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‘Noles in the NFL: week 13

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Jameis Winston breaks Tampa Bay’s franchise record for touchdown passes in win over Carolina.

Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman: (Injured Reserve)

Buffalo Bills (21-17 loss to Miami)

WR Kelvin Benjamin: recorded two catches for 20 yards.

Carolina Panthers (24-17 loss to Tampa Bay)

K Graham Gano: Not much was asked of Gano, but he was perfect on the day with two successful extra point attempts and a 37-yard field goal.

Chicago Bears (30-27 loss to New York Giants)

NT Eddie Goldman: recorded five tackles (one solo).

Cincinnati Bengals (24-10 loss to Denver)

WR Auden Tate: was inactive this week for the Bengals after playing in the previous two games. Unfortunately for Cincinnati the decision would cost them when WR A.J. Green was carted off the field.

OT Bobby Hart: was tasked with trying to stop Von Miller from getting to backup QB Jeff Driskel. It didn’t go as Hart would have hoped as Miller finished the game with a sack and a half and Driskel was sacked a total of four times on the day.

WR Kermit Whitfield (practice squad)

Denver Broncos (24-10 win over Cincinnati)

DE DeMarcus Walker: (Inactive)

S Trey Marshall: (practice squad)

Detroit Lions (30-16 loss to Los Angeles Rams)

LB Christian Jones: recorded six tackles (three solo).

Houston Texans

OT Roderick Johnson (practice squad)

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-0 win over Indianapolis)

CB Jalen Ramsey: recorded six solo tackles and two passes defended as the Jags defense pitched a shutout.

Ramsey was locked in throughout the day and wasn’t allowing much to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis receivers:

Ramsey isn’t a huge fan of the “nearest defender” statistic, and for good reason as it doesn’t tell the whole story, but the numbers are impressive nonetheless.

And it wouldn’t be a Jags game without a bit of antics from 20:

But, it was all respect after the game.

LB Telvin Smith: Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Telvin Smith led the team in tackles on the afternoon. Smith had 12 tackles (nine solo) and a TFL.

Smith and fellow linebacker Myles Jack also forced a fumble by channeling the Dudley Boyz with this 3D on Indy TE Eric Ebron:

Close enough:

WR Rashad Greene: didn’t record any receiving stats, but was back to field punts for the Jags where he returned one for eight yards.

Kansas City Chiefs (40-33 win over Oakland)

OT Cam Erving: Erving and the rest of the offensive line helped keep Patrick Mahomes clean as he wasn’t sacked on the day.

DT Derrick Nnadi: recorded just one tackle, but it was a vital one to stuff a Raider’s two-point attempt. Nnadi also forced a hold against fellow ‘Nole Rodney Hudson. Against the Pro Bowl center, that is no easy task.

Nnadi has enjoyed success in his rookie campaign and the Chiefs are trying to send him (and the rest of the team) to the Pro Bowl:

LB Terrance Smith: (Injured Reserve)

Los Angeles Chargers (33-30 win over Pittsburgh)

S Derwin James: the rookie was all over the field once again, notching three tackles (two solo), three passes defended, and an interception.

The pick was Derwin’s third on the year.

He also laid the boom on Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown, preventing a big play. Kudos to Brown for holding on to the ball here and nearly getting his feet down.

A couple of former teammates like what they see from the rookie sensation:

Los Angeles Rams (30-16 win over Detroit)

S Lamarcus Joyner: recorded six tackles (five solo).

Minnesota Vikings (24-10 loss to New England)

CB Xavier Rhodes: was active this week after pulling up with a hamstring injury towards the end of last week’s game. Rhodes recorded a solo tackle on the day.

RB Dalvin Cook: rushed for 84 yards on nine carries and tacked on 22 yards on eight receptions.

Despite averaging 9.3 yards a carry, Cook only carried the ball nine times the entire game, leaving Vikings fans and Minnesota media scratching their heads.

When asked about the balance of the offense, Cook maintained that they weren’t rendered one dimensional, but it seems others, including his head coach, thought they should have put the ball in his hands more often.

Miami Dolphins (21-17 win over Buffalo)

TE Nick O’Leary: recorded one catch for nine yards. O’Leary has come on strong since joining the Dolphins earlier this year and being promoted from their practice squad and was rewarded with a contract extension, keeping him a ‘Phin through next year.

New England Patriots

TE Ryan Izzo: (Injured Reserve)

New Orleans Saints (13-10 loss to Dallas)

CB P.J. Williams: recorded three tackles (two solo) and a QB hit.

CB Patrick Robinson: (Injured Reserve)

OT Rick Leonard (practice squad)

New York Giants (30-27 win over Chicago)

DE Mario Edwards: recorded three solo tackles and a tackle for a loss.

New York Jets (26-22 loss to Tennessee)

S Terrence Brooks: recovered a blocked extra point attempt.

Oakland Raiders (40-33 loss to Kansas City)

C Rodney Hudson: Surprisingly, the Raiders gave the Chiefs a battle in a game where many predicted a blowout.

His team fell late, but at least Hudson got to celebrate a touchdown:

Philadelphia Eagles

DB Ronald Darby: (plays Monday night)

LB Nigel Bradham: (plays Monday night)

DE Josh Sweat: (plays Monday night)

DT Timmy Jernigan: (plays Monday night)

Pittsburgh Steelers (33-30 loss to Los Angeles Chargers)

LB Vince Williams: recorded five tackles (three solo) and a QB hit.

LB Matthew Thomas: was released by the Steelers this week. Unless he is claimed, he will likely end up on the practice squad.

San Francisco 49ers (43-16 loss to Seattle)

LB Dekoda Watson: didn’t record any stats and left the game with a calf injury.

Seattle Seahawks (43-16 win over San Francisco)

K Sebastian Janikowski: made a 40-yard field goal, but went 4/6 on extra points. It’s always a good day for a team when they’re kicking six extra points, but missing two is uncharacteristic for Janikowski.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24-17 win over Carolina)

QB Jameis Winston: After being benched for his turnovers a few weeks ago, Winston has, at least momentarily, silenced his critics. The former Heisman Trophy winner was efficient through the air as he broke the Buccaneers’ franchise record for touchdown passes:

This was the play that broke the record and might remind FSU fans of his time in garnet and gold:

Winston would finish the game 20/30 with 249 yards and two touchdowns. He also tucked and ran five times for 48 yards.

DB Javien Elliot: The former walk-on and undrafted free agent had himself a career day with four solo tackles, a TFL, pass defended, and this beautiful interception and return:

WR Bobo Wilson: was promoted from the practice squad following news that WR DeSean Jackson would be out with injury.

Wilson wouldn’t record any receiving stats, but he did notch a tackle on special teams and was back deep to receive kicks, although he wouldn’t get the opportunity for a return.

Despite not hauling in a catch, Wilson did have a role in a major turning point of the game.

Wilson drew the pass interference call and allowed the Bucs to punch the ball in from the 1-yard line and go up 14 on Carolina.

LS Garrison Sanborn: handled long snapping duties.

Washington Redskins

RB Chris Thompson: (plays Monday night)

K Dustin Hopkins: (plays Monday night)