Week Twelve Spartans in the NFL Report….

Smith once again is having a great season.  Photo courtesy of the Jets Smith once again is having a great season. Photo courtesy of the Jets

Defensive tackle Domata Peko played a significant role for the Bengals defense, which held the Raiders to a mere 10 points and 218 yards in Cincinnati’s 34-10 win over Oakland. Peko had two assists and a quarterback hit on the day.

Brian Hoyer and Plaxico Burress were signed by the Steelers on Tuesday. The team was not able to make the duo’s debut a good one, as eight Pittsburgh turnovers spelled a 20-14 loss to the Browns. Hoyer, the backup to veteran Charlie Batch, watched from the sidelines as the 37-year old threw three interceptions. Batch twice targeted Burress, who saw a bit of time at wide out, but Batch was not able to connect with the former Jets wide receiver.

Houston’s talented rookie Keshawn Martin had a solid game in a Thanksgiving Day thriller between the Texans and the Lions that ended in a 34-31 overtime triumph for the visiting Texans. The wide receiver reeled in two passes for 17 yards and carried the ball once for 17 yards. Martin also made his mark on special teams, returning five kickoffs for an average of 24.2 yards and three punts for ten yards.

Brandon Fields posted another impressive performance for the Dolphins in the team’s last-second 24-21 win over the Seahawks. Fields punted five times for a 45.0 yard average, with his longest being 57 yards, and pinned Seattle inside its own 20 yard line twice.

Tight end Kellen Davis of the Bears caught one pass for 15 yards in Chicago’s 28-10 victory over the Vikings.

Kirk Cousins did not see any action at quarterback for the Redskins in Washington’s 38-31 Thanksgiving Day triumph over the Cowboys.

Continuing his stellar play at defensive tackle for the Broncos, Kevin Vickerson notched two tackles to help Denver beat the Chiefs, 17-9.

The Jets’ already-difficult 2012 season got even tougher on Thursday, as the Patriots crushed the Jets, 49-19. Starting safety Eric Smith contributed two tackles, an assist and a fumble recovery in the loss.

Quarterback Drew Stanton did not play in the Colts’ close 20-13 win over the Bills.

Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy recorded one tackle for the Packers in a 38-10 blowout loss on Sunday night to the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

The 49ers abruptly ended the Saints’ five game winning streak, snatching a 31-21 victory from New Orleans. Tight end Garrett Celek did see the field for San Francisco, but did not record any stats. Safety Trenton Robinson was not active for the victors.

Greg Jones, linebacker for the Jaguars, made one special teams tackle in Jacksonville’s 24-19 win over the Titans.

Injury Front:

The Bengals’ Kyle Cook has a target date set for his return, but is not allowed to say what that date is. “As long as everything goes well, I’ll be back by that date,” the center told cincinnati.com.  After injuring his ankle in the preseason, Cook’s ankle is finally “back to what it was,” he said. For the full story on the veteran’s return, check out: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/bengals/2012/11/21/target-date-set-for-cooks-return/

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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