Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver, Chicago Bears: The second-round pick out of South Carolina has had a quiet rookie season, catching 19 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns while missing six of 14 games this season. In Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, which has placed the Bears on the outside looking in at the NFC playoffs with two games remaining on the schedule, Jeffery had zero receptions on four targets and was flagged for not one, not two, but three offensive pass interference penalties in the second half, including one that nullified what would have been a 1-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter. Jeffery's inability to gain separation from cornerback Sam Shields in drawing those flags hurt even more on the Bears' final offensive play, when Jeffery was clearly held by Shields as the pass from Jay Cutler fell incomplete. With three pass interference penalties on the day, though, the officials could not give the rookie the benefit of the doubt.
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Josh Freeman, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After a red-hot October, Freeman has cooled considerably, completing less than 45 percent of his pass attempts in Weeks 13 and 14 and may have hit rock bottom in Sunday's 41-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Freeman was intercepted four times, increasing his season total by 50 percent. The Saints converted those four interceptions in 20 points and added another seven points after Freeman fumbled while being sacked in the fourth quarter.
Shawn Slocum, special teams coordinator, Green Bay Packers: The Packers had an 11-point lead on the Bears and were eight minutes away from clinching the NFC North when Slocum inexplicably called for a "toss back" play where Randall Cobb threw the ball across the field to Jeremy Ross, who muffed the lateral, which was recovered by Bears defensive back Anthony Walters. The Bears would only get a field goal out of what was an unnecessary gift from Green Bay, but why pick that moment to run a play that could have let your biggest rival back into the game?
The New York Giants: Once in complete control of the NFC East, the Giants have lost four of their last six, the latest coming in the form of a 34-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Coming off a four-touchdown game against the New Orleans Saints, Eli Manning was intercepted twice, including one by Asante Samuel on the second offensive play of the game. The Falcons scored a touchdown off that interception as part of a 14-point first-quarter outburst that the Giants could not recover from. With the loss to the Falcons, and wins by the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, the Giants are now in third place in the NFC East, though they still control their own fate in terms of the NFC playoffs. Win out and get to 10 wins, the Giants will be in the postseason.
Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs: Can we safely assume that Daboll has Oakland Raiders defense on his fantasy team? One of the bright spots on the Chiefs this season has been running back Jamaal Charles, a 2010 Pro Bowler who entered Sunday's action with 1,220 yards after missing most of the 2011 season with a torn ACL. Facing a Raiders defense that ranked 32nd across the board in Football Outsiders' DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) metric, Charles was largely ignored in the 15-0 loss. Charles had three carries for -2 yards in the first half — with a 42-yard run wiped out by a holding penalty — and just nine carries for 10 yards on the day. In two games against the Raiders this season, Charles had 14 carries for 14 yards. In 12 games against the rest of the NFL, Charles has 235 carries for 1,216 yards.
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