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ACC In The NFL, Dec. 18

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:15am
By: Brian Geisinger

There are only two weeks remaining in the regular season, and the playoff picture is finally starting to take shape. How are some of our former ACC stars factoring in, you say? Well, lets dive right in.

The Arizona Cardinals have a huge game this weekend against Russell Wilson (N.C. State) and the Seattle Seahawks; however, the Cards aren't sure if they'll have their star WR Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh) when they travel north to the noisiest stadium in America - which would stink because, you know, he's pretty darn good.

Wow, this is some impressive work from San Francisco's Anquan Boldin (Florida State). The veteran receiver has caught 79.4 percent of his targets on third down this season, and 81.5 percent of those receptions have gone for first downs.

LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh) of the Philadelphia Eagles has jokes, you guys. And on the flight back from Minnesota, he decided to play a pretty good one on his teammates.

Tough loss on Monday night for Stephen Tulloch (N.C. State), Willie Young (NC State), Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech), and the rest of the Detroit Lions. Curse you, Legatron!

What's been a challenging season for New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina) - who's heading into free agency after this season - continued to be just that on Sunday; he's yet to find the end zone this year.

Dear Left Tackles of the NFL, I sincerely wish you the best of luck trying to block Robert Quinn (North Carolina) of the St. Louis Rams, because that man is a problem. Wow.

It doesn't matter what team you root for - ACC or NFL - this is something we can all get behind, I think: Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (Miami) doing his best Santa impersonation.

Harrison Smith's (Notre Dame) relationship with former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Tim Irwin - on the Vikings between 1981-93 - goes back a long ways.

Former BC Eagle linebacker Mark Herzlich (Boston College) - now with the New York Giants - made sure to support BC running back Andre Williams and his Heisman campaign.

After catching a touchdown pass this Sunday against Tampa Bay, tight end Vernon Davis (Maryland) now has a TD reception in five straight games.

Over a decade into his NFL career, and Calvin Pace (Wake Forest) is still producing at a very high level; in 2013, the veteran New York Jet has nine sacks, 50 total tackles, and two forced fumbles.

Fullback - yes, children, this is an actual position - Tony Fiammetta (Syracuse) logged 16 snaps in Sunday's critical win over the Cleveland Browns.

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (Clemson) was happy to go down to Jacksonville - near his hometown: Lake Park, Fla. - get a win this past Sunday, 27-20.

Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (Virginia Tech) played a major role in Green Bay's comeback victory over Dallas this weekend; the former Hokie snagged six passes, including four in the second half for 64 yards.

Now that he's on a playoff contender for the first time in his NFL career, Eugene Monroe (Virginia) is really increasing his production level; he and the rest of the Ravens are playing well at the right time.