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Badgers in the NFL: Week 13

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Joe Schobert has a pick six, Quintez Cephus scores his first career touchdown and Melvin Gordon rushes for over 100 yards.

Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson threw for 263 yards and one touchdown in Seattle’s upset loss to the Giants, but also had two turnovers (one INT, one fumble). The former Super Bowl champion has had a great season for the Seahawks but has been shaky in recent weeks, committing nine turnovers (five INTs, four fumbles) in Seattle’s past five games. Wilson is poised to get back on track against the winless Jets this upcoming weekend.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): White had a quiet game on Sunday, catching three passes that totaled just one receiving yard.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Broncos): The six year veteran had his best game of the year in Week 13, rushing for a season-high 131 yards on just 15 carries. Gordon also added one catch for 11 receiving yards in Denver’s loss to the Chiefs.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): Clement saw action on 70% of special teams snaps in Philly’s loss to the Packers.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Jaguars): Ogunbowale got his first carries of the season on Sunday, rushing for seven yards on two rushing attempts. The former walk-on also played 71% of special teams snaps and had one tackle.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Steelers): Watt logged just three snaps at fullback, but was on the field for 75% of special teams snaps in Week 13.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played 17% of offensive snaps and finished with one catch for two yards in the Raiders’ win over the Jets.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): The former All-Pro started his twelfth straight game at right tackle and played 100% of offensive snaps for the Saints.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Packers): Wagner started at right tackle and played every offensive snap for the Packers in Week 13.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): The six year veteran started at right tackle and played 83 offensive snaps in the Rams’ win over the Cardinals.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): Zeitler started at right guard and played every offensive snap in the Giants’ upset win over the Seahawks.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): Edwards started at left guard and played 100% of offensive snaps in Week 13.
  • Michael Deiter, C (Dolphins): Deiter logged just six special teams snaps in the Dolphins’ win over the Bengals.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): Fumagalli played 16 total snaps (7 offensive, 9 special teams) and was targeted once in the Broncos’ Sunday night loss to the Chiefs.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): Erickson played a season-high 37% of offensive snaps and finished with two catches for 17 yards in Week 13. The former walk-on also logged eight special teams snaps and had one kick return for 24 yards and two punt returns for 13 yards.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt was all over the field on Sunday, notching a season-high six tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack in Houston’s loss to the Colts. The three-time Defensive Player of Year is a prime candidate to be traded in the offseason and he’s showing teams he still has plenty left in the tank.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Jaguars): Schobert had his best game of the season in Week 13, finishing with 12 tackles, one sack, and a pick six. The former fourth round pick now has 103 tackles on the year and has had 100+ tackles in four straight seasons.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): Another week, another monster game from the youngest Watt brother. The Defensive Player of the Year front-runner had six tackles, two tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, a sack and a forced fumble in Pittsburgh’s win. Watt now leads the NFL in both sacks (12) and tackles for loss (21).
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards was on the field for 34% of defensive snaps and finished with four tackles and a sack in the Eagles’ (Editor’s note: valiant) loss.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Vikings): The former walk-on played a season-high 65% of special teams snaps and had one tackle in Week 13.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): Van Ginkel played 42% of defensive snaps and notched just one tackle in Miami’s win over the Bengals.
  • Jack Cichy, LB (Patriots): Cichy was waived by the Buccaneers last week, but was promptly claimed by the Patriots off waivers. He’ll fit right in with New England, a team that puts real value on special teams specialists like Cichy.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): The Panthers had a bye in Week 13.

Rookies

  • Jonathan Taylor, RB (Colts): Taylor returned from the COVID/Reserve list on Sunday after missing last week’s game and rushed for 91 yards on only 13 carries. He also had three catches for 44 yards and a receiving touchdown in the Colts’ win over the Texans. The former two-time Doak Walker Award winner is surging at the right time, having rushed for 90+ yards in two straight games.
  • Quintez Cephus, WR (Lions): Cephus scored his first career touchdown in Week 13 on an impressive 49-yard catch and added one other catch for 14 yards. The Lions released wide receiver Marvin Hall last week and with Kenny Golladay still out with an injury, Cephus has a great opportunity to see significant playing time down the stretch.
  • Zack Baun, LB (Saints): Baun logged nine snaps on defense and finished with two tackles in the Saints’ win over the Falcons. The third round pick also played 65% of special teams snaps.
  • Chris Orr, LB (Panthers): The Panthers had a bye in Week 13.