Seahawks undrafted rookie DT Ford turns heads
Arizona Cardinals: Steve Wilks' team got a rare chance to celebrate on Sunday, topping the Green Bay Packers in the snow at Lambeau Field, but they lost two more starters to injury, guard Mike Iupati (knee) and wide receiver Christian Kirk. However, Kirk's season-ending broken foot shouldn't put a damper on his rookie season, which he capped with 54 yards on three catches and a 23-yard rush on Sunday. "His playmaking ability, I thought we saw that throughout the year, whether it was vertical down the field, on the perimeter, the screen game, the reverse," Wilks said Monday. "And the things you don't see, like his preparation. This guy is a pro's pro. The future is very bright with him." The second-round pick saved 60 of his total yards for what proved to be the Cardinals' game-winning drive in Green Bay.
Los Angeles Rams: Forget back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards -- Aaron Donald's latest gem of a game against the Detroit Lions has many suggesting he should be considered in the NFL MVP race. Donald notched multiple sacks for the fifth time in his past six games and now leads the NFL in sacks (16.5) by four and QB hits (32) by seven. His second takedown of Matthew Stafford came after Donald beat a double team, and he jarred the ball free to set up a critical touchdown for a 10-point lead. The last defensive player to get serious consideration for MVP was J.J. Watt, who finished second, 13 votes behind Aaron Rodgers (31), after totaling 20.5 sacks in 2015. Alan Page (1971) and Lawrence Taylor (1986) are the only defensive players ever to win the award.
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers fell to 2-10 and were officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Seahawks, but Kyle Shanahan was impressed by running back Jeff Wilson Jr., an undrafted rookie from North Texas who had 15 carries for 61 yards and eight catches for 73 yards in his second NFL game. "Jeff played very well," Shanahan said. "He earned that last week, how he played, but it got stronger, especially having (starter Matt) Breida (hurt) in pregame warmups. We were going to give Jeff a lot anyways." Wilson performed despite battling through a foot injury on Sunday and could get another big opportunity this week with Breida (ankle) already ruled out against the Denver Broncos.
Seattle Seahawks: There were several standout performances for the Seahawks on Sunday, but one came from a particularly unheralded player: undrafted rookie nose tackle Poona Ford. "Poona did a really good job, he played really, really well," coach Pete Carroll said Monday, adding the team credited Ford with six tackles compared to the four in the official box score. "That's a lot of production for the nose tackle, but it was because he was running and chasing the football so well. And he's a really instinctive football player. ... We're really encouraged about that. Love to see that he has that much mobility and can go sideline to sideline."
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