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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 4 Roundup

Once again, Nittany Lions made show-stopping plays and headlines around the NFL this weekend.

Here are a few of the best performances by Penn Staters in the NFL from this past week:

Yetur Gross-Matos, Carolina Panthers

The second-round pick of the Panthers made his mark in a big way on Sunday. With his team up big on the Cardinals, Gross-Matos came away with a strip-sack of Kyler Murray, forcing a huge turnover.

Along with his first sack and first forced fumble, the rookie recorded three total tackles in the game. Gross-Matos’ contributions helped the Panthers earn their first victory of the season.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Allen Robinson was back at it again this week and contributed greatly to Chicago’s passing attack.

Robinson finished the game with seven catches for 104 yards and a score. His touchdown came with 1:40 left on the clock as the Bears attempted to make a late comeback on the Colts.

In four games so far this season, he has 25 receptions for 331 yards, leading the Bears receivers in both categories.

Sam Ficken, New York Jets

Continuing to be one of the only bright spots for the Jets week to week, Sam Ficken drilled five field goals on five attempts Thursday night against the Broncos.

Ficken nailed this kick to take the lead on Denver late in the game and although the Jets lost, Ficken did his part for his team.

Ficken connected with a 54-yarder in the game, which tied his career-long. Also kicking an extra point, Ficken was responsible for 16 out of the Jets’ 28 total points in the game.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Sanders continued his stellar start to the season with a decent game on Sunday night against the 49ers. Sanders rushed 13 times gaining 46 yards on the ground and caught two passes for 30 yards.

Dominating the running back touches for the Eagles, Sanders solidified his role in the offense. While he failed to reach 100 combined yards for the first time this season, he showed that he could still churn out solid production against a stout San Francisco run defense.

Jesse James, Detroit Lions

This season, Jesse James has been relegated to more of a blocking role within the Lions system. However, this play from the contest on Sunday against the Saints showed why he is a fantastic complimentary piece in Detroit’s offense.

James absolutely mossed a Saints defensive back for a 31-yard gain. This was his only contribution to the passing attack this past week, however, and he has recorded only four catches on the year.

Austin Johnson, New York Giants

Johnson had himself a fantastic game on Sunday, recording two tackles, including a sack, as well as a forced fumble.

This forced fumble early on in the game led to a Giants field goal, resulting in their first points of the game.

Other Notables

Vikings wide receiver Dan Chisena recovered a fumble on special teams, helping his team secure a victory over the Texans this past weekend.

Mike Gesicki recorded just one catch for 15 yards in the Dolphins’ loss on Sunday. In a bit of an up-and-down start for Gesicki, his athleticism will ensure him a significant role in the Dolphins passing offense in future weeks.

Troy Apke added two tackles and a pass defended in the Washington Football Team’s loss this week. Fellow defensive back Amani Oruwariye of the Detroit Lions recorded the same stat line.

Monday night, Packers safety Adrian Amos broke up a Falcons pass in the end zone on fourth down to help Green Bay keep its lead late in the game. Amos finished the game with three total tackles.

Off The Field

DaQuan Jones tested positive for the coronavirus alongside a number of his Titans teammates. Tennessee postponed its game against the Steelers and hasn’t yet resumed practicing.

Trace McSorley became a TikTok star this past week after the NFL posted a video featuring the Ravens third-string quarterback. The video has been viewed 2.6 million times and has more than 500,000 likes.

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