With the NFL regular season now a quarter of the way through, the contenders are beginning to step forward. The Crimson Tide has a presence on teams like Green Bay, Houston, Buffalo, New England and Baltimore, who appear to be on their way to good seasons.
The ‘Bama highlight of the weekend had to be rookie Julio Jones with eleven…eleven…catches. There are good high school receivers that don’t catch eleven balls in one game. Julio is doing it in the NFL.
Another stat that jumps out at me is Mark Ingram’s 17 carries against Jacksonville. The effort only resulted in 55 yards, but 17 carries is a lot of trust from a coaching staff whose employment comes solely from wins and losses.
One concern was Kareem Jackson for Houston. He apparently tweaked a knee in practice last week and didn’t practice or play the rest of the week. We’ll keep an eye on that.
Here are the numbers for week four:
Arizona Cardinals (1-3) lost to NYG, 31-27
Rashaad Johnson, DB – no stats recorded
Atlanta Falcons (2-2) defeated SEA, 30-28
Julio Jones, WR – 11 catches for 127 yards (long of 45)
Mike Johnson, OL – listed as the backup at RG
Baltimore Ravens (3-1) defeated NYJ 34-17
Terrence Cody, NG – 2 tackles, 1 assist
Jarret Johnson, LB – 3 tackles
Buffalo Bills (3-1), lost to CIN, 23-20
Marcel Dareus, DE – 2 tackles, 2 assists, 1 sack
Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) – defeated BUF, 23-20
Andre Smith, OT – listed as the starter at RT
Green Bay Packers (4-0) defeated DEN, 49-23
Charlie Peprah, DB – 2 tackles, 1 assist, 1 INT
Houston Texans (3-1) defeated PIT, 17-10
Demeco Ryans, LB – 4 tackles
Kareem Jackson, CB – didn’t play (knee injury)
Antoine Caldwell, OL – listed as the back-up at RG
Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) defeated MIN, 22-17
Javier Arenas, DB – 2 PR, 18 yd. avg. (long of 21); 3 KOR, 23 yard avg. (long of 33).
Le’Ron McClain, FB – 1 carry for -2 yards, 1 catch for 7 yards
Wallace Gilberry, DE – no stats recorded
New England Patriots (3-1) defeated OAK, 31-19
Mark Anderson, DE – 1 tackle, 1 assist
Brandon Deaderick, DE – listed currently as physically unable to perform.
New Orleans Saints (3-1) defeated JAC, 23-10
Mark Ingram, RB – 17 carries for 55 yards (long of 8), 2 catches for 3 yards (long of 2)
Roman Harper, S – 5 tackles, 3 assists, 1 sack
New York Jets (2-2), lost to BAL, 34-17
Greg McElroy, QB – on injured reserve (thumb)
Oakland Raiders (2-2), lost to NE, 31-19
Rolondo McClain, LB – 5 tackles, 2 assists
Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) – lost to SF, 24-23
Evan Mathis, OL – listed as the starter at LG
Seattle Seahawks (1-3) – lost to ATL, 30-28
James Carpenter, OL – listed as the starter at RT
St. Louis Rams (0-4) – lost to WAS, 17-10
Marquis Johnson, DB – listed currently as physically unable to perform.