Sep 14 2014 - Malcom Floyd, WR Malcom Floyd batted down an errant pass from Philip Rivers headed for a Seattle defensive back, a play that would have been credited with a pass defensed were he playing on the other side of the ball. If so, that would have matched the entire number the Chargers' defense had in the game: one. The play was the only time Floyd was targeted in the game.
Sep 14 2014 - Ryan Mathews, RB Ryan Mathews, coming off the best season of his career, left the game with a leg injury in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 31 yards on 11 carries before getting hurt. "They are still evaluating that," coach Mike McCoy said. Mathews is in a contract year.
Sep 14 2014 - Dwight Freeney, OLB Dwight Freeney had a sack in the first quarter, doubling his total from last year's injury-marred season. Freeney now has 109 sacks in his career. "I had to get that one over and done with quick," Freeney said. "I missed two last week, so I was looking to get him once and then just wrap him up."
Sep 14 2014 - Richard Sherman, CB Richard Sherman didn't get much work in the opener when the Packers' Aaron Rodgers declined to throw to his side of the field. That wasn't the case Sunday, as Sherman was hit for five receptions for 60 yards.
Sep 14 2014 - Marshawn Lynch, RB Marshawn Lynch didn't get many chances with the Chargers winning the battle of the clock. He carried the ball only six times for 36 yards. That is a nice average, just not enough carries.
Sep 14 2014 - Russell Wilson, QB Russell Wilson is known not only for his arm but his legs. However, by finishing with 18 yards on two carries, he had only 1 more rushing yard than slow-footed Chargers QB Philip Rivers. Wilson completed 17 of 25 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
Sep 14 2014 - Mason Foster, LB Mason Foster left Sunday's game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. There was no further information regarding his injury, with Bucs coach Lovie Smith only saying he hopes to have Foster back "before long." Foster had two tackles in the Bucs' 19-17 loss to the Rams at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. Lavonte David moved over to play middle linebacker in Foster's absence, but Dane Fletcher is listed as the backup.
Sep 14 2014 - Gerald McCoy, DT Gerald McCoy left Sunday's game during the Rams' opening drive, returned in the second quarter, then was ruled out for the rest of the game only minutes later. He revealed after the game he broke his left hand while splitting a double team. Coach Lovie Smith said he didn't know the extent of the injury, so it is unclear how much time McCoy will miss. McCoy did allow that it was tough to be sidelined alongside so many other of Tampa Bay's defensive starters. "It's real frustrating. You always want to go into it with a full team, but that's not what's happening," McCoy said. "But I'm not going to cry about it. It's the next-man-up mentality. When you're injured, you work to get back."
Sep 14 2014 - Bobby Rainey, RB Bobby Rainey broke out in a big way in the Bucs' 19-17 loss to the Rams on Sunday, tallying 144 rushing yards on 22 carries while Doug Martin was sidelined. Rainey added 30 yards on three receptions. It was Rainey's third career 100-yard rushing game. He became one of only six running backs in Bucs history to run the ball at least 20 times while maintaining an average of 6.5 yards or better. Martin's status for Week 3 remains to be seen, and it is unclear how the Bucs will use Rainey alongside Martin after such a strong performance.
Sep 14 2014 - Josh McCown, QB Josh McCown put together another shaky performance in the Bucs' 19-17 loss to the Rams at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. He was 16-for-21 for 179 yards and another ill-advised interception, a mistake he admittedly shouldn't have made after committing two similar errors in Week 1. McCown wasn't without value, however, as he ran for two touchdowns on the day. He is one of two quarterbacks in Bucs history with multiple rushing touchdowns in the same game, and it was the second time in his career he did so -- albeit nearly 10 years after his previous two-TD performance on Dec. 19, 2004. The biggest concern might be that the Bucs seem to be calling plays ultra-conservatively, so afraid of letting McCown make mistakes that they won't let him loose either.
