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NFL Week 12 Heroes: Odell Beckham and Justin Forsett lead the way

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With week 12 of the NFL season in the books let's take a look at who stepped up and made themselves a hero...

Odell Beckham Jnr

The 2014 rookie wide receiver class is going to go down in history as something special. Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Brandin Cooks - these guys are great. Odell Beckham is a class above though.

His spectacular one handed catch may have deservedly grabbed all the headlines but that shouldn't be allowed to distract from the rest of him performance. Beckham had 10 receptions off 11 targets.

He took this for two touchdowns and 146 yards. He would also have had one more if Eli had realised that Beckham was open down the field. Right now Beckham is uncoverable. The only thing holding Beckham back right now is the poor play at the QB position. 

Haloti Ngata

It's not the most glamorous position but Ngata was the difference maker in the Ravens win over the Saints. Had the Saints scored a touchdown on that first drive the momentum that would have been generated could have carried New Orleans to the win. 

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Ngata had other ideas though. His goal line defense on the Saints first drive of the match stopped the New Orleans momentum before it got started. You've got to question why the Saints ran the ball four times when they have Jimmy Graham but this doesn't take anything away from the fact that Ngata took care of business.

Justin Forsett

A seventh round pick at Seattle seven years ago Forsett has bounced around the league spending time as a backup on a number of rosters. With the injury to Ray Rice he was provided an opportunity to make a name for himself and he has seized the opportunity with both hands.

At the half Forsett already had 100 rushing yards. He finished the game with 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns as he carried the Ravens to a clean sweep of the weak NFC South.

Buffalo Bills

Folks are struggling in western New York right now. It's great that Buffalo gave them something to cheer about. The win over the Jets keeps the Bills alive in the AFC playoff picture.

Mario Williams

Odell  Beckham's catch was breath taking but Mario Williams beating the double team and hulk smashing Michael Vick into the floor, now that's football.

Oakland Raiders

They have a win! It wasn't pretty but a win is a win is a win.

Isaiah Crowell

With Ben Tate no longer part of the backfield the three headed monster Cleveland had at running back has become a two man operation between Terrence West and Crowell.

Despite West being drafted and Crowell being a free agent, Crowell is already becoming the senior partner. Against the Falcons, Crowell had 88 yards and two touchdowns at an average of 7.2 yards per carry. With Brian Hoyer playing like, well, Brian Hoyer, Crowell just saved the Browns playoff hopes.

LaGarrette Blount

Blount went from being cut at the Steelers for refusing to play to the key man in the Patriots game plan against the Lions. Blunt finished the game with two touchdowns and 78 yards at an average of 6.5 yards per carry.

Fantasy owners must be pulling their hair out that Jonas Grey overslept, missed a team meeting and was benched as punishment. 

LeSean McCoy

Before the Titans game McCoy bristled at suggestions that he was no longer the player he was last year - he then went out on the field and proved his point. McCoy rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown at an average of 6.2 yards per carry.

A.J Green

12 receptions off 16 targets and 121 yards - A.J. Green is back. That was Green's busiest game of the season by some margin. If the Bengals want to make it out of the AFC North they will need to keep feeding Green they same amount - if not more.

Eddie Lacy

Away from home against the Vikings the Packers needed their running game to come to the party and Lacy made sure it did with his biggest game of the season. Lacey's 125 yards and touchdown are of course great. 

However, the most important aspect of his game was how it allowed Green Bay to control the clock. In a tight game Lacy's 25 carries were more than he had in the previous two games combined.

Seattle defense

For the first time in a number of weeks the Seahawks defense played up to their reputation by keeping the Cardinals offense to a meager three points.

C.J. Anderson

With Peyton Manning as its quarterback the Broncos running game should have been a powerhouse all season. Anderson finished the game with 167 rushing yards, a touchdown plus another 28 receiving yards as the Denver running backs finally arrived at the party.

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