Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Seven Roundup
Another week of NFL action, another impressive slate of performances from some former Penn State football stars.
From Kevin Givens’ first professional sack to Chris Godwin’s head-turning bounce-back game, Nittany Lions balled out in the NFL this week. Here’s a look back at their best performances from the weekend.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin and Tom Brady reconnected in a big way this past Sunday. Godwin pulled in all nine of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 45-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.
The slick touchdown grab was his second of the season. Godwin has played only four games this season due to a lingering hamstring injury but has accumulated 25 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns.
When Godwin is active, Brady looks his way quite often. The key for Godwin will be to stay on the field all season. If that happens, Godwin will surely put up big numbers each week.
Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers
Sixth-year pro Adrian Amos recorded six total tackles in the Green Bay Packers’ bounce-back win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Amos also recorded a sack in the game, his first of this season, which stalled a critical Texans drive early in the fourth quarter.
On the season, Amos has collected 23 total tackles along with one sack and one pass defended as one of the two starting safeties for the Packers secondary. Amos has come up big for the Packers on multiple occasions this season and, with the exclusion of last week’s dud, the Packers are now 5-1 on the year.
Kevin Givens, San Francisco 49ers
Givens recorded the first sack of his young career on Sunday against the New England Patriots. In it, the eighth game of his career, the defensive tackle brought down Jarrett Stidham to end the game.
In total, Givens collected two total tackles with the sack on Sunday as the 49ers’ third-string defensive tackle.
Amani Oruwariye, Detroit Lions
Oruwariye posted four total tackles in the Lions’ nailbiter of a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Before Sunday’s game, statistics from Pro Football Focus show that Oruwariye has some of the best metrics among NFL cornerbacks.
With the stats Oruwariye has produced to this point in the year, it is safe to say he is a Penn State player to watch in the coming weeks as he starts to gain attention around the NFL.
Robinson hauled in four passes for 70 yards in the Bears’ 24-10 loss to the Rams on Monday Night Football.
His 42-yard snag in traffic was the highlight of Chicago’s offense, as the Nick Foles-led group did not register a touchdown all night.
Robinson has 544 receiving yards on the season and leads a Bears receiving core that is full of youngsters. His leadership has certainly helped the team, as the Bears have posted a 5-2 record, good for second in the NFC North.
Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
Gould, the 16th-year kicker, drilled two field goals and three extra points in the 49ers’ 33-6 blowout win over the New England Patriots.
A missed extra point was his lone blemish on the day. Gould helped San Francisco achieve the largest margin of victory over the Patriots in Foxborough in the Bill Belichick era.
Daquan Jones registered three tackles and Jack Crawford pitched in two tackles for the Tennessee Titans in a heartbreaking loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Sam Ficken racked up five points for the Jets in the form of a field goal and two extra points. Ficken’s continues to be reliable on a pitiful Jets squad that has yet to win a game.
KJ Hamler caught two passes for 24 yards, while DaeSean Hamilton also contributed two catches for 26 in the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Hamler caught eyes before the game even started when he warmed up without a shirt while snow fell in Denver.
Although he didn’t see a catch this past weekend, Juwan Johnson was called up from the practice squad by the New Orleans Saints in order to fill out a receiver group that was without the services of Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday.
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Drew Allar had four touchdown passes, two of which were caught by Tyler Warren.
“It was raining and it was still filling up to the brim in the stadium. Their energy is infectious. And I love them and I appreciate all they do for us.”
Penn State’s defense had another near-perfect outing against Iowa on Saturday.