He set a new career high with three picks on the year (one for a touchdown). He recorded 76 tackles (plus 26 assisted), one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one sack and five passes defensed in the regular season.
In his fourth season with the Jaguars, Linder remains Jacksonville’s best (and most versatile) offensive lineman. He is vital to a team that has relied on its pass protection and running game in 2017.
The season sweep of the Panthers puts the Saints firmly in control of the NFC South race. But they still must face the Falcons twice, beginning with Thursday night’s game in Atlanta.
The Seahawks still are capable of beating anyone, as the triumph Sunday night over the Eagles demonstrated. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t looked like that consistently enough to believe with much conviction they can make a run through the entire NFC playoffs and reach another Super Bowl.
A small-school sleeper with top edge-rusher capabilities, Davenport has gradually gotten better in each of his seasons at Texas-San Antonio, and that maturation culminated with a 8.5-sack, 17.5-tackle-for-loss senior season for the 6-7, 255-pounder.
Jones was mostly bottled up against Ohio State, yet flashed his suddenness between the tackles on a few occasions. That outing doesn’t change an otherwise spectacular campaign for the junior with a bright NFL future due to his vision and explosiveness.
Kansas City Coach Andy Reid stuck with Alex Smith as the Chiefs’ starter at quarterback even during the 1-6 downward spiral that threatened to undo the team’s season. Reid resisted the temptation to switch to prized rookie Patrick Mahomes.
Wesley Johnson (available in 95.3 percent of leagues) has also played well in Jordan’s absence, with averages of 14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks with 2.3 3-pointers during his past three games.