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Week 5 College Football Picks: Alabama At Florida, Nebraska At Wisconsin, Clemson At Virginia Tech

Wisconsin should handle Nebraska tonight. (AP photo)
Brad Carroll takes a look at the top college football games of the day
Last Week: 4-3 (spread); 7-0 (overall); 1-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Week: 3-4 (spread)
This Season: 17-10-1 (spread); 26-2 (overall); 2-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Season: 15-12-1 (spread)

No. 3 Alabama at No. 12 Florida, 8 p.m., CBS
The Skinny: CBS takes its turn at primetime with a huge SEC game that features two strong running teams. Wait a minute ... Florida? A running team? Say what? Yep, the Gators, best known for passing the ball, have been one of the best running teams in the nation under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Alabama, on the other hand, has always prided itself on running and defense and could do it better than anyone this season. It’s also student vs. teacher in this game as Nick Saban and Will Muschamp go head-to-head. The Pick: Alabama (-3.5) wins it 34-28.

GameDay Live: Canes At E. Hartford

   New Britain 40, East Hartford 13
FINAL
New Britain Hurricanes  21 6 7 6 — 40
East Hartford Hornets 0 0 7 6 — 13

LAST SCORING PLAY: New Britain's Fitzritsm Ingram scores on a 20-yard pass from Malique Jones.

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
NB-Giovanni Viven 19 pass from Malique Jones (Michael Porras kick), 5:12
NB-Fitzritsm Ingram 27 pass from Jones (Porras kick), 4:48
NB-DeV'anti Gardner 28 run (Porras kick), :00
Second Quarter
NB-Lamar Bowsky 14 run (run failed), 3:07
Third Quarter
EH-Hipolito Delvalle 7 pass from Griffin Michalek (kick good), 4:54
NB-Gardner 53 pass from Jones (Porras kick), 3:53
Fourth Quarter
EH-Delvalle 5 pass from Michalek (conversion failed), 7:39
NB-Ingram 20 pass from Jones (run failed), 3:42

NOTES: East Hartford blocks a New Britain and has the ball at the Canes 5 halfway through third quarter and scores its first touchdown on the next drive. ... New Britain blocks East Hartford punt after going up 14-0, at 22 with 3:37 left in first. New Britain fumbles it back to East Harford. ... After New Britain touchdown, Canes recover a fumble and are set up at the East Hartford 27. ... New Britain has scored its first points of the season, a Malique Jones 19-yard pass to Giovanni Viven. ... New Britain New Britain's Kyree Largent intercepts an East Hartford pass, but the Canes are forced to punt. East Hartford muffs it, however, and Moises Cabasquini recovers for NB at the East Hartford 20 with six minutes left in the opening quarter. ... Malique Jones is starting at quarterback for New Britain. New Britain goes three-and-out on first possession... East Hartford is 0-2 on the season with losses coming to Southington (42-14) and Hall (28-7). New Britain is also 0-2, having lost to Glastonbury, 17-0, and Southington last week, 3-0. ... In between live updates, make sure you check out the latest episode of Brad Carroll's GameDay college football web show at the top of the website. We preview and predict the seven biggest games of the week, including Nebraska at Wisconsin and Alabama at Florida. ... Also, check out the college football web shows you've missed and the catalog of Sports Page Online episodes on the life side of the page and in the top menu bar ... As always leave comments and ask questions. We'll do our best to answer them during the game.

GameDay Live: Tolland At Berlin

Berlin 56, Tolland 14
FINAL
Tolland Eagles 0 8 6 0 — 14
Berlin Redcoats 14 21 14 7 — 56

LAST SCORING PLAY: Berlin's Justin Gombotz scores on a 5-yard run.

