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Ducks Making a Splash in the NFL: Week 4

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Kiko’s legend continues

Kansas City Chiefs v Denver Broncos
Royce Freeman rushes for touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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We’re in full football mode with the first quarter of the 2018 season under wraps in the NFL. Leading the Ducks week 4, Kiko Alonso, near top the league in tackles and Royce Freeman scoring in his third consecutive game.

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Offense by position

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Backing up Ricky Wagner for the 1-3 Lions.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Filled in for Cordy Glenn on a couple snaps as the Bengals defeat the Falcons 27-26 with a thrilling last-second touchdown by Cincinnati.

Guard:

  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – In 58 of the 61 offensive snaps for the Bears who rolled over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10. Long will continue to get veteran days off through out the weeks, according to Matt Nagy.

Center:

  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Unger and the Saints’ offensive line was dominant in the run game helping New Orleans accumulating 170 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – listed as the team’s 4th-string center.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Dickson is on the reserve/NFI list requiring him to sit out at least the first six games of the season. He is not currently listed on the Seahawks depth chart.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Ran with the special teams as the Rams advance to 4-0 with their win over Minnesota. Los Angeles is boasting arguably one of the best offenses in 2018 averaging 35.0 PPG and leading the league with 468.5 yards per game.

Quarterback:

  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – No longer listed with an injury, Mariota got the start week 4 and led Tennessee to an OT victory over the Eagles with a touchdown to Corey Davis to seal it. Mariota finished 30/43 for 344 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT, with 46 yards rushing and a rushing TD.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – 1 reception for 6 yards. Kansas City is one of only two teams along with the Rams who can call themselves undefeated after week 4 conclusion.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – 7 carries for 12 yards. Detroit is splitting the bulk of the carries between Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson, who’s beginning to emerge as lead back.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Taking a backseat in carries to Phillip Lindsay, Freeman still ran for 67 yards and a TD. Averaging 5.0 YPC, Freeman is putting together a strong rookie performance through the first quarter of the season, scoring in each of his last three games.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Placed on the Injured Reserve list Friday per sources. Stewart is out with a foot injury that will keep him sidelined for eight weeks.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Totaled five tackle in the loss to the Chargers.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Missed week 4 with a hip injury, but is likely to be in the lineup against the Rams.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Finished the game with just two tackles, Buckner has moved down to 14 on the list for sacks in 2018.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - The Vintage Ngata came to play against the Titans filling the stat sheet with 4 TOT, a sack, two TFL and a hit on the QB.

Linebacker:

  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Led Miami in TOT hits (12) once again and added a pass deflection and a hit on Tom Brady in their first loss of the year. Alonso is second in the NFL in tackles with 46.
Miami Dolphins v Baltimore Ravens
Kiko Alonso looks on from the bench.
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  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – Was on the field for special teams in their loss to Seattle.

Cornerback:

  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Played in two defensive snap against Minnesota.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – loosing a heart-breaker to Oakland in overtime 45-42, Mitchell made 3 tackles and a pass deflection.

Safety:

  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Coming back from a concussion week 3, Chung was activated for New Englands game against Miami.