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Knights in the NFL: Week 7 Recap

Coleman and Kroft score TDs.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
Kroft again scored a TD, part of his four catches.
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NFL week 7. Almost as good as Rutgers win over Purdue Saturday, but not quite.

Michael Burton, Marcus Cooper, and Andrew DePaola hosted Carolina. It was ugly and I mean an ugly game as no offensive touchdowns were scored by either side. The Bears won 17-3 with both their touchdowns coming on 75+ yard defensive returns by Eddie Jackson. The Bears completed a measly 4 passes in the win, sound familiar?

Logan Ryan’s Titans wanted to keep their momentum going against Jason McCourty and Kenny Britt in Cleveland. This was also a defensive slugfest that pushed Cleveland to 0-7, Titans 12, Browns 9. Britt had two catches and Ryan two tackles. Jason McCourty was out and perhaps his presence would have put the Browns over the top had he played.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers
Coleman had a TD and this tackle.
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Brandon Coleman and the Saints trip to Lambeau Field seemed a lot less daunting after Green Bay lost MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 6. Coleman had two catches for 31 yards and a score. New Orleans racked up 485 total yards in their 26-17 win.

Leonte Carroo’s Dolphins looked for revenge for an earlier season loss to the Jets. After Jay Cutler went down to injury Miami erased a 28-14 deficit in the 4th quarter. After Miami tied the game late, the Jets threw a terrible interception that immediately had the Fish in field goal range for the winning kick inside a minute remaining in the game. Leonte had a nice 21 yard catch on his only target.

Bengals Clark Harris and Tyler Kroft returned to action against the wildly inconsistent Steelers in the Steel City. This game was surprisingly entertaining especially compared to the other late games that were noncompetitive. The final score showed Pittsburgh 29, Cincinnati 14 but that was after the Bengals had to make some desperate plays near the end. Kroft continued to shine with Tyler Eifert injured, as he had four receptions (catching all his targets) for 23 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals special teams was awesome in this game, averaging 50 yards per punt, dropping two inside the 20, plus converting their two placekicks.

Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon returned home for a Super Bowl rematch against Mohamed Sanu’s (Falcons) on Sunday Night Football. Another game that did not meet offensive expectations had the Pats victorious again over the Dirty Birds. Not nearly as entertaining as a year ago, Sanu was the lone bright spot for the Falcons. Mo returned from injury to tally six catches for 65 yards freeing up Julio Jones more on the other side. McCourty had six tackles, Harmon added four and a pass defended. Have to give the Pats credit after their defense had been the butt of many jokes earlier this season. They really clamped down and had it not been for a highlight reel catch by Julio Jones, may have had a shutout.

Jonathan Freeny was let go by the Ravens but now has caught on with Jacksonville.

Bye: Steve Longa and George Johnson (Lions)

Local scores: Seahawks 24, Giants 7. Eagles 34, Redskins 24. (MNF)

Practice squads: Andre Patton (Chargers), Carlton Agudosi (Cardinals)

Knights in the Pros flashback ... 2002.

The 2002 Saints jumped out to a 4-1 start, hosting Washington. In a game that featured a lot of points, the difference was Jay Bellamy’s two interceptions and a fumble recovery all inside the Washington 22 yard line to set up red zone opportunities for the Saints. He added five tackles for good measure as New Orleans triumphed 43-27.

Jay Bellamy was not drafted after a solid career as a cornerback at RU. He played 14 years in the league at both safety spots. This is so impressive considering he played defensive back ending his career just short of a Super Bowl berth.

Bellamy returns interception
Bellamy with one of his two picks.
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