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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 14 Roundup

What a weekend for Nittany Lions in the NFL.

Four former Penn State football stars scored touchdowns this past Sunday in what was likely the most productive performance for Nittany Lions in recent memory. In fact, KJ Hamler, Mike Gesicki, and Miles Sanders all had massive performances with two scores apiece.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most noteworthy performances from this weekend’s NFL slate.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Gesicki’s red-hot connection with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continued to flourish Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The tight end entered the game with scores in each of Miami’s last two games and managed to reach the end zone twice in the Dolphins’ loss to the Chiefs. Gesicki’s first score came on a seven-yard reception that gave Miami the lead late in the first quarter.

The third-year tight end then went up to grab a contested ball late in the fourth quarter and somehow managed to come down with it for a touchdown. That was good for his sixth score of the season.

Gesicki finished his day with an impressive 65 receiving yards on five grabs. Unfortunately, however, he sustained a shoulder injury late in the contest and will likely miss some time.

KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos

Hamler hasn’t had a massive rookie season in Denver, but he looked like he was back in Beaver Stadium making big plays with ease Sunday. The Broncos earned a 32-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers, and the “human joystick” deserves plenty of credit for the win.

Hamler hauled in just two catches on the day, but they both went for massive scores. His first touchdown came on a 32-yard connection with Drew Lock that gave the Broncos a two-possession lead early in the second half. The Nittany Lion broke away from the secondary with ease and hit a nice celebration to boot.

Later in the contest, Lock and Hamler connected again for another deep pass that served as the nail in the coffin for the Panthers. Once again, Hamler showed off his blazing speed on the score.

Hamler totaled 82 yards on those receptions and now has three touchdowns on the year and 29 catches. Fellow Nittany Lion DaeSean Hamilton hauled in one catch for 13 yards in the victory over the Panthers.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Sanders played a huge role in Philadelphia’s 24-21 upset over the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon. The Pittsburgh native put up 115 rushing yards on 14 attempts, which was good for an efficient average of 8.2 yards. Most importantly, Sanders reached the end zone twice.

The running back’s first score was his longest rush of the year, as he broke free for an 82-yard scamper that put the Eagles up 17-0.

Sanders continued to be a consistent rusher throughout the game and finished his day with a one-yard score late.

The speedy rusher now has two 100-yard games under his belt this year, bringing his season totals to 746 yards and five touchdowns.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Allen Robison had only one (boring!) touchdown this weekend, but the wide receiver still balled out with nine catches worth 123 yards. The Nittany Lion was targeted 13 times by Mitch Trubisky, made a 35-yard grab, and picked up eight first downs for the Bears in their dominant win over the Texans.

Robinson’s sole score on the day came when Trubisky found him over the middle just before halftime to put Chicago up 30-7.

The former Penn State star continues to flourish with a less than stellar quarterback, as he eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving on the season with his big performance. This is now Robinson’s third 1,000-yard season in the NFL, as he also hit the mark last season and in 2015 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Robinson remains a shining star in an inconsistent Chicago offense. He has 86 catches, six scores, and has put together three 100-yard performances this season.

Trace McSorley, Baltimore Ravens

The Penn State legend has yet another interesting performance this week. McSorley was forced to enter the game for two possessions late in the fourth quarter while Lamar Jackson was out with an undisclosed injury.

On his first opportunity, McSorley hit Marquise Brown for a pass that would’ve kept the chains moving, but the ball slipped through Brown’s hands. McSorley found more success on his second drive, as he connected with Willie Snead on a 3rd and 10 to keep the Ravens alive down one point to the Cleveland Browns.

McSorley helped lead Baltimore to midfield, but he went down with what seemed to be a knee injury and was out for the rest of the game. The Nittany Lion finished his night with just the 13-yard completion to Snead on four attempts.

Amani Oruwariye, Detroit Lions

Oruwariye hung tough against a potent Green Bay Packers offense. While he was burned by star wideout Davante Adams a few times in the 31-24 loss, he still made a few notable plays.

The second-year cornerback finished his day with five total tackles and one pass deflection. He now has 41 total tackles on the year and seven deflections.

Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers

On the other defensive unit, Amos had a nice day for the Packers in their win over Detroit. The veteran safety finished the afternoon with seven total tackles, one for a loss, and one pass deflection.

The Nittany Lion remains to be a constant on Green Bay’s defense. He has 62 tackles on the year, a fumble recovery, and an interception.

Other Notables

Kicker Robbie Gould didn’t get many opportunities in the San Francisco 49ers’ loss to the Washington Football Team, but he connected on one extra point.

Austin Johnson and Jack Crawford each pitched in tackles for their respective squads, while DaQuan Jones made one for the Tennessee Titans.

Nick Scott made one tackle in the Los Angeles Rams’ Thursday Night Football win over the New England Patriots. Yetur Gross-Matos made four tackles in the Carolina Panthers’ loss to the Denver Broncos.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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