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Ducks Making a Splash NFL Edition: Week 10

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Tom who?

NFL: New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans
Tom Brady congratulates Marcus Mariota after the victory.
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Mariota Smacks around the GOAT and teams like Detroit, Arizona and San Francisco’s playoff dreams look all, but insurmountable. With the schedule winding down teams will look to start making a playoff push as just seven weeks remain in the regular season.

Offense by position:

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – The race to clinch the NFC North is going to be a tight one, just not for Detroit. With their third loss straight for the 3-6 Lions things are trending in the wrong direction for the Lions. Crosby played two offensive snaps in the 22-34 loss to Chicago.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – little action for Fisher in the shellacking the Bengals took from New Orleans. Cincinnati moves to 5-4 after the loss and currently sit in the second wildcard spot in the AFC playoff picture.

Guard:

  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Placed on the IR with a right foot injury after the Bears’ win over Buffalo week 9. Long will likely be out 6-8 weeks.

Center:

  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Advances to 8-1 after rolling over the Bengals 51-14. New Orleans run-game couldn’t be stopped rushing for 244 yards on 47 carries and 3 touchdowns. Unger and the Saints offensive line have been playing fantastic football both on the ground and through the air. As a team, New Orleans leads the league allowing an average of only 1.0 sacks per game.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – Bye week for Grasu and the Ravens. Their offensive line needed the extra week of rest with injury listings to three out of five starters. Baltimore’s next matchup will be a divisional bout against the Bengals. One game behind Cincinnati, a win would put the Ravens .5 games up in the division and bring the head-to-head matchup to 1-1 on the season. Moving them above Cincy for the second spot in the AFC North.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Targeted once for a reception of 24 yards. Seattle fell on the heels of a late turnover resulting in a touchdown by Rams’ WR Brandin Cooks on the first snap of the ensuing drive. Seahawks lose to Los Angeles 31-36.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Inactive again for the third week in the victory over Seattle. Things may change however for the TE after reports confirm WR Cooper Kupp will miss the remainder of the season with an ACL tear. Kupp led the Rams with 6 TD’s up-until his injury. Los Angeles will search to fill the void left by the young wide-outs injury.

Quarterback:

  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Led Tennessee to an improbable upset over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 34-10. Mariota threw for 228 yards and 2 TD’s, not to mention a 21 yard reception from WR Darius Jennings.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Placed on the IR after re-fracturing his leg in practice week 6. It’s the same leg that Thomas fractured week 17 of last season and he’s likely to miss the remainder of 2018.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – A night to forget for Blount with 4 yards on 6 carries. Blount had a tough 2018 after coming off a Super Bowl season with the Eagles. So far in nine games with Detroit, Blount has rushed for 182 yards on 71 carries and 3 TD’s for 2.6 YPC; currently the lowest of his career.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Bye week for Denver as they try right the ship from their 3-6 record. With Kansas City at 9-1 and the Chargers comfortably at 7-2, the Broncos are effectively out of any kind of playoff chase barring a complete and total meltdown by Los Angeles. Denver could start that trend however if they can pull off an upset over L.A. Sunday afternoon.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Placed on the IR with a foot injury week 4. There is a chance Stewart could return to the field late in the season, but all signs are pointed towards him staying sidelined for the foreseeable future.
  • Kenjon Barner, New England Patriots – Inactive against the Titans. Just because it doesn’t happen much, I’ve got to mention it again quick. The Patriots got waxed and it was beautiful; and by Mariota none-the-less. It will be interesting to see what New England does with Barner with Rex Burkhead returning to the team in the coming weeks.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – TFL and a hit on Eli Manning for Armstead as the 49ers fall on a touchdown to Sterling Shepard from Manning with :53 seconds remaining. San Francisco falls to New York 23-27.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Played one more snap than starter Quinton Jefferson 33/32 in the loss to the Rams. Jordan ended his night with .5 sacks, .5 TFL and 5 tackles as Seattle drops to 4-5.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Made his presence felt in the loss against the Giants accumulating .5 sacks, .5 TFL, 2 pass deflections and 4 total tackles.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - The Super bowl hangover might be real for the Eagles falling to the Cowboys Sunday night, 20-27. Ngata did manage 3 hits and a TFL in the defeat as Philadelphia drops below .500 at 4-5.

Linebacker:

  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Rather pedestrian night by Alonso’s standards with just 6 tackles. Miami goes down 12-31 to Green Bay.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – All special teams for Walker in the loss to the Chiefs.

Cornerback:

  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Continues to start in Aqib Talib’s absence, Hill made 3 tackles and a TFL in the win over Seattle.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – Fractured his wrist week 4 against Oakland. Mitchell was placed on the IR after having surgery, but expects to make a return towards the end of the season.

Safety:

  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Chung finished with 4 tackles as Tennessee upsets New England.

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