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November 26, 2013

NFL Boilers: Phillips a great value; Week 12

There couldn't have been many better free agent pickups last offseason than Shaun Phillips.

Working on a one-year, $1-million deal, Phillips already has nine sacks in Denver, following his nine-year stint in San Diego. The total is only 1.5 short of his season-high, showing that he still has a lot left in what's been an outstanding career. (Remember when people used to think Shawn Merriman was better than him?).

"For me, it was kind of shocking that more teams weren't calling me," Phillips told the Associated Press. "I was coming off a good year. A few teams, obviously, made offers but they weren't anywhere near what I felt like I deserved."

Phillips, a fourth-round draft pick in 2003, has 78.5 sacks in his nine-plus seasons in the NFL, more than anyone else - aside from Minnesota's Jared Allen - in his draft class. He has already reached a $400,000 incentive for reaching eight sacks; he'll hit another one with 10 sacks.

Rob Ninkovich might not put up the sack numbers that other great defensive ends do in the league, but he's proving to be extremely valuable nonetheless.

Among defensive ends in a 4-3 scheme, Pro Football Focus lists Ninkovich as their fourth-best player.

Nickovich, who has five sacks this season, had 13 tackles against Denver in the Patriots' comeback victory.

Russell Wilson has always been a huge admirer of Drew Brees, with both being shorter-than-standard quarterbacks.

They'll play on Monday night in a huge NFC showdown.

Somebody I've never heard of thinks Brees is soft, which is ridiculous.

The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 12 statistics.

Tennessee Titans (5-6, 23-19 win at Oakland; play at Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoReserveTitans gained 114 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks
#31SSBernard PollardStarterSix tackles

Carolina Panthers (8-3, 20-16 win at Miami; host Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserveOne tackle

Dallas Cowboys (6-5, 24-21 win at New York Giants; host Oakland at 4:30 p.m. Thursday)

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

Denver Broncos (9-2, 34-31 OT loss at New England; play at Kansas City at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsStarterThree tackles, 1 FF

Green Bay Packers (5-5-1, 26-26 tie vs. Minnesota; play at Detroit at 12:30 p.m. Thursday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DE/LBMike NealStarterSix tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 QH, 1 special teams tackle

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9, 13-6 win at Houston; play at Cleveland at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJaguars gained 118 yards rushing; line allowed four sacks

New England Patriots (8-3, 34-31 OT win over Denver; play at Houston at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50LB/DERob NinkovichStarter13 tackles, 1 QH

New Orleans Saints (9-2, 17-13 win at Atlanta; play at Seattle at 8:40 p.m. Monday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter23-of-33 passing for 278 yards, 2 TD / 0 int., for a 115.5 QB rating

New York Giants (4-7, 24-21 loss to Dallas; play at Washington at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)

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

Philadelphia Eagles (6-5, BYE in Week 12; host Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleSeason Statistics
#67RTDennis KellyNot activeHas not played this season

San Diego Chargers (5-6, 41-38 win at Kansas City; host Cincinnati at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 104 yards rushing; line allowed one sack

Seattle Seahawks (10-1, BYE; host New Orleans at 8:40 p.m. Monday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleSeason Statistics
#56DECliff AvrilReserve (two starts)15 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 3 FF

Washington Redskins (3-8, 27-6 loss to San Francisco; host New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarterThree tackles, 2 TFL

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