Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 11 Recap

As the NFL season continues on into Thanksgiving, many former Penn State football players once again posted great performances to help push their teams toward a playoff spot.

From Micah Parsons’ continuous development to the return of two former Penn State running backs, here’s a recap of how Nittany Lions performed in the NFL during week 11.

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

We’ve run out of words to describe the kind of season Micah Parsons is having. Even in losses, Parsons is putting up ridiculous numbers and making unreal plays for the Cowboys.

Along with this strip-sack, Parsons added another sack on the day to bring his total this year to eight, which ranks 10th in the NFL. Parsons finished with four total tackles and three QB hits, but it wasn’t enough as Dallas fell to the Chiefs 19-9.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay receiver Chris Godwin has been putting up great numbers during the past five weeks. Godwin has been able to find the end zone multiple times recently, and that continued Monday Night.

To go along with this touchdown catch, Godwin totaled six receptions for 65 receiving yards and one rush for seven yards in Tampa Bay’s 30-10 win over the New York Giants.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

After missing the past five weeks due to a left ankle sprain, Saquon Barkley made his long-anticipated return during Monday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, Barkley didn’t have the return he hoped for, as he totaled 25 rushing yards on six carries and 31 receiving yards on six receptions in the Giants 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers. On a positive note, Barkley didn’t suffer a setback, so he’ll hope to continue rolling when New York hosts the Eagles on Sunday.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Speaking of returning Penn State running backs, Miles Sanders made his return Sunday for the Philadelphia Eagles after missing the past few weeks due to an ankle injury.

In a 40-29 win over the New Orleans Saints, Sanders totaled 94 rushing yards on 16 carries but did fumble early in the second quarter.

Amani Oruwariye, Detroit Lions

Amani Oruwariye continues to shine in his 3rd season in the NFL. Oruwariye grabbed his fourth interception Sunday, putting him in a tie for fourth across the NFL.

To go with his interception, Oruwariye totaled five total tackles in the Lions’ 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

The rookie tight end has been nothing short of great the past few weeks for the Steelers. This time around, Pat Freiermuth found the end zone for the fourth time in four weeks.

While Freiermuth totaled just four receptions for 11 yards, he grabbed a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that helped Pittsburgh tie the game. A 17-point comeback wasn’t enough, as the Los Angeles Chargers held on to beat the Steelers 41-37.

Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers

Since returning from injured reserve, Robbie Gould has been perfect for the 49ers. On Sunday, the 38-year-old kicker converted all three field-goal attempts and all three extra-point tries.

Gould made the field goals from 48, 45, and 20 yards out, which helped the 49ers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-10.

Blake Gillikin, New Orleans Saints

The Saints punter continued to have a great season this past Sunday with six punts. Gillikin totaled 299 yards on the punts, with three of them landing inside the 20-yard line. While Gillikin had a good day, the rest of the Saints didn’t as they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 40-29.

Other Notables

  • Carl Nassib totaled four solo tackles and one tackle-for-a-loss for the Las Vegas Raiders in a 32-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki posted five catches for 50 yards on Sunday in a 24-17 win against the New York Jets.
  • Odafe Oweh had a very quiet week in the Baltimore Ravens’ 16-13 win over the Chicago Bears. Oweh had two tackles and one quarterback hit.
  • Former Penn State linebacker-turned-fullback Jason Cabinda had his longest run of his career for 21 yards in the Lion’s 13-10 loss to the Browns
  • Adrian Amos totaled three tackles in the Green Bay Packers’ 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • New York Giants defensive tackle Austin Johnson totaled five tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants’ 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Matt Brown

Matt is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him taking down any Dollar Dog challenge or rewatching the Big Ten Maps Commercial. To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected].

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