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#ProDawgs Week 12: Big Guy Touchdown

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The Bucs’ Vita Vea became the heaviest player to ever score a TD.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Vita Vea backed up strong play on the D-line with an unexpected offensive contribution for Tampa Bay.
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Buccaneers: DT Vita Vea not only recorded his first full sack of the year in Tampa Bay’s win at Atlanta (now has 1.5 total), but also became the heaviest player to ever score a touchdown when he lined up at fullback and caught a 1-yard pass from Jameis Winston. At 347 pounds, Vea narrowly edges out former Chiefs DT Dontari Poe (346), who was used as a wildcat QB by Kansas City in a few goal line situations. Hall of Fame Ravens OT Jonathan Ogden is the only other player over 340 pounds to accomplish the feat. It’s not the first time Vea has lined up on offense, as he also played three snaps in week 10 vs Arizona.

Falcons: CB Desmond Trufant set a new career-high with his fourth interception of the season and second in as many weeks, as well as adding two pass deflections and three tackles as Atlanta’s hot streak was stopped by Tampa Bay.

Dolphins: RB Myles Gaskin continues to have his role in Miami’s offense grow, as he had four carries for 10 yards and one catch for 7 yards in Miami’s loss at Cleveland. After being inactive for Miami’s first eight games, Gaskin has played 8, 10 and now 25% of offensive snaps in the past three.

Panthers: OLB Shaq Thompson had seven tackles, his second-highest total since week 4, as Carolina came up just short of an upset at New Orleans.

Saints: RB Dwayne Washington played 61% of special teams snaps but recorded no stats as New Orleans beat Carolina.

Patriots: DT Danny Shelton played a season-high 69% of defensive snaps but had his lowest tackle total since week 2, recording two stops and a QB hit in New England’s narrow win vs Dallas.

Lions: WR Marvin Hall caught one of two targets for a 21-yard reception in Detroit’s loss at Washington. However, he also made a major special teams gaffe, attempting to return a punt from the goal line and being tackled at the 2-yard line. He then left with a left foot injury (see injury report).

Packers: CB Kevin King had five tackles but was notably burned really badly for a 61-yard touchdown by TE George Kittle as Green Bay was walloped by San Francisco.

49ers: WR Dante Pettis played just two snaps (3%) for the second week in a row and had no stats as San Francisco rolled at Green Bay.

Seahawks: LB Ben Burr-Kirven played a season-high 82% of special teams snaps and recorded one tackle as Seattle won at Philadelphia.

Eagles: CB Sidney Jones played a season-high 32% on special teams as Philadelphia lost to Seattle. His future in Philadelphia appears to be done.

Injury Report:

  • Bengals WR John Ross has now spent the minimum required 8 weeks on injured reserve and is eligible to be activated for week 13 vs the Jets. As of Monday Nov. 25, whether Cincinnati will active him remains to be seen.
  • After making a 21-yard catch and a special teams miscue, Lions WR later left with an injured left foot and was on crutches postgame. He is not officially out for Detroit’s annual Thanksgiving game (vs Chicago), but seems unlikely to play.

Byes: FS Budda Baker (Cardinals), CB Byron Murphy (Cardinals), S Zeke Turner (Cardinals), TE Darrell Daniels (Cardinals)

MNF: CB Marcus Peters leads the Ravens back to face the team he started the year with, facing a Rams team with four Huskies: S Taylor Rapp, ILB Cory Littleton, C Coleman Shelton and DL Greg Gaines