Week 12: Another headliner for Colts

Originally Published: November 25, 2012
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STUDS

Hilton
Hilton

T.Y. Hilton

Wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck isn't the only budding star in Indianapolis. Hilton scored a pair of touchdowns -- one on a 75-yard punt return, the other on an 8-yard pass from Luck -- to lead the Colts past Buffalo 20-13. Hilton became the first player in franchise history to score on a receiving touchdown and on a kick return in the same game.


Rice
Rice

Ray Rice

Running back, Baltimore Ravens

Rice (164 total yards) didn't score a TD, but his late-game catch and run on fourth-and-29 will go down as one of the season's most memorable plays. With the Ravens trailing 13-10, Rice caught a short pass and weaved through the San Diego defense for a first down. Six plays later, the Ravens forced overtime with a 38-yard field goal. They went on to win 16-13.


Marshall
Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Wide receiver, Chicago Bears

Coming off a lackluster Monday night performance (two catches), Marshall returned for form against the Vikings. Marshall matched a season high with 12 catches for 92 yards in the Bears' 28-10 victory.


Green-Ellis
Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Running back, Cincinnati Bengals

Green-Ellis appears to be getting stronger as the regular season enters its final stage. After rushing for 101 yards in Week 11, Green-Ellis had a season-high 129 yards and a TD on 19 carries in the Bengals' 34-10 victory over Oakland.


Jones
Jones

Julio Jones

Wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons drafted Jones for his big-play ability, which was on full display Sunday. Jones caught an 80-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan in the Falcons' 24-23 victory at Tampa Bay. He finished with six receptions for 147 yards.


Shorts
Shorts

Cecil Shorts

Wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

Speaking of big-play receivers, Shorts has become the Jaguars' most reliable threat. Shorts (4 catches, 105 yards) continued his emergence Sunday, catching a 59-yard TD pass from Chad Henne in Jacksonville's 24-19 victory over Tennessee.


49ers

The 49ers' defense

Is the Niners' defense the best in football? It made another strong statement Sunday. Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner each had interception returns for scores, and San Francisco sacked Drew Brees five times in a 31-21 road victory.


Jenkins
Jenkins

Janoris Jenkins

Cornerback, St. Louis Rams

Jenkins returned two interceptions for TDs, helping the Rams to a 31-17 victory over Ariziona. Jenkins had a 36-yard pick-six in the first quarter and a 39-yarder in the third.




DUDS

Steelers

The Steelers' offense

So far, life without Ben Roethlisberger isn't going well for the Steelers. Third-string QB Charlie Batch was picked off three times as the Steelers committed an eye-popping eight turnovers in a 20-14 loss at Cleveland. All four of Pittsburgh's running backs (Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Chris Rainey) lost a fumble.


Lindley
Lindley

Ryan Lindley

Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals

Shoddy quarterback play continues to hinder the Cardinals. Lindley threw four interceptions, including the pick-sixes to Jenkins, in the Cardinals' seventh straight loss.


Palmer
Palmer

Carson Palmer

Quarterback, Oakland Raiders

Happy homecoming? Not quite. Palmer had a rough return to Cincinnati. The veteran QB was intercepted once, lost a fumble and was sacked four times as the Raiders dropped their fourth straight. He passed for only 146 yards.