--- TONY PIKE: The day has finally come. The season for the Carolina Panthers has been nothing short of an epic disaster, but for Tony Pike, a silver lining arrived amid the clouds.
That's right, according to Rotoworld, Tony Pike is expected to startSunday for the Panthers.
Nobody could have expected this -- especially considering he's starting for being the last man standing in a battle of attrition. Starter Matt Moore is on IR and Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion last week.
So, Pike is left.
And, though he's only three months into his rookie season, he believes he's ready.
"It took awhile," said Pike, to Panthers.com. "It was a long process, but I feel like the only thing missing now is the actual game experience."
As per the Panthers.com story, Pike's starting is not for sure, Clausen and St. Pierre are apparently options, but the Rock Hill Herald says they are expecting it to be Pike.
The bad news? Well, we can start with Ray Lewis. Then we'll continue with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart being out. Oh, and two of the five starting offensive lineman likely to miss the game.
The odds are stacked against him. Of course, that should be a familiar position for a guy was third on the depth chart at UC.
--- MIKE WRIGHT: Wright's great season continued on Sunday night against Pittsburgh. This time on national TV he notched 1.5 sacks to add to his total of six on the season. He has 3.5 sacks in the last four games.
That number ranks him tied for 16th in the NFL and best on the Patriots.
--- TRENT COLE: Cole had a relatively quite night by his standards. He had four tackles and one QB hit on Donovan McNabb in the Eagles blowout win against the Redskins. However, he still leads in the Eagles with seven sacks on the season.
--- MARDY GILYARD: Gilyard is on a Pepsi can!
Unfortunately, he hasn't been on the field. This blog at Turf Show Times discusses why Gilyard hasn't had a catch in almost a month and why his lack of knowledge of the playbook has been holding him back.
The MASH unit that has been the STL receiving corps allowed a prime opportunity for Gilyard. He hasn't taken much advantage of it to this point, but could do so the final seven games of the season.
--- BRENT CELEK: The disappointing season for Celek continues. Despite Mike Vicks 338 passing yards, Celek only caught two passes for 8 yards. He just isn't a popular target of Vick's.
--- RICARDO MATHEWS: Mathews played for the Colts in the win against the Bengals, he had one tackle and got a hit on Carson Palmer.
--- JEFF LINKENBACH: Linkenbach was active for the Colts in a win Sunday against Cincinnati and got the second start of his career.
--- TYJUAN HAGLER: He allowed the one piece of happiness out of the latest Carson Palmer pick for Bengals/Bearcats fans. Hagler picked off Palmer in a huge spot that helped the Colts put the Bengals away. This was the second consecutive game he started for Indy and has really provided a spark for their battered defense.
--- KEVIN HUBER: Huber was fantastic against the Colts. His four punts only average 40.2 yards, but all of them pinned Iny inside of the 20. He consistently had significant hang time and forced fair catches on the 10, allowing the Bengals to win the field position battle. If they just could have quit throwing it to Tyjuan Hagler, Huber would have been one of the game's MVPs.
--- HARUKI NAKAMURA: Nakamura had one tackle for the Ravens in the loss to Atlanta on Thursday.