RB Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
If the Denver Broncos were matched up with the Kansas City Chiefs every weekend, Montee Ball (2009-12) would have no objections.
After rushing for a career-high two touchdowns against the Chiefs in Week 11, Ball recorded his first hundred-yard game in the NFL in Week 13 against Kansas City, running for 117 yards on a career-high 13 carries in the Broncos' 35-28 victory at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.
Ball's longest run of the day, and of his career to date, came as the Broncos found themselves pinned deep inside their own five yard-line. The rookie took the handoff 45 yards and went back to his days at Camp Randall Stadium to break out some powerful running that the Broncos were hoping for when they drafted him in the second-round in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Broncos (10-2) host the Tennessee Titans (5-7) in Week 14 of the regular season.
OLB DeAndre Levy, Detroit Lions
No linebacker has led the NFL in interceptions in the Super Bowl era, but DeAndre Levy (2005-08) is on pace to become the first. Heading into the final month of the season, Levy leads the league with six interceptions after picking off Matt Flynn late in the third quarter of the Detroit Lions' 40-10 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Green Bay Packers.
With just one more interception, in fact, Levy would become just the ninth linebacker since 1967 to record seven or more interceptions in a single season. (See all six Levy interceptions this season here).
Levy had five interceptions in his first four seasons in the league and has only recorded 100 tackles or more just once in his career (109 in 2011). With 95 tackles -- five of which came on Thursday -- and four games remaining in the regular season, it's safe to say that Levy will break the hundred-tackle mark with ease come season's end.
The Lions, with the help of Levy, were able to hold the Packers without a rushing first down for the entire game, the first time since 1990 that the Packers had zero first downs via rush in a game.
Detroit (7-5) travels to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (7-5), winners of four straight, in Week 14.
QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Bring on Monday Night Football, bring on the New Orleans Saints and bring on the playoffs.
Russell Wilson (2011) was at his best when the lights shined the brightest on Monday Night Football in the Seattle Seahawks' 34-7 Week 13 victory over the Saints. The former Badger was 22-of-30 for 310 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. This was just the second time all season that Wilson has thrown for over 300 yards. Wilson also lead the team in rushing with 47 yards on eight attempts.
The night was full of big plays for the former Badger and his Seahawks offense, and perhaps no play was more impressive than Wilson's 52-yard completion to Doug Baldwin in the second quarter against an all-out blitz from Rob Ryan and his Saints' defense. Earlier, Wilson's 60-yard pass to Zach Miller (writer's note: No, I was not named after him) in the first quarter was the third-longest completion of Wilson's career and the third-longest catch of Miller's career.
Going against a much improved Saints defense, Wilson was not afraid and improved his record at CenturyLink Field to an impressive 14-0 in the regular season.
Wilson's three touchdowns on Monday night got him to 20 touchdown passes on the season, making him just the fourth quarterback in NFL history (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Andy Dalton) to throw for 20 touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons. For the sixth straight game -- best in the NFL -- Wilson threw multiple touchdown passes.
The Seahawks (11-1) head to Candlestick Park to play the San Francisco 49ers (8-4) in an NFC West rivalry game in Week 14 of the regular season.
Other notes from Badgers in the NFL
- 2010 fourth-round draft pick tight end Garrett Graham caught three passes on a team-high 11 targets for 36 yards in the Houston Texans' 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots.
- 2012 sixth-round draft pick punter Brad Nortman (2008-11) punted the pigskin three times for 138 yards (46.0 average and a long of 55 yards) in the Carolina Panthers' 27-6 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- 2011 first-round pick defensive end J.J. Watt (2009-10) had five tackles, three quarterback hits and one pass deflection in the Houston Texans' 34-31 loss to the Patriots.