October 2, 2012

NFL Boilers: Kerrigan big again in Week 4

Ryan Kerrigan is following his successful NFL rookie campaign with an even better sophomore year.

The second-year Redskins' linebacker has three-and-a-half sacks this season, with three passes defensed. He's becoming a dominant player in Washington, even without two of the 'skins other defensive stars.

Kerrigan is on pace for 14 sacks and 48 tackles this season.

• Even though his team lost yet another game, dropping to 0-4, Drew Brees had a great day in Green Bay. And he tied a long-standing NFL record, as well.

• Four former Boilermakers are missing time due to injuries, and a fifth was forced to leave a game early on Sunday.

But Cliff Avril should be fine for the Lions' game following their bye, after tests on his injured back came back negative.

Dallas linebacker Anthony Spencer tried to go for the Cowboys Monday night, but his injury kept him out.

And Dustin Keller, who has been injured since making his first catch of the season for the Jets, could be back soon. His return, one would think, would help out the woeful New York offense.

The heartwarming story of Jacques Reeves' return to the NFL has come to a disappointing ending. The Kansas City cornerback was injured reserve due to a hamstring injury.

• Packers' defensive lineman Mike Neal is set to return from his four-game league-imposed suspension.

But before he suits up, he'll have a one-week tryout in Green Bay. The Packers want to make sure Neal is ready to help, before they make a move to add him to the official 53-man roster.

Neal has barely played, because of injury and suspension, since Green Bay drafted him a couple years ago.

• Even before the game Monday night, when Tony Romo threw five interceptions, Kyle Orton was looking like a good insurance policy for the Cowboys.

• Chicago tight end Kyle Adams got a start Monday night - the Bears started in a three-tight end formation - but didn't catch a pass. He has two receptions on the season.

He's building a nice future for himself, and for others, in large part due to his play and his faith.

• Ray Edwards was fined for his involvement in a fracas - replacement officials were partly to blame - a couple weeks ago.

The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 4 statistics.

Dallas Cowboys (2-2, 34-18 loss to Chicago; BYE in Week 5)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonReserve9-of-10 for 89 yards, 1 TD / 0 int., for a 137.1 QB rating
#93LBAnthony SpencerNot active (strained pectoral)n/a

San Diego Chargers (3-1, 37-20 win at Kansas City; play at New Orleans at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 104 yards rushing; line allowed three sacks
#95LBShaun PhillipsStarter4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR

Atlanta Falcons (4-0, 30-28 win over Carolina; play at Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91DERay EdwardsStarter3 tackles, 1 FR

Baltimore Ravens (3-1, 23-16 win over Cleveland; play at Kansas City at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#31SSBernard PollardStarter4 tackles, 1 QH

Chicago Bears (3-1, 34-18 win at Dallas; play at Jacksonville at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#86TEKyle AdamsStarterNone

Detroit Lions (1-3, 20-13 loss to Minnesota; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#92DECliff AvrilStarter3 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 3 QH, 1 pass defensed

Green Bay Packers (2-2,28-27 win over New Orleans; play at Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DEMike NealSuspendedn/a

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3, 27-10 loss to Cincinnati; host Chicago at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJags gained 69 yards rushing; line allowed six sacks

New England Patriots (2-2, 52-28 win at Buffalo; host Denver at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50DERob NinkovichStarter7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF

New Orleans Saints (0-4, 28-27 loss at Green Bay; host San Diego at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter35-of-54 passes for 446 yards, 3 TDs / 0 int., for a 109.0 QB rating

New York Jets (2-2, 34-0 loss to San Francisco; host Houston at 8:30 p.m. Monday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#81TEDustin KellerNot active (hamstring)n/a

Philadelphia Eagles (3-1, 19-17 win over New York Giants; play at Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#67OLDennis KellyReserveEagles gained 191 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks

Tennessee Titans (1-3, 38-14 loss at Houston; play at Minnesota at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66OTMike OttoNot active (hand/knee)n/a

Washington Redskins (2-2, 24-22 win at Tampa Bay; host Atlanta at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarter3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defensed

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