Wednesday, September 28, 2016


My computer has computed that I saved more than 3,800 photos from the 2015 NFL regular season. Rather than have all those photos continuing to sit idly, I always had planned to include some of them in several dread galleries. I also had planned to finish those dread galleries before the 2016 season began. But, as usual, time doesn't wait for me; so, just like nearly everything else I do in this blog, I'll be doing these DGs much later than I hoped.Each one of the six dread galleries has its own theme, and the theme of the first one is "Sacks, Picks, and Sixes". I already have done a post devoted entirely to some of the house calls made by players with dreads during 2015. Here in DG161 we'll look at a few more of the touchdowns, along with some of the sacks and interceptions well done by the NFL's players with dreads last season. (FYI: So that I can finish these DGs before the 2017 season begins, I won't be bothering to try to figure out the game situations for many of the photos.)

1. It did not take long for rookie CB Ronald Darby to get the 1st INT of his career. On the 4th play of the Colts' 3rd possession of the season opener late in 1st quarter Darby, the Bills' 2nd round draft pick, picks off an underthrown deep pass intended for WR T.Y. Hilton and returns it 27 yards. The Bills cashed in the turnover with a TD 5 plays later for their first points of the season, sending them on their way to a 27-14 home victory. Darby's INT was the first of 73 interceptions by players with dreads during the regular season.

2. No matter how good (or bad) a CB you are, you win some and you lose some. Ronald Darby loses this one, unable to prevent Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins from making a 19-yard TD catch during 4th quarter in Week 13. A 2-point conversion after the TD tied the game at 21. Hopkins finished with 5 catches for 88 yards, including 3 for 71 on this 83-yard drive - all against Darby. The good news for Ronald was that the Bills scored a TD and a FG in the final 2 minutes to win 30-21.

3. Redskins RB Matt Jones becomes the first rookie with dreads to take one to the house in 2015, finishing off a 39-yard run for a 7-0 lead over the Rams midway through 1st quarter in Week 2. Despite losing a fumble, Jones made the dread stars list with 123 yards rushing on 19 carries and 2 TD as the Redskins picked up their 1st win of the season, 24-10.

4. It did not take Steelers 1st round draft choice Bud Dupree long to get his 1st career sack. Dupree stops QB Tom Brady for no gain on 3rd and 10, forcing the Patriots to punt on their first drive of the season. The sack was one of 2 tackles (2-0) he had as the Steelers lost their season opener 28-21.

5. 269-pound LB Bud Dupree gets his 2nd sack one week later in the Steelers' home opener, dropping QB Colin Kaepernick for a 3-yard loss early in 4th quarter of a 43-18 victory over the 49ers. Bud picked up just 2 more sacks in the final 14 games and finished the season with 4.

6. Ravens 4th round draft choice, and a former teammate in college (Kentucky) of Bud Dupree, LB Za'Darius Smith picks up one of the 2 sacks he had of QB Alex Smith in Week 15 home loss to the Chiefs 34-14. Nearly identical in size to Dupree at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, Smith outdid his former teammate in their rookie season - at least in sacks, that is. He finished the season with 5.5, or 1.5 more than Dupree.

7. After finishing his 2014 rookie season with 0 INT, Jets S Calvin Pryor finally gets his 1st career pick in Week 2 of 2015, intercepting an Andrew Luck pass intended for and off the hands of WR Andre Johnson (#81) to end the Colts' first drive on Monday night. Pryor's 28-yard return set up a 9-yard TD drive for the first points of the game, putting the Jets ahead to stay in their 20-7 road win.

8. It was 3 months between picks for Calvin Pryor, once again showing he's a prime-time player with an INT in the Jets' Saturday night road game against Dallas in Week 15. With his dreads reduced, Calvin picks of a pass in the end zone intended for WR Dez Bryant on 2nd and goal, keeping the Cowboys from adding to their 10-9 lead during 3rd quarter. The Jets eventually won 19-16.
Pryor finished the season with just these 2 picks, helping the AFC East finish in a tie with the AFC North for the division with the most interceptions by players with dreads (16 each). 

9. With Coach Pagano looking on excitedly, S Dwight Lowery gets his 1st INT in a Colts uniform and, with LB Erik Walden providing an escort, takes the return 69 yards to the house to increase the Colts' lead to 14-0 over the Titans early in 2nd quarter at Nashville in Week 3. Lowery, who had interceptions for the Jets, Jaguars, and Falcons during his first 7 NFL seasons, got another huge pick later in this game midway through 4th quarter, setting up a short TD drive that put the Colts ahead to stay as they picked up their 1st win of the season 35-33.

