Giants in no rush to play Manning
Kurt Warner's early success has allowed the Giants to take their time in grooming rookie Eli Manning.
Updated: October 5, 2004, 5:54 PM ETBy John Clayton | ESPN.com
Defensive end Patrick Kerney knows his seven sacks in four games in the Falcons' new 4-3 scheme will slide more blocking to his side, but that would be a breeze compared to the past two seasons. In fact, Kerney says playing two years as an end in the Falcons' old 3-4, taking on guards and tackles for 70 plays a game, has made him a better pass-rusher in the 4-3. At 272 pounds, Kerney feels he's better suited to take on tackles and tight ends, particularly with the inside moves he developed playing the 3-4.
Houston's 12th man
Dom Capers' blitzes and fake blitzes are working in sync with the loud Texans fans in driving opposing offenses crazy. In their first two homes games, the Texans have forced 12 false-start penalties, four timeouts and a fumbled snap. Twice on Sunday, Capers sent safeties rushing toward the line of scrimmage and, with the help of the noise, provoked two false starts by the Raiders, who had eight penalties on offense -- seven by offensive linemen.
John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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