Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 11 Recap

Although it was relatively quiet this week for most Nittany Lions in the NFL, there were still several positive moments in Week 11.

Touchdowns from Juwan Johnson and Allen Robinson, as well as another great game from Micah Parsons, were the biggest highlights of the week for Penn Staters in the NFL.

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

A solid game from linebacker Micah Parsons is virtually a guarantee at this point. In the Cowboys’ 40-3 beatdown against the Minnesota Vikings, Parsons had four tackles and two sacks.

These types of plays are nothing out of the ordinary for Parsons, who has 47 tackles and ten sacks so far this season. He is making a case for the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year, as his ten sacks are good for second-most in the league behind New England’s Matthew Judon.

Kevin Givens, San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Givens had himself a nice trip to Mexico City on Monday Night Football. Aside from San Francisco’s 38-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Givens had two tackles and a sack.

On a 2nd-and-8 play in the third quarter, Givens blitzed through Arizona’s offensive line and sent quarterback Colt McCoy to the ground for his first sack of the season.

Allen Robinson, Los Angeles Rams

Wide receiver Allen Robinson hasn’t been as productive this season compared to others, but he scored his first touchdown in four games on Sunday.

Robinson wound up having four receptions for 47 yards in the Rams’ 27-20 loss against the New Orleans Saints. Keep reading to find out more about why Robinson didn’t come away with the win on Sunday.

Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints

Juwan Johnson has played well for the Saints the last few weeks, with one touchdown in each of his last three games. This week’s touchdown helped guide the Saints to victory, and it was Johnson’s fifth of the season.

Johnson’s 31 receptions for 349 yards so far is good for his best season in the league as of now. His play thus far is a sign of a promising, younger player in a rebuilding Saints team.

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth had eight receptions for 79 yards with no touchdowns during Sunday’s 37-30 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Despite not finding the end zone last week, Freiermuth has already proven himself to be a promising tight end in Pittsburgh. He currently has 482 receiving yards this season, so he will almost certainly surpass his 497 yards from last season barring an injury.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Barkley’s name is worth mentioning because of how unusually badly he performed. Barkley averaged just 1.5 yards in the Giants’ loss to the Lions, with 15 carries for just 22 yards. That performance is good for his worst performance of the season, and it isn’t even close. He will likely surpass 1,000 rushing yards this season, as this type of performance shouldn’t happen again.

Other Notables

  • Jahan Dotson had one reception for 13 yards in Washington’s win against the Texans.
  • Robbie Gould’s sole field goal attempt was good for 39 yards in the 49ers’ win on Monday Night Football.
  • Yetur Gross-Matos had three tackles and one sack in Carolina’s 13-3 loss against the Ravens.
  • Trace McSorely entered the game on Monday Night Football but wasn’t very productive. He threw an interception and had 59 yards in Mexico City for the Cardinals.
  • Nick Scott had five total tackles for the Rams in their loss against the Saints.
  • Amani Oruwariye had two tackles in Detroit’s upset win over the Giants.

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