Noles in the NFL: Week 12

For sports fan across the nation, Florida State fans included, Thanksgivingiving week was a little more grateful to some than others. Aside from the traditional Thanksgiving festivities and its’ beloved food, Florida State Athletics had merely a handful of things to be thankful for over the weekend and Kelvin Benjamin’s performance on Sunday was not one of them.

Benjamin, the 2013 national championship hero has fell into a pit of no return since his trade from Carolina to Buffalo. 2018 has been a year of career lows for the wideout and this Sunday’s performance in which the Bill’s routed a 24-20 win on Jacksonville was no different. Benjamin only recorded one catch for 32 yards on the day; which on a broad spectrum is almost 10% of his 334 yards collected on the season. 

It was just one of those weeks for Florida State Football, the winning streak concluded, the bowl streak concluded, and the Carolina Panther’s beloved kicker and former Seminole Graham Gano missed a potential game winning 52 yard field goal with 1:45 left in the 4th versus Seattle. However Gano’s counterpart on the day, another former Seminole Sebastian Janikowski proved that he still has ice in his veins. The 17 year veteran was a perfect three for three with PAT’s as well as for all field goals that included the 31 yard game winning field goal that sealed a 30-27 win over Carolina that pushed Seattle to over .500 on the season.

Chicago’s and Detroit’s Turkey day battle was a good one, and was also good for a share of Seminoles. NT Eddie Goldman held his fair share of the plate as he recorded four tackles (one TFL) while it’s safe to say this Chicago defense was rather “thankful” to share Thanksgiving day with the Detroit Lion’s offensive line. Not much can be said about Detroit. Head Coach Matt Patricia’s defense was at times inconsistent, but for the most part showed up to play as they held Chicago to only 16 offensive points. OLB Christian Jones certainly played his role however, he recorded six tackles (four solo) in the annual Turkey day showdown.

Some people who I assume were thankful over the weekend were Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fans as they did not have to put up with the illusion of “Fitzmagic” this weekend.. The notorious “Famous Jameis”, yes Jameis Winston, put forth a performance reminding fans of why they took the former Heisman winner with the first overall selection in the 2015 draft. Aside from the fact that he was playing a 49ers squad that’s a dumpster fire right now, Winston’s performance was stellar. On Sunday the “proclaimed franchise quarterback” was efficient in all the right ways as he finished 29 for 38 for 312 yards and two touchdowns in one of his most fulfilling performances in his short four year career.


To round out this Turkey week recap, I will  stay on the week to week basis that Derwin James has put forth and remind you he is here to stay. The likely first year Pro-Bowler once again led Gus Bradley’s defense in tackles with seven in total for the day. And that’s not to mention the two passes defended and an interception against fellow rookie QB Josh Rosen. The Florida State product is just adding to his impressive resume as to why he is starting to run away with the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Notably, if James is indeed rewarded DROY, he would be the second Seminole is four years to win a ROTY award after Jameis Winston was awarded Pepsi ROTY after his impressive 2015 rookie campaign.

It is only right to end this recap with showing proper regards to one Seminole we are all thankful for, the greatest running back in Florida State Football history and now Minnesota Viking Dalvin Cook. Cook has spent most of the 2018 campaign battling a minor hamstring injury, but in the Sunday night showdown versus rival Green Bay Packers, he looked as healthy as ever. The stats wont show it as, he had only 29 yards on ten carries, but Cook displayed his versatility as he hauled in three receptions for 47 yards one of which resulted in his first touchdown on the year.

Aside from Cook’s strong performance that included a monster hit I embedded below, former Seminole and Vikings’ DB Xavier Rhodes would eventually the leave the game after suffering what Minnesota’s Head Coach Mike Zimmer explained as a “mild hamstring injury” after a brief scare during the matchup. Rhodes finished with five tackles on the day as the Vikings brought home the 24-17 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.


Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (IR)

Cincinnati Bengals WR Kermit Whitfield (Practice Squad)

Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Walker (Inactive)

Denver Broncos S Trey Marshall (Practice Squad)

Houston Texans OT Roderick Johnson (Practice Squad)

New England Patriots TE Ryan Izzo (IR)

New Orleans Saints DB Patrick Robinson (IR)

New Orleans Saints OT Rick Leonard (Practice Squad)

Philadelphia Eagles DB Ronald Darby (IR)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Bobo Wilson (Practice Squad)

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (IR)


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