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Ducks Making a Splash in the NFL: Week 5


Green Bay Packers v Detroit Lions
LeGarrette Blount celebrates touchdown with teammate Marvin Jones.
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Defense shows-out week 5. Kiko Alonso and Patrick Chung both record interceptions.

LeGarrette Blount scores twice and the injury bug starts biting some Ducks.

Offense by position

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Behind Ricky Wagner at RT in Detroit’s 31-23 win over divisional foe, Green Bay.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Jumped in on special teams in Cincinnati’s come back victory over Miami, 27-17.


  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Long and the Bears got a well-deserved break with a bye in week 5. Chicago is leading the NFC North at 3-1 coming into week 6.


  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Played all 66 offensive snaps for New Orleans as they cruise through Washington with six touchdowns winning 43-19.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – Promoted to second-string center on Baltimore’s depth chart.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Is expected to rejoin the team once he is eligible week 8 according to Pete Carroll. Dickson is on the reserve/NFI list (quad).
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Mundt and the Rams remain undefeated after going into “12th Man” Stadium and defeating Seattle on the road, 33-31.


  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Threw 14/26 for 129 yards and an INT Sunday, falling 13-12 to Buffalo on a field goal with zeros remaining.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – One reception for 13 yards as the Chiefs’ roll over Jacksonville 30-14. Kansas City advances to 5-0 joining the Rams as the only undefeated teams in the NFL.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – Lot of two’s for Blount in week 5 with 12 carriers for 22 yards and 2 TD’s. While still splitting carries with rookie Kerryon Johnson, Blount still plays a major role for the Motor City Kitties in goal-line and short-yardage situations.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – 31 yards on five rushing attempts. Even after several solid week-to-week performances, Freeman is losing touches to Philip Lindsay (12). In his first five games of the season, Freeman has ran for 250 yards on 49 carries and three touchdowns averaging 5.1 YPC.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Has been placed on the injured reserve list with a foot injury.
  • Kenjon Barner, New England Patriots – Signing with the Patriots Monday, after being cut by New England once again week 4 to make room for WR Julian Edelman coming off suspension.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Three solo tackles with a TFL as they take an L against Arizona 28-18.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – After missing week 4 with a hip injury Jordan played in 22 snaps defensively, but failed to contribute any stats to the box score.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Tallied four TOT tackles with a TFL and three QB HTS making rookie quarterback, Josh Rosen’s Sunday frustrating even while earning the W.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - Sat out in the loss to Minnesota with a calf injury. It is unclear at this moment if Ngata will be ready to suit up Thursday against the Giants.


  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Intercepted Andy Dalton on a tipped ball, Alonso finished with four tackles and a pass deflection to add to his INT Sunday.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – Mixed in on defense and made two tackles against San Fransisco.


  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Starting for Los Angeles with Aqib Talib out several weeks with an ankle injury. Hill made five tackles with a pass deflection against Seattle.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – Placed on the IR with a fractured forearm. Mitchell is expected to miss at least eight weeks.


  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Put together a monster performance against Indianapolis totaling 11 tackles, 3 solo and .5 sacks. Chung was all over the field adding an INT against Andrew Luck helping lead New England to the victory.