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Ducks making a splash NFL edition: Week 14

NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Kiko Alonso and Dolphins corner back Torry McTyer make combined tackle in second half.
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Terrance Mitchell returns after missing nearly 10 weeks of football and some unlikely upsets highlight week 14’s action in the National Football League.

Offense by position

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Made his first career NFL start for the Lions Sunday afternoon against Arizona. Detroit takes the win on the road 17-3.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Placed on IR with a season-ending back injury week 12 against the Browns.


  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Sustained a right foot injury week 9. Long is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, giving him his first chance to return Dec. 30.


  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Clinched the NFC South with the 28-14 victory over division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Didn’t start, but out-snapped Seahawks starter Nick Vannett 36 to 29. Dickson caught his lone target for a 4 yard reception as Seattle beats Minnesota 21-7 on MNF.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Inactive for the 6-15 loss to Chicago.
  • Pharaoh Brown, Cleveland Browns – Currently on the Browns’ practice squad.


  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Threw for 162 yards and an INT. Mariota was able to take a back seat in Tennessee’s 30-9 stampede over Jacksonville. RB Derrick Henry had a career night rushing for 238 yards on 17 carries and 4 TD’s. his longest rush was a monstrous 99-yard run to the house.

Henry is probably the furthest thing from a Duck, but this run is just too impressive not to show.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Re-fractured his leg week 6. Thomas is out for the season on IR; the injury won’t require surgery even though it’s the same leg he fractured week 17 of last season.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – 33 yards on 12 carries and two receptions for 18 yards. Blount fumbled in the win against the Cardinals, but with little harm done.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Led the Broncos with 36 rushing yards on six attempts as the 49ers upset Denver 20-14.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – The Giants have elected to keep Stewart off the active roster and on the IR after word of a possible late-season return.
  • Kenjon Barner, Carolina Panthers – Solidifying his role a return specialist for the Panthers, Barner once again took both kickoff and punt return duties.
  • Byron Marshall, Washington Redskins – Rushed for 4 yards on a carry, but put in most of his work in the passing game, catching three receptions for 13 yards.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Ended his day with four tackles and a hit on Case Keenum. It was a sad week for the 49ers’ organization with the passing of Tony York, brother of 49ers CEO Jed York and son of owners Denise and John York. This was the first win for San Francisco since November 1.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Got the nod to start on prime-time television and made a TFL and a hit on Kirk Cousins against the Vikings Monday night.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Average day for the interior lineman with three tackles and a hit on Keenum in San Francisco’s emotional week 14 victory.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles – Two tackles for Ngata as Philadelphia falls to Dallas 23-29. The defending Super Bowl champs have dropped to 6-7 and are in real jeopardy of missing the playoffs.


  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Once again led Miami’s defense in tackles with 10 and a TFL as the Dolphins upset the Patriots 34-33 on an incredible game-ending double-lateral.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – Special teams tackle for Walker in the loss to Detroit.


  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – No snaps on defense for Hill in the loss to the Bears.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – Started his first game since week 4 returning from a fractured wrist. Mitchell made five tackles and played 71 of 74 snaps on defense for Cleveland as they hand Carolina their fifth-straight loss.


  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Four hits for Chung in the upset.
  • Eddie Pleasant, Green Bay Packers – Came out of the Packers W with two tackles. Green Bay over Atlanta 34-20.

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