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Ducks Making a Splash NFL Edition: Week 8

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
Dickson reaches over Lions cornerback to score touchdown.
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It’s official, the NFL trade-deadline has passed marking the half-way point of the football season.

Kiko Alonso is having arguably the best first half of his career, sitting second in the league in tackles and Ed Dickson returns for the first time this season and makes a splash of his own.

Offense by position:

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Played eight snaps in relief of LT Taylor Dekker who suffered an undisclosed injury in the loss against Seattle.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Held-off Tampa Bay’s and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s a.k.a “Fitzmagic” comeback after pulling Jameis Winston from the game with four interceptions in the first half. Fisher played four snaps on offense.

Guard:

  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Carted off the field in their win over the Jets in the fourth quarter with what is being called a right foot injury. Chicago’s head coach, Matt Nagy didn’t comment on the severity of the injury, per Chicago Tribune’s Colleen Kane.

Center:

  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Unger and the Saints are 4-0 on the road after their 30-20 victory against Minnesota. New Orleans currently has a one-game lead for the division with Carolina trailing at 5-2.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – Started at left guard for the injured Alex Lewis. Baltimore fell to Carolina and drop to 4-4 on the regular season.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Shined in his season debut against the Lions coming off the NFI list with a quad injury. Dickson scored a 12-yard reception for a touchdown and finished the game with 54 yards and two receptions. His other reception coming on a third-down conversion in the third quarter for a mere 42 yard gain.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Listed as inactive for week 8 against Green Bay for the first time this season. The Rams were able to squeeze past the Packers at home 29-27 in the NFL’s “Game of the Week”.

Quarterback:

  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Much needed bye week for Mariota and the Titans as they try and regroup to turn their 3-4 start around. Their next opponent will be the Cowboys, Monday night.

Wide Receiver:

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

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – Three yards, three carries. Detroit had to abandon the run game after the Seahawks took a 21-7 lead by the end of the first half. Lions take the L 28-14.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Suffered a high ankle sprain against the Cardinals week 7. Freeman was unable to suit-up against Kansas City and it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to play against Houston, Sunday.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Placed on the IR with a foot injury.
  • Kenjon Barner, New England Patriots – Two carries, four yards, as the Patriots roll over the Bills 25-6.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Got to Josh Rosen twice and sacked him once. Armstead finished with three total tackles as the 49ers fall 18-15 on Rosen’s game-winning touchdown to Christian Kirk with just 0:34 seconds remaining.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Rotated in at DE for the Seahawks ending his night with a hit on Matthew Stafford, a TFL and four tackles in 27 snaps defensively.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Only one tackle, a pass deflection and a QB HTS on the board for Buckner. The injury-ridden 49ers have dropped to 1-7 and are well on their way to compete for the first-pick in the 2019 draft.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - Returned to the field to start Philly’s game in London after missing three weeks with a calf injury. Ngata started for the Eagles, but only played 26 snaps on defense, unable to record any stats. Philadelphia was, however able to hold Jacksonville to only 70 yards on the ground.

Linebacker:

  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Tied with the team lead in tackles (9) in the game against Houston with fellow LB Raekwon McMillan. Alonso continues to add to his impressive stats with 76 TOT in eight games, averaging 9.5 per game.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – All special teams for Walker in the win over San Francisco recording only a tackle.

Cornerback:

  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Starting for Los Angeles with Aqib Talib out with an ankle injury, Hill knocked down a pass by Aaron Rodgers. The Rams’ secondary was able to hold Rodgers to only one touchdown, 286 yards and a QBR of 60.0.
  • 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 – Recovered a fumble on the strip-sack by Kyle Van Noy. Chung added five tackles and a PD to the scoresheet as New England slowly starts to pull away with the AFC East firmly in their grasp.
NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Kyle Van Noy forces Josh Allen to fumble during the third quarter.
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