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
B-Justin Gombotz 4 run (Devin Silverman kick), 9:08
B-Tyler Bouchard 16 pass from Mitch Williams (Silverman kick), 5:24
Second Quarter
B-Gombotz 3 run (Silverman kick), 10:52
T-Chris Byam 8 run (Brett Akerly run), 7:49
B-Tommy Undercuffler 36 pass from Williams (Silverman kick), 5:43
B-Undercuffler 15 pass from Williams (Silverman kick), 2:52
Third Quarter
B-Gombotz 12 run (Silverman kick), 9:11
B-Chris Meucci 44 fumble return (Silverman kick), 6:30
T-Akerly 59 run (conversion failed), 5:10
Fourth Quarter
B-Gombotz 5 run (Silverman kick), 3:13

NOTES: Berlin running back Justin Gombotz has 119 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries. ... Berlin quarterback Mitch Williams is 14-for-16 for 261 yards and three touchdowns. ... Scott McLeod intercepts a Tolland pass on its first possession. ... Tolland is 1-1 on the season, defeating Weaver 53-6 in Week 1 and then losing to Plainville, 42-19, the following week. Berlin is 2-0 on the year, beating East Catholic 21-14 in the opener and then Rocky Hill 38-7 in Week 2... In between live updates, make sure you check out the latest episode of Brad Carroll's GameDay college football web show at the top of the website. We preview and predict the seven biggest games of the week, including Nebraska at Wisconsin and Alabama at Florida. ... Also, check out the college football web shows you've missed and the catalog of Sports Page Online episodes on the life side of the page and in the top menu bar ... As always leave comments and ask questions. We'll do our best to answer them during the game.

GameDay Live: Windsor At Eastern

Bristol Eastern 7, Windsor 6
Second Quarter, 7:40 to go
Game has been postponed until Saturday, 6 p.m.
Windsor Warriors  6 0 0 0— 6
Bristol Eastern Lancers  7 0 0 0 — 7

LAST SCORING PLAY: Bristol Eastern's James Clark scores on a 7-yard pass from Lorenzo Brown.

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
W-Aaron Berardino 17 pass from Quinn Fleeting (Chris Traore kick failed), 10:13
BE-James Clark 7 pass from Lorenzo Brown (Jeremy Meccariello kick), 3:05

NOTESWindsor (2-0) is one of the best teams in the state and has defeated Wethersfield (33-0) and Bristol Central (47-20) this season. Bristol Eastern is 0-2 on the season, with defeats coming to RHAM (28-24) and Middletown (68-20). ... In between live updates, make sure you check out the latest episode of Brad Carroll's GameDay college football web show at the top of the website. We preview and predict the seven biggest games of the week, including Nebraska at Wisconsin and Alabama at Florida. ... Also, check out the college football web shows you've missed and the catalog of Sports Page Online episodes on the life side of the page and in the top menu bar ... As always leave comments and ask questions. We'll do our best to answer them during the game.

GameDay Live: Platt At Plainville

Plainville 28, Platt 16
Second Quarter, 2:00 to go
Game has been postponed to Saturday, 7 p.m.
Platt Panthers  16 0 0 0 — 16
Plainville Blue Devils  28 0 0 0 — 28

LAST SCORING PLAY: Plainville's Kevin Waite scores on a 45-yard run. Nick Moshier kicks the extra point to set a new school record in extra point kicks made.

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
P-Tony Lopizzo 21 run (Nick Moshier kick), 8:37
P-Chris Kuzia 4 run (Moshier kick), 7:22
PT-Justin Potts 1 run (Cyrick Watford pass from Potts), 4:48
P-Adam Foster 67 run (Moshier kick), 4:00
PT-Travaughn Morgan 47 pass from John Marks (Potts run), 2:36
P-Kevin Waite 45 run (Moshier kick), :59