10. This ball certainly looks like it's touching the ground, but the ruling on the field was not overturned; so Dwight Lowery gets credit for his 3rd INT of season, keeping the Colts' game at Atlanta scoreless with 9:20 remaining in 1st quarter in Week 11. The Colts went on to win 24-21, kicking a FG with 52 seconds remaining in the game.
Despite Lowery finishing the season with a career high 4 INT, it wasn't enough to convince the Colts to re-sign him. So Dwight, who didn't debut his dreads until he was with the Jaguars in 2012, is now playing the 2016 season for his 5th different team in 9 years, wearing a #20 San Diego Chargers jersey.

11. After driving from their 14-yard line to the Kansas City 15 in 8 plays, the Vikings come away with no points on their opening drive in Week 6 as S Ron Parker gets his 1st INT of the season on 3rd and goal. Parker got only to the 4-yard line on the return. The Chiefs lost to the Vikings 16-10 to drop to 1-5 then didn't lose another game during the regular season.

12. In addition to intercepting 3 passes, Ron Parker had 5 sacks in 2015, the 3rd of which came here in Week 14 when he tackled QB Philip Rivers for a 3-yard loss on 3rd and 8, forcing the Chargers to punt during 1st quarter of the Chiefs' 10-3 victory. Parker's 5 sacks were the most by any DB with dreads.

13. Before changing his name during the offseason, the player known as Nickell Robey tackles Colts QB Andrew Luck for no gain on 3rd and 10 and picks up his 1st (and only) sack of the season during 4th quarter of the Bills' season-opening win.
If you're interested in knowing why he officially changed his named to Nickell Robey-Coleman, click on this link from the Bills' website (and also be sure to click on the video included with the article titled "Wired For Sound: Nickell Robey."

14. Falcons CB Desmond Trufant gets the 1st sack of his career, dropping Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 9-yard loss at the Colts' 36-yard line early in 4th quarter at Atlanta in Week 11. Unfortunately Desmond didn't get to enjoy his sack for very long. After the Colts punted 3 plays later, Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw a pick six on the first play after the punt to tie the game. Falcons blew a 14-0 lead and ended up losing 24-21.

15. After racking up 23 sacks in his 4 seasons with the Browns, DE Jabaal Sheard gets his 1st in a Patriots uniform - and gets to show off his dreads to boot - as he tackles Ben Roethlisberger for a loss of 7 late in 4th quarter of a 28-21 win over the Steelers on opening night. Of the 5 total sacks in the game, four of them were by four different players with dreads (Bud Dupree, Malcom Brown, and Dont'a Hightower were the others).

16. Jabaal Sheard is at it again, keeping his helmet on this time as he sacks Zach Mettenberger for a 10-yard loss late in 2nd quarter in Week 15, convincing the Titans to just let time run out rather than try to score. The Patriots led 24-3 at the time and went on to win 33-16. This was the 7th of 8 sacks Sheard had in his first season in New England. The 8 sacks were good for 4th place among players with dreads.

17. DE Ricky Jean Francois joins in on the fun, recording the Redskins' 4th sack of the game, as he tackles Eagles QB Sam Bradford for a 7-yard loss on 2nd and 1 midway through 4th quarter in Week 16. The drive ended with a TD 11 plays later to cut Washington's lead to 14, but the Redskins held on for the 38-24 road win that clinched the NFC East crown. Jean Francois finished with 2 sacks in his first season with the team.

18. With the Jaguars trailing 13-9 midway through 4th quarter on Thursday night in Week 11, DE Jared Odrick gets a big sack, ending a Titans possession with this sack of Marcus Mariota for a 9-yard loss on 3rd and 8. The Jaguars ended up scoring 10 points in the final 4 minutes of the game to win 19-13. Odrick finished the season with a modest total of 5.5 sacks, but that was enough to lead the Jaguars in his first year with the team.

19. After going without a sack in 7 games played during his rookie season in 2014, Bengals DE Will Clarke gets his 1st career sack in Week 2 of 2015 - although he had to share it with DT Geno Atkins, both getting credit for a half sack as they drop QB Philip Rivers for a 3-yard loss on the first play of a three-and-out possession late in 3rd quarter. Bengals won their home opener over the Chargers 24-19. Clarke finished the season with just that one half sack - a total he has already surpassed in 2016.

