With a large portion of the season played out, this column shifts from uncovering players thrust into starting jobs or who aren’t getting much chatter toward highlighting relatively minor changes.
Haason Reddick (33) again played limited snaps with Joe Walker (42) slightly ahead in a shared role. This was basically exactly the same as last week. Reddick is a sell opportunity of you can get anything for him.
The Falcons had a bye week for Dan Quinn to desperately search for a scapegoat.
An excellent defensive performance for the Ravens as they turned over the Patriots.
Jimmy Smith (54) made his return at corner after missing almost all of the season so far. This meant a significant shuffle at the position.
LB Patrick Onwuasor (28) also returned from injury. He had a sack but obviously played limited snaps alongside Josh Bynes (25) and L.J. Fort (18). Part of that was due to fitness. Part of it down to gameplan.
The Bills played just 51 snaps this week against the woeful Redskins.
Ed Oliver notably played just 18 snaps. It seems he took a knock.
CB Donte Jackson (75) was back up to full speed again. Start him at will.
The Bears played 89 snaps on defense this week – compared to just 45 a week ago. No surprise a lot of production was magnified.
Leonard Floyd managed his first sack since opening night of the season. He did play 73 snaps. You’d expect some production.