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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama (NCAA): Jones is probably a better kick returner than cornerback, which says a lot about his electrifying return ability since he is a starter for arguably the best defense in college football. In the Crimson Tide’s 38-0 waxing of Michigan State in the national championship playoff semifinal, Jones helped keep the Spartans scoreless with a second-quarter interception deep in ‘Bama territory. Then the senior CB/KR got into the end zone himself with a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Shiloh Keo, FS, Broncos (NFL): Old, injured and discarded, QB Peyton Manning coming off the bench to lead Denver to a 27-20 victory over San Diego that clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC was something out of a Hollywood script. But that feel-good story wouldn’t have happened if Keo — a Hollywood-worthy underdog in his own right who was unemployed just a few weeks ago — hadn’t gotten an interception late in the fourth quarter to set up the Broncos’ go-ahead score. 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:

Trumaine Johnson, CB, Rams (NFL): Attaching himself to Calvin Johnson on Sunday and limiting the Lions’ superstar receiver to just one catch for 16 yards probably would’ve been enough to get Trumaine Johnson on this list. But throw in his 58-yard interception return for a touchdown, and that made it an easy decision. Also impressive is that Johnson, who added five tackles in the 21-14 victory, isn’t even considered the Rams’ top cornerback; he stepped up to the task of guarding “Megatron” while No. 1 CB Janoris Jenkins was out with an injury.

Kurt Coleman, SS, Panthers (NFL): With QB/MVP Cam Newton headlining the offense and LB Luke Kuechly spearheading the defense, Coleman is one of the overlooked contributors who is a big part of Carolina’s 13-0 start. In Sunday’s 38-0 domination of the Falcons, Coleman intercepted his seventh pass of the season — tying him for the NFL lead with Bengals safety Reggie Nelson — and made a team-high nine tackles. 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:

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. Continue reading

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