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Longhorns in the NFL: Week 11 — Quandre Diggs stands out against Arizona

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NFL Playoff race is heating up with Texas Exes playing in key matchups over the weekend.

Seattle Seahawks v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images
  • Kris Boyd is having a breakout season at cornerback for the Vikings, taking over at starter while Minnesota continues to deal with injuries. Having said that, he didn’t have the greatest game against the Cowboys on Sunday. The Vikings lined up for a fake punt and split Boyd out as receiver where he was left UNDEFENDED, but Boyd moved before the snap, causing an illegal shift penalty. Boyd also dropped an interception in the end zone that would’ve sealed a Minnesota victory. Cowboys scored two plays later. He did finish with four tackles and one pass deflection, but unfortunately the negative outweighs the positive on social media.
  • Malcolm Brown led the Rams in rushing with just 20 yards on three carries but it was enough for Los Angeles to beat the Buccaneers on the road 27-24. Brown received the least amount of carries out of the running back unit, trailing Darrell Henderson Jr. and Cam Akers. After leading L.A. in rushing last week, Brown didn’t see a carry until the fourth quarter. I’m not an offensive mastermind, but it’s a little puzzling that Brown didn’t receive more touches. Tampa Bay does have the second-best rushing defense in the league. Brown also caught one pass for eight yards right before halftime.
  • After suffering an injury last week, Saints defensive tackle Malcom Brown was able to practice and start in the their 24-9 victory over the Falcons. Brown recorded one tackle and one quarterback hit while rookie Malcolm Roach was inactive.
  • Seahawks avenged their Week 6 to the Cardinals with a 28-21 win last Thursday night. Quandre Diggs had an exceptional game at safety, laying out on the wood on a few hits and finishing with one tackle and two pass breakups. Poona Ford was relatively quiet, not recording any stats, but the Seattle defensive line held Arizona to just 57 rushing yards. Michael Dickson punted four times, with a long of 49 and one inside the 20 yard-line. On the opposite side, Cardinals LB Jordan Hicks recorded six tackles.
  • After losing to the Titans in overtime, the Baltimore Ravens are now outside of the playoffs. Devin Duvernay saw only one reception for five yards along with a 37-yard kickoff return and a tackle. DeShon Elliott can say something that not many players can; he went head to head with Derrick Henry, and not only won, but sent him to the injury tent.

Elliott added six tackles while Justin Tucker went 3 for 3 on field goals and converted his only point-after attempt of the afternoon. D’Onta Foreman saw only one carry for the Titans, gaining just a yard. Henry received the bulk of the carries, getting 28 attempts while Foreman took the only other carry out of the running backs unit. Tennessee tight end Geoff Swaim caught his third pass of the season for nine yards.

  • Tough day for the Bengals after rookie Joe Burrow exited with a possible torn ACL/MCL in Cincinnati’s loss to the Football Team as Trey Hopkins remains the starter at center.
  • Malik Jefferson picked up his second tackle of the season for the Chargers on a punt return. Jefferson continues to see playing time primarily on special teams.
  • Collin Johnson didn’t see any targets against the Steelers, with rookie Jake Luton continuing to start with Gardner Minshew injured.
  • After breaking out with the Colts, wideout Marcus Johnson has cooled down over the last few weeks. Part of that is because Indianapolis is trying to include more players in the offense. Michael Pittman Jr. has also become the favorite target of Philip Rivers favorite. Johnson only had one receptions for 14 yards in the Colts overtime victory over Green Bay.
  • The overall consensus on Miami Dolphin Twitter is that Brandon Jones is playing his butt off. The rookie finished with one tackle for loss and and two tackles as the Dolphins win streak was snapped by the Broncos.
  • Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor was activated off the injured reserve list and played a few snaps in Kansas City’s matchup against the Raiders but didn’t record any stats.
  • Adrian Phillips led the Patriots with seven total tackles along with one pass deflection and one tackle for loss. New England lost to the Texans 27-20 with fellow Texas Ex Charles Omenihu recording one quarterback hit.
  • The Cowboys made some adjustments to their offensive line and may have found something. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 100 yards for the first time all season, with Zach Martin moving to right tackle. Connor Williams remains at left guard and the Cowboys are now only half a game out of first place in the NFC East. Yay!

Injuries

Andrew Beck (Denver Broncos) — Injured Reserve

Holton Hill (Minnesota Vikings) — Injured Reserve

Hassan Ridgeway (Philadelphia Eagles) — Injured Reserve

Kenny Vaccaro (Tennessee Titans) — Concussion Protocol