20. Cardinals LB Markus Golden had 2 big strip-sacks during his rookie season, the second of which came in Week 15 at Philadelphia. After Eagles drove from their 7-yard line to the Arizona 38 midway through 3rd quarter, Golden strips the ball from Sam Bradford at the 44-yard line on 1st and 10 and DT Frostee Rucker recovers to end the drive, preserving the Cardinals' 23-10 lead. They went on to win 40-17 to improve to 12-2.

21. RB Chris Ivory helps the Jets get their season off to a good start, upping their lead to 31-10 over the Browns with this 3-yard TD run early in 4th quarter in Week 1. Ivory made the dread stars list with an even 100 total yards, including 91 yards and 2 TD rushing on 20 carries, in the 31-10 home win. The 2 TD were the first 2 of 8 that Ivory would score in 2015.

22. Raiders WR Seth Roberts scores his 5th (and last) TD of the season, beating Broncos CB Bradley Roby for a big 11-yard TD catch on 3rd and 6, as Raiders begin the 2nd half with an 80-yard drive during Week 14 at Denver. The TD cut the Broncos' lead to 12-7, and Raiders eventually came all the way back to win 15-12.

23. TE Brandon Pettigrew played in only 8 games in 2015 and scored only 1 TD, but at least it was a big one. This 2-yard TD catch on 3rd and goal in Week 10 made sure the Lions didn't have to settle for a FG after RB Ameer Abdullah returned the 2nd half opening kickoff 104 yards, and it put them ahead (to stay) 9-3. Lions went on to win 18-16 for their first road win against the Packers in 24 years.

24. Texans S Rahim Moore tries to stop Devonta Freeman at the 3-yard line but succeeds only in pulling the belt out of his pants as the Falcons RB scores his 2nd TD of the day for a 14-0 lead early in 2nd quarter in Week 4. Freeman scored 3 TD for the 2nd game in a row and gained 149 total yards as the Falcons improved to 4-0, routing the Texans 48-21.


25. RB Todd Gurley prances into the end zone as he finishes off his longest run of the season, a 71-yard TD that puts the Rams ahead (to stay) at 10-3 during 2nd quarter of their Week 8 home win over the 49ers 27-6. Gurley's 146 total yards in the game were the most by anybody with dreads in Week 8.

26. 11 of the Rams' 31 TD in 2015 were by players with dreads. Todd Gurley had 10, and the other came on this play in Week 17, as RB Tre Mason and his blond dreads get past DT Arik Armstead on a 4-yard run to give the Rams a 13-10 lead over the 49ers late in 2nd quarter. Mason's 1st TD was the Rams' last of the season. With a chance to snap a streak of 8 consecutive losing seasons, Rams fell to the 49ers 19-16 in overtime to finish at 7-9.

27. 3 of the Rams' 13 interceptions were by players with dreads - all 3 by CB Janoris Jenkins, the second of which came on this highlight-reel catch during 2nd quarter in Week 4 at Arizona:
Rams went on to win 24-22, dealing the Cardinals' their 1st defeat of the season.


28. After 49ers TE Vance McDonald bobbled a perfect pass high into the air, Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict says, "Thank you very much, I'll take that," getting his 1st INT of the season late in 2nd quarter in Week 15, as CB Dre Kirkpatrick ducks to try to stay out of his way. Burfict got up and returned the ball 16 yards to the SF 20-yard line. Bengals scored a TD on the next play to up their lead to 21-0 at halftime and cruised to a 24-14 road victory.

29. Thanks to the tight coverage of S Da'Norris Searcy, Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron has a pass deflect of his hands and right into the hands of S Michael Griffin for his 1st INT of the season during 2nd quarter, one if the few bright spots for the Titans in their 38-10 home loss in Week 6. It was Griffin's only pick of the season and his 25th and last in a Titans uniform. After 9 seasons with the team - during which he had at least 1 INT every year - he was not re-signed.

30. So what else is new? - Another big play by the Broncos' defense. With Denver leading at Detroit 17-12 in 4th quarter in Week 3, S David Bruton tips a pass intended for WR Calvin Johnson to himself on 3rd and 12 and hangs on at the Broncos' 37-yard line for his 1st INT of the season with 3:37 to play. Broncos' offense actually scored a TD 5 plays later to put the game away and make the final score 24-12.

