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December 10, 2013

NFL Boilers: Brees hits milestone in Week 14







Drew Brees hit a couple milestones on Sunday, when the Saints defeated the Panthers for their 10th win of the season.

The former Boilermaker became the fastest quarterback to ever reach 50,000 yards in the NFL - and only the fifth to hit the mark - by hitting it in his 183 rd career game. Peyton Manning, who is in the 50k club with Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway, had previously been the fastest, hitting the mark in 191 games.

The record wasn't the only one Brees hit vs. Carolina, as he also set a league record by exceeding 30 touchdown passes for six straight seasons.

Cliff Avril has started only two games for the Seahawks this season, yet leads Seattle in sacks, with seven-and-a-half.

Considering his injuries during the summer - he was held back by foot and hamstring problems during the summer and fall - the former Detroit Lion says he felt like the odd man out in his first season in Seattle.

"Most definitely," Avril told the Seattle Times. "You sign, you are on a new team. I was with Detroit for five years and I had the same defensive line coach, the same D-line players around me. So we knew what we had. But when you come to a new situation, they know what they have but they don't know what I bring to the table. It's all about just building that trust with those guys."

Avril, who signed with the Seahawks on a two-year, $13-million deal, has adjusted to playing a limited role. In Seattle, he's rotating on the defensive line, playing only about half of the defensive snaps.

"It was tough," Avril told The News Tribune. "Now, I am used to it just because it's been going on for 14 weeks. Initially, getting and understanding why they were doing it was the hard part.

"I think health standpoint and going into later on in the playoffs, I think that's part of the reason they went about it this way, too. To stay strong even through that stretch."

At first glance, Bernard Pollard looked as though he would very likely be facing a fine, or maybe even tossed from the Titans' game against the Broncos on Sunday.

His hit on Eric Decker looked bad, and drew a penalty. But after looking again, Pollard's hit appeared textbook and legal.

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Although you probably already know a bunch of them.

Dustin Keller, who is out this season with a knee injury, says the NFL needs to do something about low hits.

Keller tweeted at tight end Rob Gronkowski, following the Patriot tight end's injury on Sunday.

"Praying for ‪@RobGronkowski and a speedy recovery and a MAJOR comeback..something has to be done about these low hits!!!"

Keller is sitting out the season after a major knee injury suffered when he was hit in the lower body during the preseason.

The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 14 statistics.

Tennessee Titans (5-8, 51-28 loss at Denver; host Arizona at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoReserveTitans gained 96 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks
#31SSBernard PollardStarterSeven tackles, 1 TFL, 3 passes defensed


Carolina Panthers (9-4, 31-13 loss at New Orleans; host New York Jets at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserveOne tackle, 1 QH


Dallas Cowboys (7-6, 45-28 loss at Chicago; host Green Bay at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonReserve3-of-5 passing for 40 yards, 0 TD / 0 int., for a 85.4 QB rating


Denver Broncos (11-2, 51-28 win over Tennessee; host San Diego at 8:25 p.m. Thursday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsStarterNone


Green Bay Packers (6-6-1, 22-21 win over Atlanta; play at Dallas at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DE/LBMike NealReserveOne tackle, 1 sack, 1 FF


Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9, 27-20 win over Houston; host Buffalo at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJaguars gained 149 yards rushing; line allowed one sack


New England Patriots (10-3, 27-26 win over Cleveland; play at Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday)



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


New Orleans Saints (10-3, 31-13 win over Carolina; play at St. Louis at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter30-of-42 passing for 313 yards, 4 TDs / 0 int., for a 124.4 QB rating


New York Giants (5-8, 37-14 loss at San Diego; host Seattle at 1 p.m. Sunday)



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


Philadelphia Eagles (8-5, 34-20 win over Detroit; play at Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday)



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


San Diego Chargers (6-7, 37-14 win over New York Giants; play at Denver at 8:25 p.m. Thursday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 144 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks


Seattle Seahawks (11-2, 19-17 loss at San Francisco; play at New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday)



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


Tampa Bay (4-9, 27-6 win over Buffalo; host San Francisco at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#86TEKyle AdamsReserveNone


Washington Redskins (3-10, 45-10 loss to Kansas City; play at Atlanta at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarterEight tackles, 3 TFL





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