Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Wilson's interception seals Titans win
Tennessee Titans free safety George Wilson (21) intercepts a Jacksonville Jaguars pass in the final moments of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. The Titans won 20-16.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
FAYETTEVILLE George Wilson has found his calling as a defensive back in the NFL, but Sunday the receiving skills he honed at Arkansas came in handy.
Wilson's one-handed interception in the closing minute sealed Tennessee's 20-16 road win at Jacksonville. The interception was Wilson's first of the season and 13th in a 10-year professional career.
"I saw the play-action play-fake to my side and I saw the tight end going vertical," Wilson told TitansOnline.com. "Once I saw him clear me, I had my underneath coverage so I know I’m getting depth. I had my eyes back on the quarterback and he was eyeing the tight end going up the seam, and I was able to make a play on the football.”
Wilson also had a tackle for loss and a pass deflection in the Titans' win. He has 38 tackles in his first year in Tennessee.
Wilson spent the previous nine seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bills, developing his skills as a safety after playing four years of receiver with the Razorbacks. He caught 144 passes for 2,151 yards and 16 touchdowns at Arkansas, finishing his career ranked second in receptions and third in receiving yards all-time at the school.
Darren McFadden's return from a toe injury didn't yield many yards, but he did score a touchdown Sunday in Oakland's 26-13 loss to San Diego.
McFadden scored on a 5-yard run in the first half against the Chargers. He finished the game rushing 4 times for 8 yards.
The game was McFadden's first since he was injured in a Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys. He has missed six games in all this season and 29 in his 6-year NFL career.
McFadden has 373 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on 107 carries this season. He will be a free agent in the coming off-season.
Wright scores TD
One week after a career-high effort in receiving yards, Jarius Wright continued to make plays for Minnesota.
Wright made the best of his only catch, hauling in a 36-yard touchdown in a 42-14 loss to Cincinnati. He had 4 catches for a career-high 95 yards the week before against Philadelphia.
Wright has 24 catches for 403 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.
Knile Davis had 3 kick returns for 94 yards and 1 rush for 2 yards in the Chiefs' loss to the Colts.
Dennis Johnson rushed 12 times for 29 yards and had 1 kickoff return for 22 yards in the Texans' loss to the Broncos. Johnson made his first career start during the game.
Felix Jones rushed 1 time for 7 yards and had 4 kickoff returns for 63 yards in the Steelers' win at Green Bay.
Chris Houston (toe) and Peyton Hillis (concussion) missed the game between the Lions and Giants.