Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Six Recap
Numerous Penn State football alumni suited up across the NFL on Sunday and Monday, including two former superstars appearing in prime-time slots.
It proved to be a quiet week for Nittany Lions in the league, but one former tight end hauled in the first touchdown of his career, and a fan-favorite running back returned from injury to round out Sunday’s slate of games.
Let’s see how these once-Nittany Lions fared in week six.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
After missing the Giants’ previous three contests, Saquon Barkley returned to the lineup for Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills.
While many assumed the Giants would ease Barkley back into action, the running back ended up receiving 28 touches, 24 of which were rushing attempts. Barkley didn’t find the end zone in the Giants’ 14-9 loss to the Bills, but he did total 97 all-purpose yards for the night.
Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys
Star linebacker Micah Parsons was kept in check on Monday night, only registering two tackles and an end-of-game sack of Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the Cowboys’ 20-17 win.
The sack of Herbert was Parsons’ first since week three in a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. This gives Parsons five sacks through the first six games of the season.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In what was a rough week offensively for the Buccaneers, Chris Godwin led the team by catching six of his seven targets for 77 yards. He was the lone bright spot for his team in a 20-6 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Jaquan Brisker, Chicago Bears
Despite a 19-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Jaquan Brisker put in a solid performance for the Bears. The safety forced a fumble and added six total tackles, three of which were solo tackles. Brisker even added a half-sack to his resume for the week.
Brenton Strange, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars’ game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday will be one rookie Brenton Strange remembers for the rest of his life. The rookie hauled in the first touchdown catch of his career, a 17-yarder from quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Including the touchdown, Strange caught two of his three targets for 27 yards.
Six points for Strange pic.twitter.com/8y9u0geYyk— Onward State (@OnwardState) October 15, 2023
Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders
A rocky second season for the former first-round pick continued Sunday, as Jahan Dotson only saw one target in the Commanders’ 24-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Dotson has yet to eclipse 50 receiving yards in a game this year and has hauled in just one touchdown.
Nick Scott, Cincinnati Bengals
Nick Scott had yet another quiet week for the Bengals, tallying just two solo tackles and one assist in their 17-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks. He has seen a slight drop in production in the last two weeks after putting in an 11-total tackle effort in week four.
Mike Gesicki, New England Patriots
The Mac Jones-led New England Patriots continue to struggle on offense, and Mike Gesicki has seen little to no production as a result. Catching all three of his targets for 28 yards, Gesicki was the team’s second-leading receiver in a 21-17 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Yetur Gross-Matos, Carolina Panthers
Before exiting the game due to a hamstring injury, Yetur Gross-Matos tallied 3 tackle assists. It’s unknown just how much time the linebacker will miss as a result of the injury.
Arnold Ebiketie, Atlanta Falcons
Despite a 24-16 loss to the Washington Commanders, Arnold Ebiketie registered 1.5 sacks and two tackles in the Falcons’ Sunday outing.
Bye Week Blues
Cornerback Joey Porter Jr., tight end Pat Freiermuth, and wide receiver Allen Robinson all watched this week’s action from their couches as the Pittsburgh Steelers had their bye week. Quarterback Sean Clifford was also on bye with the Green Bay Packers.
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