Oct. 25, 2011
It was a historic day for the former Cal standout and future NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons. Gonzalez caught five passes for 62 yards against the Detroit Lions, giving him 1,104 career receptions to trail only Jerry Rice in NFL history by 445 catches. He surpassed Marvin Harrison for second place. Against the Lions, he once again paced the Falcons in receiving, hauling in five receptions for 62 yards
Another longtime NFL veteran and former Bear, Ryan Longwell was good on a 52-yard field goal against the Green Bay Packers. He now has made two field goals of 50-plus yards this season.
Chris Conte of the Chicago Bears picked up his first career interception on a pass at the goaline against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop led the Green Bay Packers once again last Sunday in the Packers' victory against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers, who currently ranks first in the league in passing completion percentage (71.5) first in touchdowns (20) and third in passing yards per game (338.9), threw for 335 yards (24-for-30) with three touchdowns. Bishop totaled a team-high eight tackles. His total number of tackles on the year, 65, currently places him second in the league.
Filling in for the injured Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett carried the ball eight times for 23 yards for the Seattle Seahawks against the Cleveland Browns. Also for the Seahawks, Brandon Mebane posted six tackles, including one tackle for a loss and a QB Hit. Tight end Cameron Morrah made his season debut, after being on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) to start the season, catching two passes for 18 yards.
After being cut by the Detroit Lions at the start of the season, newly-signed Jacksonville Jaguar Nick Harris booted seven punts against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. He put two inside the 20 and hit a long of 47 yards, averaging 40.9 yards per punt.
Kyle Boller garnered the start for the Oakland Raiders against the Kansas City Chiefs in place of the injured Jason Campbell.
Other Week 7 Cal in the NFL notes: Lavelle Hawkins (Tennessee Titans) caught three passes for 24 yards against the Houston Texans ... Cameron Jordan (New Orleans Saints) registered three tackles on Sunday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts ... Mike Tepper (Indianapolis Colts) was cut and then later resigned by the Colts and saw action against the Saints.