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Rebels in the Pros: Week 13 was high-flying and ran like a banshee


Buffalo Bills v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

It went all the way into Tuesday night, but Week 13 has come and gone. The morning slate was exceptional and it set the tone for a good, long three days of football. And when you factor in the performance of some familiar Ole Miss alumni, it got even better. The sharks were swarming, the nasty gentlemen were indeed such. Very solid.

Here is how they fared:


  • Let’s start off with the tight ends. Both of the New Yorkers had solid days. Engram, who has had his highs and lows, had his highs and lows. He led the team in receiving in an upset win! (But he only had four catches for 32 yards and didn’t score.) It was a gritty win and he helped contribute to that mentality, like on the play below! (But he also dropped a ball that led to an interception at a crucial moment in a tight game.)
  • Out West, Buffalo proved its worth and Dawson Knox was a large contributor. He found the end zone in the second quarter and went ZOOMIN’! Air Knox also had four catches, like his predecessor in Oxford, and gained 27 yards.
  • As for their fellow NWOs, D.K. Metcalf was a freak again and absolutely buried dudes in the loss to Engram’s team. Seattle didn’t do much, but No. 14 had five catches for 80 yards. Good day at the office.
  • Donte Moncrief continued his recent trend of seeing time with the Patriots. He logged offensive snaps, but didn’t see many touches. The man who must be fed finished with one carry for four yards in a blowout win over the Chargers.
  • A week after Metcalf was on The Manning Hour, A.J. Brown joined Fox for the hour (minus 58 minutes) long show. It was a very nice episode.

He followed up the performance with four grabs (it’s a theme?) for 87 yards. He came up injured for a moment in the first half, but was back in the game shortly thereafter. It came on a non-contact so the worse case scenario was much worse than missing a couple of plays. The longest catch of the day came on a 40-yarder.

  • Over in Indy, Jordan Wilkins is not receiving many touches when Nyheim Hines is fully healthy. He ran the ball five times for a dozen yards and caught a pair out of the backfield.
  • As for the Big Uglies, the Panthers were on a bye and Laremy Tunsil took every snap.


  • In his first game back at full health, Mike Hilton was the Landshark headliner. And boy did he put on a show. He started at corner and ran around like a banshee, getting involved in everything. The pesty Steeler made six tackles and two HUGE for loss. Look at him fight through the block from Football Team tight end (and former Virginia Tech quarterback) Logan Thomas.

And then at a huge point in the game, Hilton got him some on 4th-and-1.

Head coach Mike Tomlin gave the former Rebel some love after the play.

  • Benito Jones was inactive, Marquis Haynes and Myles Hartsfield were on a bye, and D.J. Jones went down with an injury after getting the start in San Francisco. They’re saying it’s a high ankle sprain. I don’t know who they are, but it didn’t look great.
  • If Hilton was the headliner, the Moore twins wins were the opener. C.J. played 12 special teams snaps but didn’t get on the box score, while A.J. had his best day of the year so far. He had four tackles and simply stunned one of the best offensive lines in the league to take down Phillip Rivers for his first sack of the season. They continue to show up and show out, putting them both on trajectory to stick around in the league for awhile!