Devonta Freeman: In a mailbag column this week on the official Atlanta Falcons website, a bit of an update was provided on Freeman and his injury status. Freeman isn’t done for the year, but it is still too early to tell when he will be fully healthy. The earliest he could return is just over a month from now for a game against the Panthers on December 23.
WR Kelvin Benjamin: BYE
Carolina Panthers (20-19 loss to Detroit)
K Graham Gano: An uncharacteristic day for Gano saw him miss his lone field goal attempt and one of his two extra point attempts.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera went for two and the win at the end of the game. Rivera is known for taking risks, but it’s likely that Gano’s struggles influenced that decision.
Graham Gano: “I felt fine. I just missed those. Tough game.” pic.twitter.com/ffVIZ6kEhJ— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 18, 2018
Chicago Bears (25-20 win over Minnesota)
NT Eddie Goldman: didn’t find himself on the stat sheet, but was fairly dominant against Minnesota’s offensive line for most of the night, providing push for other studs like Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks to get in the backfield.
Cincinnati Bengals (24-21 loss to Baltimore)
WR Auden Tate: Tate was promoted to the active roster last week and with news of A.J. Green being out with injury. Green was out again this week and Tater remained active. A proud moment for the young receiver came when he recorded his first career reception. It would be his only reception of the game, but certainly a mile stone.
Auden Tate with his first career reception. Fell inches shy of a first down. Bengals punt. pic.twitter.com/Msd4vCNcU8— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 18, 2018
OT Bobby Hart: the offensive line was able to keep Andy Dalton relatively clean as he was sacked just once. Hart did hurt his team with two false start penalties on the day.
WR Kermit Whitfield (practice squad)
Denver Broncos (23-22 win over Los Angeles Chargers)
DE Demarcus Walker: after being active for consecutive weeks, Walker was a healthy scratch against the Chargers.
S Trey Marshall (practice squad)
Detroit Lions (20-19 win over Carolina)
LB Christian Jones: Another ‘Nole that won by a point this weekend. Jones recorded four solo tackles and a defended pass in Detroit’s win.
OT Roderick Johnson (practice squad)
Jacksonville Jaguars (20-16 loss to Pittsburgh)
CB Jalen Ramsey: Ramsey led the team with eight solo tackles. The Pro Bowl corner also had three passes defended and picked off Big Ben two times while covering Antonio Brown.
Big Ben looking for AB...— NFL (@NFL) November 18, 2018
But @jalenramsey has other plans.
: CBS #DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/lcUPAlRMfk
Jalen!— NFL (@NFL) November 18, 2018
AGAIN!@jalenramsey with an INCREDIBLE INT!
: CBS #DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/a95LLAgLIH
Ramsey was having a career day and it looked like the Jags might pull off the win until the last five minutes of the game when the Steelers scored two touchdowns to take the lead in the final seconds.
Before the game, reports surfaced that Jacksonville might consider trading Ramsey in the offseason,
Jaguars likely to consider trading CB Jalen Ramsey in offseason, per league sources.https://t.co/WzlgVgVRiO— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2018
The Jags denied the reports after they surfaced.
Statement regarding CB Jalen Ramsey. pic.twitter.com/e7qquci86b— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 18, 2018
LB Telvin Smith: recorded six tackles (four solo).
WR Rashad Greene: after a heartbreaking fumble in the fourth quarter last week, Greene was inactive for the matchup against Pittsburgh.
Kansas City Chiefs
OT Cam Erving: (plays Monday night)
DT Derrick Nnadi: (plays Monday night)
LB Terrance Smith: (plays Monday night)
Los Angeles Chargers (23-22 loss to Denver)
S Derwin James: recorded seven solo tackles in a losing effort against the Broncos.
Los Angeles Rams
S Lamarcus Joyner: (plays Monday night)
Minnesota Vikings (25-20 loss to Chicago)
CB Xavier Rhodes: recorded four tackles (three solo) and a pass defended.
RB Dalvin Cook: after a strong return last week, Cook will want to forget about tonight and look to the next game. He had just 12 yards on nine carries (which account for over half of the teams 22 total yards rushing). Cook also had three receptions, but they would go for -2 yards. Plain and simple: the Chicago defense dominated the night.
TE Nick O’Leary: BYE
New England Patriots
TE Ryan Izzo: (Injured Reserve)
New Orleans Saints (48-7 win over Philadelphia)
CB P.J. Williams: recorded two solo tackles and two passes defended as the New Orleans defense shut down the Eagles.
CB Patrick Robinson: (Injured Reserve)
OT Rick Leonard (practice squad)
New York Giants (38-35 win over Tampa Bay)
DE Mario Edwards Jr.: recorded two solo tackles in two QB hits against the Buccaneers.
New York Jets
S Terrance Brooks: BYE
Oakland Raiders (23-21 win over Arizona)
C Rodney Hudson: Hudson continues to be outstanding both on and off the field. We miss you, Rodney.
Rodney Hudson's in two places at once Sunday: Arizona for #Raiders and Alabama feeding homeless Thanksgiving meal https://t.co/ljMMbWYQkJ— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) November 17, 2018
DB Ronald Darby: Darby’s season is over after he suffered a torn ACL last week against the cowboys. The loss is a tough break for Darby, who won the Super Bowl with the team last year.
LB Nigel Bradham: recorded five solo tackles on a miserable day for the Eagles defense. The offense getting shut down by the Saints didn’t help things, but Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram ran roughshod over the Philly D.
DE Josh Sweat: recorded a QB hit.
DT Timmy Jernigan: still wasn’t activated by the team after recently returning to practice. The Eagles have about a week to make a decision on whether or not they will activate him or he will be shutdown for the season.
Pittsburgh Steelers (20-16 win over Jacksonville)
LB Vince Williams: Williams had himself a game, leading the team with a ten tackle (six solo) performance. Williams also tallied a sack, TFL, QB hit, and a pass defended.
Williams’ took the time to catch up with former teammate Telvin Smith in pregame warmups.
#FSU ties. #Noles— Melina Myers (@melinasphotos) November 18, 2018
Vince Williams and Telvin Smith. pic.twitter.com/Kk309s9deg
LB Matthew Thomas: didn’t record any stats.
San Francisco 49ers
LB Dekoda Watson: BYE
Seattle Seahawks (27-24 win over Green Bay)
K Sebastian Janikowski: another perfect outing for Janikowksi saw him nail two field goals and three extra points. He didn’t kick a game-winner, but the ‘Hawks won by three. You do the math.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38-35 loss to New York Giants)
QB Jameis Winston: Well, apparently Winston is back. After being benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick for two week, Winston was called upon in the third quarter after Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions. Winston had a solid half of play going 12/16 for 199 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Winston also tacked on five carries for 16 yards.
DB Javien Elliot: recorded four solo tackles and a TFL.
LS Garrison Sanborn: handled long snapping duties.
WR Bobo Wilson (practice squad)
Washington Redskins (23-21 loss to Houston)
RB Chris Thompson: was held out for the third straight week with a rib injury.
K Dustin Hopkins: Hopkins made all three of his extra point attempts and was only called upon for one field goal, a 63-yard attempt for the game. No pressure at all, Dustin. The ball was on target but fell short in the endzone. Hopkins talked about the decision to kick from such a long distance.
“The bottom line is I just didn’t hit the ball I needed to hit to give it a shot.” #Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins, who missed a last second field goal attempt from 63 yards out. He also talked about the changing wind and the decision to give it a try. #HOUvsWAS pic.twitter.com/DTIfeq71ce— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) November 18, 2018