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NFL Week 3 Wrap-Up

September 25, 2007

What’s this? A timely round up of the weekend of NFL action on this blog?? It can’t be! It is, enjoy:

Dallas Cowboys 34
Chicago Bears 10

Ruben Brown started the game but left in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. When Brown left there was only around 10 minutes left and Chicago was down 17 points, so he may have been held out just as a precaution. We’ll update his status as the week goes on.

Lousaka Polite was inactive for the game, unless you include divulging secrets about the opposing team’s offense as being active. I do count that as active.

New York Giants 24
Washington Redskins 17

HB Blades saw his regular action on special teams, picking up an assist, but also got some action with the game on the line in the 4th quarter, making a solo tackle on a first down. Unfortunately the next play went for the game winning touchdown. HB fininshed with one solo tackle and one assist.

Carolina Panthers 27
Atlanta Falcons 20

Nick Goings held onto his kick returning duties for one more wee, but only returned the opening kickoff for 20 yards. He also added a solo tackle on kick coverage later in the game.

Cleveland Browns 24
Oakland Raiders 26

Darnell Dinkins picked up a solo tackle on kick coverage, his only real action of the day.

Arizona Cardinals 23
Baltimore Ravens 26

Larry Fitzgerald had 5 catches for 85 yards, but had a very costly fumble in the 3rd quarter. Everyone is saying that Leinart is still the starter in Arizona, but I’m not sure Fitz should be wishing for that. In the first half Leinart was able to get one ball to Fitz for 13 yards, in the second half Warner got him 4 balls for 72 yards.

Gerald Hayes added 11 tackles (9 solo) and continued his solid play inside for the Cardinals.

Miami Dolphins 28
New York Jets 21

Darrelle Revis got his 3rd start of his NFL career, which I guess is less newsworthy everyday because he’ll probably be starting in New York for a long time, and had 8 tackles (7 solo). That puts him at an average of 7 tackles (6 solo) per game, which would keep him over 100 tackles on the year. With as much as the Jets defense is on the field, he has an excellent shot at that mark.

Indianapolis Colts 30
Houston Texans 24

Clint Session played again on special teams, but only added an offsides penalty on a kick off.

San Francisco 16
Pittsburgh 37

Shawntae Spencer had 2 solo tackles and a pass defensed in his nickel back role.

Andy Lee was again busy against the Steelers, with 5 punts for a pretty amazing 57 yard average. That included 2 punts inside the 20, so he was definitely booming some of those punts, with a long of 66 on the day.

Minnesota Vikings 10
Kansas City Chiefs 13

Kris Wilson got his 3rd NFL start at fullback and had 3 catches for 13 yards. They did throw deep to him twice but were incomplete both times. It’s nice to see them trying to get him mismatches down the field, because we all know that Kris can be a deep threat at times.

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Revis Officially Unofficially A Starter

September 21, 2007

The New York Post is reporting that corner Andre Dyson, who returned last week from a foot injury, has “quietly and unofficially” lost his starting job to Darrelle Revis. Even when Dyson was able to play at 100%, he only came in for obvious passing situations. The way Revis has played this is no surprise, and I doubt he’ll ever give up the starting spot:

Dyson quietly and unofficially has lost his starting job to rookie No. 1 pick Darrelle Revis. In last week’s game, when Dyson returned from a foot injury that kept him out of the opener, he came in on nickel situations and played the outside while Revis moved inside to play the slot receiver.

Andre Dyson = Wally Pipp?

NFL Week 2 Wrap-Up

September 20, 2007

OK this is extremely late, but it’s just been a really hectic week.

Indianapolis Colts 22
Tennessee Titans 20

Clint Session saw action on special teams, in what I believe was his first time on the field for a regular season game. He got his name in the gamebook about as quickly as possible, assisting on a tackle on the opening kickoff. Unfortunately that’s the last we heard from him. At least his team is 2-0.

