Auburn football: Tigers in the NFL, Week 9

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 5, 2013 

The NFL regular season is now halfway over. Every team in the league has played at least eight games (in some cases, nine), with eight more left to go before the postseason begins. But let's cut to the chase: How did Auburn alums fare in NFL contests since last Thursday?

As is customary each week, I extend my gratitude to Ethan Brady, a student assistant in Auburn's athletics department who compiled this information.

THE STAR

Jason Campbell (QB, Cleveland Browns): In his second consecutive start, Campbell was 23-of-35 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns as he led Cleveland to a 24-18 win over the Ravens. He also recorded three rush attempts for 20 yards. Campbell has 15,243 yards passing and 81 touchdowns in his career.

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Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers): Newton was 23-of-37 passing for 249 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions. He also rushed five times for 22 yards and a touchdown. This was the second straight week Newton has had a rushing touchdown. The top overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton has 9,721 yards passing with 53 touchdowns along with 1,698 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns in his career.

Ben Tate (RB, Houston Texans): Tate carried 22 times for 81 yards in the Texans’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He has 1,620 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. Tate has totaled 399 yards on 88 attempts so far in 2013.

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Daren Bates (LB, St. Louis Rams): Bates did not record any statistics against the Titans on Sunday, but did play on special teams. Bates has five total tackles and has played on special teams in all nine games this season.

Rob Bironas (PK, Tennessee Titans): Did not attempt a field goal against the Rams, but was 4-for-4 on extra points. Bironas has hit 225 field goals in his NFL career at a rate of 85.2 percent.

Ronnie Brown (RB, San Diego Chargers): Brown played in the Chargers’ Week 9 defeat at the hands of the Redskins, but did not record any statistics. Brown has recorded more than 7,000 total yards in his nine-year career with 40 touchdowns.

Josh Bynes (LB, Baltimore Ravens): Bynes recorded one pass deflection in the Ravens’ loss to the Cleveland Browns. Bynes has 67 tackles in his three season career.

Karlos Dansby (LB, Arizona Cardinals): The Cardinals were on a bye during Week 9 and will return Sunday against Houston. Dansby remains the top tackler on the Cardinals with 71 total tackles and is now eighth overall in the league. Dansby has 951 tackles in his pro career.

King Dunlap (OT, San Diego Chargers): Started against Washington last week, his sixth start of the season. Dunlap has played in 58 games in his six-year career.

Nick Fairley (DT, Detroit Lions): The Lions had a bye during Week 9 and will play at Chicago next Sunday. Fairley has 62 tackles and eight sacks in his three-year career.

Quentin Groves (LB, Cleveland Browns): Groves had one solo tackle against the Ravens Sunday. He has 157 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two interceptions in his six seasons in the NFL.

Ben Grubbs (OG, New Orleans Saints): Grubbs started in the Saints’ 26-20 loss to the New York Jets. Grubbs has started 93 of his 97 career games played for Baltimore and New Orleans.

Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons): Harris snapped for one field goal, one extra point and five punts Sunday against the Panthers. Harris has played in all 23 games since joining the league in 2012.

Will Herring (LB, New Orleans Saints): Herring played, but did not record any statistics in the Saints’ contest against the Jets on Sunday. He has 135 tackles in seven seasons.

Brandon Jacobs (RB, New York Giants): The Giants were on a bye this week and will play Oakland next Sunday. Jacobs did not play in Week 8 after suffering a hamstring injury Week 6 against the Bears. Jacobs has rushed for more than 5,000 yards and 59 touchdowns in his NFL career.

Corey Lemonier (LB, San Francisco 49ers): The 49ers had a bye during Week 9 and will return to action Sunday against Carolina. Lemonier has 11 total tackles through the first eight games of his rookie season.

Sen’Derrick Marks (DT, Jacksonville Jaguars): The Jaguars were on a bye this week and will play at Tennessee in Week 10. In his first season with Jacksonville, Marks has 18 tackles through Week 7. He has recorded 117 tackles and five sacks in his five professional seasons.

Brandon Mosley (OG, New York Giants): The Giants were on a bye week this weekend and will play Oakland in Week 10. Mosley missed all of 2012 due to injury after being selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jerraud Powers (CB, Arizona Cardinals): The Cardinals were on a bye week during Week 9. Powers has 30 tackles and seven pass deflections this season. He has 240 tackles and six interceptions in five seasons in the league.

Jay Ratliff (NT, Chicago Bears): Ratliff agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears last week after being released by the Cowboys. He has not played since Week 11 of the 2012 season. Ratliff has 228 tackles and 27.0 sacks in his professional career.

Carlos Rogers (CB, San Francisco 49ers): San Francisco was on its bye week during Week 9. They will play the Panthers next Sunday. Rogers has 19 tackles, an interception and four pass deflections this season. A former Pro Bowl selection, Rogers has 417 tackles and 16 interceptions in nine seasons in the NFL.

Pat Sims (DT, Oakland Raiders): Started against the Eagles, but did not record any statistics. Sims has 155 tackles and five sacks in his career.

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