; host Dallas at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Chicago Bears (4-1, 41-3 win at Jacksonville; BYE in Week 6)
Detroit Lions (1-3, BYE; play at Philadelphia at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Green Bay Packers (2-3, 30-27 loss at Indianapolis; play at Houston at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4, 41-3 loss to Chicago; BYE)
New England Patriots (3-2, 31-21 win over Denver; play at Seattle at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
New Orleans Saints (1-4, 31-24 win over San Diego; BYE)
New York Jets (2-3, 23-17 loss to Houston; host Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-2, 16-14 loss at Pittsburgh; host Detroit at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Tennessee Titans (1-4, 30-7 loss at Minnesota; host Pittsburgh at 8:20 p.m. Thursday)
Washington Redskins (2-3, 24-17 loss to Atlanta; host Minnesota at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
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