After occasionally showing some chemistry during one brief season together in Chicago, Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd have been hooking up early and often for the Denver Broncos in the 2010 season.
After a spectacular performance last week against the Indianapolis Colts, the former Illini Lloyd had yet another big receiving game for the Broncos, this time during a victory.
Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland
The Jets improved to 3-1 as Moore and the rest of the New York offensive line helped pave the way for a rejuvenated LaDainian Tomlinson (19 carries for 133 yards) and former Iowa Hawkeye Shonn Greene (22 carries for 117 yards). Weatherford averaged 41.2 yards on 6 punts, including a 57-yarder. Cumberland was inactive yet again.
Running Back Rashard Mendenhall
Mendenhall only averaged 3.2 yards per carry (25 rushes for 79 yards) but did score twice against the always stingy Ravens, which pulled out a last-minute victory in Pittsburgh.
Running Back Pierre Thomas and Linebacker Danny Clark
Thomas was deactivated before the game due to an ankle injury while Clark posted 2 tackles for the Saints, which have been winning ugly en route to a 3-1 record in 2010.
Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd
The Kyle Orton-Brandon Lloyd connection continues to pay dividends for the Broncos, with the former Illini receiver nabbing a team-high 11 receptions for 115 yards (including a 23-yarder) for an average of 10.5 yards per reception as Denver evened its record at 2-2.
Offensive Tackle Tony Pashos
Pashos replaced John St. Clair during Cleveland’s week three loss to Baltimore and got the start against the Bengals, with Browns’ running back Peyton Hillis picking up 102 yards on 27 carries. The Browns have been rushing the ball much better with Pashos on the line instead of St. Clair, as evidenced by this statistical breakdown. Whatever the reason for the improved rushing attack, Cleveland now has a victory in 2010.
Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui (Injured) and Linebacker Brit Miller (Practice Squad)
Did anyone have the Rams (2-2) at the top of the NFC West after four weeks? Yeah, me neither.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden
Did anyone else have the Rams and Colts at .500 after two weeks? Yeah, me neither again. After a big game against Denver the week before, Hayden had just 1 assist but 2 passes defended during Indy’s loss to the Jaguars, which always seem to play the Colts tough.
Kicker Neil Rackers and Safety Eugene Wilson
Rackers racked up 7 points (4-for-4 on extra points and 1-for-2 on field goal attempts) while Wilson missed the game with an injury. I was more surprised to see that Adewale Ogunleye is on Houston.
Linebacker Will Davis
The Chargers rolled the Cardinals, with Will Davis not making the stat sheet for Arizona.
Offensive Lineman David Diehl
Diehl struggled with Julius Peppers at times but noticeably blocked Brian Urlacher out of a running play in the third quarter and earned points for saying that he was from the “University of Chief Illiniwek” during the starting lineup introductions on Sunday Night Football. Even better, Diehl was not a member of the Bears’ offensive line, which gave up an embarrassing 10 sacks (9 in the first half).
Cornerback Vontae Davis
It was a long Monday night for Davis and his Dolphins, which only gave up 265 yards to the Patriots. Davis had 3 tackles and Miami gained 135 more yards, but New England still rolled.
Week Four Byes
● Dallas Cowboys: Cornerback Alan Ball, Defensive Tackle Josh Brent
● Kansas City Chiefs: Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah
● Minnesota Vikings: Wide Receiver Greg Lewis
● Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wide Receiver Arrelious “Rejus” Benn
Until Week Five.
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