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October 1, 2013

NFL Boilers: Kerrigan, Brees win in Week 4

The Redskins' defense might be bad, but it's certainly not the fault of linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

As the Redskins enter their bye week, the former Boilermaker is on a tear, with five sacks and a couple forced fumbles in the season's first four games. He also has 24 tackles.

Kerrigan led the league in credited quarterback hurries last season, and might be on pace to do something similar now.

He's set a pace for 96 tackles this season, with 16 sacks and eight forced fumbles, numbers that would make him an All-Pro in 2013.

Peyton Manning's starter - 16 TDs without an interception in the Broncos' first four games - is pretty much overshadowing everyone, including Drew Brees.

But the former Boiler QB has been stellar to start his 2013, too, throwing for 1,434 yards - only 36 behind Manning - with 10 touchdowns and four picks. And after his 413-yard, four-touchdown performance in a win over Miami Monday night, to keep the Saints undefeated - he's tied his own NFL record with nine straight games of 300 or more yards.

Anthony Spencer has already been placed on the Cowboys' season-ending injured reserve, and now awaits surgery on his left knee.

The Dallas defensive end should be healthy again by near the beginning of the year, barring any setbacks.

Spencer played in only one game this season.

Bernard Pollard has been an outspoken critic of the NFL's new rules on hitting, and he's racked up thousands of dollars in fines over the years, but he's countering an argument that he's a league thug.

"A lot of people think I am a thug," he told the USA Today. "But I ain't no thug."

San Diego center Nick Hardwick missed a bit of practice last week, but returned to play in the Chargers' victory over Dallas in Week 4.

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

Dallas Cowboys (2-2, 30-21 loss at San Diego; host Denver at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonDid not playn/a

Tennessee Titans (3-1, 38-13 win over New York Jets; host Kansas City at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoReserve Titans gained 78 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks
#31SSBernard PollardStarterEight tackles

Carolina Panthers (1-2, BYE in Week 4; play at Arizona at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleSeason Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserveSeven tackles, 1 sack

Denver Broncos (4-0, 52-20 win over Philadelphia; play at Dallas at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsStarterFour tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH

Green Bay Packers (1-2, BYE; host Detroit at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleSeason Statistics
#96DE/LBMike NealReserveFive tackles, 1 int.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4, 37-3 loss to Indianapolis; play at St. Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJags gained 40 yards rushing; line allowed four sacks

New England Patriots (4-0, 30-23 win at Atlanta; play at Cincinnati at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50LB/DERob NinkovichStarter2 tackles, 1 QH

New Orleans Saints (4-0, 38-17 win over Miami; play at Chicago at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter30-of-39 passing for 413 yards, 4 TD / 0 int., for a 144.5 QB rating

New York Giants (0-4, 31-7 loss at Kansas City; host Philadelphia at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#17QBCurtis PainterDid not playn/a

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3, 52-20 loss at Denver; play at New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#67RTDennis KellyNot active (back)n/a

San Diego Chargers (2-2, 30-21 win over Dallas; play at Oakland at 11:35 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 112 yards rushing; line allowed one sack

Seattle Seahawks (4-0, 23-20 OT win at Houston; play at Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#56DECliff AvrilReserveTwo tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defensed

Washington Redskins (1-3, 24-14 win at Oakland; BYE in Week 5)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarterFour tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 2 passes defensed

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