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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Two Recap

While week two of the NFL season may have been a quiet one for some former Penn State football stars, there were plenty of highlights to go around, including a heroic, game-saving defensive play from one Nittany Lion.

Here’s a quick recap on how Nittany Lions fared in the NFL this week:

Odafe Oweh

Although it’s only been two weeks, Oweh has done nothing but make big-time plays. This week, it was Oweh who made the biggest play of the game for the Ravens with 1:24 remaining in the game. He was able to beat his blocker off the line of scrimmage and found himself in a position to make a play on the ball, causing a fumble that he was also able to recover, giving the Ravens the ball back, and, eventually, the victory.

In addition to the forced fumble and fumble recovery, Oweh finished the game with three total tackles.

Micah Parsons

From one former Penn State defensive standout to another, Micah Parsons was switched from middle linebacker to defensive end, and it didn’t take long for the No. 12 overall pick to make his impact on the Cowboys’ banged-up defensive line.

Parsons finished the game with two total tackles on top of his first career sack late in the fourth quarter.

Saquon Barkley

As expected, it’s been a slow start to the season for Barkley after coming back from a significant knee injury last season. But with that said, we all know that Barkley is too good and too explosive to go an entire game without an eye-opening moment. Early in the game with the Giants leading 7-0, Barkley took the handoff from quarterback Daniel Jones and scampered through the hole and up the right sideline for a gain of 41 yards — his biggest run of the young season.

Despite the loss and limited snaps, Barkley was able to finish with a modest 57 rushing yards on six yards per carry.

Allen Robinson II

After a difficult assignment of being matched up against Jalen Ramsey in week one, it was expected that Allen Robinson would have a much better day in week two going up against a very unreliable Bengals defense. Despite finishing with just two catches, Robinson was still able to find the end zone to give the Bears an early lead. Through two games, Robinson has managed just eight receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.

With a change in quarterback likely arriving sooner rather than later for the Bears, expect Robinson to put up big numbers as the season progresses.

Chris Godwin

It has been an incredible start to the season so far Godwin as through two games he has racked up 13 receptions for nearly 200 yards. This past Sunday, Godwin was able to haul in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Buccaneers would go on to win the game 48-25 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Godwin finished the game with four receptions for 62 yards.

DaQuan Jones

The Carolina Panthers’ defense was swarming on Sunday, holding the high-powered New Orleans Saints offense to just seven points. Veteran defensive tackle DaQuan Jones played a big part in that as he registered three total tackles, including a fourth-down sack to force a turnover on downs.

Adrian Amos

It was a big day on Sunday for a number of former Penn Staters on the defensive side of the ball but it was Adrian Amos on Monday Night who was the headliner for the struggling Packers defense. Amos recorded nine solo tackles, second-most in the game, as the Packers rebounded following an embarrassing effort in week one to beat the Detroit Lions 35-17.

Other Notables

Giants defensive tackle Austin Johnson recorded four tackles in the Giants 30-29 loss to the Washington Football team on Thursday Night.

Kicker Robbie Gould made all three of his extra-point attempts to go along with a 46-yard field goal as the 49ers beat the Eagles 17-11.

Following what was a very strong performance by both Miles Sanders and the Philadelphia Eagles a week ago in Atlanta, the Birds were never able to establish the ground game on Sunday against the 49ers, and it showed as a result. Sanders was able to rush for only 55 yards on 13 attempts.

Nick Scott, Carl Nassib, and Yetur Gross-Matos all recorded a tackle with their respective teams as all three walked away with victories Sunday afternoon.

Tight ends Mike Gesicki and Pat Freiermuth had much better performances in week two than in week one. After being held without a catch on three targets a week ago, Gesicki hauled in three of his six targets for 41 yards in week two against the Bills. Freiermuth, who managed just a single catch for 24 yards a week ago, was much more involved in the passing game this week and caught all four of his targets for 36 yards.

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Devon Craley

Devon is a junior studying sports journalism. He has the genuine misfortune of being a Philadelphia sports fan...IYKYK. Send your hot takes and preferably your freezing cold takes on Twitter to @devon3134. Devon is also your friendly, neighborhood State College movie nerd.

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