Houston Texans 34
Carolina Panthers 21

Nick Goings got his action returning kicks Sunday. He had 5 returns for 101 yards, for a nice 20 yard average and a long of 29. Pretty good day. Oh wait, there was that fumble. Some Carolina fans (by some I mean most fans on Carolina message boards) are blaming Nick for a large part of the loss. I think that’s overreaction, but here’s what happened. After their first possession of the second half Houston went up 24-14. Goings takes the kick and the Panthers are looking to answer and stay in the game. Instead he fumbles and it’s ran in for a touchdown by Houston…31-14…ballgame. Houston seemed to be moving the ball well on Carolina anyways, and there’s no way to say Carolina could have gotten back to within three on that drive…but Nick looks like the goat in Carolina.

San Francisco 49ers 17
St Louis Rams 14

Shawntae Spencer had another pretty decent game as the nickel back for the 49ers, with 4 tackles and a pass defensed.

Of course as punter for the 49ers, everyday is a busy day. Andy Lee had 8 punts and put 4 of them inside the 20 with only one touchback. He averaged over 41 yards per punt, and he was obviously placing a good number of those punts so he wasn’t just booming away.

Cincinnatti Bengals 45
Cleveland Browns 51

First of all, this game was awesome…love seeing the Bengals lose to the Browns. Darnell Dinkins played on special teams and finished with two tackles, one solo. He also returned a kick as an up man for 11 yards.

Seattle Seahawks 20
Arizona Cardinals 23

Larry Fitzgerald had a pretty active day catching the football but still didn’t get in the end zone. He finished with 7 catches for 87 yards, giving him over 21 yards per catch.

Gerald Hayes had a decent day as well with 7 tackles, 6 of them being solos. He didn’t get creditfor a forced fumble in the official stats, but anyone watching knows Hayes made one of the biggest plays of the game. With the game tied and less than two minutes to play Hayes disrupted a handoff in the backfield that led to a fumble and the Cardinals getting the ball at the Seahawk 36. That set up Neil Rackers for the game winning field goal. The one knock on Hayes is that he isn’t in the backfield much and doesn’t get sacks. Hopefully we see a lot more plays out of Hayes like that this season.

Kansas City Chiefs 10
Chicago Bears 20

Ruben Brown had a typical day for a lineman – only in the stats when things go bad. He picked up a holding penalty in the fourth and had a tackl when Chicago was intercepted earlier in the game.

Kris Wilson got his second NFL start at fullback  for the Chiefs, and it went better than his first game. He ended up with 4 catches for 34 yards. And no fumbles. Was still a weird day for Kris though, as after the first half of play he had 2 catches for 35 yards, including a catch and run for 31 yards. In the second half he had 2 catches for -1 yards.

New York Jets 13
Baltimore Ravens 20

Darrelle Revis got his second NFL start in as many games for the Jets. He finished nicely with 6 tackles, 5 solo and 2 passes defensed.

Hank Poteat also saw playing time for the Jets, but had no tackles.

NFL Week 1 Wrap-Up

September 11, 2007

Each week here at PITP we will be recapping all of the games that Panther Alumns took part in. Let’s get moving on week one after the jump

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Revis good in his first start

September 10, 2007

The reviews all seem positive after Darrelle Revis’s first career NFL start. Just the fact that he was starting was an accomplishment in itself, according to the Journal News:

Darrelle Revis became the first Jets rookie to start at cornerback on opening day since Ray Mickens on 9/6/96 at Denver.

From reading various reviews around the blogosphere, it seems that Revis actually wasn’t picked on that much by Tom Brady. He did a good job of limiting Wes Welker and Dante Stallworth, and seems like he is one of the brighter spots of the entire Jets defense. Here’s the observations of one Jets blog, The Cockpit:

Darrelle Revis was the only rookie that played a sufficient amount of time. Revis covered Stallworth and Welker for a majority of the game, and held them to very modest stats. Revis covered Moss on one of his receptions, and appeared to have him blanketed but a high pass gave Moss the advantage and was able to reel it in. Revis did have a handful of tackles and looked to be a very physical and sound tackler.

