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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 11 Roundup

While Penn State football continued its freefall, several Nittany Lions showed out on Sunday to cap off an exciting week of NFL action.

Penn Staters found ways to contribute to their squads in all three phases of the game this past week. Standout performances from Amani Oruwariye and Adrian Amos highlighted a great week for Penn State in the NFL.

Here are some of the best showings by Nittany Lions from Week 11:

Amani Oruwariye, Detroit Lions

While the Lions were shut out for the first time since 2009, Oruwariye prevented an even bigger blowout with an end zone interception that robbed the Carolina Panthers of a score.

In addition to the pick, Oruwariye recorded three solo tackles and two more assists, bringing his season total to 29 combined tackles. Oruwariye has outperformed teammate and top-five selection Jeff Okudah this season and firmly cemented his status atop the Lions’ depth chart.

Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers

Adrian Amos was everywhere for the Packers this past Sunday, recording seven total tackles, including a tackle for loss, and a pass defended.

Amos has been a key piece of Green Bay’s defense since coming over from Chicago in 2019. He has led the Green Bay defensive backs over the past two seasons, and they have done an excellent job of keeping games manageable for Aaron Rodgers and the offense. Coincidentally, it was offensive errors that led to the Packers’ loss this week, as the defense held out long enough for a comeback opportunity late in overtime.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Despite the best efforts of Miles Sanders, the Eagles continue to struggle week to week. Sanders recorded 66 rushing yards on 16 attempts, as well as three catches for 15 yards. He lost a fumble inside the five-yard line to end Philadelphia’s opening drive.

Sanders recorded 62 of his 66 rushing yards in the first half of the game on Sunday and was effectively eliminated from the game script in the second half against the Browns.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On Monday Night Football, Godwin and the Buccaneers couldn’t get the job done in a 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Godwin finished the night with seven catches for 53 yards and a late touchdown that tied the game, at the moment, for Tampa Bay.

Although he has missed a few games due to injury, Godwin has still managed to rack up 465 yards and three scores on the year. In a crowded receiving group in Tampa, Godwin has carved himself a role in Tom Brady’s passing attack.

Yetur Gross-Matos, Carolina Panthers

Gross-Matos added two tackles and a half-sack to his rookie season stats on Sunday against Oruwariye’s Lions.

Listed as a starter on the Panthers’ official depth chart, Gross-Matos hasn’t quite hit the production level expected out of a starter in the league, but his improvement and his potential bode well for the future.

KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos

Hamler posted four catches for 35 yards in the Broncos’ surprising 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Two of Hamler’s catches went for first downs as the Broncos put up 459 total yards of offense on the Dolphins. Although Denver failed to score on a few of its drives and turned the ball over twice, the offense put on an encouraging display against a young Miami defense.

Hamler has racked up 275 yards and a score in his rookie season.

Other Notables

Robert Windsor recorded his first NFL tackle during Indianapolis’ overtime victory over Green Bay.

Mike Gesicki hauled in four catches for 43 yards in the Dolphins’ loss to the Broncos. Other than his monster performance in week two, Gesicki has been underwhelming this season despite his expectations.

Carl Nassib and Troy Apke each recorded three tackles in their squad’s respective contests this weekend.

Marcus Allen’s key onside kick recovery proved to be an early turning point in the Steelers’ dominant victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Allen’s special teams play has been crucial to the Steelers’ success through the 2020 campaign, as he has recorded seven tackles on the year.

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Matt Rudisill

Matt is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism from a little town called Parkesburg in Chester County, PA. He loves all things Phillies and Steelers (don't ask), manages seven fantasy football teams, and listens to the Pat McAfee Show podcast daily. He is an elite wiffleball pitcher and is not afraid to back up that claim. Follow Matt on twitter @mrudy26 for Phillies rants and some other random thoughts!

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