It was lucky week 13. It was also Thanksgiving week. And Ndamukong Suh once again disappoints while the Saint Louis Rams were a pleasant Thanksgiving surprise. Here are the studs and duds of week 13.
Nigel Bradham, Linebacker, Buffalo Bills: It is okay if you ask who? It is also okay if you didn’t believe in the Buffalo Bills after Kiko Alonso went down. That was then and this is now. Bradham has led his team in tackles for two weeks. And this week he made it so you couldn’t look past him. He collected 12 tackles and one sack. For a stat girl like me, that is so nice. It is time to stop asking who and start picking him up on your fantasy team for that playoff run. His stats are positively stud like.
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Richard Sherman, Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks: It may seem like I am going against my love of stats. Sometimes you have to go for the flash. On the one hand you have to admire a quarterback who tries the self-proclaimed best cornerback in the league. On the other hand you have to wonder why a quarterback who is having problems tries the self-proclaimed best cornerback in the league. Nevertheless, he did and he did. Sherman only collected two tackles. But he also collected two interceptions. Two front page sports leading interceptions. The numbers aren’t glaring. The flash of those two interceptions were.
Chris Borland, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers: It is getting repetitive. He is that good. Good enough to be a stud in a losing effort. 15 tackles. BOOM!
St. Louis Rams Defense: The final score was the St Louis Rams 52- Oakland Raiders 0. Welcome back Chris Long, I have missed you and clearly so has your team. Yes, it was a complete defensive dismantling. Yes, it was impressive. It was complete with three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six sacks. It was a containment of the Raiders to 60 total rushing yards. Don’t let my complete adoration for Long cloud the issue. This was his first game back. The defense stepped up. Coincidence? I think not.
Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Detroit Lions: This isn’t about me. It isn’t about Suh posting zero tackles for the entire game. It isn’t about an underachieving man on a team with playoff aspirations who oh by the way is looking for a new contract collecting zero tackles. Did I mention he had zero tackles? That equals zero points for my fantasy team. Oh yeah, more important it means zero tackles from Suh for the Lions.
Patrick Peterson, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals: This is to be listed under the category “be careful what you wish for.” Peterson is good. He may even be the best cornerback in the league. He also asked to be the man to cover Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. That was a mistake. Peterson finished the game with six tackles. Jones finished the game with a career-high 189 receiving yards and one touchdown. Lesson learned? Peterson dud. Jones stud.
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Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders: Okay in reality this is an indictment of the Raiders’ entire defense. The defense that let the Rams score 52 points. They scored 38 points before halftime. A defense that allowed rookie running back Tre Mason to run over them for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Mason also managed 47 passing yards and one touchdown. Third choice quarterback Shaun Hill passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns. It was a complete defensive collapse. Why single out Mack. Yeah, he is on my fantasy team. But at least this rookie is on the field? Little consolation, DUD.
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