The weekend just passed was Week 15 of the NFL season, and the teams are nearly neatly divided between the playoff-bound and the draft-ready. So that's how well look at this week's #MizzouMade performances...after the usual injury/inactive update.
The Usual Injury/Inactive Update
Chase Coffman was re-signed by the Seahawks, but was inactive for the Week 15 matchup.
Marcus Murphy suffered a high ankle sprain and joined an impressive list of former Tigers on IR for their NFL squads. Here's to hoping Murphy makes his case for a bigger role on next year's (almost certainly revamped) Saints squad.
William Moore was also placed on IR for the reeling Falcons. He is not likely to be back in Atlanta next season without a significant pay cut.
Playing Out The String
The only member of #OLineZou to be sitting home come the second weekend in January is Rams center Tim Barnes. Over at Turf Show Times, they took a look at their entire OL's performance according to Pro Football Focus. They note Barnes playing at a "decent backup level" although his performance seems to have upticked slightly in the last couple games.
Beau Brinkley just keeps long-snapping for the woeful Titans. But Dorial Green-Beckham is proving a late season "bright spot", securing 6 catches for 113 yards against the Patriots in Week 15. It will be very interesting to see how the Titans draft, and what another offseason of preparation does for him going forward.
Andrew Gachkar recorded 2 tackles for the Cowboys, but Blogging the Boys says that he "has been good on special teams but not as a good a depth player as we had hoped." Even if that's totally accurate, there's a pretty good career in being good on special teams.
Jacquies Smith returned to action for the Bucs, and got his 7th sack of the season, along with 3 tackles.
Blaine Gabbert's return to Earth was completed against the Bengals on Sunday, as his 49ers were defeated 24-14. Gabbert completed 30 of his 50 passes for 295 yards, 1 TD, and 3 interceptions. Niners Nation says that it wasn't all on Gabbert though:
Only one of the three interceptions really was Blaine Gabbert's fault. The first two came with Vance McDonald bobbling catchable passes, and letting them fall into the hands of Bengals' defenders. The third interception was on Gabbert, as he waited too long to throw to Jerome Simpson in the end zone late in the game.
Playoffs or bust!
The #MizzouMade Chiefs brigade had a lovely day on Sunday with an easy victory over the Ravens. Jeremy Maclin caught 7 for 50 yards and a score, and Mitch Morse was one of only three Chiefs offensive lineman to play the whole game. Chase Daniel even got some important kneeldown work at the end!
Shane Ray's rookie season continued to look great, as he had 2 tackles and a sack, giving him 4 in his rookie campaign.
The Carolina Panthers kept up their winning ways, but Kony Ealy had a quiet day with only 1 tackle.
Justin Britt continued to contribute to an OL in Seattle that suddenly - with lots of winning happening - doesn't seem to be any kind of problem for the team. Britt's Seahawks clinched a playoff berth in week 15.
Sean Weatherspoon has earned a "limited role in nickel packages" and managed a tackle for the Cardinals. Meanwhile, his bro Markus Golden kept on shining with another sack and 4 tackles as the Cardinals kept their foot on the gas. It will be interesting to see how the two players stats/opportunities change with the Honey Badger now out for the season.
Finally there is Sheldon Richardson, whose Jets need a little magic and a little help to make the playoffs. He had a 3 tackle, .5 sack, 1 pass defensed game on Saturday, but received conflicting reports from Gang Green Nation:
On one hand he "he failed to set the edge on Dallas' 2 longest runs of the night. He overpursued on the 33 yard end around to Lucky Whitehead and crashed too far on Darren McFadden's 33 yarder."
On the other hand he "was tied for the most total pressure among 3-4 DE's in Week 15 with 6. (1 sack, 1 hit, 4 Hurries)."
And that concludes another week of #MizzouMade football. Be sure to tune in again next week, when we should have an even clearer picture of the playoffs. And look forward to the Week 17 edition, which will provide all the season stats for your favorite former Tigers!