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‘Noles in the NFL: week 9

Dalvin Cook impresses in his return from injury.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman (injured reserve)

Buffalo Bills (41-9 loss to Chicago)

WR Kelvin Benjamin: led the team in receiving with four catches for 40 yards on nine targets.

Carolina Panthers (42-28)

K Graham Gano: wasn’t called upon for any field goal attempts, but was a perfect six of six on extra points.

Chicago Bears (41-9 win over Buffalo)

NT Eddie Goldman: recorded five solo tackles in Chicago’s blowout win.

Cincinnati Bengals

OT Bobby Hart: BYE

WR Auden Tate (practice squad)

WR Kermit Whitfield (practice squad)

Denver Broncos (19-17 loss to Houston)

DE Demarcus Walker: Despite the loss, Walker had one of his best days as a pro and certainly his best performance this year. The second year edge rusher recorded three tackles (two solo), a TFL and a sack on familiar foe, Deshaun Watson. Here is Demarcus “Weaver’s” sack:

S Trey Marshall (practice squad)

Detroit Lions (24-9 loss to Minnesota)

LB Christian Jones: tied for the team lead in tackles with six (three solo).

Houston Texans

OT Roderick Johnson (practice squad)

Jacksonville Jaguars

CB Jalen Ramsey: BYE

LB Telvin Smith: BYE

WR Rashad Greene: BYE

Kansas City Chiefs (37-21 win over Cleveland)

OT Cam Erving: returned to the dog pound to play the team that drafted him. Let’s just say Erving considered the day a success:

DT Derrick Nnadi: recorded three tackles (one solo).

LB Terrance Smith (Injured Reserve)

Los Angeles Chargers (25-17 win over Seattle)

S Derwin James: tied for the team lead with an astonishing 11 tackles (four solo) on the day. James also brought the boom to Seattle receiver Tyler Lockett and was flagged for unnecessary roughness:

Los Angeles Rams (45-35 loss to New Orleans)

S Lamarcus Joyner: recorded eight tackles (six solo) and a pass defended against an explosive New Orleans’ offense.

Miami Dolphins (13-6 win over New York Jets)

TE Nick O’Leary: didn’t record any stats in Miami’s victory.

Minnesota Vikings (24-9 win over Detroit)

CB Xavier Rhodes: recorded four solo tackles in a dominant outing from the Viking defense.

RB Dalvin Cook: DALVIN’S BACK. After missing the last four weeks recovering from a hamstring injury, Cook had a breakout game that saw him lead the team in rushing yards. Cook recorded 89 yards on ten carries, including this 71-yarder that almost ended in a touchdown:

Also, in case y’all forgot, Dalvin is fast.

New England Patriots

TE Ryan Izzo: (Injured Reserve)

New Orleans Saints

CB P.J. Williams: has taken his fair share of criticism so far this season, and some of it is justified, but Williams came up clutch for the Saints Sunday evening. Williams had two crucial pass breakups against one of the league’s best offenses to help seal the game for the Saints. P.J.’s performance also allowed me to yell “DBU!” in the face of a friend who is a huge Ohio State fan—always a plus.

Williams finished the game with six tackles (five solo), a TFL, and three passes defended.

CB Patrick Robinson: (Injured Reserve)

OT Rick Leonard (practice squad)

New York Giants

DE Mario Edwards Jr: BYE

New York Jets (13-6 loss to Miami)

S Terrance Brooks: didn’t record any stats.

Oakland Raiders (34-3 loss to future hall of famer Nick Mullins and the San Francisco 49ers)

C Rodney Hudson: Hudson continues to be one of the only consistent players on a very bad Oakland squad.

Philadelphia Eagles

DB Ronald Darby: BYE

LB Nigel Bradham: BYE

DE Josh Sweat: BYE

DT Timmy Jernigan: (Injured Reserve)

Pittsburgh Steelers

LB Vince Williams: recorded four tackles (three solo), 0.5 a sack, one TFL, and a QB hit.

LB Matthew Thomas: was active but recorded no stats against the Ravens.

San Francisco 49ers (34-3 win over Oakland)

LB Dekoda Watson: Another former ‘Nole with his best game of the season after returning from injury. A fully healthy Watson recorded three tackles (two solo), 1.5 TFL’s, 1.5 sacks, and three QB hits.

Seattle Seahawks (25-17 loss to Los Angeles Chargers)

K Sebastian Janikowski: was a disappointing one for two on field goal attempts, but was perfect on both of his extra points.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (42-28 loss to Carolina)

QB Jameis Winston: rode the pine this week after a four interception performance saw him benched for 14-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Winston spoke to the media earlier this week about his benching and the team’s decision to go with Fitzpatrick against Carolina.

DB Javien Elliot: recorded one solo tackle against Carolina.

LS Garrison Sanborn: handled long-snapping duties.

WR Bobo Wilson (practice squad)

Washington Redskins (38-14 loss to Atlanta)

RB Chris Thompson: was inactive this week and continues to struggle to stay healthy this year.

K Dustin Hopkins: didn’t attempt any field goals, but was 2/2 on extra points.