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#ProDawgs Week 11: Shelton wrecks Wentz

Shelton’s sack and Trufant’s strong return lead defensive stars

New England Patriots v Philadelphia Eagles
Danny Shelton (71 in white) led a strong defensive outing for New England vs Philadelphia.
Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images

Falcons: Playing for the first time since week 5 because of a toe injury, Desmond Trufant was excellent in Atlanta’s surprising blowout win at Carolina with his third interception of the year (below), a pass deflection and seven tackles, including first TFL of 2019. OT Kaleb McGary continues to a full-time starter for Atlanta at right tackle. After a career-high 9% of defensive snaps last week, CB Jordan Miller played 4% but had no stats.

Panthers: OLB Shaq Thompson had five tackles in Carolina’s loss to Atlanta including a TFL and added a pass deflection, but that deflection not only should have been an interception, but likely would have been returned for a touchdown if he holds on.

Patriots: DT Danny Shelton had a season-high seven tackles including a strip-sack of Carson Wentz (recovered by teammate Lawrence Guy) in New England’s win over Philadelphia.

Eagles: CB Sidney Jones did not see the field on defense but did play on 15% of special teams snaps in Philadelphia’s loss to New England.

Cardinals: FS Budda Baker had 13 tackles including a TFL and a QB hit as Arizona couldn’t hold off San Francisco. CB Byron Murphy had five tackles and a pass deflection. TE Darrell Daniels caught a four-yard pass — his first catch of the season — on the only offensive play he was in for, and also made a tackle on punt coverage. S Zeke Turner played 81% of special teams snaps, and has done so in all seven games he’s played this season.

Lions: WR Marvin Hall did what he does best, hauling in a 39-yard pass from Jeff Driskel on his only target early in the third quarter as the Lions’ comeback came up short vs Dallas. Hall also lined up as a punt returner, but it resulted in a fair catch. He played on 22% of offensive snaps and tied for a season-high with 23% of special teams snaps. Despite just nine targets in eight total games as a Lion, Hall has already exceeded his yardage total from two years in Atlanta (209) with 240, averaging an even 40 yards per catch.

Rams: S Taylor Rapp had eight tackles, adding a pass deflection and a TFL in LA’s win over Chicago. After no TFLs through nine weeks, Rapp has three in his past two games. ILB Cory Littleton tied a season-low with three tackles. After making his offensive debut last week, C Coleman Shelton did not play on offense but played 12% on special teams. DL Greg Gaines was inactive.

Ravens: CB Marcus Peters had three tackles and a pass defensed while holding star Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins to under 7 yards per target in Baltimore’s blowout win over Houston.

Buccaneers: DT Vita Vea had four tackles in Tampa Bay’s home loss to New Orleans. In what’s become a lost year for the Bucs, Vea appears firmly entrenched as one of the young cornerstones Tampa Bay will be building around.

Saints: HB Dwayne Washington played 62% of special teams snaps but recorded no stats as New Orleans won easily at Tampa Bay.

Dolphins: HB Myles Gaskin was active for the second week in a row and had his first career carry, which resulted in no gain. He also was targeted once but it went incomplete as Miami lost to Buffalo.

Injury Report

  • Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) has been designated to return from injured reserve and will be eligible starting in week 13 (minimum eight-week absence after being placed on IR prior to week 5).
  • After no catches on three targets in San Francisco’s MNF loss at Seattle in week 10, 49ers WR Dante Pettis missed San Francisco’s week 11 comeback win over Arizona with a back injury. He status for week 12 vs Green Bay is unclear.

Byes: CB Kevin King (Packers), LB Ben Burr-Kirven (Seahawks)