NOTES: The game has been delayed by lightning for the second time, with two minutes to play in the first half. The teams are taking their halftime break now, and then when the game is restarted, they will play the last two minutes and the second half without a break. Platt has the ball 4th-and-7 at the Plainville 26. The field is a mess and the game has turned very sloppy since it started to downpour midway through the second quarter. Players are losing their footing and Plainville quarterback Tony Lopizzo has fumbled twice (lost one) since the rain started. A bad snap on a Plainville punt set up Platt's current drive, which began at the Plainville 29. ... Game is being played in a downpour. ... The game has restarted after about a 25-minute lightning delay. ... Plainville kicker Nick Moshier sets new school record for most extra points made. ... Plainville's second touchdown was set up by a Kevin Waite 78-yard run. ... Platt went 3-and-out on its first possession and Plainville went down and scored on its, a Tony Lopizzo scoring run. ... Platt is 1-1 on the season, having defeated Rockville 48-8 last week and losing to Northwest Catholic 33-14 in the opener. Plainville is 1-1 after beating Tolland 42-19 in Week 2 and losing to Bloomfield 39-19 on opening night. ... In between live updates, make sure you check out the latest episode of Brad Carroll's GameDay college football web show at the top of the website. We preview and predict the seven biggest games of the week, including Nebraska at Wisconsin and Alabama at Florida. ... Also, check out the college football web shows you've missed and the catalog of Sports Page Online episodes on the life side of the page and in the top menu bar ... As always leave comments and ask questions. We'll do our best to answer them during the game.

GameDay Live: Central at Farmington

  Farmington 14, Bristol Central 6
Second Quarter, 1:01 to go
UPDATE: The game will resume Sunday at 4 p.m.
Bristol Central Rams 6 0 0 0 — 6
Farmington Indians 0 14 0 0 — 14

LAST SCORING PLAY: Farmington's Adam Buono scores on a 6-yard run.

College GameDay Rewind Week 4: The Tale Of A Misguided Red Sox Fan, Lackey Is A Jerk, And College Football

David Ortiz: "Why won't Matt Straub root for us?" (AP photo)
For those that watched my Final Rant on Sports Page Online probably already know where I’m going with this edition of College GameDay Rewind. For those that didn’t watch (Click here to watch it now!) here’s the deal. The biggest Red Sox fan I know, Matt Straub, says he will not root for the Yankees even if he needed the Bombers to win to get his Sox into the playoffs.

As you can imagine this has sparked quite a debate. My take on the situation is very simple: I will take any help from anyone to get my team into the postseason. But that’s not the case for this Sox fan. I even took it a step further Tuesday night after the Sox and Rays won their games. If Boston is beating the Orioles 10-0 by the fifth inning, I asked, do you turn on the Yankees game and start rooting for them to win so you don't have to play a one-game playoff?

NFL Week 3 Winners and Losers: We Name Winners (Bills, Giants, Lions) & Losers (Pats, Jets, Johnson, Dolphins)

  By Craig Carroll  
In this installment of Thoughts & Observations from Week 3 of the NFL season, we break down the top three winners and the top three losers from the week that was. Have your own thoughts? Let everyone know in the comments section below. But, for now, it's time for some winners and losers.

WINNERS
Fred Jackson. (AP photo)
* Buffalo Bills: The Bills came back from 21 points down to beat the New England Patriots 34-31. Buffalo picked off Tom Brady four times, including one interception returned for a touchdown. Fred Jackson led the offense with 161 total yards and a touchdown. That included his 38-yard catch and run that set up the game-winning field goal. The Bills, who sit alone atop the AFC East at 3-0, travel to Cincinnati in Week 4 and have a real shot to go 4-0. The last time the Bills started 4-0 they finished 7-9, so don't get your hopes up too fast Buffalo.

Calvin Johnson. (AP photo)
*Detroit Lions: The Lions trailed 20-0 at halftime against the Vikings but outscored Minnesota 26-3 in the second half and overtime to give Detroit its first 3-0 start since 1980. The Lions are the hot choice to make the playoffs this year, but with six games to be played against playoff teams from a year ago, and games with Dallas, San Diego and Oakland to boot, Detroit will have to remain hot if it wants to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Eli Manning. (AP photo)
*New York Giants: An injury depleted Giants team went into Philadelphia as big underdogs against the so-called "Dream Team" and came away with a 29-16 victory. Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, to lead the Giants. Big Blue's defense also dealt what could have been a huge blow to the Eagles' Super Bowl aspirations when it appeared that defensive end Chris Canty broke Michael Vick's right hand on what Vick claimed to be a late hit. Luckily for the Eagles, later tests showed no break, just deep bruising. But the Giants proved they can beat the Eagles, with or without Vick.

