Lorenzo Alexander: LB, Oakland Raiders (4-5)
Alexander played in his ninth game of the season, but did not record any statistics. He remains with just two tackles this season.
Alexander's Raiders lost 30-14 to the Minnesota Vikings.
Tyson Alualu: DE/DT, Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)
Alualu failed to start the game for a second consecutive week, but still contributed two tackles and a fumble recovery during Jacksonville's controversial 22-20 victory against the struggling Baltimore Ravens.
C.J. Anderson: RB, Denver Broncos (6-2)
Anderson carried the ball twice for nine yards during the Broncos' 29-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Peyton Manning had perhaps the worst game of his career, aside from breaking the all-time passing yards record, by throwing a ton of interceptions.
Because of the turnover fest by the offense, Anderson made two tackles for the Broncos.
Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)
Anger held the snap during Jason Myers' winning field goal against the Ravens.
The former Cal punter had quite a game punting as well. Anger punted seven times for an average of 52 yards per punt (41.4 net).
Anger ranks second in the NFL with 51 total punts, third in total yards and eighth in net yards.
Chris Conte: FS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5)
Brian de la Puente: C, Washington Redskins (4-5)
The Redskins' 47-14 destruction of the New Orleans Saints was de la Puente's first game since joining the team. He did not start the game for the Redskins.
Justin Forsett: RB, Baltimore Ravens (2-7)
The Ravens just cannot catch a break at the moment. During their loss to the Jaguars, which should have been a victory had the referees not botched a false start during the Jags' spike attempt, Forsett rushed 14 times for 53 yards.
Forsett also caught four passes for 11 yards. Forsett ranks eighth in the NFL with 147 carries and 10th with 615 yards.
Forsett has had success running the ball this season, which makes it puzzling that the Ravens abandoned the run entirely during the first half of their matchup with the Jaguars.
Via Fox Sports:
The struggling Baltimore Ravens might be looking to get back to basics on offense after falling to 2-7 this past Sunday.
Even head coach John Harbaugh raised an eyebrow when he saw his team run the ball just four times in the first half against Jacksonville compared to 29 pass plays. Without any dangerous receiving threats, the Jaguars were able to stack the box and force the Ravens to abandon the run. The lack of those same receiving threats might lead one to wonder if passing so much is a wise decision in the first place.
"We’d like to run the ball more; there’s no question, on the one hand," Harbaugh said via the team's official website. "On the other hand, if you look at the defenses they were playing, there were eight guys within four or five of the line of scrimmage at all times, pretty much."
Despite gaining just three yards on the four carries, Harbaugh said there were instances where one more block could have led to substantial gains. Could the limited amount of run plays be part of the reason why the rushing attack has been unable to get going?
"It’s hard to say why," said running back Justin Forsett, who has 615 yards on 147 carries this season. "We just need more reps. At the beginning, it was going back and forth, we just have to stick with it and we have to execute when the runs are called."
DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (4-5)
Jackson caught two passes for 44 yards, with a long of 42, in just his second game since returning from the hamstring injury.
Jackson says he's now "fully healthy" for the next game.
Via Washington Post:
"I’m ready to go," Jackson said. "I’m healthy, but it’s not about me. It’s a team game. There are other guys out on the field that present other mismatches. I’m just happy to just be out there and do things I need to do to help my teammates, get out there and just win games."
Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (8-1)
The Bengals fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a surprising 10-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.
Jones caught four passes for 44 yards with one rush for negative eight yards.
Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Jordan tallied five tackles and two quarterback hits during the Saints' brutal loss to the Redskins. The defensive end is now tied for 10th in the NFL with six sacks this season.
Jordan had this to say about the team's mood following two consecutive defeats.
Via the Saints' official website:
"The mood in the locker room is we have six weeks to turn this thing around. Right now we are sitting at 4-6. We were hoping to be .500. I mean we came in and lost to Tennessee, which was a complete blunder on our part, and we’ve lost two in a row and are now at 4-6. There is nothing to be happy about, and at the same time guys know that we have to stick together as a family. I know nothing that happened to Rob Ryan or what’s going to happen. All I know is it’s just speculation. Rob is an emotional leader of ours and he’s looking to put us in the right places to make the right plays."
Mychal Kendricks: LB, Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
Kendricks notched six tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss during the Eagles' 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
Ladouceur played in his 166th consecutive game during the Cowboys' loss to the Buccaneers.
Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (2-8)
Mack started his 10th game of the season, but took a 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (4-5)
McCain's devastating strip sack on Sam Bradford knocked the Eagles' quarterback out of the game. That play was McCain's lone statistical contribution to the Dolphins' victory.
Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
Mebane played in and started his sixth game of the season, while notching just one tackle against the Cardinals.
Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (9-0)
Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (6-3)
The Packers' inability to run the ball is putting a massive strain on the passing game and it is starting to show.
Rodgers was forced to throw the ball 61 times, completing 35, for 333 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers lost a home game to the Detroit Lions for the first time since 1991.
President Obama made some comments about Rodgers recently.
Via CBS Sports:
During the interview, Obama said that when it comes to running the country, he's like "Aaron Rodgers in the pocket."
"In the sense of you can't be distracted by what's around you, you've got to be looking downfield," Obama said. "And I think that's a quality that I have -- not getting flustered in what's around me."
Rodgers heard about the comments on Wednesday and he was definitely flattered by them, especially because they came from the Bears' most famous fan.
"Well, I know that's probably tough for him because he's a big Bear fan; I appreciate that," Rodgers said of Obama's comments, via ESPN.com. "He has a lot more responsibility, I think, than I do, and a tough job to do. I appreciate the comment. That's the highest form of respect that I can get from him, so I really appreciate that, especially being a Bear fan."
Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (6-3)
Rodgers caught five passes for 32 yards and one touchdown. Rodgers now has five touchdowns on the season and three in his last two games.
Jeremy Ross: WR/KR, Baltimore Ravens (2-7)
Ross returned four punts for 54 yards (long of 42), but lost a fumble on a return which led to a touchdown for the Jaguars.
Ross was waived by the Ravens, but was picked up by the Raiders. Ross will be on their practice squad for the time being.
Mitchell Schwartz: OT, Cleveland Browns (2-8)
Schwartz started his 58th straight game out of a possible 58 to start his career.
Craig Stevens: TE, Tennessee Titans (2-7)
Stevens started for the sixth time in nine games this season, but did not record any stats.
Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (4-5)
Sundberg played in his ninth game of the season.
Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (5-5)
Vereen rushed four times for 14 yards with two receptions for 12 yards during the Giants' 27-26 loss to his former team, the New England Patriots.
Steve Williams: CB, San Diego Chargers (2-7)
Williams and the Chargers were on a bye this past week.