As the seventh week of the NFL’s 2020-21 campaign is set to kick off later today, let’s take a look at what the former Washington Huskies did on the field last week.
In Cowboy Stadium on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, two Dawgs put the league on notice with their stellar play against “America’s Team”. While UW fans have come accustomed to stellar play in the secondary, NFL Twitter was in awe as they watched Budda Baker and Byron Murphy steal the show in an Arizona blowout win over Dallas. Budda came away with seven tackles, along with a sack, forced fumble, a pass deflection, and an interception. Meanwhile, Murphy recorded eight tackles, two pass deflections, and recovered a fumble. The Cards’ won 38-10.
The New York Jets have taken their lumps from everyone this season and this time it came from Myles Gaskin and the Miami Dolphins. Gaskin ran the ball 18 times for 91 yards and also caught 4 passes for 35 yards. If you are playing fantasy football and he’s a free agent, I’d consider picking him up if I were you.
Sidney Jones continued to bounce back with the Jacksonville Jaguars as he finished the game with five tackles and broke up a pass but it was not enough as the Detroit Lions pummeled them, 34-16.
How good is Sidney Jones!?!?— WestCoastCFB (@WestCoastCFB) October 18, 2020
The @UW_Football product with another impressive pass breakup.
Jones entered today’s contest as the highest graded CB in the NFL according to PFF
The Carolina Panthers fell victim to the Chicago Bears but during that game, Shaq Thompson was a bit busy as he finished with six tackles despite the loss. In Philadelphia, his former teammate Marcus Peters came away with three tackles for the Baltimore Ravens as they left the city of brotherly love with a 30-28 victory.
PFF’s Highest Graded Linebackers From the P12:— WestCoastCFB (@WestCoastCFB) October 21, 2020
1. Myles Jack (UCLA)
2. Blake Martinez (Stan)
3. Malcom Smith (USC)
4. Eric Kendricks (UCLA)
5. Shaq Thompson (UW)
6. Jayon Brown (UCLA)
7. Krys Barnes (UCLA)
8. Bobby Okereke (Stan)
9. Cory Littleton (UW)
10. Kenny Young (UCLA)
Lastly, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the Los Angeles Rams battled the San Francisco 49ers. For L.A, Taylor Rapp had nine tackles while Greg Gaines had three but the 49ers won 24-16.
PFF’s Highest Graded Former Pac-12 Safeties in the NFL:— WestCoastCFB (@WestCoastCFB) October 20, 2020
1. Budda Baker (UW)
2. Jordan Poyer (OSU)
3. Julian Blackmon (Utah)
4. Marcus Williams (Utah)
5. Justin Reid (Stan)
6. Eric Rowe (Utah)
7. Taylor Rapp (UW)
Dante Pettis did not see the field against the Rams despite being healthy and you’ve got to wonder if he’s on the verge of requesting a trade like his former teammate, John Ross, who wants out of Cincinnati due to his lack of playing time.
Overall, this was a great week for the Pro Dawgs thanks to the level of play from Budda Baker and Byron Murphy under the primetime lights. Their performance had social media raving about the job that UW Head Coach Jimmy Lake has done when it comes to developing talent out of the secondary.
Budda & Byron Murphy dominating this game. One is 24. The other is only 22. Well done, Jimmy Lake. https://t.co/CW213k8xGA— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 20, 2020