Before I talk about the former Tigers, let me just mention how incredible it is that the Kansas City Chiefs are 5-0. It's a little upsetting that they waited until I moved three states away to have their best season since I was 13, but if moving to Ohio is what I have to do for the Chiefs not to suck, so be it. The fact that Mizzou and KC are both undefeated has made for some pretty happy weekends regardless of where I live, and Mondays have been infinitely more bearable at work. The Bengals fans and Ohio State fans around here are actually beginning to take notice, as I've heard on multiple occasions how they feel the Chiefs are for real and that Mizzou is underrated. Life is good.
William Moore, Atlanta Falcons
Man, what a game last night huh? I'll admit I didn't stay up to watch the whole thing considering I'm 23 going on 70, but what I watched did not disappoint. The Falcons probably didn't feel the same way, as Geno Smith looked like a season vet against the Atlanta defense. The Jets' QB of the future led New York to a 30-28 victory, putting Willy Mo's Falcons to 1-4 on the season. Maybe this defense just needs its leader back in Sean Weatherspoon...
Justin Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Well, quite the turnaround for the 49ers with a big win over the Texans 34-3. This defense was all over Schaub and Houston's offense, allowing 312 yards but keeping the Texans out of the end zone completely. Justin Smith contributed on a defense that smelled blood and forced three interceptions from Schaub. It seems for now that all is right in San Francisco, so now we wait for Aldon to get his act together and get back on the field.
I think it's fair to say Sheldon likes the spotlight. WHAT A GAME for him last night. Five total tackles, a HUGE sack on Matt Ryan in the first half, and a big goal line series in which he was in on a couple of tackles keeping the Falcons out of the end zone. He also did his best J.J. Watt impression and got his big paw in the air to bat down a Matt Ryan pass. His play may have been shadowed by Geno Smith but if Sheldon can stay this consistent, he'll be in conversation for Rookie of the Year. He's had more than his share of good games and looks like anything other than a rookie. He also hasn't forgotten about his Tigers...
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>S/o to my tiger family...get after vandy we owe them 1...MIZ</p>— Sheldon Richardson (@Godforshort) <a href="https://twitter.com/Godforshort/statuses/386494612271288320">October 5, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Colin Brown, Buffalo Bills
The Chillicothe, MO native and his Buffalo teammates suffered a 37-24 loss to the surprising Browns on Thursday Night Football this week in what is one of the most lackluster primetime matchups you'll see this season. E.J. Manuel went down with an LCL sprain, so Colin will be blocking for the mostly unknown Thad Lewis against a very talented Bengals defense next Sunday.
C.J. Mosley, Detroit Lions
The Pack was too much for Mosley and the Lions, beating Detroit 22-9 on Sunday. C.J. put up another couple of tackles in a loss in which Detroit never really got anything going. No shame in holding Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's offense to 22 points though, just too bad that Lions offense couldn't get anything going.
Sadly, on paper this is one of Gabbert's better games this season. The Jags lost to the Rams 34-20 and I just don't know where they will find a win this season. This is a bad, bad team and Gabbert isn't doing them any favors. The narrative that he's in a bad situation with no weapons is true, but that doesn't really excuse his consistently poor play. According to Coach Gus Bradley, when Gabbert recovers from his hamstring injury he'll still be the starter. This is pretty baffling to most NFL fans as he hasn't really given them a reason to give him the starting job, and if his bad performances continue I 'm having a hard time seeing him on the field for Jacksonville next season with the crop of quarterbacks available in the upcoming draft. Maybe a change of scenery is what Blaine needs.
Zaviar Gooden, Tennessee Titans
The stat line shows that Gooden had no tackles, but I'm almost positive I remember him being in on a special teams tackle against KC in the Titans 26-17 loss. Maybe I'm crazy.
Beau Brinkley, Tennessee Titans
Like I said about Zaviar above, I'm almost sure Beau was in on half a tackle on special teams too. Just can't get that credit when it's due...
Aldon Smith (San Francisco 49ers, personal reasons)
Sean Weatherspoon (Atlanta Falcons, injured)
Danario Alexander (San Diego Chargers, injured)
Brad Smith (Buffalo Bills, injured)
Chase Coffman (Atlanta Falcons)
Chase Daniel (Kansas City Chiefs)
Tim Barnes (St. Louis Rams)
Kevin Rutland (FA)
Kip Edwards (FA)
Jacquies Smith (FA)
Elvis Fisher (FA)
Brad Madison (FA)
Kenronte Walker (FA)
Kendial Lawrence (FA)
Jerrell Jackson (FA)