LOSERS
David Harris. (AP photo)
*New England Patriots & New York Jets: Both teams led their respective games in Week 3, New England 21-0 and New York 17-7, and both teams left with losses. The Patriots were outscored 34-10 from the two minute mark in the first half to the final whistle. The Jets were outscored 27-7 from just over three minutes to go in the first half to the end. New England's loss hurts more because it came in the division. Both teams have tough matchups this coming Sunday, as the Jets travel to Baltimore and New England travels to Oakland. As shocking as it may seem, both teams need to win to keep pace with the Buffalo Bills, who are likely to be 4-0 after playing the Bengals this week.

Tony Sparano. (AP photo)
*Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins flat-out stink. Miami allowed the Browns (who were without their top player, running back Peyton Hillis) to drive 80 yards in just over two minutes and score the game-winning touchdown with just 43 seconds left in a 17-16 win. The Dolphins, who sit at 0-3, travel to San Diego and the Jets in Weeks 4 and 6 (Week 5 is a bye week). Mark it down, the Dolphins will be 0-5 and will be looking for a new coach by Week 6.

Chris Johnson. (AP photo)
*Chris Johnson: The Titans running back, who held out all preseason looking for a new contract, scored a huge deal from Tennessee to the tune of $56 million over the next six years, including $30 million guaranteed. Well, so far, that's the only scoring he has done this season. In three games he has totaled 46 carries for 98 yards, a 2.1 yards per carry average, and has failed to reach the end zone. Johnson looks slow and unable to read and recongize his offensive line's blocking schemes. He still has time to show he's worth the money, but it's running out quickly. Luckily for him, his Tennessee Titians are 2-1, and he hasn't felt the full wrath of the fan base yet.

Jets Lose To Raiders: We Hand Out Game Balls (Few) And Game Falls (Cromartie, Schottenheimer, Ryan)

We're handing out game balls and game falls after the Jets' 34-24 road loss to the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon. Of course, this is the first losing edition, so we're starting with the negatives, and there's was a whole lot.

The Game Falls
Antonio Cromartie (31). (AP photo)
*Antonio Cromartie: His fumble on the kickoff return when the Raiders just took a 24-14 was a killer. The Raiders recovered when Cromartie kicked the ball about 10 yards forward from the goal line and couldn't pick up the loose ball cleanly. The defense let the Raiders walk into the end zone soon after and had a 31-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Cromartie also had four penalties called on him while on defense. And he got injured late in the game. Cromartie has flashes of greatness, but he's played bad in two of the three games this year. He must get better or the Jets are in trouble.

Mark Sanchez. (AP photo)
*Brian Schottenheimer: His play-calling was again atrocious - what a surprise. The biggest complaint was the plays called late in the third quarter when the Jets had the ball at the Raiders' 37. With a 3rd-and-2 it was apparent the Jets were going for it on fourth down, if they didn't on third down. This was the perfect chance for the Jets to bash the Raiders up the middle and run two straight plays. Two yards from Shonn Greene isn't asking for much. But Mark Sanchez threw two straight incompletions. Four plays later and the Raiders had the lead after scoring a touchdown. Schottenheimer has been terrible for years now, so it's just something we'll have to live with.

Rex Ryan. (AP photo)
*Rex Ryan: When the Jets couldn't get in the end zone on 3rd-and-9 after a seven-yard pass to LaDainian Tomlinson, I was waiting for the field goal unit to rush on the field. Only it was Sanchez and the offense that rushed to the line and called a play. Sanchez scrambled and appeared to get into the end zone, which would have put the Jets down three with 49 seconds to play. But, after replay, it was determined his knee was down before crossing the goal line. Game over. Now, if the field goal team runs onto the field and Nick Folk bangs home the easy kick, the game is extended. The onside kick, which would need to be recovered either way, is still in play. Yes, you would need to drive the field for a touchdown instead of a field goal, but if any team could do that, based on recent history, it's the Jets. So, Rex Ryan made the wrong call going for the touchdown. Extending the game should be top priority at all times.