31. With the Giants clinging to a 4-point lead midway through 3rd quarter in Week 7, S Brandon Meriweather makes sure they stay in the lead, picking off a deep pass intended for WR Terrance Williams at the 1-yard line. Giants went on to win 27-20. This was the 2nd of 2 interceptions Meriweather had in his first season on the team, and it might turn out to be the last INT of his career. After recording 17 career picks during his 9 seasons in the NFL, he remains a free agent, and it's beginning to look like he might not ever play another game in the league.

32. CB Charles Tillman picks off a pass intended for WR Hakeem Nicks in the end zone on 2nd and 2 to end a Giants scoring opportunity and keep the Panthers in front 35-21 midway through 4th quarter in Week 15. Panthers blew the lead anyway later but then kicked a FG on the last play of the game to win 38-35 and improve to 14-0. For Tillman this was his 2nd INT of the season and the last of his career. He retired at the end of the season, finishing with 38 interceptions - 36 in his 12 seasons with the Bears plus the 2 he had in his only season for Carolina.

33. Jets CB Marcus Williams earns a place on the Week 9 dread stars list with this INT. It was his 2nd pick of the day and 4th of the season, and it ended the Jaguars' final possession of the game with 43 seconds remaining, clinching the Jets' 28-23 home win. Despite being on the field for only 27% of the plays for the Jets' defense all season, Williams finished 5th in the league - and 2nd among players with dreads - with 6 INT in 2015.

34. The last of Raiders DE Denico Autry's 3 sacks on the season is worth 2 points, as he takes down Philip Rivers in the end zone (a 6-yard loss) on 3rd and 13, cutting the Chargers' lead to 17-12 late in 3rd quarter on Thursday night (and Christmas Eve) in Week 16. The 3 sacks were the first 3 of his career for Autry, who didn't have any during his rookie season in 2014.

And now, a 6-pack of sick sacks (sick dreads, that is).

35. Earlier in the game on Christmas Eve S Jahleel Addae beats his teammates to QB Derek Carr on 2nd and 3 and sacks him for a 13-yard loss, foiling the Raiders' hopes of getting into FG range in the closing seconds of the 1st half. It was Addae's only sack of the season and it kept alive his streak (now at 3 years) of having exactly 1 sack in each season of his career. Chargers lost the game to the Raiders 23-20 in overtime to drop to 0-5 against AFC West division opponents (they went on to finish 0-6).

36. On the first play after a Reggie Nelson interception early in 3rd quarter at Pittsburgh in Week 8, DT Steve McLendon takes the Bengals out of FG range with this 9-yard sack of QB Andy Dalton - his 1st and only sack of the season. Bengals went on to win though, 16-10, to improve to 7-0. McLendon has already surpassed his 2015 total of 1 sack, dropping Dalton twice in the 2016 season opener in his first game for the N.Y. Jets.

37. Raiders rookie LB Neiron Ball gets his 1st career sack on this play in Week 3, and it was a big one. With Raiders leading by 7 at Cleveland in the final minute, and after the Browns had driven from their own 2-yard line to the Oakland 29, Ball tackles QB Josh McCown for a 6-yard loss. A Charles Woodson interception on the next play clinched the 27-20 victory. Unfortunately Ball would play only 3 more games before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury; and he won't be playing in 2016 either after starting the season on the IR list.

38. After totaling 5.5 sacks for the Colts, Raiders, and Dolphins in his first 7 NFL seasons, LB Philip Wheeler gets his 1st sack in a Falcons uniform early in 4th quarter at Jacksonville in Week 15, tackling QB Blake Bortles at the Jaguars' 8-yard line for a 2-yard loss on 3rd and 10. Falcons won the game 23-17, snapping a 6-game losing streak that killed their playoff hopes. It was the only sack of the season for Wheeler, who is back with the Falcons for his 9th NFL season in 2016.

39. Chargers DT Ricardo Mathews takes down Steelers QB Michael Vick for a 4-yard loss for his only tackle of the game and only sack of the season on the first play of a three-and-out possession during 3rd quarter on Monday night in Week 5. Chargers lost the game though, as you might remember, 24-20 on a Le'Veon Bell TD run on the final play of the game. With the sack Mathews officially became the player with the longest dreads to record a sack in 2015. Then again, whatever Ricardo does, almost always he's the player with the longest dreads to do it. If he gets any sacks in 2016, they'll be for the Steelers, not against them.

