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USC in the NFL: Week 12

Playoff births are near not only in college football, but in the NFL.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

NFC

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Woods - LA Rams

While the Rams had a bye week, it would be a disservice to Robert Woods and the LA Coliseum if there was no mention of last week’s Monday Night Football game. Over 75 thousand people rallied at the Coliseum to watch the Chiefs take on the Rams in arguably one of the best football games of all time. The Rams ultimately won 54-51, and Woods had four receptions for 72 yards and a gorgeous touchdown. With Cooper Kupp out for the season with a torn ACL, look for Woods and Brandin Cooks to lead this receiving corps the rest of the way.

Clay Matthews - Green Bay Packers

Clay Matthews had five tackles, four solo, and two for loss in a 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This was a tough loss for the Packers as they will likely need to run the table to keep their playoff hopes alive. The likelihood of Matthews winning a second Super Bowl with the Packers appears to be as slim as it has ever been.

Nelson Agholor - Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were able to squeeze out a 25-22 win over the New York Giants at home, but it was not a very encouraging win. The Giants are not a good team and Nelson Agholor only had one reception for 12 yards. They face the Washington Redskins next week, and then the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles need to win these next few games to keep their repeat hopes alive.

Antwaun Woods - Dallas Cowboys

Antwaun Woods had one tackle in a very quiet game on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys did win however, beating the Alex Smith-less Redskins 31-23 in Dallas.

Nickell Robey-Coleman - Los Angeles Rams

With only two tackles, Nickell Robey-Coleman had a tough night against the Kansas City Chiefs last Monday, although it was hardly his fault alone. For the first time in NFL history, two NFL teams gave up 50 points in the same game. Luckily for Robey-Coleman, his team came out on top by three, but the Rams secondary has been a major concern since Aqib Talib went down in Week Three. Talib is back next week in Detroit, so look for Robey-Coleman’s reps to decrease a bit.

AFC

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Darnold - New York Jets

Sam Darnold was held out of Sunday’s game with a foot injury as his Jets fell to the New England Patriots 27-13.

Adoree’ Jackson - Tennesse Titans

Adoree’ Jackson is on primetime tonight as the Titans play the Houston Texans for a Monday Night Football game with playoff implications.

Buck Allen - Baltimore Ravens

For the second week in a row, Buck Allen had one carry for two yards. The Ravens ended up beating the Raiders 34-17, but Allen’s activity has declined immensely over the past few weeks. Hopefully John Harbaugh will start to use Allen more frequently in the final weeks of the season.

Uchenna Nwosu - LA Chargers

Nwosu had two tackles, both solo, and one pass was deflected as the Chargers handily beat Josh Rosen and the Cardinals 45-10. While Nwosu’s numbers were quiet, so were Josh Rosen’s, as he put up a measly 105 yards for one touchdown, one interception, and a 35 point loss.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster had a career day with 13 receptions and 189 yards, including a 97 yard touchdown reception. The 13 receptions tied his career high and effectively put him at over 1,000 receiving yards on the season, a significant milestone for a professional receiver. Despite his incredible performance, the Steelers suffered a tough loss in Denver 24-17.