It was an exciting week for current and former Maryland football players alike. The current edition found out its bowl destination, while some former Terps had some key milestones. Here’s the weekly recap.
Sean Davis, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
Davis made seven tackles and a key interception in the Steelers’ 24-14 win over the Giants. With 11:42 left, the rookie picked off an Eli Manning pass intended for Sterling Shepard after the quarterback scrambled out of the pocket to avoid the pass rush. It was Davis’s first career interception, and here’s to hoping he has a few more.
The perfect time for your first career NFL interception. https://t.co/pjoJjIB8p5— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 5, 2016
Stefon Diggs, WR; Shaun Hill, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs was solid this week, catching eight passes for 59 yards in the Vikings 17-15 loss to the Cowboys. The wide receiver was not able to reel off any big gains, but this may say more about Sam Bradford than Diggs’ explosiveness, as Bradford ranks 27th in yards per attempt this season. The Vikings also put out this nice hype video to encourage their fans to vote Diggs to the Pro Bowl.
Hill made his first appearance in 10 games after Bradford got hurt at the end of the first half. Hill completed a pass to Adam Thielen for a six-yard gain before getting sacked on the next play.
Vernon Davis, TE; AJ Francis, DT, Washington Redskins
Davis had five catches for 47 yards in the Redskins’ 31-23 loss to the Cardinals. Check out this nice feature on him from the Washington Post’s Master Tesfatsion.
Francis was promoted to the team’s active roster on Nov. 30, but did not see game action on Sunday. In the Washington Post this week, he said if he stops playing football before the age of 30 he might try professional wrestling.
D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jackson had four tackles in the Colts’ 41-10 win Monday over the Jets. In a dominant performance, the Colts held the Jets to 250 yards and forced three turnovers.
Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Carroll made 4 tackles in the Eagles’ 32-14 loss to the Bengals. It was a tough day for the Philadelphia secondary, which gave up 332 yards and two touchdowns to a Bengals team that was without A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard.
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Smith was held without a catch for the second time this season in a 26-6 loss to the Bears. Smith has struggled this season, and it didn’t help that his quarterbacks threw for 39 yards on Sunday. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, Smith’s struggles are not unique. No San Francisco wideout has had a standout season due to the team’s ongoing quarterback issues.
Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans
Novak missed one of his two extra point attempts in the Texans’ 21-13 loss to the Packers. It was his second missed extra point this year, and NFL kickers have now missed 55 extra-point attempts this season.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ngakoue did not record so much as a tackle Sunday before leaving with a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars had another solid defensive effort ruined by inept quarterback play, as they held the Broncos to 210 yards but Blake Bortles threw two interceptions in a 20-10 loss.
Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders
Condo was on the field 11 times Sunday in the Raiders’ 38-24 comeback win over the Bills. But once again, his special teams partner Marquette King made headlines for grabbing a penalty flag and spiking it on the ground after a penalty for roughing the kicker.
King then responded after the game with this tweet.
Oooooo so that's how I got caught... pic.twitter.com/VPuvLWcvFK— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) December 5, 2016