Your Week 8 Spartans in the NFL Report

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Kellen Davis was a critical part of the Bears’ comeback effort in Chicago’s 23-22 victory over the Panthers. The veteran tight end caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler to narrow the Panthers’ lead to 19-14. Davis made a leaping catch between two Carolina safeties to give the Bears six points and momentum. Davis, who has ten receptions for 144 yards on the season, described the play to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, “We got the cover-2 down there and it was good taking me up the middle versus the two [safeties] in the end zone. Jay threw a great ball and gave me a bunch of space to go up there and make a play on it.” For more on Davis’ catch, check out the full story here: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/16021793-419/kellen-davis-late-td-catch-helped-bears-gain-much-needed-momentum.html

Brandon Fields and the Dolphins dominated the Jets, 30-9, for a critical division win that propelled Miami to a 4-3 record. Fields punted six times for an average of 53.3 yards. He also pinned New York inside its own 20 yard line four times. With Sunday’s performance, Fields is now second in the league in yards per punt (51). Jets safety Eric Smith was not active for the contest. Also, check out this story that pays tribute to Fields, an “Unsung Hero” of the Dolphins: http://phinphanatic.com/2012/10/24/dolphins-unsung-hero-brandon-fields/

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Redskins did not play in Washington’s 27-12 loss to the Steelers.

Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson tallied a tackle and a pass defensed for the Broncos in Denver’s 34-14 victory over the Saints. Vickerson has been a significant part of a Denver defense that has managed to hold opposing offenses at bay. As reported by CBS Denver, Vickerson credits much of his success to an offseason program that helped him to healthily gain 40 pounds. In regards to the Broncos’ recent success in stopping the run (allowing only 50 rushing yards to the Saints), Vickerson said: “I just try to be dominant in the middle, make my presence be felt some kind of way…I’m just trying to be that player that is willing to do whatever it takes to win the game.” The full story can be read here:  http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/10/29/gaining-weight-pays-off-for-defensive-tackle-kevin-vickerson/

Drew Stanton did not see any action at quarterback in the Colts’ 19-13 triumph over the Titans.

The 49ers easily handled the Cardinals on Monday Night Football, 24-3. San Francisco tight end Garrett Celek was given some playing time, but recorded no stats. Fellow former Spartan Trenton Robinson was not active for the 49ers.

On Bye:

Wide receiver Keshawn Martin, Texans

Defensive tackle Domata Peko, Bengals

On the Injury Front:

Promising rookie defensive tackle Jerel Worthy of the Packers suffered a concussion on Sunday. Worthy was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half. The date of Worthy’s return has not yet been announced by the Packers.

Running back Javon Ringer of the Titans is officially done for the season. He suffered a torn MCL injury in his knee in week five. Originally it was announced that he could return as soon as week nine. But with Ringer’s recovery not going as well as planned, Tennessee decided to put him on the injured reserve list, ending his season. The back, who gained 268 rushing yards on the year, will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

Joe Ginley is the newest writer for the Spartan Nation website and magazine. He writes Spartans in the NFL and State of the Spartans among other articles. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe brings a great passion for sports and a great flexibility in writing skills.


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