The Washington Redskins and former University of
Colorado offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus
put on an impressive show on Monday Night Football with a 17-16 victory over the
New York Giants, and entering their names into the
On the ground, the Redskins were able to compile 207
rushing yards as a team, thanks to the impressive performance of the offensive
line with Polumbus anchoring it at right tackle.
Polumbus has had one of his best seasons yet in his
fifth NFL season and has started in all 12 games for Washington thus far. It is
the most starts he has ever made in a single season.
Not only was Polumbus and his fellow offensive
linemen able to open up holes in the ground game, they also provided rookie
sensation Robert Griffin III enough time to pass for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Washington, who leads the league with 167 rushing
yards per game, is now 6-6 on the season and just one game back from the
division leading Giants. If the Redskins can continue to plow over their
opponents, they very well might end up in the playoffs.
If the Redskins can accomplish that feat, it will be
their first playoff appearance since 2006. For Polumbus, he would be making his
second postseason appearance of his career with his first coming in 2010 while
a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
Former CU defensive tackle and now Denver Bronco
veteran Justin Bannan helped his
team clinch the AFC West division title with a victory against the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers on Sunday.
Denver is now 9-3 on the season and it is the second
consecutive year the Broncos have won the division title after they did so last
year for the first time since 2005.
In the game vs. the Bucs, Bannan recorded two tackles
as the Denver 'D' held Tampa Bay to a lowly 73 yards rushing as a team. Denver
is only allowing opponents 96 rushing yards per game this season, which ranks
seventh best in the league.
On the year, Bannan has recorded 37 total tackles (25
solo), with only Elvis Dumervil recording more tackles (46) among defensive
linemen on the team.
Bannan's 37 tackles are the most he has had in
season since he recorded 45 back in 2008 with Baltimore; however Bannan still
has a few more games to shatter that mark.
Colorado standouts Andre Gurode and Toney Clemons were a part of their
first games with their new respective teams this past weekend; however, both
were in losing efforts as Clemons and the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to Buffalo
34-18, and Gurode, now playing with the Chicago Bears, fell 23-17 to Seattle in
overtime... Lawrence Vickers helped
lead the Dallas Cowboys to victory on Sunday night against the Philadelphia
Eagles to remain in the playoff hunt with a 6-6 record... Baltimore Ravens
cornerback Jimmy Smith underwent
surgery last Thursday for a sports Hernia (essentially a tear in the abdominal
six-pack) and his return to the field this season is questionable.