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NFL Dawgs Week 15: Sunday Belongs To The Young Dawgs

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Several rookies, including Peters, Thompson, and Timu shined for their teams on Sunday. Get the details on these young Dawgs' performance and much more in the weekly NFL roundup called NFL Dawgs

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Peters, Chiefs hottest things nobody is talking about

Marcus Peters and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) are flying under the radar as one of the NFLs top players and teams respectively. Peters added two more interceptions Sunday, giving him seven total in what should be a Defensive Rookie of the Year season for the former Husky. One of the picks was returned for a 93-yard touchdown, and culminated in Peters' version of the Ray Lewis celebration dance, to the displeasure of the Baltimore fans. The hotshot rookie also had three tackles and four deflected passes on the day. Meanwhile, the Chiefs won their eighth game in a row as they roll towards the postseason, knocking off the Ravens (4-10) 34-14 Sunday.

Bucs fall to Rams on Thursday night

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rebounded from a costly penalty, scoring a redzone touchdown, but it wasn't enough as his Tampa Bay Bucs (6-8) fell 31-23 to the St. Louis Rams (6-8) on Thursday. Trailing by 18 in the fourth, the Bucs appeared to be nearing a score when Seferian-Jenkins was tackled half a foot from the endzone. The tight end would inexplicably get off the turf and throw the ball away from the referee, drawing a 15-yard penalty, and eventually forcing the Bucs to settle for only a field goal. Seferian-Jenkins would atone for his mistake, hauling in a nine-yard touchdown pass later in the fourth to finish the game with three receptions for 29 yards.

Panthers remain perfect (barely)

The Carolina  Panthers (14-0) survived a feverish fourth quarter comeback attempt from the New York Giants (6-8) to remain perfect, winning 38-35 on a 43-yard Graham Gano field goal as time expired. The Giants came back from 28 points down (21 in the fourth) to tie the game on an Odell Beckham Jr. touchdown with 1:40 left in the game. Unfortunately for the Giants, that was too much time for Cam Newton and company, as they marched down the field to set up Gano for the winning kick. Panthers rookie Shaq Thompson had arguably his best game of the season, recording six total tackles, four of those solo, in the victory.

Timu has arrived

After struggling to find his niche in the NFL, linebacker John Timu showed what he can do on Sunday for the Chicago Bears (5-9). Timu, who had only one tackle before Sunday, erupted to lead the Bears in tackles with nine total, eight solo as the Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings (9-5) 38-17. Timu was promoted from the practice squad earlier this week, and shined for the Bears after being given his first career start -- well done, John!

Around the NFL

  • The Seattle Seahawks (9-5) won their fifth straight game on Sunday, defeating the Cleveland Browns (3-11) 30-13. Former Husky Jermaine Kearse was the Seahawks' leading receiver with seven receptions and 110 yards.
  • Despite the loss of Dexter McCluster, Bishop Sankey still did not have a carry for the Tennessee Titans (3-11). The embattled running back was instead limited to three receptions out of the backfield for 23 yards as Tennessee fell to the New England Patriots (12-2) 33-16.
  • For the second consecutive week, Mason Foster and Dashon Goldson combined for 10 tackles as the Washington Redskins (7-7) beat the Buffalo Bills (6-8) 35-25 to remain in first place in the NFC East.
  • Desmond Trufant had three tackles as the Atlanta Falcons (7-7) topped the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) 23-17.
  • The Houston Texans (7-7) took over control of the AFC South with a 16-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Running back Chris Polk had a pedestrian six yards on four attempts for the victorious Texans.
  • Hau'oli Kikaha had a tackle and a fumble recovery as the New Orleans Saints (5-9) fell to the Detroit Lions (5-9) on Monday night.
  • The San Diego Chargers (4-10) knocked off the Miami Dolphins (5-9) 30-14 Sunday, in what could potentially be the last game played in San Diego for the Bolts. Donald Butler had a pair of tackles for the Chargers in the victory.

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