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Shield Spartans: Week 11 Update

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Checking in on our former Spartans in the NFL

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks

Name Result Completions Attempts Yards TDs INTs Rating
Kirk Cousins L 44-16 22 30 207 1 1 89.2

Kirk Cousins came back to the pack a little bit on Sunday as Washington was dismantled by the undefeated Carolina Panthers. Cousins threw for just 6.9 yards per attempt, nearly half of what he threw for the week before, and had three turnovers on the day. When you keep in mind that on one pass Cousins completed a 56 yard completion to DeSean Jackson, the only touchdown thrown on the day, it really makes the game look worse. Cousins threw an early interception which led to the opening Panthers touchdown drive and he fumbled twice on the day. Carolina boasts an awesome defense this year, so Cousins is not alone in being victimized by them but hopefully he can get his turnovers back under control next week and according to analyst Chris Cooley he should take more risks since he has been assured he will not be benched due to turnovers.

Brian Hoyer was inactive for the Texans on Sunday as he was recovering for a concussion. On Monday it was announced he would start in week 12 against the New Orleans Saints.

Running Backs

Jeremy Langford and the entire Chicago Bears offense struggled Sunday in a 17-15 loss to the Denver Broncos. Langford was a negative grade (-2.1) by Pro Football Focus after he had 13 carries for 25 yards and 3 receptions for 17 yards. Langford did get into the endzone for the 3rd straight week but when you are outrushed by not just Ka'Deem Carey but also Jay Cutler it is not exactly a great week.

Wide Receivers

Bennie Fowler was held without a catch in the Broncos win over the Bears, but did exchange jerseys with Jeremy Langford after the game.

Keith Mumphery returned five punts with a long of 11 yards and did fumble once, which fortunately the Texans were able to recover. Mumphery moved into 3rd place all-time in combined return yards by a rookie for the Houston Texans.

Keshawn Martin was inactive for the Patriots still hampered by an injury.

Tight Ends

Garrett Celek for the 2nd straight week was passed in snaps played, as he had just 34 to Vance MacDonald's 48, but Celek did have a 33 yard reception on the day. He finished with 2 catches for 35 yards and was one of the top five graded performers on San Francisco by PFF (+1.5). Dion Sims had a flag for holding on Sunday and was held without a catch as he continues to lag behind Jordan Cameron in snaps played.

Kellen Davis had a rough day with no catches and was graded out as the worst performer at the tight end position this week by Pro Football Focus:

This was a bad game for Davis, but it had nothing to do with his receiving, as he ran just seven routes and wasn’t targeted. Instead, it comes from his four run stops allowed, and seven negatively-graded run blocks on just 11 plays (he had no positively-graded snaps). Most of that was against J.J. Watt, but it makes you wonder why the Jets had a tight end try to block Watt so often.

Offensive Line

Dan France is still listed on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad.

Defensive Line

Will Gholston had an excellent game Sunday as Tampa Bay crushed the Philadelphia Eagles. Gholston forced a fumble, had 5 total tackles, was rated the 5th best Buc by PFF (+2.4, 2nd best defender) and pressure Eagles quarter back Marc Sanchez into throwing an interception. What Gholston did even better this week was give away turkeys to the first 200 families today at Redeemed Baptist Church in Detroit.

Domata Peko and the Cincinnati Bengals suffered a 2nd straight loss, falling to the Arizona Cardinals with the defense surrendering 21 3rd quarter points. Peko was not involved in any tackles on Sunday but he was issued a rare penalty for "simulating the snap count".

Linebackers

Max Bullough had a tackle assist for the Texans on Sunday. Taiwan Jones is still present on the New York Jets practice squad, as is Marcus Rush on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.

Defensive Secondary

Darqueze Dennard made two tackles on Sunday in the Bengals loss to the Cardinals and while he was the defender on a touchdown pass against his main competitor for playing time, Dre Kirkpatrick, actually had a worse day meaning Dennard may get more chances to step up down the stretch. Kurtis Drummond had 2 total tackles (1 solo, 1 assist) in the Texans 24-17 win over the New York Jets. Trae Waynes played most of the day on kick coverage, getting a TD saving tackle on one return, but that was about all he had on the day.

Trenton Robinson was inactive with a hamstring injury for Washington and Tony Lippett was inactive for the Miami Dolphins.