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Ducks making a splash NFL Edition: Week 15

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Saints Center Max Unger looks on during the second half at Raymond James Stadium.
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Good News: Max Unger is voted in to his third Pro Bowl and Three Ducks found a spot on NFL rosters this week. Cameron Hunt, Hroniss Grasu and Tyree Robinson were all signed to new teams.

Bad News: Deforest Buckner might have been snubbed for a Pro Bowl vote, but he’s still one in the hearts of Ducks fans everywhere.

Offense by position

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Started his second game straight with right tackle Ricky Wagner out due to a concussion. Detroit falls to Buffalo on a late fourth-quarter rally, 14-13.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Out the remainder of the season on IR with a back injury.


  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Placed on IR with a right foot injury week 9. Long is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, his first chance to return will be Dec. 30.
  • Cameron Hunt, Oakland Raiders – Signed with Oakland Tuesday Dec. 11. Hunt had a stint earlier in the season with the Raiders, but was cut after appearing in each of Oakland’s preseason games.


  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Narrowly escaped with a victory over Carolina 12-9. Unger was selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl after in incredible season not only by him, but the entire Saints O-line.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Dolphins – Signed to the Dolphins last Wednesday. Grasu was among Miami’s inactives in the 41-17 loss to Minnesota.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Drop an embarrassing loss to San Francisco 26-23. Dickson finished with two receptions for 14 yards.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Active for the first time since week 7. Mundt played special teams.
  • Pharaoh Brown, Cleveland Browns – Remains on Cleveland’s practice squad.


  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – 12/20 for 88 yards passing and 11 rushing yards. Mariota had his struggles against the Giants, but running back and fellow Heisman, Derrick Henry carried Tennessee past New York 17-0.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Out for the season on IR. Thomas re-fractured his leg week 6. 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 – Seven carries nine yards. Blount’s woes continue averaging 2.8 YPC on the season, the worst of his career.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Four rushes, seven yards. Freeman is second fiddle to fellow rookie ball-carrier Phillip Lindsay who’s earned the trust of Denver’s coaching staff as lead back.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Remains on IR. New York has declined to activate Stewart for the remainder of the season.
  • Kenjon Barner, Carolina Panthers – Return specialist in Carolina’s loss Monday night.
  • Byron Marshall, Washington Redskins – One reception for 17 yards as Washington squeaks past Jacksonville 16-13 on a game-winning field goal.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Totaled five tackles for the 49ers, upsetting Seattle 26-23 on a field goal in OT.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Didn’t start this week for the Seahawks, but recorded a tackle in the loss.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Led San Francisco with 11 tackles, two sacks and four TFL, getting to Russell Wilson three times. Buckner has 11.0 sacks on the season and while he wasn’t nominated to the Pro Bowl, he continues to be one of the most disruptive forces in the NFL.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles – Got in on a TFL and recorded a pass deflection as Philadelphia beats L.A. 30-23.


  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Five tackles for Alonso. He’s currently at 121 on the season, just one behind Green Bay’s Blake Martinez in second place.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – A tackle on special teams for the Cardinals falling to Atlanta 40-14.


  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Didn’t see the field defensively for the Rams as they drop their first game at home. Rams move to 11-3 on the season with the 23-30 upset by the hands of Philadelphia.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – Six tackles and two pass deflections. With the win Cleveland advances to 6-7-1, just one game under .500. The Browns have a chance to finish a season above .500 for the first time since 2007.


  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Falls 17-10 to Pittsburgh. Chung ended his night with six tackles. The Patriots lost their second game straight; an unusual trend for Tom Brady and New England, who during the duration of his career, have won 51 games in the month of Dec.
  • Eddie Pleasant, Green Bay Packers – Made a tackle in the backfield and combined for two total hits as Green Bay falls to Chicago 24-17. The Bears have locked up the NFC North with the win for the first time since 2006.
  • Tyree Robinson, San Francisco 49ers – Inactive for San Francisco’s OT victory.

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