40. Wrapping up the six sick sacks, here's Bears LB Pernell McPhee dropping QB Russell Wilson for one of the 2 sacks he had on back-to-back plays early in 3rd quarter of a 26-0 road loss to the Seahawks in Week 3. They were his first 2 sacks in a Bears uniform after he had 17 with the Ravens during the first 4 seasons of his career.

41. Although Pernell McPhee had 6 sacks for the season, he was not the player with dreads with the most sacks for the Bears. He finished a half sack behind LB Willie Young, shown here flying through the air to sack 49ers QB Blane Gabbert for a 6-yard loss on 3rd and 6 during 1st quarter in Week 13. Young got credit for a half sack on this play along with DE Jarvis Jenkins. Despite dropping from a career high 10 sacks in 2014 to 6.5, Young did OK in his first season as a 3-4 LB after playing the first 5 years of his career as a 4-3 DE.

42. Of the 80 tackles LB Josh Bynes had for the Lions in 2015, the only sack came on this play during 2nd quarter at Detroit in Week 16, as he and DT Haloti Ngata get credit for a half sack apiece for tackling Blane Gabbert for a 9-yard loss at the 3-yard line. Bynes got the credit for the FF, which the Lions recovered at the 1-yard line. It was the 1st sack of his career for Bynes, who was one of 4 players with dreads that had sacks for the Lions during the season.

43. Although DE Devin Taylor gets his 1st sack of the season, he doesn't get the pleasure of hitting the QB, as Peyton Manning goes down for an 11-yard loss before Taylor can get his hands on him late in 3rd quarter of the Lions' home opener in Week 3. Broncos punted 3 plays later. The sack was the first of the career high 7 that Taylor had in 2015.

44. Devin Taylor's 7 sacks were 2.5 more than his former college (South Carolina) teammate Jadeveon Clowney. After playing just 4 games during his injury-plagued rookie season in 2014, Clowney got his first 4.5 sacks for the Texans in 2015, including this one of QB Tyrod Taylor at the Buffalo 11-yard line on the first play of a three-and-out possession early in 4th quarter in Week 13.

45. Eagles QB Mark Sanchez got an up-close look at DE Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah during the Lions' 45-14 romp on Thanksgiving (Week 12) - too close as far as he was concerned. All 4 of Ansah's tackles in the game were sacks, as he got credit for 3.5 sacks, 1 FF, and 1 FR. 24 of the Lions' 43 sacks on the season were by players with dreads, with Ziggy leading the way (and finishing 3rd in the NFL) with a career high 14.5. Ansah has now recorded 30 sacks in his first 3 seasons; and with the experts saying he hasn't yet reached his potential, we might be watching a Hall of Fame career in the making.

I did not add up all of the sacks by players with dreads during the 2015 season; but here are the 25 players with dreads with the most sacks.

Ezekiel Ansah (DET) 14.5

Melvin Ingram (SD) 10.5

Cameron Jordan (NO) 10

Demarcus Lawrence (DAL) 8
Jabaal Sheard (NE) 8

Devin Taylor (DET) 7

Willie Young (CHI) 6.5

Pernell McPhee (CHI) 6

Jared Odrick (JAC) 5.5
Za'Darius Smith (BAL) 5.5

Ron Parker (KC) 5

Jadeveon Clowney (HOU) 4.5

Vic Beasley (ATL) 4
Bud Dupree (PIT) 4
Markus Golden (ARIZ) 4
Timmy Jernigan (BAL) 4
Lorenzo Mauldin (NYJ) 4
C.J. Mosley (BAL) 4
Shane Ray (DEN) 4

Dont'a Hightower (NE) 3.5

Denico Autry (OAK) 3
Michael Brockers (STL) 3
Malcom Brown (NE) 3
Adrian Clayborn (ATL) 3
Erik Walden (IND) 3

In case you haven't figured it out, there are no photos of Melvin Ingram, Cameron Jordan, and Demarcus Lawrence in this DG because their dreads were too short to be seen while they were getting all of their sacks.

46. In the house calls post I did 4 weeks ago there was a photo of Sammy Watkins' second TD catch of the day in Week 12. This was the first, as the Bills WR beats not-bad coverage by Chiefs CB Sean Smith on 1st and 10 and catches the perfect pass from QB Tyrod Taylor for 28-yard TD, upping the Buffalo lead to 10-0 late in 1st quarter. It was the 4th of the 9 TD catches Watkins had during the Bills' 8-8 season.

