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Maryland in the NFL Week 12: No one stood out, but plenty of former Terps had solid days

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It was a fairly good week for former Maryland football players at the next level.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

While the current Terps became bowl eligible this weekend, several former Terps suited up on the gridiron, including three on Thanksgiving. While there were now standout performers, several players had solid games. Here’s the weekly recap.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

After being held without a catch last week, Davis had five catches for 68 yards in the Redskins’ 31-26 loss to the Cowboys. He now has more receiving yards this year (450) than he did all of last season (397).

Sean Davis, S; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Davis had another productive day Thursday, making five tackles in a 28-7 win over the Colts. Davis continues to show improvement each week, as he’s had to play two positions this year.

Heyward-Bey was inactive again this week with a foot injury.

D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Jackson recorded a team-high seven tackles in the Colts’ Thanksgiving loss to the Steelers. The Colts defense couldn’t step up with Andrew Luck out, as they failed to sack Ben Roethlisberger and gave up 369 yards in the loss.

Torrey Smith WR, San Francisco 49ers

Smith had just three catches for 24 yards, but hauled in a touchdown in the 49ers’ 31-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Despite having one of his better games in recent weeks, Smith said he cost the team the game after having a ball go off his hands that resulted in an interception in the third quarter. The Dolphins kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive, extending their lead to 17-7.

He also had an adorable moment before the game where he signed an infant’s jersey.

Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Ngakoue recorded another sack and added two tackles this week in the Jaguars 28-21 loss to the Bills. After getting a sack last week against the Lions he joined some elite company, becoming just the tenth rookie to get five sacks and an interception in his first 10 NFL games. He also needs just one more sack to break the team’s rookie sack record.

Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans

Novak was perfect Sunday, hitting both field goals and an extra point in the Texans’ 21-13 loss to the Chargers. He probably would have had more opportunities if the Texans didn’t turn the ball over twice in Chargers territory.

Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles

Carroll had a disappointing week, recording just two tackles in the Eagles’ 27-13 loss to the Packers. Aaron Rodgers torched the Packers thin secondary, throwing for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs missed his second game of the season after suffering a knee injury Nov. 20 against Arizona. He missed practice on Sunday, but expects to play against the Cowboys on Thursday.

Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders

Condo was on the field for five punts, three extra points and two field goals in the Raiders’ 35-32 win over the Panthers. The Raiders now have nine wins, which means they will finish over .500 for the first time since they went to the Super Bowl in 2002.

Darius Kilgo, NT, Denver Broncos

Kilgo was released Friday so the Broncos could make room for long snapper Thomas Gafford. Starting long snapper Cory Greiter was out this week with a calf injury, so the Broncos needed some insurance. Kilgo struggled this year, making five tackles in just nine games and was inactive last weekend.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe also returned this week after missing three games with a hairline fracture in his right elbow, which would have cut into Kilgo’s already limited playing time.