Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars lost a squeaker to the Colts by a
count of 14-12, but Maurice Jones-Drew proved that he can carry the load as the
featured back. By the end of the day, Jones-Drew had averaged 4.6 yards per
carry, rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown. He was also the team's top
receiver, catching five of eight passes thrown to him for 26 yards. Rookie Derek Cox
intercepted what would have been a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to kill
the Colts' impressive opening drive, and then recovered a Joseph Addai fumble
that was forced by Quentin Groves. The turnover resulted in a field goal to give
Jacksonville an early 3-0 lead.
Danieal Manning led Chicago in tackles and put points on the board with a sack.
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St. Louis Rams: During the 28-0 loss to the Seahawks, safety O.J.
Atogwe grabbed his 14th career interception since 2007, the highest total by any
NFL player during that span. Rookie linebacker James Laurinaitis recovered a fumble and led the team
with 14 tackles--including one tackle for a loss--in his NFL regular-season
debut. Next up: Washington Redskins (0-1)
Washington Redskins: Linebacker London Fletcher was all over the
place. He made 26 percent of the team's tackles (18 out of 70) during the team's
23-17 loss to the Giants. Versatile wide receiver Antwaan Randle El pulled in
seven of nine passes thrown to him for 98 yards. Next up: St. Louis Rams (0-1)
Chicago Bears: Cornerback Danieal Manning averaged 26.7 yards per
kickoff return, led the team with six solo tackles, and sacked Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a safety during a 21-15 loss on Sunday night to
Green Bay. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was relentless with his pass rush,
hitting Rodgers five times while registering two sacks. Next up: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
Miami Dolphins: Safety Yeremiah Bell made eight tackles and defensed a
pass during the team's 19-7 loss at Atlanta.
Wide receiver Davone Bess was Chad Pennington's favorite target of the day, and
he caught all seven attempts for 57 yards. Next up:
Indianapolis Colts (1-0)
Carolina Panthers: While the team took a 38-10 beating from the
Philadelphia Eagles, there were a few bright spots on the defensive side of the
ball. Julius Peppers blocked a 51-yard field goal attempt, forced a fumble during
a sack and defended two passes. Linebacker Thomas Davis made 16 tackles, one for a
loss. Next up: Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
Kansas City Chiefs: It would have been easy for the Chiefs to fall
apart after trailing 10-0 after the first 15 minutes. But even with their
starting quarterback, Matt Cassel, sidelined with a knee injury, Kansas City
didn't quit during their 38-24 loss at Baltimore. Linebacker Derrick Johnson
picked off a pass and returned it 70 yards to set up a touchdown. Cornerback Maurice Leggett made eight tackles and defensed three passes.
Next up: Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Cadillac Williams was impressive in his comeback from his knee injury.
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Cincinnati Bengals: During a gut-wrenching 12-7 loss to the Broncos,
rookie wide receiver Quan Cosby averaged 9.8 yards on five punt returns.
Defensive end Antwan Odom registered a pair of sacks, three tackles for a loss
and a pass defensed. Next up: Green Bay (1-0)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cadillac Williams averaged a whopping 7.5 yards
per carry, rushing for 97 yards and a score during a 34-21 loss to Dallas.
Linebacker Geno Hayes made six tackles, including one for a loss, and posted
three quarterback hits. Next up: Buffalo Bills (0-1)
Cleveland Browns: Joshua Cribbs scored his seventh career special
teams touchdown on a 67-yard punt return during a 34-20 loss to the Vikings.
Veteran running back Jamal Lewis averaged 5.2 yards per carry on his 11 rushing
attempts and caught three passes for 47 yards. Next up: Denver Broncos (1-0)
Houston Texans: Safety Dominique Barber's 48-yard fumble recovery
prevented the team from suffering a shutout in a 24-7 loss to the Jets.
Defensive end Mario Williams made seven tackles, including one for a loss, hit
the quarterback twice and defended a pass. Next up: Tennessee Titans (0-1)
Detroit Lions: Louis Delmas ran a fumble back 65 yards for the team's
final touchdown of the day in a 45-27 loss to the Saints. Cornerback Anthony Henry intercepted
a pass and led the team with 11 tackles, including nine solo efforts. Next up:
Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
Arizona Cardinals: During a 20-16 loss against the 49ers, running
back Tim Hightower only averaged 1.9 yards per carry on the ground, but was the
team's top receiver, catching 12 balls for 121 yards. Linebacker Gerald Hayes
made ten tackles, including four of them in the 49ers' backfield. Next up:
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
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