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December 18, 2012

Tigers in the NFL: Week 15 edition

Courtesy Taylor Bryan, Auburn media relations

Cam Newton

Josh Bynes, LB, Baltimore Ravens: Made his first career start and totaled a career-best 13 tackles in Baltimore’s 34-17 loss to the Broncos. Bynes has played in eight games with one start and totaled 24 tackles in 2012. He has played in nine games in his two-year career as a reserve linebacker with Baltimore.

Karlos Dansby, LB, Miami Dolphins: Six tackles and a deflection in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville, 24-3. Has recorded 111 tackles in 2012. A nine-year veteran, Dansby has more than 850 stops in his career. He’s one of just four active NFL players with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions.

Josh Harris, DS, Atlanta Falcons: Served as the long snapper for Atlanta as it blanked the Giants, 34-0. He has played in all 14 games in 2012 as the deep snapper. Harris is in his first season with the Falcons after being signed as a free agent. He has registered three special teams tackles this season.

Will Herring, LB, New Orleans Saints: Posted two solo tackles in New Orleans’ first shutout in 17 years, a 41-0 win over Tampa Bay. Herring has totaled 130 tackles in his six-year career and has 12 total stops (nine solo) this season.

Ben Grubbs, OG, New Orleans Saints: Kept his streak of starts going at 14 in 2012 as New Orleans scored 41 points. Grubbs has played in 88 games in his six-year career with 84 starts. He has started in every game he has played since 2008.

Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: Carried five times for 13 yards for the Texans as they clinched the AFC South title with a 29-17 win over Indianapolis. Tate has 255 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season for the AFC’s top club. For his career, the Maryland native has run for 1,197 yards and six touchdowns.

Spencer Johnson, DE, Buffalo Bills: Posted two tackles and his first sack of the season for Buffalo in a 50-17 loss to the surging Seahawks. Johnson has 16 tackles, one sack and two deflections this season and 300 total stops in his nine-year career.

Quentin Groves, LB, Arizona Cardinals: Held to one tackle after suffering a foot injury in Arizona’s 38-10 win over the Lions. Groves had totaled 20 tackles in the three previous games and averaged 6.5 tackles in his first four starts. He has a career-high 44 tackles (35 solo) and four sacks with one forced fumble this season in five starts.

Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit Lions: Missed Sunday’s 38-10 loss to Arizona with a shoulder injury. The 13th overall pick in 2011, Fairley has played in 23 games with seven starts in two seasons with the Lions. He has 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his sophomore season.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Led Carolina to its second-straight victory with 231 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Newton has passed for 7,502 yards in his first two seasons, second-most behind Peyton Manning (7,874, 1998-99). He has thrown for 3,451 yards with 18 touchdowns and rushed for 647 yards with seven scores in his second season after being drafted with the top overall pick in 2011. Newton has 60 total touchdowns in 30 career games. Sunday’s win over San Diego marked the fifth consecutive game in which he has not thrown an interception or lost a fumble. Newton has attempted 152 straight passes without an interception – breaking the six-year old Carolina record of 150 held by Jake Delhomme.

VIDEO: Newton Connects on a Pair of TD Passes FIRST | SECOND

Takeo Spikes, LB, San Diego Chargers: Had his second double digit tackle game of the season with 10 stops in a 31-7 loss to the Panthers. The 15-year veteran has started all 14 games for the Chargers in 2012 and totaled 76 tackles (51 solo) with one forced fumble. Spikes has recorded 1,431 tackles in his 15 seasons in the NFL, the last two with San Diego.

Carlos Rogers, DB, San Francisco 49ers: Made his first interception of the season and posted four tackles (three solo) as the 49ers traveled cross country and defeated New England, 41-31. In his eighth season after being drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in 2005, Rogers has 48 tackles in 2012. He’s started all but three of the 96 games he played in since 2006 and was a 2011 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.

VIDEO: Near Pick-Six for Rogers

Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, Tennessee Titans: Recorded three tackles and forced a fumble as the Titans defeated the Jets 14-10 on Monday Night Football. Marks has 35 tackles and one sack in 2012. He has played in 49 games in his four-year career with 24 starts. He has totaled 93 tackles and 2.5 sacks during his tenure.

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