Week 10 Grades: Peppers dominant from all angles; Rams play for jobs
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Peppers' numbers were fantastic to be sure, as he finished with seven tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. But it was the way in which he accomplished it that had to be particularly demoralizing to the Raiders. The Panthers lined him up all over the field and he took turns beating virtually everyone charged with blocking him.
If he wasn't beating right guard
Special credit goes to defensive coordinator
Much like Peppers, the numbers only tell part of the story for Collins. He finished 30 of 41 for 289 yards and two touchdowns, but he did so with the Titans' previously dominant run game virtually nonexistent. LenDale White and
Although it was only one win, the confidence and belief that Collins continues to instill in his teammates will pay huge dividends when it matters the most. The other guys in the huddle know they have a veteran quarterback who is accountable for his actions and who can make the big plays in the tough games. That goes a long way for the linemen charged with protecting him.
No matter what the reasoning may have been for putting Culpepper behind center, it can only be seen as a brutal indictment of
The Lions should have started Stanton and taken a look at him for the next three weeks while getting Culpepper comfortable and ready to play.
I asked Rams linebacker
Considering Sunday's performance, it didn't exactly look as if most of the Rams were hungry to keep their jobs.