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Beavers in the NFL: Week 13

Brandin Cooks makes history, again.

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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The season is entering it’s final stretch, and a few former Beavers are going to either make the playoffs, or are currently fighting for those last few spots. Here’s what happened in Week 13.

It’s easy to forget with how explosive his season has been that this is only Cooks first season in Los Angeles. While Cooks only had 4 receptions for 62 yards this weekend against Detroit, that was enough for him to break the 1,000 yard receiving mark this season. This is Cooks third straight season with over 1,000 receiving yards, and the Rams are the third team Cooks has done this with. Cooks is the first player in NFL history to do that.

Last year, Cooks had 1,082 yards in his only season with the New England Patriots. The year before that, he finished with 1,173 yards in his final year with the New Orleans Saints, his best season so far in terms of yardage. So far this season with the Rams, he has 1,026 yards and 3 touchdowns. He needs just 147 yards over the next four games (at Chicago, vs Philadelphia, at Arizona, and vs San Francisco) to break his personal record. That looks extremely doable.

  • Johnny Hekker: Punter - Los Angeles Rams

With another three punts, averaging 50.3 yards, with one touchback and one inside the 20, Hekker continued to show why he’s the best punter in the league. But beyond that, the man’s just got style. Who else can make holding for a field goal look this cool?

Get this man back to the Pro Bowl Beaver Nation.

  • Steven Nelson: Cornerback - Kansas City Chiefs

Nelson had 6 combined totals in the Chiefs win over Oakland. Nelson has quietly been one of the best cornerbacks in the league this season, with Pro Football Focus calling him a Secret Superstar and grading him among the top 20 corners in the league. Nelson has 50 combined tackles this season, alongside 10 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. With the Chiefs defense struggling against Oakland, they’ll need Nelson to excel to stay atop the AFC.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to vote all the Beavers you can into the Pro Bowl, and check back next week for more updates.