47. WR Dwayne Harris scores his 1st TD in a N.Y. Giants uniform on this 21-yard reception for a 9-3 lead over the Bills late in 1st quarter in Week 4. Actually it looks like S Bacarri Rambo might have him down short of the goal line, but evidently there was no indisputable video proof that TD should not count. With Harris contributing 5 catches for 51 yards, the Giants went on to win 24-10.

48. Dwayne Harris answers a prayer by QB Eli Manning, making a 9-yard catch for a TD on 4th and 5 on a pass the Saints should have intercepted (or, at the very least, broken up), bringing the Giants to within 42-35 early in 4th quarter in Week 8. It was the first of 2 TD catches for Harris in the game and started a 21-0 run by the Giants in a span of 5:04. But the Giants blew the lead, losing 52-49 on a last-second FG in the highest-scoring game of the season.

49. With Dwayne Harris inside the Jets' 5-yard line and about to take a punt return to the house, TE Jeff Cumberland reaches for his dreads in a last-ditch attempt to stop him but comes up empty, as Harris scores his 6th (and last) TD of the season. The 80-yard return (video on link below) gave the Giants a 7-3 lead on the first play of 2nd quarter in Week 13 in a game the Giants ended up losing 23-20 in overtime. All 6 of Dwayne's touchdowns came at big moments in games, but Giants squandered most of them, going 2-3 in the games in which he scored.

50. One play after the forced fumble by Josh Bynes (see photo #42), RB Joique Bell cashes in the turnover, scoring a 1-yard TD standing up to give the Lions a 17-14 lead during 2nd quarter of a game in Week 16 in which they went on to defeat the 49ers 32-17. It was Bell's 4th and last TD of the season and possibly the last of his career. After scoring 23 TD in his 4 seasons with the Lions, the now 30-year old Bell remains an unsigned free agent with the 2016 season already 3 weeks underway.

51. RB DeAngelo Williams scores the last of his 11 TD, sweeping around right end on a 2-yard run to bring the Steelers to within 20-17 of the Ravens midway through 4th quarter in Week 16. Steelers ended up losing to the 4-10 Ravens 20-17, putting their playoff hopes in jeopardy. After scoring 53 TD in his 9 seasons with the Panthers - but none in 2014, causing him to be released - Williams was a godsend for the Steelers. With starting RB Le'Veon Bell able to play only 6 games, DeAngelo got enough playing time to rush for his most yards (907) since 2009 and score his most TD since 2008. Only one player with dreads had more TD than him in 2015 ..... 

52. ..... That one player was, of course, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, here scoring the last of his 14 TD - and the last of the Falcons' 38 TD - on a 4-yard reception in Week 17 for a 17-14 lead late in 2nd quarter of a game that they would go on to lose to the Saints 20-17. The 14 TD tied him with three other players for the league lead. After averaging only 6 touches per game in his 2014 rookie season, Freeman got 338 touches in 15 games in 2015 and finished his breakout season with 1,634 total yards (1.056 rushing, 578 receiving).

Let's now conclude DG161 with a 6-pack of sick picks ......

53. Seahawks CB Richard Sherman had a career low 2 INT in 2015, with the first of those not coming until this play in Week 12, as he makes the catch of a deep pass uncontested after WR Antonio Brown fell down early in 4th quarter. Of course, Steelers fans will tell you Brown fell down only because Sherman made illegal contact with him while he was running his route - but that's just a minor detail. Sherman returned the ball 26 yards to the Pittsburgh 39-yard line, and the Seahawks scored a TD 5 plays later to take a 26-21 lead and eventually won 39-30.

54. Chargers CB Jason Verrett makes sure the Broncos don't add to their 17-3 lead during 3rd quarter at San Diego in Week 13. As WR Emmanuel Sanders tries to catch the pass from QB Brock Osweiler on 2nd and 10 from the 27-yard line, he ends up catching a faceful of Verrett's dreads instead as Verrett gets his 2nd INT of the season in the end zone for a touchback. Jason unfortunately didn't get to enjoy his pick too much, as the score remained 17-3 for the rest of the game.

55. One week later Jason Verrett comes up with his 3rd and final INT of the season, picking off an Alex Smith deep pass intended for WR Jeremy Maclin at the 4-yard line on the 2nd play of 2nd quarter at Kansas City, as S Jahleel Addae goes flying over them to avoid a personal foul penalty. Despite another good performance from their defense, the Chargers lost this game too 10-3. Chargers were held to 3 points by the Chiefs in both of their meetings, having already lost 33-3 in Week 11.

