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Well it happened, if Marcus Mariota’s days in Nashville weren’t already numbered, then they are now.



Top Offensive Performers

  • Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans

The writing’s on the wall for Mariota and his future with Tennessee. Perhaps a change of scenery is all the 25-year-old needs. There are far worse quarterbacks in the NFL, than the 2014 Heisman winner. For example, his quarterback counterpart in the 2015 NFL Draft, Jameis Winston. Who threw four, no wait count them, five interceptions against the Carolina Panthers this week. It’s still up in the air if Mariota will start against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7’s games, but Mariota’s future with the Titan’s could be in jeopardy. Mariota was 7/18 for 63 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked three times as Tennessee gets shutout by the Denver Broncos.

  • Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos
Tennessee Titans v Denver Broncos Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

On the other side of the massacring of Mariota, Freeman was putting together a much better day for himself. Freeman was heavily involved in the pass game for Denver, hauling in five receptions for 42 yards. Great in the pass-game, he finished second on the team in receptions, but it came a little tougher on the ground for Freeman. WIth 34 yards on 11 carries, Freeman averaged only 3.1 YPC rushing the ball. Finding much more success through the air against the Titans’ defense.



Top Defensive Performers

  • Arik Armstead - San Francisco 49ers

Armstead led San Francisco’s front in their 20-7 punishment of the Rams. The first-rounder finished with six total tackles, good for second on the team, adding .5 sacks, .5 TFL, QBH and fumble recovery. The fumble recovery occurred on L.A.’s 17 yard line, setting up the 49ers offense for a four-play scoring drive to take the lead early in the second half.

  • DeForest Buckner - San Francisco 49ers

Joining the fun as they cruised to the undefeated record of 5-0, Buckner combined for four tackles and a TFL, tying him for fifth best. San Francisco is looking more legit with each passing game. It’s safe to say this defense will be on every team’s radar and the 49ers will be circled on every teams upcoming schedule.


Special Teams

Top Special-teamer

  • De’Anthony Thomas - Kansas City

The return specialist saw all of action on kick returns, returning three kicks for 64 yards. Thomas averaged 21.3 yards per attempt, going for a long of just 24 yards in Kansas City’s uncharacteristic second-straight loss at Arrowhead Stadium.


Honorable Mention

  • Troy Hill - Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers v Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco’s Dante Pettis #18 makes a catch in the end zone, but it pushed out by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill #20 in the third quarter at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 13, 2019.
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Started the game in replacement of injured cornerback Aqib Talib, who was recently placed on injured reserve with an ACL and MCL tear, according to ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. Hill played well in relief of Talib in 2018, starting seven games straight, recording an interception and three pass deflections. With Talib out the rest of the season, Marcus Peters moved, and Jalen Ramsey newly aquatinted to the defense. Hill will have ample playing time and opportunity to earn a new contract with either the Ram’s, or another suitor. The undrafted fifth-year pro totaled five tackles and a pass deflection in the loss to the undefeated 49ers.