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Ducks Making a Splash NFL Edition: Week 7

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We’re reaching the mid-point of 2018, already? It feels like it just got started.

Here’s what some Ducks did as the playoff format starts to take shape in the NFL. With teams eyeing possible wildcard spots and others holding onto their respected divisional leads for deal life.

Offense by position:

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Detroit rushes for 248 yards in their victory over Miami. Crosby did not play.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Was not a close contest as the Bengals get blown-out 45-10 by Patrick Mahomes and the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs.

Guard:

  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Lost the game and the division falling to New England. The Bears have plummeted all the way to the bottom of the NFC North after the loss at Soldier Field.

Center:

  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Squeezed past Baltimore with the W, 24-23 and keep ahold of the NFC South with a game over Carolina.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – In 12 offensive snaps for the Ravens in their loss to New Orleans.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Returned to practice Monday for Seattle and is expected to be fully active for week 8 against Detroit. Dickson could be in line for a lot of work with Will Dissly out the rest of the season on the IR with a knee injury.
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Ed Dickson and Will Dissly participating in minicamp drills.
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  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Played 11 offensive snaps, but wasn’t target in the win over San Francisco. The Rams remain the only undefeated team in the NFL at 7-0.

Quarterback:

  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – threw for 237 yards, a TD, INT and 38 yards rushing in Tennessee’s nail-biting loss to the Chargers 20-19.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Placed on IR after re-fracturing his leg last week in practice. It’s the same leg Thomas fractured in week 17 last season, per Chiefs reporter Matt McMullen.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – Apart of Detroit’s monster rushing performance against Miami. Blount ran for 50 yards on 10 carries and a TD.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Tough day on the ground for Freeman splitting ball-carrying duties, only managing 37 yards on 13 attempts. The touchdown he scored should ease some of the pain however.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Placed on the IR with a foot injury.
  • Kenjon Barner, New England Patriots – Saw a major uptick in touches after Patriots’ starting RB Sony Michel goes down with a knee injury exiting the game. Barner totaled 36 yards on 10 carries.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Strong performance even in the loss for Armstead finishing with five tackles a sack and 3 total QB HTS against the Rams.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Coming off of a bye in week 7. It’s unclear at this moment if Jordan will be able to suit up against Detroit after missing week 6 with a knee injury.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Three tackles and a TFL in the 49ers lackluster performance.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - Has been out since week 5 with a calf injury. It’s unclear if Ngata will be ready for their next matchup against the Jaguars.

Linebacker:

  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Five tackles and a pass deflection for the league’s third leading tackler against the Lions. Alonso is poised for a Pro-Bowl bid as he continues his stelar 2018 campaign.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – No stats recorded for Walker who played nearly every snap on special teams.

Cornerback:

  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Starting for Los Angeles with Aqib Talib out with an ankle injury. Hill Picked-off C.J. Beathard in the first quarter and finished with four tackles in the Rams’ seventh straight win.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – Placed on the IR with a fractured forearm. Mitchell is expected to miss at least eight weeks.

Safety:

  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Led New England in tackles with seven adding a pass deflection and a hit on Mitchell Trubicky.