No matter how hard the Jets try to tank, the former Huskies on the roster will do their darndest to keep the team above water. The scores from Jermaine Kearse and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins weren’t enough for the win this week, but the pass-catching duo continued their scoring streak and are arguably the most NFL-relevant Dawgs outside of the headline-grabbing Marcus Peters.
That’s where we will start the overview. Peters was involved in a play Thursday night that will be talked about all week when he hit Derek Carr late on a blitz and was getting pushed around by the Oakland offensive line. The Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch of Cal fame came from the bench to seemingly protect Peters after the play. Lynch was ejected for contact with an official and is suspended, though Peters is part of the appeal to exonerate Lynch in a weird story. The two were also seen on a train together after the game.
Peters’s on the field play was strong, as he was avoided for the most part while Carr picked on the lesser Chief corners en route to a huge offensive day.
In one of the shortest games of the week, Shaq Thompson played all of the 38 defensive snaps for the Panthers against the Bears. He was the leading tackler for Carolina with four takedowns. John Timu is still out for the Bears with a knee injury.
Kasen Williams was held without a catch for the Cleveland Browns but Danny Shelton continued anchoring the only good part of the Cleveland Browns, their run defense. The Tennessee Titans weren’t able to get anything going on the ground and Shelton’s strength at nose tackle was vital to that effort.
Kevin King returned from his concussion to play about two-thirds of the snaps for Green Bay against the New Orleans Saints. Look for him to play even more next week as he reconditions himself back to a top corner for the Pack.
On the other side, Senio Kelemete continued serving as vital depth for a banged up line for the Saints, playing about half the snaps though I wasn’t able to see where he lined up. Pro Football Reference has him listed as a guard for the game. Hau’oli Kikaha was a surprise inactive and there is a report that he is on the trade block.
As mentioned, Jermaine Kearse and Austin Seferian-Jenkins each scored for the Jets, though they didn’t do much outside of those catches. It wasn’t enough as the Jets fell to 3-4 with the loss
Budda Baker played eight snaps for the Arizona Cardinals. I can’t find anyone saying anything more than he’s playing “fine.” It is notable that it was the highest number and percentage of snaps he has seen so far in the blowout loss. Cory Littleton was on the other side for the Rams and he played a similar amount on both defense and special teams.
In New England, Desmond Trufant was tasked with stopping Tom Brady and the Patriots. Holding the Pats to 23 points is not an easy task, but Trufant was a vital part of it. Marvin Hall was inactive after scoring his touchdown for the Falcons.
Monday Night Football featured #FormerDawg killer Nelson Agholor going against Mason Foster of the Washington Redskins. Fortunately, Agholor’s touchdown wasn’t against Foster, though the nicked up linebacker still did concede a passing touchdown. Foster did register a sack and three quarterback pressures (per Pro Football Focus) on four blitzes.
Darrell Daniels contributed on special teams for the Colts while playing sparingly on offense. John Ross returned to practice but didn’t play for the Bengals. Dwayne Washington is hopeful to return next week after his Lions were off this week. Elijah Qualls was again inactive for the Eagles.
Sidney Jones is eligible to practice but he still is “not close” to actually returning to practice. Chances are that the Eagles will give him every opportunity to recover and get back to 100 percent following his Achilles tear at UW’s pro day.