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Ducks making a splash NFL edition: Week 13

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Defensive tackle Buckner sacks Wilson during the third quarter.
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Quarter of the season remains and the chances of clinching a playoff spot are diminishing with each game. It’s the last opportunity for teams to make a push and things are looking tight out east.

Offense by position

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – If there were any kind of glimmer of hope for the Lions to somehow claw their way into the playoffs, that’s gone now. Losing to the Rams 30-16 on Sunday, Detroit’s season is all but over at 4-8 with four games remaining on the schedule. Crosby did see the field though Sunday subbing in for Ricky Wagner at LT against Los Angeles.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Placed on IR for the remainder of the season with a back injury sustained in last week’s game against Cleveland.


  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – On IR with a right foot injury sustained week 9. Long is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. He’ll have his first chance to return Dec. 30, prior to week 17’s game. Chicago drops to 8-4 with the loss to the Giants in OT, 30-27.


  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Finally take their first L since week 1. After playing over two months of nothing, but winning football Unger and the (10-2) Saints lost to Dallas on TNF, 13-10.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – Waived by the Ravens after activating CB Maurice Canady off IR. Grasu has yet to be picked up by a team.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Was not targeted in the win over San Francisco, 43-16.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Inactive against the Lions. Los Angeles advance to 11-1 with the victory over the Motor City Kitties.
  • Pharaoh Brown, Cleveland Browns – Listed as inactive for the Browns on Sunday facing Houston.


  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Rallied back to overcome the Jets after throwing a pick-six early in the first quarter. Mariota threw for 282 yards, 2 TD’s, an INT and 2 FUM; while accounting for 43 yards on the ground in the 26-22 victory.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Out the remainder of the season after re-fracturing his leg in practice week 6. Thomas was placed on IR, however the injury won’t require surgery even though It is the same leg he fractured week 17 of last season.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – With Kerryon Johnson sidelined with a knee injury, Blount got the start and the bulk of the carries for Detroit. He finished with 61 yards on 16 touches.
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Ran for 48 yards on 12 attempts. Freeman helped the Broncos to a 24-10 victory over Cincinnati. With the win, Denver (6-6) is back to .500 after their third win in-a-row.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – Returned to practice for the Giants off IR Nov. 15. New York has yet to decide if Stewart is “game-ready”, or if he’ll be able to suit up week 14 against Washington.
  • Kenjon Barner, Carolina Panthers – Played as a return specialist for both punt and kickoff returns as Carolina is upset by Tampa Bay 24-17. Barner fumbled in the loss, but it was recovered by the Panthers.
  • Byron Marshall, Washington Redskins – Inactive against the Eagles. Washington falls to Philadelphia 28-13.

Defense by position

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – 2 tackles in the 43-16 loss to Seattle. San Francisco drops to 2-10 on the season.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Recorded a tackle in 26 snaps on defense for the Seahawks.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – Stat-stuffer in the loss to Seattle. Buckner totaled 7 tackles with 2 sacks, 2 TFL and 2 QB HTS. That’s 46 tackles and 9.0 sacks on the year for the Pro-Bowl hopeful.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles – TFL and two hits for Ngata cruising past Washington 28-13. It’s a big divisional win for the Eagles who, at 6-6, are a game behind Dallas in the NFC East. With the win over Washington, they have the edge in a tie-breaker situation and face them for the final game of the season, week 17.


  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Led Miami in tackles with 11 and a TFL. Alonso broke triple-digits on the season with 106 total tackles in the 21-17 victory over the Bills.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – Special teams for Walker. He did not record any stats.


  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Removed from the starting lineup with the return of 5X Pro-Bowler Aqib Talib. Hill had 2 pass deflections in the Rams’ win over Detroit.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – Returned off IR and likely to make his return week 14 against Carolina after missing nearly 10 weeks with a fractured forearm.


  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – Rather pedestrian night for Chung ending with 3 tackles as New England advances past Minnesota, 24-10.
  • Eddie Pleasant, Green Bay Packers – Finished with a tackle in the embarrassing 20-17 loss to Arizona.

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