Darren McFadden. (AP photo)
*The Defense: The entire Jets defense was terrible, save for Darrelle Revis. Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 70-yard scoring run when the Jets were up 17-7 that made the Jets defense look like a bunch of amateurs. The Raiders had 234 total rushing yards, the most against the Jets with Ryan as coach. When the Jets needed a big stop from the defense, it never came. A total disaster on that side of the ball.

Mark Sanchez. (AP photo)
*Mark Sanchez: The offensive line collapsed in front of him in the third quarter but Sanchez didn't help the situation, holding onto the ball too long. Despite throwing for 369 yards, Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress were non factors. His interception in the end zone in the first quarter was a terrible decision, especially after the Jets had the momentum with a big punt return. I like, for the most part, what Sanchez has done this season, but this was a terrible game. He needs to be better as two huge road tests await in Baltimore and New England the next two weeks.

The Game Balls
LaDainian Tomlinson. (AP photo)
*LaDainian Tomlinson: There wasn't much positive in the game, but Tomlinson was definitely a bright spot. He was probably the only one who gave his best effort from start to finish. He had 116 yards receiving on five catches and a touchdown, including a 74-yard catch and run in the first quarter. He added 38 yards rushing.

*Dustin Keller: Not much to say, but the tight end continued his great start to the season, catching five passes for 87 yards. On the final drive, he had a big 33-yard catch that put the Jets in position to cut into the lead.

GameDay Live: Canes at Knights

   Southington 3, New Britain 0
FINAL
New Britain Hurricanes  0 0 0 0 — 0
Southington Blue Knights 0 0 0 3 — 3

LAST SCORING PLAY: Southington's Sean Hammell kicks a 24-yard field goal.

GameDay Live: Windsor At Central

  Windsor 47, Bristol Central 20
FINAL
Windsor Warriors 21 26 0 0 — 47
Bristol Central Rams 7 0 7 6 — 20

LAST SCORING PLAY: Bristol Central's Tyler Burrow scores on a 60-yard fumble return.

GameDay Live: St. Paul At Crosby

 Crosby 41, St. Paul 21
FINAL
St. Paul Falcons  7 7 7 0 — 21
Crosby Bulldogs 14 14 0 13 — 41

LAST SCORING PLAY: Crosby's Victor Torres scores on a 33-yard run.

GameDay Live: Plainville At Tolland

Plainville 42, Tolland 19
FINAL
Plainville Blue Devils  14 14 0 14 — 42
Tolland Eagles  7 0 0 12 — 19

LAST SCORING PLAY: Tolland's Jarren Jones scores on a 4-yard run.

GameDay Live: Indians at Glastonb.

Glastonbury 42, Newington 7
FINAL
Newington Indians 0 0 0 7 — 7
Glastonbury Tomahawks 7 21 7 7 — 42

LAST SCORING PLAY: Newington's Jon Snyder scores on a 1-yard run.

Week 4 College Football Picks: LSU At West Virginia, Arkansas At Alabama, Oklahoma State At Texas A&M

Oklahoma State is my upset pick this week against Texas A&M. (AP photo)
Brad Carroll takes a look at the top college football games of the day
Last Week
: 7-0 (spread); 7-0 (overall); 0-0 (upset picks)
This Season: 13-7-1 (spread); 19-2 (overall); 1-0 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Week: 4-3 (spread)
Craig Carroll's Season: 12-8-1 (spread)

No. 14 Arkansas at No. 3 Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS
The Skinny: Arkansas is looking for revenge, while Alabama is looking to continue its quest for a national championship. It’s just another day in the SEC, the best football conference in the land. Last year, Arkansas led Alabama at home by two touchdowns, but the Crimson Tide came back to win 24-20. This year, on the field, it’s all about the Arkansas offense against the Alabama defense. Both units are among the nation’s best, although the edge has to be given to the Crimson Tide. Alabama wins, the only question is by how much. The Pick: Alabama (-12) wins it 31-21.

