TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Xavier Rhodes and P.J. Williams patrolled the skies for Florida State during the 2012 season. Now they patrol the skies for two of the top contenders in the NFC. Rhodes grabbed an interception that iced Minnesota’s win over Detroit on Thanksgiving, while Williams grabbed a pick in a losing effort for New Orleans at Los Angeles. The two each have two interceptions this season.
Here’s a lap around the league.
Minnesota 30, Detroit 23
Vikings: CB Xavier Rhodes started, made five tackles and sealed the game with a late interception. RB Dalvin Cook (knee) is on injured reserve.
Los Angeles Chargers 28, Dallas 6
Cowboys: CB Marquez White is on the practice squad.
Washington 20, New York Giants 10
Redskins: RB Chris Thompson (leg) and K Dustin Hopkins (hip) are on injured reserve.
Giants: WR Travis Rudolph was targeted twice and recorded one tackle after a Giants turnover. OL Bobby Hart was active but did not play.
Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 20
Falcons: RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) was inactive.
Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) was inactive. CB Javien Elliott played but did not record any statistics. LS Garrison Sanborn handled long-snapping duties. WR Jesus Wilson is on the practice squad.
Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 16
Bengals: WR Kermit Whitfield is on the practice squad.
Browns: OL Roderick Johnson (knee) is on injured reserve.
Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10
Bills: WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was inactive. TE Nick O’Leary caught two passes for 18 yards.
Chiefs: OL Cameron Erving played as a reserve. LB Terrance Smith was inactive.
New England 35, Miami 17
Dolphins: LB Lawrence Timmons started and made six tackles.
Carolina 35, New York Jets 27
Panthers: K Graham Gano was 3 for 3 on field goals (40, 33 and 45 yards) and 0 for 1 on extra-point attempts.
Jets: S Terrence Brooks played but did not record any statistics.
Philadelphia 31, Chicago 3
Eagles: CB Ronald Darby started and made five tackles. DT Timmy Jernigan started and made three tackles. LB Nigel Bradham started and made one tackle. CB Patrick Robinson made one tackle
Bears: LB Christian Jones started, made five tackles and defended one pass.
Seattle 24, San Francisco 13
49ers: DE Cornellius Carradine started and made two tackles in his return from injured reserve. LB Dekoda Watson played as a reserve.
Los Angeles Rams 26, New Orleans 20
Rams: S Lamarcus Joyner started and defended one pass.
Saints: CB P.J. Williams started, made three tackles, defended three passes and grabbed an interception.
Arizona 27, Jacksonville 24
Jaguars: LB Telvin Smith started and made seven tackles before leaving the game with a concussion. CB Jalen Ramsey started and made six tackles (one for loss). WR Rashad Greene (Achilles) is on injured reserve.
Oakland 21, Denver 14
Raiders: OL Rodney Hudson started at center. DE Mario Edwards started and made one tackle. QB EJ Manuel did not play. K Sebastian Janikowski (back) is on injured reserve.
Broncos: OL Menelik Watson (foot) is on injured reserve. DE DeMarcus Walker was inactive.
Pittsburgh 31, Green Bay 28
Steelers: LB Vince Williams started and made four tackles (one for loss).