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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 12 Roundup

After Penn State football picked up its first win of the season Saturday afternoon, several Penn Staters made an impact for their NFL teams this week.

Allen Robinson balled out with a big game, Chris Godwin had a stellar showing, and Robbie Gould drilled a game-winning field goal to give the 49ers a win over the Rams.

Here’s a closer look at how Nittany Lions in the NFL performed over the weekend.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Robinson was one of the lone bright spots for the Bears in their loss to the Packers Sunday night. He totaled eight catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns, continuing his great season in Chicago.

Robinson’s first touchdown was a short one-yarder late in the first half.

His second score was also a short one, this one from six yards out, early in the fourth quarter.

Robinson continues to produce with much uncertainly at the quarterback position, something he has done for almost his entire NFL career. He ranks No. 8 in the NFL with 71 catches and his 829 receiving yards are the 14th most in the league.

Next up for Robinson and the Bears is a home matchup with the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin played well for the Buccaneers in their 27-24 loss to the Chiefs Sunday afternoon. He totaled eight receptions for a season-high 97 yards while playing 92% of the offensive snaps.

The highlight of the Godwin’s day was when Tom Brady connected with him for a 44-yard completion in the third quarter.

Godwin has missed four games this year due to injury and hasn’t quite been able to replicate his breakout 2019 campaign. However, the fourth-year wideout has served as a reliable and explosive target for the Bucs when on the field. The Penn Stater has hauled in 49 receptions for 562 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Mike Gesicki totaled just two catches for 35 yards in the Dolphins’ win over the Jets. However, one of those grabs was a 13-yard touchdown.

It was his first score since week three. Gesicki has hauled in 30 receptions for 449 yards and three touchdowns so far this season and is on pace to surpass last year’s yardage total (570 yards) despite some general inconsistency.

Gesicki will attempt to carry some momentum into next week’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Sanders was a non-factor in the Eagles’ loss to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. With the Eagles falling behind early, Sanders ran the ball just six times for 15 yards. He added two receptions for seven yards in the passing game.

Sanders, like Godwin, has missed some time with injuries this season. However, when Sanders has been on the field he has been effective. The second-year running back has ran the ball 108 times for 600 yards, which is good for 5.6 yards per carry.

Sanders and the Eagles will attempt to bounce back next week against the Packers.

Kevin Givens, San Francisco 49ers

Givens made his first career start in the 49ers’ win over the Rams. He totaled two tackles, one for a loss, one quarterback hit, and a fumble recovery in what was an eye-opening performance for the young defensive lineman.

After appearing in just one game for the 49ers last season, Givens has made a name for himself this season and has played more than 40% of the defensive snaps in all but two of San Francisco’s games.

Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers

Amos was a nice contributor for the Packers in their 41-25 win over the Bears on Sunday Night Football. He totaled seven tackles and played 100% of the defensive snaps for the Packers’ defense that forced three turnovers in the game.

The six-year NFL veteran has totaled 51 tackles, three tackles for loss, three passes defended, and one interception for the 8-3 Packers. Amos and the Packers will host the Eagles Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers

Gould made three field goals for the 49ers Sunday afternoon, including the game-winner as time expired in the fourth quarter.

All three of Gould’s made field goals were of 40+ yards, with his only miss coming from beyond 50 yards. Additionally, the 16-year veteran made two extra points in the game.

Gould is having a nice bounce back season this year and has made 88.9% of his field goals after converting just 74.2% last season.

Other Notables

  • Amani Oruwariye: Oruwariye started his 10th game of the season in the Lions’ loss to the Texans. He accumulated two tackles and played every snap on defense.
  • Cam Brown: Brown made a game-saving tackle for the Giants in their win over the Bengals. Late in the game, Brown saved a touchdown on a punt return with a shoestring tackle to keep the Giants in the lead.
  • Yetur Gross-Matos: Gross-Matos totaled two tackles in the Panthers gut-wrenching 28-27 loss to the Vikings. He was placed on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list Monday afternoon.
  • Troy Apke: Apke totaled three tackles and played 51% of the defensive snaps for Washington in its dominant win over Dallas.
  • Nick Scott: Scott played his best game of the season in the Rams’ loss to the 49ers, totaling five tackles and playing a season-high 50% of the defensive snaps.
  • Sean Lee: Lee accumulated three tackles in the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving loss to the Football Team.
  • DaQuan Jones: Jones had a nice performance with four tackles and one quarterback hit in the Titans’ win over the Colts.

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He grew up in Lindenhurst, NY and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his rants on all of his teams follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]


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