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’Noles in the NFL: Week 12

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A game-winner for Dustin Hopkins.

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Auden Tate

Even after leaving the field on a stretcher and donning a neck brace on the plane ride home last week, Tate took the field this week against the Steelers. Tate had a single catch for 10 yards as he got back in the swing of things.

As an added bonus, it was a nice catch over a Gator to kick off rivalry week:

Jameis Winston

Coming back from two interceptions in the first quarter, Jameis Winston tossed three touchdowns in the Bucs’ win over Atlanta, including this 71-yard strike which is the longest of his career to this point:

And it was another crazy throw to Chris Godwin for his second of the day:

Lastly, Winston threw one to 347 pound DT Vita Vea, who might be the heaviest player to ever catch a TD:

Winston eclipsed 300 yards passing once again, making this his sixth straight game to do so:

Brian Burns

Since his hot start, Burns has seen the field much less in recent weeks. In his limited time today, Burns terrorized Brees and the Saints’ offensive line with 2 solo tackles, including a sack and a TFL.

This tweet from Burns’ brother and former Panther Stanley McClover shows the sack, as well as frustration with Burns’ playing time that Panthers fans are echoing:

Dustin Hopkins

Dustin Hopkins has scored 40 percent of Washington’s points this year. Today was no different as Hopkins carried the Redskins again, making all four of his field goals including this game-winner:

Other notable statlines:

Trey Marshall, Denver Broncos: Recorded 2 solo tackles.

Eddie Goldman, Chicago Bears: Goldman doesn’t jump out on the stat sheet often, but he continues to do the dirty work along the defensive line in Chicago and notched 2 solo tackles today for his efforts.

Vince Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers: Recorded 2 tackles ( 1 solo).

Javien Elliot, Carolina Panthers: Elliot had a good game with 2 solo tackles and a nice TFL on Alvin Kamara in the open field to get a third down stop.

P.J. Williams, New Orleans Saints: Recorded 3 tackles ( 2 solo).

Patrick Robinson, New Orleans Saints: Recorded 2 solo tackles.

Nigel Bradham, Philadelphia Eagles: It was Bradham’s first game back from injury and he looked to be his old self, leading the team in tackles with 9 (4 solo) and a TFL.

Ronald Darby, Philadelphia Eagles: Recorded 4 solo tackles and a pass defended.

Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles: Sweat only recorded one tackle in the game but he made it count as it was a sack of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.