Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Ron Parker, SS, Chiefs (NFL) — Ever wondered what it would be like if Team USA goalie Tim Howard played strong safety in the NFL? On Sunday in Buffalo, the Chiefs were about three steps from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half when Parker dove and slapped the ball away from Bills running back Bryce Brown, causing a fumble that resulted in a touchback. After Kansas City has rallied to take the lead in the fourth quarter, Buffalo’s final drive was almost single-handedly ruined by Parker, who knocked down three passes, including QB Kyle Orton’s fourth-down throw to star rookie WR Sammy Watkins that looked like a sure touchdown. Parker also had a team-high eight tackles in KC’s 17-13 victory.
Cleveland Browns (NFL) — Andy Dalton is a Pro Bowl quarterback who has led the Bengals to three straight playoff appearances. Last Thursday, the Browns secondary teamed with the front seven to make Dalton look like an overwhelmed rookie. Cornerback Buster Skrine had two interceptions and three pass breakups; cornerback Joe Haden had a fumble recovery and two pass breakups; safeties Donte Whitner and Tashaun Gipson and nickel back K’Waun Williams were also key contributors in a group effort to shut down explosive Bengals receivers A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu and force Dalton into a ghastly stat line of 10-for-33, 86 yards, three INTs, a 2.0 passer rating and a negative fantasy score in most leagues.
Deshazor Everett, CB, Texas A&M (NCAA) — On the final play of the first half of the Aggies’ eventual 41-38 upset win over Auburn on Saturday, Everett scooped up a blocked field goal and ran it back 65 yards for a touchdown. The senior boundary corner also had five tackles (one for a loss) and one pass breakup.
Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Jets (NFL) — The ravenous New York media can’t figure out whether rookie free safety Calvin Pryor was benched for Sunday’s game against the Steelers because he was late for a meeting or because he just hasn’t been playing well. But whatever the reason, Jarrett was promoted to the starting job and turned out to be the best player in the field in the Jets’ 20-13 upset win. Jarrett had 10 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. How good was he? Jarrett had as many takeaways by himself in one game as the entire Jets defense had takeaway through the first nine games of their season.
Patrick Peterson, CB, Cardinals (NFL) — Last season, the Seahawks came out of the NFC West with the league’s best secondary headlined by the league’s best cornerback and won the franchise’s first Super Bowl. This season, the Cardinals lead the NFC West with a league-best record of 8-1, boasting arguably the league’s best secondary and arguably its best corner. That man, Peterson, had two interceptions in Sunday’s 31-14 win over the Rams, taking one of his picks back for a 30-yard touchdown.
Troy Hill, CB, Oregon (NCAA) — During the Ducks’ 24-point fourth quarter in which they pulled away from Utah for a 51-27 win, Hill had an interception to set up Oregon’s final score. The senior cornerback also had seven tackles in the win, helping Oregon stay in the national championship playoff picture.