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Ducks Making a Splash NFL Edition: Week 9

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys
Marcus Mariota extends ball for touchdown as he runs into the endzone.
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Took 9 weeks, but the last undefeated team has finally fallen in the NFL and Mariota bounces back Monday night against the Cowboys.

Deforest Buckner is having a career year and Kiko Alonso looks more like a cornerback with all them INTs. Here’s what’s going on with your favorite Ducks in the NFL.

Offense by position:

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – The Lions’ struggling offensive line gave up a Vikings’ franchise-record 10 sacks. This would probably be cause to shake up the line and maybe mix things up a bit, but HC Matt Patricia won’t and Crosby will continue to sit behind Ricky Wagner on the depth chart.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Bye week for Fisher and the Bengals. Surprisingly 5-3, Cincinnati will face one of the most prolific offenses in football week 10 in New Orleans.


  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Placed on the IR with a right foot injury, likely to miss 6-8 weeks. This is a massive loss for not only the offensive line, but the Bears in general. Long was a leader on and off the field and will be sorely missed.


  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Served up the first loss of the season to the LA Rams 45-35. Football outsiders has Unger and the Saints’ offensive line ranked 3rd in run blocking and 6th in pass protection making them one of the best offensive lines so far in 2018.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – With Baltimore’s depleted offensive line getting LG Alex Lewis back, Hroniss Grasu was removed from the starting lineup and moved back down further in the depth chart.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Still looks like Dickson is being held to a snap-count appearing in only 25 offensive snaps, he was targeted only once in the 25-17 loss to the Chargers, not able to record a reception.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Inactive for the loss against the Saints. That’s the first loss of the season for the Rams making them 8-1 and no longer the last undefeated team in the league. L.A. lost to New Orleans 45-35.


  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Led the Titans to a Monday night victory over “America’s (most over-rated) Team” the Dallas Cowboys 28-14. Mariota played arguably his best game of the season finishing 21/29 for 240 yards, 2 TD’s and a rushing TD.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Placed on IR after re-fracturing his leg in practice week 6. It’s the same leg Thomas fractured in week 17 last season, according to Chiefs’ reporter Matt McMullen.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – Tough day for the Detroit offense as a team rushing for only 66 yards. Blount’s struggles continued against the Vikings managing only 8 yards on five carries. It’s been a brutal 2018 for Blount, who’s only accumulated 178 yards on 65 carries at a mere 2.7 YPC clip.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Held out for a second straight game with a high-ankle sprain as Denver falls to Houston 19-17. This type of injury is always a little difficult one to come back from quickly. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready for their matchup against the surging 6-2 Chargers.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Placed on the IR with a foot injury.
  • Kenjon Barner, New England Patriots – Ran the ball once for 4 yards in New England’s victory over Green Bay 31-17.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Rotated with Ronald Blair III at RE playing 30 defensive snaps. Armstead ended the game with two tackles in the 49ers dominating win over Bay Area rival, Oakland Raiders 34-3.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Two tackles, .5 TFL, playing in 51 percent of the defensive snaps for the Seahawks week 9, splitting reps with Quinton Jefferson.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Disruptive once again upfront for San Francisco, Buckner concluded his night with two tackles, a sack, TFL and QB hit. That’s 5.5 sacks on the season for Buckner; he’s .5 sack a way from tying a career high with seven games still remaining on the schedule. He’s on track to have the best season of his early career, even with the 49ers struggling as mightily as they are.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - Wentzylvania and the Eagles took a break from their weekly schedule with a bye. Philadelphia (4-4) face divisional opponent, Dallas Cowboys (3-5) on Sunday night for a possible make-or-break game if either team looks to take the NFC East away from Washington.


  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Picked-off Sam Darnold for his third interception of 2018. Alonso added 7 tackles and contributed to the Dolphins four interceptions on Darnold Sunday afternoon in their 13-6 route over the Jets.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – Much needed bye week for Arizona as they try and regroup to turn around what has been an extremely disappointing season thus far for the 2-6 Cardinals.


  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – 4 solo tackles for Hill against the Saints. While Aqib Talib has been out with a high-ankle sprain, Hill has stepped in and filled his shoes nicely. Since starting his first game of the season week 5 for the Rams, Hill has 21 tackles, an INT and 3 pass deflections. Hill signed a 1-year deal with L.A. and could be on his way to earning himself a brand-new deal with another suitor come free agency.
NFL: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
Troy Hill takes the field against the Green Bay Packers.
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  • 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 – The Patriots’ secondary made Aaron Rodgers’ Sunday night a little frustrating, averaging only 6.0 YPA. Chung finished 3rd on the team in tackles with five.

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