56. On 1st and 10 from the Buffalo 45-yard line early in 4th quarter on Monday night in Week 11, QB Tom Brady throws a pass to WR Chris Harper for the first time all game, trying to increase the Patriots' 20-10 lead; but S Corey Graham (#20) has him blanketed and deflects the pass right to CB Stephon Gilmore, who was in the vicinity while covering TE Rob Gronkowski (#87). After making the INT at the 2-yard line, Gilmore's momentum carried him into the end zone, meaning it couldn't be a touchback; so he brought the ball out of the end zone. But that ended up not going very well for him. Bills ended up losing 13-10. This was the last of Gilmore's 3 interceptions on the season.

57. Cardinals speedster J.J. Nelson didn't run the route that QB Carson Palmer was expecting, and the result is an easy INT for Bengals S Reggie Nelson late in 1st quarter in Week 11. Nelson returned his 5th INT of the season 23 yards to the Cincinnati 36-yard line, from where the Bengals began a drive for the first TD of the game. It was the 2nd week in a row in which Nelson picked off a pass - a streak that eventually grew to 5 (Weeks 10-14). Reggie's career high 8 INT were more than anybody else with dreads in the NFL in 2015.

58. Before a concussion he suffered in Week 7 ended his season and sent him into retirement, CB Rashean Mathis adds one last interception to his career total, getting his 32nd on this play in Week 6. With the Lions leading 21-13, QB Jay Cutler tries to hit WR Alshon Jeffery on a fade on 2nd and goal but hits Mathis instead, ending the Bears' 2nd half opening drive. Lions eventually went on to win 37-34 in overtime to snap their season-opening 5-game losing streak. It was Rashean's only pick of the season, and his 32 career picks currently rank 3rd all-time among players with dreads - Asante Samuel (51) and Charles Tillman (38) are 1st and 2nd, and Reggie Nelson (31) hopefully will move Mathis down to 4th place sometime during 2016.

Including the one interception that Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland made (Week 5) during the month or so he had his hair in dreads during the first half the season, there were 73 interceptions by players with dreads during the 2015 regular season. Here's the list of the players who made them.

Reggie Nelson (CIN)

Marcus Williams (NYJ)

Davon House (JAC)
Dwight Lowery (IND)

Stephon Gilmore (BUF)
Janoris Jenkins (STL)
Adam Jones (CIN)
Ron Parker (KC)
Jason Verrett (SD)

David Bruton (DEN)
Vontaze Burfict (CIN)
Ronald Darby (BUF)
Leodis McKelvin (BUF)
Brandon Meriweather (NYG)
Calvin Pryor (NYJ)
Richard Sherman (SEA)
Charles Tillman (CAR)
Danny Trevathan (DEN)

Jonathan Babineaux (ATL)
Vic Beasley (ATL)
Bashaud Breeland (WASH)
Johnathan Cyprien (JAC)
Michael Griffin (TEN)
Kemal Ishmael (ATL)
Jarvis Jones (PIT)
Rashean Mathis (DET)
Rey Maualuga (CIN)
Pernell McPhee (CHI)
Bradley Roby (DEN)
Da'Norris Searcy (TEN)
Buster Skrine (NYJ)
Desmond Trufant (ATL)
B.W. Webb (TEN)
J.J. Wilcox (DAL)
Tramon Williams (CLEV)
Willie Young (CHI)

And now, here are the 73 interceptions listed by team and division.

AFC EAST (16)               NFC EAST (4)
BUF 7                               DALL 1
MIA 0                               NYG 2
NE 0                                 PHIL 0
NYJ 9                               WASH 1

AFC NORTH (16)           NFC NORTH (3)
BAL 0                              CHI 2
CIN 14                            DET 1
CLEV 1                           GB 0
PIT 1                               MIN 0

AFC SOUTH (12)           NFC SOUTH (6)
HOU 0                             ATL 4
IND 4                              CAR 2
JAC 5                              NO 0
TEN 3                             TB 0

AFC WEST (11)             NFC WEST (5)
DEN 5                            ARIZ 0
KC 3                              STL 3
OAK 0                           SF 0
SD 3                              SEA 2

PLAYOFF INT (2) - Vontaze Burfict 1, Trae Waynes (MIN) 1

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