GameDay Live: Berlin At Rocky Hill

Berlin 38, Rocky Hill 7
FINAL
Berlin Redcoats 10 14 7 7 — 38
Rocky Hill Terriers 7 0 0 0 — 7

LAST SCORING PLAY: Berlin's Justin Gombotz scores on a 1-yard run.

GameDay Live: BE At Middletown

Middletown 68, Bristol Eastern 20
FINAL
Bristol Eastern Lancers 0 6 8 6 — 20
Middletown Blue Dragons 28 13 7 20 — 68

LAST SCORING PLAY: Middletown's Julian Carraway returns a fumble 58 yards.

Yankees Analysis: Chamberlain, Hughes & Kennedy's Unlikely Journey From Rookie Sensations To Today

Former Yankee Ian Kennedy has won 20 games in Arizona. (AP photo)
  By Craig Carroll  
In 2007, three young pitchers made their debuts in the Bronx for the New York Yankees. Two of them were considered the future of the most storied organization in all of sports. The third was a notch below his teammates, but still had unbelievable upside. Together, the trio were not only pegged as future All-Stars, but the ones who would be the face of the next generation Yankees.

Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy were the future, and present, of the Yankees. But, of course, things didn't go exactly as planned.

Giants Analysis: Giants Win Home Opener Over Rams In Week 2, But Big Blue Still Needs To Find An Identity

Hakeem Nicks celebrates his touchdown Monday night. (AP photo)
  By Steve Morton   
They say identity theft affects one in every six Americans. Add the New York Giants to the recent list of victims. Two weeks into the 2011 NFL season and its as if someone robbed the Giants of who they once were.

Anyone who sat through the Giants home opener Monday night against St. Louis witnessed about as much sloppy and uncoordinated football as one could handle. Multiple three-and-outs by the Giants offense, a Manning interception on their first possession, boos from the home crowd over the New York’s inability to sustain an offensive drive. On defense more problems became evident with repeated blown coverage in the secondary.

College GameDay Rewind Week 3: Celebrating A Perfect College Football Saturday, Mourning A Terrible Sunday, And McDonald's Stinks

Clemson was the first winner in my 7-0 Saturday. (AP photo)
I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a perfect sports day followed by an absolutely horrible one like I experienced this weekend. First, on Saturday, I put together the first 7-0 record in as far as I can remember in the seven years I’ve been picking college football games against the spread in my various stops in the daily newspaper world.

Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida, Washington, Miami, Oklahoma and Stanford all came through with victories to make a start-to-finish fantastic Saturday for my picks. It was a bonus that I took over the overall lead in the season standings, as Craig went 4-3 and Anthony 2-5. That’s a far cry from my 1-6 start to the season and people saying I was already out of the race.

Report Has Patriots Tight End And Bristol Native Aaron Hernandez Missing 1-2 Weeks With Injury

Aaron Hernandez after his touchdown Sunday. (AP photo)
Just got back from shooting the latest edition of Sports Page Online, look for that tonight, and one of the topics we hit upon was Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's injury against the Chargers Sunday. News from the Boston Globe has the Bristol Central alum out for 1-2 weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament. Hernandez was limping after the game Sunday.

He hurt his knee during the fourth quarter. Prior to that, Hernandez had another big day for the Patriots, catching seven passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

NFL Week 2 Winners And Losers: We Name Winners (Romo, Fitzpatrick, Gonzalez) & Losers (Vick, More)

In this installment of Thoughts & Observations from Week 2 of the NFL season, we break down the top five winners and the top five losers from the Sunday that was. Have your own thoughts? Let everyone know in the comments section below. But, for now, it's time for some winners and losers.

WINNERS
Tony Romo. (AP photo)
*Tony Romo: Coming off a terrible end against the Jets in Week 1, where he turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter, Romo needed a bounce-back performance to regain the team's and his own confidence. Well, he got it, although it wasn't exactly as everybody would have drawn it up. Romo broke two ribs during the game and the Cowboys announced that he would not return. But the quarterback did return and led his team to a come-from-behind victory over the 49ers in overtime. Romo set up the game-winning field goal with a 77-yard pass play. He was 20-for-33 for 345 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he got his team the victory.

