The Home Team: Reed, Cason having solid seasons

2013-12-18T23:55:00Z 2013-12-19T08:31:30Z The Home Team: Reed, Cason having solid seasonsBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Houston Texans have had rough season on the field, but the same cannot be said for their linebacker Brooks Reed.

The Sabino High School and University of Arizona graduate picked up three tackles Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts to set a career-high with 47 tackles on the season. One of those tackles came in the form of a third-quarter-ending sack of Andrew Luck. The sack was Reed’s third of the year.

Reed’s previous single-season record for tackles was 45 set in his first year in the NFL in 2011. He is still three sacks shy of his career-best with two games remaining.

Player of the Week

Antoine Cason

DB, Arizona Cardinals

Cason may have had his best game as an Arizona Cardinal last Sunday with four tackles and two interceptions in a 37-34 overtime victory vs. the Tennessee Titans. The ex-Wildcat’s interception in the fourth quarter was returned 20 yards for his second-career touchdown. Cason’s next pick came in overtime leading the Cardinals to their game-winning drive. Arizona will look to keep their playoff hopes alive Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Four to watch

Spencer Larsen

LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The UA product earned his first start of the season for Tampa Bay last Sunday picking up one tackle and returning a kickoff for 17 yards in the fourth quarter. The Bucs play this week at St. Louis.

Nick Foles

QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Foles found the end zone three times Sunday against Minnesota, pushing his season-touchdown total to 23. The Eagles host the Chicago Bears on Sunday night with a chance to clinch the NFC East Division.

Nick Folk

K, New York Jets

The former Wildcat kicked his second-longest field goal of his career Sunday with a 54-yarder at Carolina. The Jets take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 16, a team Folk has two field goals against in his career.

Eben Britton

OL/TE, Chicago Bears

Britton appeared in his 11th game of the season Sunday, helping Chicago to a 38-31 victory over the Browns. Britton will face his former teammate Nick Foles this week in Philadelphia.

The Big Number

428 Passing yards accumulated by Nick Foles in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, setting a career-high for the UA alum. His previous record was 406 against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 3.

Give the Devil his due

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

Mike Pollak

G, Cincinnati Bengals

The former Sun Devil started his fourth consecutive game on the offensive line for the Bengals in Sunday’s 30-20 loss at Pittsburgh. Pollak has played in six games this season contributing to four Cincinnati wins. The Bengals take on the Vikings this week at Paul Brown Stadium with an opportunity to secure the AFC North Division title.

He Said It

“Obviously, it gave Antoine (Cason) a great opportunity to step up. It’s great to see him make those plays.”

— Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said in the Arizona Republic about the UA product’s performance last Sunday at Tennessee. Cason should be receiving more playing time with starting safety Tyrann Mathieu out for the season.

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