Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Four Recap

Week four came and went in the NFL, and Nittany Lions across the league continued to shine.

Running back Miles Sanders had a career day to lead the Eagles to victory and keep them undefeated, while fellow running back Saquon Barkley ran all over the Bears. Let’s take a closer look at how Penn Staters fared during week four of the NFL season.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Miles Sanders had a career-high 134 rushing yards on 27 attempts in a 29-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sanders also punched in two touchdowns, bringing his season totals to 356 yards rushing and three touchdowns through four weeks.

The 356 yards on the ground for Sanders’ campaign ranks third among all running backs in the NFL.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Did you expect Saquon Barkley to be the NFL’s rushing leader through four weeks? That’s right. Barkley continued his hot start during week four. He tallied 146 yards on 31 attempts, while also catching two passes for 15 yards. He also took snaps at quarterback when Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor were briefly sidelined with injuries.

The Giants moved to 3-1 on the season behind Barkley’s effort and find themselves in a tight race in the NFC East.

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

Another week passes, which means another touchdown for the No. 16 overall pick in the 2022 draft. Dotson only had three receptions for 43 yards but found the end zone in the second quarter. Dotson has been one of the few bright spots through four games for the Commanders, as they sit on only one win so far.

However, according to Washington head coach Ron Rivera, Dotson is expected to miss a couple of weeks of action due to a hamstring injury.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Godwin has been Mr. Reliable throughout his career in Tampa Bay, as he played through some bumps and bruises on Sunday, hauling in 59 yards on seven receptions for an average of 8.4 yards per catch. Godwin’s contributions were not enough for the Buccaneers, as they fell to the Chiefs 41-31 on Sunday Night Football.

Jaquan Brisker, Chicago Bears

There is something about rookie defensive players from Penn State, folks. Brisker continues to impress, and on Sunday afternoon, he recorded his first career sack along with five tackles in the loss to the Giants. At this rate, the Nittany Lions could possibly get back-to-back Defensive Rookie of the Year awards if the safety keeps this up.

Other Notables:

  • Amani Oruwariye continues to fly under the radar. The Lions’ defensive back has yet to make an interception in 2022 but has totaled 18 tackles, and five of them came in the Lions’ 48-45 defeat to the Seahawks.
  • 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year winner Micah Parsons didn’t have a sack in week four. However, the Cowboys superstar still had four solo tackles.
  • While current punter Barney Amor is staring in Happy Valley, former punter Blake Gillikin had himself a fine day at the office for the New Orleans Saints. He had four punts go for an average of 48.5 yards and a long of 63 yards.
  • Pat Freiermuth had himself a day with a season-high seven receptions for 85 yards in a last-second loss to the New York Jets.
  • Wideout KJ Hamler hauled in a 55-yard reception for his first catch of the year in the Broncos’ loss to the Raiders.
  • Will Fries got his first NFL start at right guard this weekend for the Indianapolis Colts.

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CJ Gill

CJ is a junior from McVeytown, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism and is an associate editor at Onward State. He's a huge Phillies fan, which has its pro and cons come October. You can send all sports takes to [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @CJGill14.

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