Cleveland’s rookie running back, still playing with a rib injury, rushed for 122 yards in nasty weather and scored the game’s only touchdown on a 26-yard run to lead Browns (2-6) to their second straight win at home.
Julio Jones caught five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles in Week 8. His 63-yard score in the second quarter headlined his impressive day, as he led the Falcons in all major receiving categories.
Anderson his missed the last two games after suffering a knee injury against San Francisco in Week 5. Anderson has been a disappointment thus far in his Bills career (12 tackles, one sack in four games) but the Bills need all the bodies they can get on defense. They rank 31st in the NFL in yards allowed and 32nd against the run.
It’s been a nightmare start to the season for Dareus, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. On-field events have been the least of his troubles. On the day the Bills opened the season last month in New York, Dareus’ 19-year-old half brother, Simeon Gilmore, was found murdered in Alabama, a victim in a triple homicide.
“It’s not about always stopping Peyton Manning,” Harper said. “He is so good, and we understand that. You can try to get in his head, but more often than not you’ll probably get in your own head and mess yourself up.”
“All these things, keep stretching, stay hydrated, just small things,” Hightower said. “Making sure you’re eating right, the weight thing. Just more or less just stretching more. I think that was my biggest problem, but I’m definitely taking care of that now.”
Two years ago when the moniker “K-Jax” was uttered, it would simultaneously make fans shudder and quarterbacks light up like a Christmas tree. He was bad…almost historically bad. If the pass was deep, he would interfere, and if it was short, he would give the receiver five yards of cushion. Today, however…today is a new incarnation of the man they call “Action Jackson” (Actually they don’t, but they should).
“Do your job,” Ryans said. “As players, that’s what you do. You do your job. Don’t overanalyze and try to do too much. Go out and do what they brought you here for. If every man does your job, there aren’t any problems.”
The Ravens rookie outside linebacker was drawing regular fines, until he got his weight under control. Now, he’s below his target weight of 270 pounds, but came to camp over 280, which led to his wallet being lighter.