The best review I could find was on the MVN Network’s Jets blog. I can’t comfirm that there was only one catch against Revis, that seems to be contradicted slightly above, but either way it sounds like everyone in the Jets camp will be very happy with Revis:

 Darelle Revis was the lone defensive bright spot. The only catch that came against him was a late circus catch by Randy Moss that was simply a great player making a phenomenal play. Revis played it perfectly. The kid is going to be special. In limited game action, he has shown this. The staff raves about him in practice. By the end of the year, he conceivably could take half the field off limits to opposing aerial attacks. The Jets probably should have stuck him more on Moss, who had a field day with 8 catches for 183 yards and 1 touchdown. It would have been a lot to ask of a player in his first NFL game, but his talent is immense. He gave the Jets the best shot at slowing Moss down.

That’s pretty lofty praise for a rookie in his first game. Luckily for Revis it can only get easier after facing Brady and Moss, and it will next week against Baltimore’s passing offense.

Revis vs Brady

September 7, 2007

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The Star-Ledger has a story talking about rookie Darrelle Revis being targeted by the Patriots in the season opener this Sunday. Revis may start if Andre Davis is still hurting, but if not he will be the starting nickel back and will see plenty of time on the field.

If Revis starts he’ll be going up against either Randy Moss or Dante Stallworth. Ouch. If he’s playing nickel back he’ll most likely be on Wes Welker, not exactly an easy assignment either. Talk about being thrown right into the fire. Revis of course is saying all the right things:

“It (targeting him) might be in their game plan and it might not,” Revis said on Monday. “My focus is to go out there and play the defense that’s called and work with my teammates. I expect to be picked on. That’s what is going to be in my brain. I’m a rookie. They’re going to try to find things and go after me.”

Slowing down this explosive passing offense is one of the biggest reasons the Jets traded up to get Revis, who was considered the top cornerback in the draft.

“I just thank the Jets organization for believing in me, bumping up in the draft to come and get me,” Revis said. “Now, I just want to contribute to the team and play team football.”

So, to sum things up. He’s drafted by a team from New York, to stop a certain teams’ offense, who happens to be the first team they play, and who also happened to pick up Randy Moss, Dante Stallworth and Wes Welker in the off season…oh and that team also has this guy named Tom Brady at quarterback. No pressure.

We’ll be watching this one closely to say the least and will have plenty of reactions after the game Sunday.

Revis debut a success

August 26, 2007

After holding out for most of camp, Darrelle Revis had a lot to prove Saturday against the Redskins. It seems the initial reactions would say that he did just that. Revis had five tackles, three of which were on third downs that ended drives, and a pass defensed. Oh and he was also returning punts.

It’s never a bad thing when your coach smiles while he answers questions about you:

“I thought he did a good job,”said Mangini, noting that Revis was out of position on a couple of passes that weren’t in his area. “I’m sure it was a dramatic change from being at home, watching on TV.”

Revis drew Amani Toomer most of the night on obvious passing downs, but also covered Sinorice Moss. He started the game and no one would be surprised if he’s starting all the time soon:

As expected, Revis started at left cornerback for the injured Andre Dyson. The former Pitt standout was credited with five tackles in the Jets’ 20-12 win over the Giants, including three third-down stops on short completions. He also batted away a pass intended to Sinorice Moss. Revis, who covered the slot receiver on third down, was matched against Amani Tooomer. The veteran wideout had four catches for 47 yards.

“I play confidently,” said Revis, who got a late start because of a 20-day contract dispute. “I don’t play scared.”

From the sounds of it (I haven’t seen a replay of the game yet) while Revis was in the game, he was doing well in pretty much evey facet. The Journal News has a good write up on his play here:

Revis displayed his recognition skills quickly. On the Giants’ second play from scrimmage, Revis followed wide receiver Amani Toomer as he came in motion to the right, but correctly realized it was a running play.

So Revis burst into the backfield instead of dropping into coverage as linebacker Eric Barton and defensive end Kenyon Coleman stopped running back Brandon Jacobs for no gain.

“It’s just watching films,” Revis said. “Coach is always on us hard about watching film and studying our players. We do different schemes and disguises and that play worked as a whole defense.”

Then, on a third-and-six from the Jets’ 25-yard line, Revis came up to stop wide receiver Anthony Mix three yards short of the first down.

Also, on a third-and-two from the Jets 43 with 9:21 left in the second quarter, Revis got inside Toomer along the right sideline and nearly picked off Manning’s pass.