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October 29, 2013

NFL Boilers: Brees big in Week 8

Drew Brees might be making a midseason case for league MVP.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback tossed five touchdowns, without an interception, in a win over Buffalo Sunday, giving him 19 scoring passing with only five interceptions at the midway point of the season.

The former Boilermaker was nominated for the FedEx Air Player-of-the-Week.

Brees' five TD performance was the eighth of his career, setting an NFL record.

Kawann Short is making a big impact in Charlotte, as the Panthers' defense has assisted in the team's turnaround from a slow start.

Here's a quick Q&A with the rookie defensive tackle.

Nick Hardwick and Philip Rivers have played together for 10 years.

Being a Brees' fan, it's sort of hard to hear Hardwick say nice things about Rivers, isn't it?

Ryan Kerrigan made a bad bet.

The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 8 statistics.

Tennessee Titans (3-4, BYE in Week 8; play at St. Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoReserveHas appeared in all seven Titans' games
#31SSBernard PollardStarter47 tackles, 3 passes defensed, 2 int.

Carolina Panthers (4-3, 31-13 win at Tampa Bay; host Atlanta at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserveOne tackle

Dallas Cowboys (4-4, 31-30 loss at Detroit; host Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday)

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

Denver Broncos (7-1, 45-21 win over Washington; BYE in Week 8)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsReserveOne tackle, 1 int., 1 pass defensed

Green Bay Packers (5-2, 44-31 win at Minnesota; host Chicago at 8:40 p.m. Monday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DE/LBMike NealStarterTwo tackles, 1 QH

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8, 42-10 loss to San Francisco in London; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJags gained 90 yards rushing; line allowed zero sacks

New England Patriots (6-2, 27-17 win over Miami; host Pittsburgh at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50LB/DERob NinkovichStarterFive tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 3 QH, 1 FR

New Orleans Saints (6-1, 35-17 win over Buffalo; play at New York Jets at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter26-of-34 passing for 332 yards, 5 TD / 0 int., for a 146.1 QB rating

New York Giants (2-6, 15-7 win at Philadelphia; BYE)

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

Philadelphia Eagles (3-5, 15-7 loss to New York Giants; play at Oakland at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

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

San Diego Chargers (4-3, BYE; play at Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterHas started all seven Chargers' games

Seattle Seahawks (7-1, 14-9 win at St. Louis; host Tampa Bay at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#56DECliff AvrilReserveOne tackle, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH

Washington Redskins (2-5, 45-21 loss at Denver; host San Diego at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarterTwo tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF

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