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Terps in the NFL: Moore leads Bears to dramatic victory

Check out how former Maryland football players performed in the NFL this past week.

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

D.J. Moore is no stranger to performing in primetime, and he led the Chicago Bears to victory with a sensational drive Monday night.

Down 10-9, the Chicago Bears held the ball at their own 22-yard line with under three minutes left and no timeouts. Moore hauled in two massive catches, making receptions of 16 and 36 yards to set the Bears up in position for a game-winning field goal.

This isn’t Moore’s first time shining on a big stage this season, as he had a monster 230-yard performance against the Washington Commanders in October. This time around, Moore totaled 11 receptions for 114 yards, clinching a thousand-yard season for the fourth time in his career.

On Sunday, three rookies from Maryland played major roles for their respective teams. The results were mixed: some good, some bad and some ugly.

New York Giants cornerback Deonte Banks had a rough patch in the middle of the season but has bounced back, posting his second-best Pro Football Focus coverage grade of the season against the Patriots this week. Banks was targeted seven times, only surrendering three receptions for 29 yards. He also made three tackles and recorded his second career interception.

Rookie offensive lineman Jaelyn Duncan got his first start of the season for the Tennessee Titans against the Carolina Panthers, and it was an up-and-down showing. Duncan earned a 47.7 PFF grade, lessened by two quarterback hurries and one quarterback hit — plus his first penalty of the season.

“I was on him all week just to get his confidence up,” Titans quarterback Will Levis said postgame. “I’m very happy for him and gave him a hug after the game.”

New England Patriots kicker Chad Ryland had a season lowlight against the Giants. Ryland missed a game-tying 35-yard field goal in the final seconds of regulation, leading the Patriots to drop to 2-9 on the season.

“I got to do a better job in making that kick,” Ryland said after the game.

Before the Patriots' week 10 trip to Germany, Ryland had not missed a kick shorter than 40 yards. He’s missed two since then, bringing his season field goal percentage to 66.7 percent.

Also playing Sunday was Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson, who saw 92% of available snaps. Despite a season-high six tackles and a pass breakup, Jackson struggled in coverage, giving up seven receptions on eight targets for 107 yards to the Giants’ third-string quarterback and struggling receiving corps.

After two weeks of a lack of production, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs scored his eighth touchdown of the year in a six-reception, 74-yard performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Diggs was targeted 11 times on Sunday, bringing his season total to 121 — trailing only Keenan Allen through 12 weeks of the season.

Other players

  • Titans tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo had a season-high 45 yards on four receptions.
  • Arizona Cardinals linebacker Josh Woods had four tackles — including three run stops — in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. According to PFF, he surrendered two touchdowns in coverage.
  • Bears edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue had a tackle.
  • New York Jets defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson had one tackle against the Miami Dolphins.
  • Indianapolis Colts safety Nick Cross played 19 snaps and registered a tackle.
  • Bills running back Ty Johnson had six rushes for 19 yards.
  • Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Jakorian Bennett saw five snaps in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Cleveland Browns offensive guard Michael Dunn played nine snaps in a loss to the Denver Broncos.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and offensive lineman Spencer Anderson did not play against the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Rakim Jarrett was placed on injured reserve.
  • Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage remained on injured reserve.
  • Seattle Seahawks tight end Tyler Mabry and Miami Dolphins edge rusher Byron Cowart both remained on practice squads.