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Gators in the NFL: Week 13

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With Jeff Driskel (quarterback, Detroit Lions) stricken to the injured reserve list (hamstring) there’s only one former Florida signal caller starting in the NFL.

Jacoby Brissett (quarterback, Indianapolis Colts) went 25 for 40 passing for 319 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 31-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Despite a pedestrian completion percentage (62.5 percent), two turnovers and three sacks, Brissett played pretty well aside from two possessions. He led the Colts to two touchdown drives and four field goal attempts (one missed by Vinatieri, two blocked and one converted).

With a 17-14 lead in the third quarter, Brissett was pressured up the middle on a delayed linebacker blitz. Throwing off his back foot, he sailed his pass, setting up the Titans in the red zone.

With the game tied, Brissett led to the Colts into field-goal range yet again, but a blocked kick returned for a touchdown flipped the contest on its head with just over five minutes remaining.

Another interception on an overthrown ball led to another Titans touchdown, icing the game.

Carlos Dunlap (defensive end, Cincinnati Bengals) managed a monster performance in a 22-6 win over the New York Jets. The two-time Pro Bowl selection gobbled up three sacks, six quarterback hits and seven total tackles (six solo). He also deflected two passes, being an absolute nightmare for quarterback Sam Darnold.

Dunlap’s AFC North compatriot, Joe Haden (corner, Pittsburgh Steelers), put his matchup with the Cleveland Browns on ice with a late-game interception against quarterback Baker Mayfield. The second-year signal caller threw the football behind his intended target, Jarvis Landry, and into the diving arms of Haden, who had dropped into zone coverage. Haden returned the pass from the Steelers’ 38 to the Browns’ 40 before sliding down. Pittsburgh went on to win 20-13.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (corner, New Orleans Saints) also had a big fourth-quarter interception. He picked off the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan to help the Saints to a 26-18 victory.

Quinton Dunbar (corner, Washington Redskins) played well against an NFC South opponent as well. He picked up five tackles (four solo), including one for a loss, and defended two passes in the Redskins’ 29-21 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Dante Fowler Jr. (edge rusher, Los Angeles Rams) also performed well in a big contest for his team (7-5). He only had two tackles in the 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals, but both came behind the line of scrimmage. He also deflected two passes and hit the opposing quarterback once.

Injury Report:

Duke Dawson (corner, Denver Broncos) sat out a 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers with a concussion. He is questionable to return for Week 14’s matchup in Houston.

Brian Poole (safety, New York Jets) exited his team’s 22-6 loss in Cincinnati, also with a concussion. He is questionable for his upcoming game against the Dolphins.

Jonathan Bullard (defensive tackle, Arizona Cardinals) suffered a hamstring injury against the Rams. He will be out for multiple weeks.

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