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The Home Team: Folk misses first kick, Foles still on fire

2013-11-21T00:00:00Z The Home Team: Folk misses first kick, Foles still on fireBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Nick Folk’s quest for a perfect season came to an end in Week 11.

In the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, Folk sent a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide right of the posts. He did convert two extra points in the New York Jets’ 37-14 loss.

The former Arizona Wildcats standout had connected on 23 straight field goals before missing his first of the year. The streak was Folk’s best since he ended the 2008 season with 13 consecutive field goals.

Folk will look to start a new streak Sunday against Baltimore, a team he has never missed a kick against.

Player of the Week

Nick Foles QB, Philadelphia Eagles — Foles threw for 298 yards to lead the Eagles past Washington on Sunday. His lone touchdown came in the first quarter, when he ran in a 4-yard score. The UA’s all-time leading passer has thrown 16 touchdowns this season, and has yet to be intercepted. Foles will have time to rest with the Eagles on a bye this week.

Four to watch

Rob Gronkowski TE, New England Patriots — Gronkowski caught five passes in Monday’s loss to the Panthers, including his second touchdown of the season. New England faces Denver on Sunday night in Foxborough.

Brooks Reed LB, Houston Texans — The former Sabino High School and UA standout recorded two tackles in a 28-23 loss to the Raiders. Houston goes up against Jacksonville this week, an opponent Reed has sacked three times in his career.

Eben Britton OG, Chicago Bears — Britton started his second game of the season in last week’s 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The ex-Arizona lineman will travel with the Bears to St. Louis this week to take on the Rams.

Antoine Cason DB, Arizona Cardinals — The UA alum appeared in his 10th game of the year last week, when the Cardinals defeated the Jaguars 27-14. Cason and Arizona will look to extend their winning streak to four games Sunday against Indianapolis.

The Big Number

128.0

Foles’ quarterback rating for the season, which leads the NFL. His rating is 10 points higher than Denver’s Peyton Manning.

Give the Devil his due

Every week, we’ll highlight one former ASU player who’s playing well at the pro level.

Vontaze Burfict LB, Cincinnati Bengals — Burfict forced his first career fumble Sunday in a 41-20 win over the Browns. The linebacker also produced a season-best 15 tackles, bringing his total to 118 for the year. Burfict will have to wait till December to add to his mark as the first-place Bengals are on a bye in Week 12.

He Said It

“I’m not trying to sit here and make an excuse that

he held me at the end of the game. The game is four quarters long. It’s won throughout all four quarters, not just the last play of the game.”

— Rob Gronkowski, to the Boston Herald after being

involved in a controversial ending to the Patriots vs. Panthers game Monday. The former Wildcats tight end was caught up

with Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly as time expired. There

was a penalty flag thrown, but was later called off by the referee.

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