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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 11 Roundup

With just six weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, several Penn Staters have made their marks in the pros. Let’s check in on how each of them played this weekend.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Barkley had his best rushing day since getting drafted, totaling 142 yards and two scores in a 38-35 win over Tampa Bay. He added two catches for 10 yards and a third touchdown through the air. No. 26 accomplished all this with a career-high 27 carries, gashing the Buccaneer defense all afternoon. The New York offense has looked revitalized over the past two weeks, resulting in back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Barkley is poised to have another big game against the Philadelphia Eagles next week, the team he put up 229 yards against in Week 6.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin didn’t have quite the day that his college teammate did, but still turned in a respectable performance. No. 12 had three receptions for 50 yards in Tampa Bay’s crushing loss to the Giants. The Bucs once again had to change quarterbacks midway through the game on Sunday, but it didn’t seem to affect Godwin. He has now registered 50+ receiving yards in six of ten games this season. Tampa Bay will try to break its four-game losing streak next week when the Buccaneers face the San Francisco 49ers.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Robinson came crashing back down to earth following a 133-yard, two-score game last week. He snagged three catches for 39 yards as the Bears defeated the Vikings 25-20 on Sunday Night Football. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky targeted A-Rob seven times, but was stifled by Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes. No. 12 has been up and down this season, but Chicago has still found a way to sit at the top of the NFC North. The Bears will take on the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving with hopes of strengthening their hold on the division.

Adrian Amos, Chicago Bears

In a night when Chicago’s defense starred, Amos was at the forefront of the action. The Penn State alumnus had two tackles and a pass deflection in the team’s close victory over the Minnesota Vikings. However, his biggest play of the night came in the closing seconds of the first half when he intercepted a pass from Kirk Cousins. The pick is Amos’ second of the season, showing why he’s the anchor of one of the NFL’s toughest defensive units.

Other Notables

Grant Haley only had one tackle for the Giants, but shared a memorable postgame jersey swap with other former Nittany Lions.

Jason Cabinda had two tackles in Oakland’s last-second victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The win marks the Raiders’ second win of the season, breaking the team’s five-game losing streak.

Denver’s DaeSean Hamilton had a four-yard reception in the Broncos’ 23-22 win against the Los Angeles Chargers, as well.

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Austin Smith

Austin Smith is a junior broadcast journalism major. He grew up in New Jersey and is a writer for Onward State. He specializes in football, basketball, and the New York Knicks.

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