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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)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleSeason Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonReserve9-of-10 for 89 yards, 1 TD / 0 int., for a 137.1 QB rating in one game
#93LBAnthony SpencerStarter21 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass defensed in three games

San Diego Chargers (3-2, 31-24 loss at New Orleans; host Denver at 8:30 p.m. Monday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 117 yards rushing; line allowed five sacks
#95LBShaun PhillipsStarter4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL

Atlanta Falcons (5-0, 24-17 win at Washington; host Oakland at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91DERay EdwardsStarter1 QH

Baltimore Ravens (4-1, 9-6 win at Kansas City; host Dallas at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#31SSBernard PollardStarter10 tackles

Chicago Bears (4-1, 41-3 win at Jacksonville; BYE in Week 6)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#86TEKyle AdamsReserveNone (targeted once)

Detroit Lions (1-3, BYE; play at Philadelphia at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleSeason Statistics
#92DECliff AvrilStarter10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed in four games

Green Bay Packers (2-3, 30-27 loss at Indianapolis; play at Houston at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DEMike NealReserve1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4, 41-3 loss to Chicago; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJags gained 60 yards rushing; line allowed three sacks

New England Patriots (3-2, 31-21 win over Denver; play at Seattle at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50DERob NinkovichStarter4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QH, 2 FF

New Orleans Saints (1-4, 31-24 win over San Diego; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter29-of-45 passes for 370 yards, 4 TDs / 1 int., for a 110.4 QB rating

New York Jets (2-3, 23-17 loss to Houston; host Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)

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

Philadelphia Eagles (3-2, 16-14 loss at Pittsburgh; host Detroit at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#67OLDennis KellyReserveDid not play

Tennessee Titans (1-4, 30-7 loss at Minnesota; host Pittsburgh at 8:20 p.m. Thursday)

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

Washington Redskins (2-3, 24-17 loss to Atlanta; host Minnesota at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

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

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