Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Six Recap

Week six of the NFL season was full of exciting games, with six underdogs coming out victorious. Despite some surprising outcomes, there was one common occurrence: Penn Staters finding the end zone.

As some teams start to separate themselves from the rest of the league, Nittany Lions like Mike Gesicki, Allen Robinson, and Saquon Barkley shined for their respective squads. Let’s take a look at the best performances from Penn Staters in the league this weekend.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

After a promising start to the season for the Miami Dolphins, there are now many questions in the air. After multiple injuries to the Dolphins’ quarterback room, one consistency has been Mike Gesicki hitting the griddy in the end zone. Many have since spoke out asking Gesicki to stop. Have we seen the last of the Gesicki Griddy?

The tight end posted six catches, all of which resulted in a first down. Gesicki did his best to keep the Dolphins in the game by scoring two touchdowns.

Despite Gesicki’s individual efforts, the Dolphins fell to 3-3 on the season after a 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Saquon Barkley is back to looking like Saquon Barkley. As the frontrunner for Comeback Player of the Year, Barkley put up another solid performance. He posted 83 yards on 22 carries, which brings his season total to 616 yards. His 616 yards are the second-most in the NFL.

Just when the game was looking out of reach, Barkley found the end zone late in the fourth quarter that capped off a 10-point comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Maybe the most notable play from Barkley this week came on the last drive of the game when he had an impressive run that could have resulted in another touchdown. Instead of scoring, Barkley went down inside the five-yard line, securing the win for his team.

With Sunday’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Barkley has led the New York Giants to a 5-1 record to start the season, which is their best start since 2009. They will try to build off this great start in Jacksonville next week when they take on the 2-4 Jaguars.

Allen Robinson, Los Angeles Rams

Many believe that Allen Robinson has been the product of poor quarterback play throughout his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears, and that has become a common thought during his tenure with the Rams thus far.

On Sunday, though, Robinson showed flashes of his prime self by hauling in five passes for 63 yards, including a five-yard jump ball touchdown in the corner of the end zone.

This score comes as Robinson’s second of the 2022 season, which is already more than his total from last season. The Rams are 3-3 on the season and will host the division-rival San Francisco 49ers (3-3) next week.

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and the current favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year, Micah Parsons, faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Parsons faced all he could handle against Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, who has not allowed a sack or pressure all season.

Once Johnson left the game with an injury, Parsons began to play like his normal self. He totaled seven tackles, with 1.5 of them resulting in a loss of yards. One of Parsons’ best plays of the night was when he laid a hard hit on fellow Penn State alum and former teammate Miles Sanders.

Parsons is tied for second in the league with six sacks. He also has eight total tackles for loss, which is among the league’s leaders.

After a tough 26-17 loss to the Eagles, the Cowboys fell to 4-2 on the season. They will try to bounce back next week with a matchup against the 1-4 Detroit Lions.

Other Notables:

  • Eagles running back Miles Sanders played a big part in the team’s monumental win against Micah Parsons and the Cowboys. He rushed 18 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. After not finding the end zone at all last year, Sanders has already posted four rushing scores this season.
  • After an injury-plagued start to the year, Chris Godwin is starting to become very involved in Tom Brady’s passing game. He saw 12 targets, which was his most of the season, hauling in six of them for 95 yards. This effort didn’t prove to be enough to prevent the Bucs from being upset by the Steelers.
  • Rams safety Nick Scott came up with a huge interception in the fourth quarter on 1st and goal. Scott sealed the victory for his Rams when he was able to complete the tip drill and haul in the interception.
  • On a Thursday night game where not much went right for the Chicago Bears, safety Jaquan Brisker still proved why he is one of the best defensive rookies in the league. Brisker posted five tackles and a sack.
  • After a solid outing last week, Buccaneers defensive end Carl Nassib posted his second sack of the season, while also defending a pass, in the team’s loss to the Steelers.
  • Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos was all over the field on Sunday, posting seven tackles. Five of the seven tackles were solo, with another one coming behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of yards. Amos had his best game since coming back from a concussion earlier this month, but it wasn’t enough to outlast the New York Jets, as the Packers fell 27-10.
  • KJ Hamler hauled in two catches for 44 yards in the Broncos’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers.

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