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Hawks in the NFL - Week 13

What a week for former Hawkeyes around the NFL!

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Week 13 has come and gone and WOW that was a busy week for former Hawks. This might be kinda long...

Tight End Wrap - Noah Fant, George Kittle, Sam LaPorta

Sam LaPorta continues to have an absolutely monster rookie year. Coming off a disappointing Thanksgiving Day loss to Green Bay - more on them later - Detroit faced a possibly tricky road game in the Superdome.

LaPorta and the Detroit offense answered the bell, with LaPorta leading the charge with 9 receptions on 9 targets for 140 yards and a touchdown.

LaPorta is now at 64 receptions for 679 yards and 6 touchdowns. What an impressive season for the rookie.

In the game of the day, Kittle finished with 4 catches for 68 yards in San Francisco’s uber-impressive 42-19 win in a rematch of last year’s NFC title game with Philadelphia. The story of this game is the overall San Francisco performance. All I can say is “wow.” That was an evisceration. Plus it featured a 49ers linebacker getting in a physical altercation with the head of Philadelphia’s sideline security detail. Big Dom!

Lastly, Noah Fant pulled down 3 receptions for 43 yards in last Thursday’s 41-35 loss to Dallas. This is sinking fast for Seattle. Next up for the 6-6 Seahawks? The return game with the 49ers in Santa Clara. Gulp.

Tyler Goodson and Amani Hooker

YO!! With Jonathan Taylor out, Indianapolis needed to elevate a back to the active roster. ENTER TYLER GOODSON!!! HELL YES! Goodson saw action, his NFL debut, in Indianapolis’s absolutely wild 31-28 win over Tennessee. Goodson didn’t register a carry, but he caught 2 passes for 11 yards as the Colts moved to 7-5 and are suddenly in the picture in the AFC South.

On the other sideline, Amani Hooker had himself a day. Hooker finished the day with 5 tackles (4 solo), 2 passes defended, and a pick on an Indianapolis 2-point conversion that he returned for 2.

As an aside on this game - this was INSANE. Indianapolis blocked two punts in this game (on back-to-back possessions no less. I’ve never seen that before. Also, I hope Tennessee’s punter is good after the second block; he looked like he was dead), we had the Hooker two-point return, this went to overtime, and Gardner Minshew has Indianapolis in a great position for a playoff spot after engineering a game-winning drive in OT.

Desmond King and Josey Jewell/Broncos Corner

Desmond King is back and wow is this guy vital to Houston’s playoff push. The veteran defensive back, who re-emerged with the Texans last week, had perhaps one of the best games of his career. Houston’s nickel back, King led the team in tackles with 10 and a tackle for loss. He was also on kick and punt return duties, where he had one kick return for 23 yards and one punt return for 7 yards. He should have had a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and a touchdown that would’ve put the game away, but NFL officials thought otherwise and for some reason called this play dead. Fortunately Houston made a vital pick late as they hung on for a 22-17 win, so the overturned King touchdown didn’t matter.

That is atrocious and one of the worst calls of the year.

On the other sideline, Jewell finished with 6 tackles (2 solo). Tough loss for the Broncos, as their insane run of turnover lucked ended as Russell Wilson threw 3 picks. You know what? I’m ok with that. Wilson threw picks because he was trying to make plays and stretch the field, which they hadn’t been doing AT ALL during their winning streak. And in my opinion, only one of those was a “bad” throw, a throw up the seam that the corner saw all the way and picked (which was also a bad ass play by Derek Stingley, Jr.). One throw was tipped and the other was a jump ball in the end zone that he under threw slightly. It happens. If Denver can get that Russell Wilson, they’ll be ok.

Lukas Van Ness

Hercules is making legitimate strides, as is Green Bay as a whole as the Packers beat the defending champion Chiefs 27-19 in Lambeau. Van Ness finished with 2 tackles, both solos, a sack, a tackle for loss, and 2 quarterback hits as the Packers moved to 6-6 and into the last playoff spot in the NFC. That’s an impressive turnaround for the Packers, who were at 3-6 and started 2-5.

C.J. Beathard (!)

Yes, you read that correctly. For anyone that went to bed early last night, CJB entered the fray on Monday Night Football. He literally ran on the field like this:

CJB was forced into action late in the fourth quarter after Trevor Lawrence suffered a gnarly ankle injury in Jacksonville’s 34-31 overtime loss to Cincinnati.

CJB came in and immediately engineered a drive that tied the game at 31. Penalties killed off Jacksonville’s lone overtime drive, however, and Cincinnati won on the next possession. For the game, CJB finished 9-10 for 63 yards and had a carry for 7 yards. Unless Lawrence’s injury - later released as a sprain - isn’t as serious as it looked, Beathard will get real playing time going forward. Bad timing for Jacksonville though - they still have road games remaining with Cleveland, Tampa, and Tennessee, plus a game with Baltimore, and Houston and Indianapolis both won on Sunday. The loss drops Jacksonville to 8-4, with both Indy and Houston right on their heels at 7-5.