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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Seven Recap

Although Penn State football had a disappointing loss in Columbus on Saturday, there was yet another great showing of NFL action that followed it. Plenty of once-Nittany Lions from all around the league suited up for their respective squads and took care of business.

Let’s take a look at how they fared this past weekend in their games.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Saquon Barkley built off his return to the field last week with a solid performance against the Washington Commanders on Sunday. He racked up 77 yards on 21 carries in the Giant’s 14-7 win.

He also tacked on an additional 41 yards through the air with three receptions, including a 32-yard touchdown. Barkley told the media after the game that he hyperextended his elbow but should be good to go for the Giants’ matchup next Sunday against in-state rival the New York Jets.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Although Godwin received a healthy dose of a dozen targets in his matchup against Atlanta, he only managed to reel in six of them for 66 yards. His longest grab went for 33 yards in Tampa Bay’s 16-13 loss to the Falcons.

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

Although the Commanders fell to the Giants 14-7, Jahan Dotson had his best outing of the season Sunday. Dotson was targeted eight times, reeling in five of them for 43 yards.

That’s his highest single-game yardage total of the season and the second-most targets he’s received since week two. This was a great bounce-back performance from Dotson after recording zero catches on just one target last week against Atlanta.

Mike Gesicki, New England Patriots

Although his stat line wasn’t necessarily impressive, Mike Gesicki hauled in the game-winning touchdown for the Patriots with just 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter in their 29-25 upset victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

He caught both of his targets for a total of five yards and a touchdown where he, naturally, he broke out into a griddy celebration.

Jaquan Brisker, Chicago Bears

Jaquan Brisker set a season-high for tackle total in the Bears’ 30-12 blowout win over the Raiders, racking up nine assisted and one solo tackle. The up-and-coming safety also added a pass deflection to his stat line on Sunday.

Allen Robinson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Allen Robinson caught his only target of the day for seven yards in Pittsburgh’s 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. With the return of Diontae Johnson, Robinson’s role in the Steelers passing offense has decreased.

Arnold Ebiketie, Atlanta Falcons

After recording his first sack of the season last week, Arnold Ebiketie had a slow day in Atlanta’s 16-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He recorded just one solo tackle in his Sunday outing.

Joey Porter Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers

Fresh out of the team’s bye week, Joey Porter Jr. recorded three total tackles, two solo and one assisted, during the Steelers’ 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He also registered had a pass breakup in coverage.

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About the Author

Cadyn Gill

Cadyn is a freshman journalism major at Penn State. Hailing from the great state of Texas, he is a die hard Dallas sports fan. You'll often see him voicing his complaints about the Cowboys play calling on Twitter @cgill214.

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