Sep 14 2014 - T.J. McDonald, SS T.J. McDonald recorded five tackles in the Rams' 19-17 win over the Bucs on Sunday, but it was his work on special teams that made him stand out. With the game tied and 3:27 left in the first half, McDonald blocked a punt, setting up a go-ahead 36-yard kick by Greg Zuerlein that put St. Louis ahead 10-7. Then, with Tampa Bay leading by one point to start the fourth quarter, McDonald swatted away a 24-yard field-goal attempt by Bucs K Patrick Murray. That led to the Rams' game-winning drive. "All three phases did truly amazing, made plays," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "Had some blocked kicks that were huge for us."
Sep 14 2014 - Tavon Austin, WR Tavon Austin exited Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bucs in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Coach Jeff Fisher had no update on the status or severity of Austin's injury after the game, so it is unclear how much addition time Austin will miss, if any. His biggest contribution in Sunday's game was an 18-yard run on a sweep play. WR Austin Pettis filled in for Austin and came up with a 27-yard reception on third-and-9 during the Rams' game-winning drive.
Sep 14 2014 - Zac Stacy, RB Zac Stacy bounced back from a shaky performance in Week 1, compiling 71 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the Rams' 19-17 win over the Bucs. Stacy totaled only 43 yards on 11 carries in St. Louis' season-opening 34-6 loss to Minnesota. Stacy felt as if the Rams' renewed focus on the running game benefitted QB Austin Davis in his first career start. "It definitely helped him out from a standpoint of just giving him confidence," Stacy said. "Anytime you're balanced on offense, that's a pretty good deal, and I think we did a good job of that."
Sep 14 2014 - Austin Davis, QB Austin Davis was solid but not spectacular in the Rams' 19-17 win over the Bucs on Sunday, the former undrafted free agent's first career start in the NFL. He was efficient and effective while going 22-for-29 with 235 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Most impressive was his poise in leading the Rams' 71-yard drive en route to a game-winning field goal, especially an aggressive strike on third-and-9 to WR Austin Pettis. It might be Davis' last start if coach Jeff Fisher holds to his word about starting Shaun Hill when Hill is healthy, but that seems difficult to believe after Sunday.
Sep 14 2014 - Geno Smith, QB Geno Smith had a big game against Oakland, with 23-of-28 accuracy, but that was against the woeful Raiders. How would he do against a solid pass defense like that of Green Bay's? The early results were encouraging. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 103 yards, including a beautiful 29-yard touchdown to WR Eric Decker against Packers CB Sam Shields, in the first half. The second half, however, was a different story. As Green Bay rallied and the pass rush intensified, Smith struggled. He went 6-of-18 for 73 yards and an interception in the second half. "We hate to lose, especially in this fashion, when we're up a bunch of points and we have a chance to put our foot on their throat. I always put things on me," Smith said.
Sep 14 2014 - Eric Decker, WR Eric Decker suffered what Ryan called a "tight hamstring" during the second half. It was a major blow. Decker, a key free-agent pickup from Denver, is far and away the Jets' best receiver. He caught four passes for 63 and a touchdown. Combined, the rest of the wide receivers caught four passes for 28 yards.
Sep 14 2014 - Derek Sherrod, RT Derek Sherrod, the team's first-round pick in 2011, made his first NFL start in place of injured Bryan Bulaga (knee). Sherrod sustained a broken leg late during his rookie season, an injury that sidelined him for all of 2012 and most of 2013. He had a tough time with the Jets' Quinton Coples, including allowing a first-quarter sack.
Sep 14 2014 - Aaron Rodgers, QB Aaron Rodgers posted the biggest comeback of his career (18 points) and past Bart Starr for second place in franchise history in passing yards. He has 24,732 career passing yards. Brett Favre leads the way with 61,655 -- almost 21 miles more than Rodgers. "It's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence with him," Rodgers said of Starr, who recently suffered a stroke. "I wish him the best. We're thinking and praying for him. Personally, you know him and I have become close over the last few years and it's been hard seeing him go through this."
Sep 14 2014 - Jordy Nelson, WR Jordy Nelson had a career-high 209 receiving yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter. That tied Greg Jennings' franchise record for 80-plus-yard touchdown receptions and also tied Nelson for the active NFL lead in that big-play category.
Sep 14 2014 - D.J. Swearinger, SS D.J. Swearinger forced a fumble and recovered a fumble Sunday against Oakland, but he left the game in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury. Texans coach Bill O'Brien had no update after the game on Swearinger's injury.