Oct. 18, 2011
Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop led the Green Bay Packers once again last Sunday in the Packers' victory against the winless St. Louis Rams. Rodgers, who currently ranks first in the league in passing completion percentage (70.2), first in touchdowns (17), and third in passing yards per game (338.5), passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns, including a 93-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. Bishop totaled a season-high 14 tackles. His total number of tackles on the year, 57, currently places him tied for third in the league.
Andre Carter, one of Cal's veteran players in the NFL, was instrumental in the New England Patriots victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He totaled five tackles on the day, two being QB hits and two going for sacks.
The Philadelphia Eagles got a much-needed victory against the Washington Redskins due to the efforts of two Cal alums. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha collected three tackles, including a tackle for loss, on the defensive side of the ball, while wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught three catches for 46 yards.
Kyle Boller was thrust into action this Sunday when Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell injured his collarbone in the second quarter. Boller completed 8 of 14 passes for 100 yards, preserving the win in a 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Chris Conte of the Chicago Bears was named a starter earlier in the week and produced six tackles in response, which ranked second on the team. Matt Giordano, a safety for the Raiders, totaled three tackles, a sack, and quarterback hit. Finally, Thomas DeCoud of the Atlanta Falcons garnered eight tackles to lead the team and one pass breakup. All three teams won their matchups.
Other Week 5 Cal in the NFL notes: Scott Fujita (Cleveland Browns) recorded three tackles and a QB hit against the Raiders ... Cameron Jordan (New Orleans Saints) totaled a season-high six tackles in a losing effort to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ... Jahvid Best (Detroit Lions) gained 110 all-purpose yards against the San Francisco 49ers ... Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars) garnered three tackles, including his first sack of the season, in a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.