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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Bradley Roby, CB, Broncos (NFL): While he did get beaten a few times by Pittsburgh’s Antonio-Brown-less receiving corps in Sunday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game, Roby stepped up and made the single biggest play of the game. The Broncos were trailing the Steelers in the fourth quarter when Roby dislodged the ball from RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, forcing a fumble that set up QB Peyton Manning to drive Denver down for the go-ahead score in their 23-16 victory.

Rashad Johnson, FS, Cardinals (NFL): The bad? Johnson and All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson were the ones who allowed Packers WR Jeff Janis to catch that impossible Hail Mary touchdown that forced overtime in Saturday’s NFC divisional-round playoff game. The good? The Cardinals were still able to get the W, and Johnson had Arizona’s only interception (that counted) against QB Aaron Rodgers as well as adding five tackles in Arizona’s 26-20 overtime victory. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Harrison Smith, FS, Vikings (NFL): Back on the field after missing the better part of three games with a knee injury, Smith — along with fellow returning starters LB Anthony Barr and DT Linval Joseph — sparked Minnesota’s defense in Sunday’s 49-17 rout of the Giants. Smith had five tackles and 35-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Vikings clinched a playoff berth and will next play the Packers for the NFC North title.

Jimmy Smith, CB, Ravens (NFL): Smith had a 101-yard pick-six that not only would’ve been the signature moment of Sunday’s 20-17 upset victory over the Steelers, it would’ve probably been the highlight of the Ravens’ season if it hadn’t been called back to to a teammate lining up offsides. Even without that play in the books, Smith still shined with one interception (that counted), two pass breakups, and limiting Pittsburgh star WR Antonio Brown to seven catches for 61 yards and no TDs. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Robert Alford, CB, Falcons (NFL): In the second quarter against Washington on Sunday, Alford made his first interception of the season. In the fourth quarter, he committed a pass interference penalty that set up a Washington touchdown. Going into overtime, Alford needed something to tip the scales and determine whether he could feel good or bad about his game. It didn’t take long. On the first possession of the extra frame, Alford jumped an out route by WR Ryan Grant and picked off his second pass of the day, returning it 59 yards for the winning touchdown and keeping Atlanta undefeated this season.

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington (NCAA): Almost forgotten amidst the drama and tragedy of USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s sudden fall due to alcoholism was the fact that the Trojans suffered a crushing 17-12 loss on Thursday to young pack of Huskies that have become surprise Pac-12 North contenders. Jones, a sophomore, stood out in the upset with four tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception against famously accurate USC QB Cody Kessler. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma (NCAA) — The Sooners are competing for a spot in college football’s first-ever national championship playoffs. The Longhorns are just trying to rediscover what it’s like to be competitive as they undergo a rebuilding process. This year’s Red River Rivalry game wasn’t supposed to be close, and after Sanchez’s 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter gave OU a 17-3 lead on Saturday, it was looking like the blowout everybody predicted. Texas came back to make it a game in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma was able to hang on for a 31-26 victory. Sanchez, a redshirt sophomore who added eight tackles and three pass breakups, now has one INT in each of Oklahoma’s five wins this season. In the one game in which he didn’t get a pick, the Sooners lost to TCU. Continue reading

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