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NFL: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Week 11 is in the record books and the duo of DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead continue to do freakish things. Troy Hill shows-out on primetime and Kenjon Barner goes for six against the Panthers.



Top Offensive Performers

  • Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos
NFL: Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY Sports

Carried the ball eight times for 31 yards, averaging 3.9 YPC. The second-year back taken in the third round added a 16 yard reception in the 27-23 loss to Minnesota. Freeman and the Broncos’ offense dominated Minnesota in the first half, outscoring the Vikings 20-0. Unfortunately things went downhill fast for Denver in the second half as they become the first team since 2015 to lose after leading by 20 points in the first half, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Teams are a collective 95-1 since 2015 when leading by 20 at the half.



Top Defensive Performers

  • Troy Hill - Los Angeles Rams

With the best game of his season and possibly his career, Troy Hill was the Chicago Bears’ worst nightmare. Hill made plays on all levels of defense breaking up three passes, recording six tackles and a sack in the win over Chicago. Hill continues to shine in his replacement role of the traded Aqib Talib for star-corner Jalen Ramsey. In his first year of a two year contract with Los Angeles, Hill is playing himself into a starting job come 2020 with just six games left in the regular season.


Special Teams

Top Special-teamer

  • Kenjon Barner - Atlanta Falcons

The return-specialist did what he does best, run fast! Barner took this punt return 78 yards to the house to give Atlanta a 10-0 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. The return touchdown sparked a 20-0 first half lead that the Falcons would in fact not lose, routing the Carolina Panthers 29-3 on their home turf.


Honorable Mention

  • DeForest Buckner & Arik Armstead - San Francisco 49ers

The dynamic Duck duo was sensational once again in their divisional matchup versus Arizona. Combining for 2.0 sacks and four tackles, Buckner and Armstead made and will continue to make Kyler Murray’s nights. Armstead currently leads the 49ers in sacks with 8.0, setting both season-high and career-high numbers. Buckner is fourth on the team with 5.0 sacks. The two have combined for 13 sacks in 10 games played, tying both Miami and Cincinnati’s defenses in total sacks.