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Longhorns in the NFL — Week 14: Diggs continues to shine in primetime

This now a weekly Quandre Diggs appreciation post.

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a roundup of the former Texas Longhorns who made an impact in last weekend’s slate of NFL games.

  • Once again, Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs made his presence felt on primetime against a divisional opponent. While trailing 21-3 early in the second half, the momentum shifted in favor of Seattle when Diggs took advantage of an errant throw by Jared Goff and took it to the house for six. On the following drive, Diggs intercepted Goff again on a prayer to the endzone.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Diggs became the first Seahawk since Earl Thomas (2010) to have three interceptions in his first four games with the team. He also became the third defensive player this season to record interceptions on consecutive drives.

  • In the absence of star receiver T.Y. Hilton, Colts wide receiver Marcus Johnson made the most of his favorable matchup against the league’s No. 31 ranked pass defense on Sunday. Johnson had a career day in a 38-35 loss. He topped 100 yards receiving (105) on three catches and caught his second touchdown of the season.

The first team and coaching staff to take a chance on Johnson in this league was the Philadelphia Eagles before the 2017 season. After spending a year and a half in Philly, Johnson was traded to Seattle and released by them. On Sunday after his career game, Johnson used Twitter as a platform to express how grateful he is to be where he’s at today:

“Philly along with WR coaches Greg Lewis and Mike Groh did a GREAT job developing me. They [Eagles] chose to take Bennett in a trade that included me and Seattle chose Brandon Marshall over me. BUT GOD has me exactly where I’m meant to be!! I’M THANKFUL.”

  • Ravens team captain and safety Earl Thomas led Baltimore’s defense to their 11th win of the season in Buffalo. He recorded a strip-sack and led the team in total tackles with seven.

If you’re wondering how good this Baltimore team really is, here’s what Thomas had to say in comparison to the Super Bowl winning team that he was on in Seattle:

“This team is as good as the Seahawks team I was on that won the Super Bowl.”

  • Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor notched his fourth sack of the season in Kansas City’s 23-16 win over the AFC-leading New England Patriots.
  • Seahawks punter Michael Dickson averaged 46.0 yards on five punts with a long of 52 yards.
  • Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit his lone field goal attempt from 36 yards out and went a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points.

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