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November 19, 2013

NFL Boilers: Call helps Brees in Week 11

Drew Brees has been the source of a bit of controversy this week, following a hit he took during the Saints' win over the 49ers Sunday.

Late in the back-and-forth game, 49er Ahmad Brooks sacked Brees, causing a fumble that was recovered by San Francisco. But officials threw a flag, ruling that Brooks had hit Brees across the neck.

It was certainly violent, but was it a penalty. Brooks doesn't think so. Neither does future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, who pointed out Brees' height, among other things, were factors during a rant on "Monday Night Countdown" on ESPN.

So, what do you think: Legal or not?

The Broncos might have gotten the steal of 2013 free agency in linebacker Shaun Phillips.

Signing only a one-year, $1-million deal, Phillips leads Denver in sacks, with nine, after getting one-and-a-half against Kansas City on Sunday night.

He's already received a $400,000 bonus after reaching eight sacks, and will get another when he gets to 10.

After starting two straight games, reserve right tackle Mike Otto was on the sideline as an inactive for the Titans on Sunday.

Another week, another fine for Bernard Pollard.

Dennis Kelly hasn't played in a game this season for the Eagles, but he is ready to go if Philly needs him.

Kelly had missed the first half of the year after sustaining a back injury.

Jason Garrett says he wishes he would have gotten Kyle Orton in late in the Cowboys' blow-out loss to New Orleans.

Orton has played on only one game, for one series, the last season-and-a-half in Dallas.

Ryan Kerrigan isn't very good at movember.

The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 11 statistics.

Tennessee Titans (4-6, 30-27 loss to Indianapolis; play at Oakland at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoNot active (knee)n/a
#31SSBernard PollardStarterFour tackles

Carolina Panthers (7-3, 24-20 win over New England; play at Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserveTwo tackles, 1 FF

Dallas Cowboys (5-5, BYE in Week 11; play at New York Giants at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleSeason Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonReserveHas played in one game

Denver Broncos (9-1, 27-17 win over Kansas City; play at New England at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsStarter10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 2 passes defensed

Green Bay Packers (5-5, 27-13 loss at New York Giants; host Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday)

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

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9, 27-14 loss to Arizona; play at Houston at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJaguars gained 32 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks

New England Patriots (7-3, 24-20 loss at Carolina; host Denver at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50LB/DERob NinkovichStarterNine tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QH

New Orleans Saints (8-2, 23-20 win over San Francisco; play at Atlanta at 8:25 p.m. Thursday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter30-of-43 passing for 305 yards, 1 TD / 1 int., for a 87.8 QB rating

New York Giants (4-6, 27-13 win over Green Bay; host Dallas at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

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

Philadelphia Eagles (6-5, 24-16 win over Washington; BYE in Week 12)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#67RTDennis KellyNot activen/a

San Diego Chargers (4-6, 20-16 loss at Miami; play at Kansas City at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 154 yards rushing; line allowed three sacks

Seattle Seahawks (10-1, 41-20 win over Minnesota; BYE)

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

Washington Redskins (3-7, 24-16 loss at Philadelphia; host San Francisco at 8:40 p.m. Monday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarterTwo tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass defensed

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