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Gators in the NFL: Week 12

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Former Florida Gators experienced sinking lows and soaring highs in Week 12 of the NFL. Some crushing losses, a defensive touchdown and Gator-on-Gator crime highlighted a crazy week.

Jeff Driskel (quarterback, Detroit Lions) is 0-3 as a starter for the Detroit Lions, losing each game by eight points or less. Yet, Sunday’s 19-16 loss in Washington D.C. had to be his most painful.

Until 54 seconds left in the contest, Driskel played decent football. He led the Lions to a field goal and a 16-13 lead two drives earlier. Now, with a tie game, he could lead his team to a win.

The only problem was that he didn’t see Quinton Dunbar (corner, Washington Redskins), his former Florida teammate. Dunbar intercepted Driskel’s pass close to midfield, setting up a 19-16 game-winning kick by Dustin Hopkins.

Driskel finished 20 for 33 passing for 207 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He also ran nine times for 63 yards, but picked up a hamstring injury and is questionable for Thanksgiving Day against the Bears.

Dunbar finished with four tackles, while Jarrad Davis (linebacker, Detroit Lions) had eight tackles (six solo and two for a loss), a sack and two quarterback hits.

Jacoby Brissett’s (quarterback, Indianapolis Colts) statistics at the Houston Texans weren’t really reflective of how well he played (16 for 25 passing, 129 yards; four rushes, 20 yards, rushing touchdown). He managed well against a good defense and put the Colts in position to win despite the absence of his best offensive weapon, Marlon Mack.

The Colts were also a solid 9 for 15 on third down, as Brissett took a lot of check downs to pick up the critical yardage. But on his final drive with two minutes left in the contest, Brissett scrambled for the line to gain on fourth-and-7 and was tackled a half-yard short.

If it wasn’t for a half-yard (or maybe two vital drops by T.Y. Hilton), the Colts would likely have sent the game to overtime or even won.

Vernon Hargreaves III (corner, Houston Texans) played in his first game since being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had five tackles (three solo) and deflected a Brissett pass.

Carlos Dunlap (defensive end, Cincinnati Bengals) and Joe Haden (corner, Pittsburgh Steelers) shared the gridiron in Cincinnati in the Steelers’ 16-10 win. Dunlap had six tackles (two solo and one for a loss), a sack, two quarterback hits and a batted pass. Haden made two tackles (both solo) and defended three passes.

Brian Poole (safety, New York Jets) had a pick six on a tipped pass in the Jets’ big 34-3 win over the Oakland Raiders. Poole made a one-handed grab at the Oakland 15 and bounded into the end zone for the score.

Duke Dawson (corner, Denver Broncos) started his third game of the year for coach Vic Fangio. He made a tackle (solo) and defended a pass, but Dawson suffered a concussion in a 20-3 loss at the Buffalo Bills.

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