Bristol's Aaron Hernandez Scores TD, Injures Knee As Pats Beat Chargers

Aaron Hernandez before Sunday's game with Chargers. (AP photo)
Bristol's Aaron Hernandez had another big day for the New England Patriots Sunday in a victory over the San Diego Chargers, but it wasn't all good for the tight end. Hernandez injured his knee during the fourth quarter and missed some time. He was limping in the locker room after the game.

Jets Defeat Jaguars: We Hand Out Game Balls (Cromartie, Wilkerson, Keller) & Falls (Hunter, Plaxico)

We're handing out game balls to the standouts of the Jets' 32-2 victory over the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon. Of course, it's not all good, so we'll point out the not-so-good players as well.

The Game Balls
Cromartie. (AP photo)
*Antonio Cromartie: After getting roughed up against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, Cromartie bounced back in a big way against the Jaguars. Cromartie intercepted two passes and nearly returned one for a touchdown, coming up a half-yard short. He also had a big 46-yard kick return. The Jets also gave Cromartie the chance to run the ball on offense, but the play took too long to develop and he gained a yard. Cromartie is great in the open field and hopefully the Jets will get a better look for him on offense in the coming weeks.

*Dustin Keller: Jets fans have been waiting and waiting for Keller to play a bigger role in the offense and it finally happened against Jacksonville. Keller caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. The tight end's production was even more valuable considering Plaxico Burress was shut out on the stat sheet. Keller has 162 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Wilkerson. (AP photo)
*Mo Wilkerson: The rookie defensive end from Temple made his first impact play of his career for the Jets, sacking Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown for a safety early in the game. It gave the Jets a 9-0 lead and set the tone for an impressive defensive performance Sunday. Wilkerson is going to have to continue to pressure the quarterback if the Jets want to be successful on defense.

*Jets Defense: I know we've already given out two game balls to defensive players, but the defense has a whole was simply great today against the Jaguars. The bottom line was the three points allowed on the scoreboard. They allowed just over 200 total yards and intercepted four passes. It was a big turnaround from the Cowboys game.

Holmes, Ryan, Burress. (AP photo)
*Rex Ryan: The Jets won the opening coin toss and elected to receive, which is a bit of a shocker considering Ryan and the Jets typically always choose to go on defense first. The decision paid off right away as the Jets offense drove the ball downfield and scored in less than four minutes. Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 17-yard score and an early lead. It was the Jets first touchdown in the first quarter in 16 games.

The Game Falls
*Wayne Hunter: The Jets decided to go with Wayne Hunter as the team's right tackle this season instead of bringing back Damien Woody. The choice isn't working out so far. Last week, Hunter was schooled by DeMarcus Ware. This week, Hunter was again victimized by the opposing defense, including getting beat on one play that resulted in a big hit on Sanchez. He needs to pick up his game or the Jets need to put in a call to Woody before Sanchez gets hurt.

Mangold. (AP photo)
*Plaxico Burress: I don't know if this is on Sanchez for not getting him the ball, or if it's on Burress for not getting open, but either way the stat line doesn't lie. Burress had no receptions in the game. He was only targeted twice, including an overthrow in the end zone. The Jets got away with not involving their big-play receiver against Jacksonville, but he can't be forgotten going forward.

*Colin Baxter: This may not be fair, but Baxter had a rough first game after taking over for an injured Nick Mangold. If the Mangold injury is serious (let's all hope not), Baxter will have a huge spotlight on him. He needs to play better than he did today. But he's a rookie, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt - for now.

Bristol's Sean Ware On Calgary Stampeders Practice Squad In CFL

Bristol's Sean Ware. (AP photo)
Bristol's Sean Ware, who was released by the Carolina Panthers this offseason, has found a home in Canada. Ware, a former Bristol Central standout, is currently on the Calgary Stampeders' practice squad in the Canadian Football League. He signed this week.

Ware was on the Panthers practice squad most of last season and had the chance to make the team this offseason, but was released earlier this month. The linebacker then signed with Calgary to continue his football career. He played his college ball at New Hampshire.