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Ducks making a splash NFL edition: Week 16

Kansas City Chiefs v Seattle Seahawks
Dion Jordan forces fumble against Chiefs.
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Defense was the highlight for the Ducks in week 16. Dion Jordan shows-out and DeForest Buckner records 12.0 sacks on the year, demonstrating why he should have been a Pro Bowl nominee.

Offense by position

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Moved to second-string with right tackle Ricky Wagner back from a concussion that left him sidelined week 15.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Done for the remainder of the season after being placed on IR with a back injury.


  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Head coach Matt Nagy is “cautiously optimistic” Long will return off IR for Sunday’s divisional matchup against the Vikings.
  • Cameron Hunt, Oakland Raiders – Re-signed with Oakland Tuesday, Dec. 11. Hunt had a stint with the Raiders earlier in the season, but was cut after appearing in each of Oakland’s preseason games. He is currently the backup to right guard Denzelle Good.


  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Selected to the third Pro Bowl of his career in 2018. Unger and the Saints have clinched home-field advantage with their win over Pittsburgh 31-28.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Miami Dolphins – Cut to make room for safety Maurice Smith on the active roster. Grasu could remain on Miami’s practice squad assuming he clears waivers.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Three receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown helping the Seahawks to an upset over Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Active for the Rams 31-9 victory over Arizona.
  • Pharaoh Brown, Cleveland Browns – Placed on IR by Cleveland Dec. 8.


  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Exited against Washington with what was reported as a “stinger” to his right elbow. It’s a flair-up of the same injury that left Mariota sidelined earlier in the season with numbness to his hand. Mariota is questionable for week 17 and is considered day-to-day.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Done for the season after being placed on IR with a re-fractured leg. The injury won’t require surgery, though it’s the same leg he fractured week 17 of last season.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – Led Detroit with 11 carries totaling 29 yards in the loss to Minnesota 27-9.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Averaged 3.0 YPA on seven rushes for 21 yards as Denver falls 27-14 to the Raiders.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – The Giants have declined to activate Stewart from IR for the remainder of the season.
  • Kenjon Barner, Carolina Panthers – Accumulated 109 yards on four kick returns with a long of 37. Barner also added a receptions for 3 yards to his day as Carolina drops one at home to Atlanta 24-10.
  • Byron Marshall, Washington Redskins – No offensive stats recorded for Marshall who also handled kick returns for Washington.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Recorded a tackle falling at home to the Bears 14-9.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Starting his third game of the season, Jordan showed flashes of why he was the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 draft, recording a sack, two TFL, a forced fumble and 5 total hits.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Three solo tackles and a sack for Buckner. That’s 12.0 sacks on the year, currently doubling his previous single season record with a game still remaining in the schedule.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles – No stats recorded; Ngata only played 24 snaps (37%) on defense.


  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Out nursing a knee and hamstring injury. Alonso dressed for Sunday’s game, but was replaced my Mike Hull before the start of the game.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – No recorded stats for Walker on special teams.


  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Finished with three tackles in the dominating victory over the Cardinals.

Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – One tackle in the effort against the Bengals. Mitchell and the Browns have officially been mathematically eliminated for the playoffs even after the 26-18 win against Cincinnati.


  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Led the Patriots in tackles (7) in the divisional showdown versus Buffalo.
  • Eddie Pleasant, Green Bay Packers – Came out on top of the 44-38 OT thriller against the Jets with two hits.
  • Tyree Robinson, San Francisco 49ers – Inactive for San Francisco against Chicago.

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