Former Bengals Pro Bowl right tackle Willie Anderson got the first playoff victory of his 13-year NFL career Saturday when the Baltimore Ravens rolled over the Miami Dolphins 27-9. Now, Big Willie and the Ravens travel to Tennessee to challenge the AFC’s top seed, the Titans. Baltimore and Tennessee met in week 5 of the regular season. The Ravens led 10-3 going into the fourth quarter of that game, but ended up losing by a field goal.
Ex-Bengals safety Madieu Williams wasn’t as lucky, as his Vikings fell to the Eagles 28-14. Madieu had four tackles in the game, giving him a grand total of 46 tackles, 2 interceptions, and three passes defensed in nine regular season and one playoff games. Final verdict: a free agent last March, Williams signed a six-year, $33 million deal with Minnesota, then promptly got hurt (again) and missed nearly half the season. Meanwhile, when injuries hit the Bengals’ safety corps, Cincinnati plucked Chris Crocker off the street, who in eight games delivered 34 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pick and two passes defensed. Crocker also demonstrated a nasty streak, something that had been lacking from Williams’ play ever since a shoulder injury that wiped out most of his sophomore season. All told, Madieu wasn’t missed in 2007.
The final member of our dearly departed in the playoffs, Carolina LB Landon Johnson, was off last weekend. The Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals next Saturday.