Through six weeks of the NFL season one thing that has been fairly consistent has been the play of the Tampa Huskers and both David and Suh had another strong days slowing down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers high scoring offense. From there we did see some ups and downs and another injury that could see a former Husker missing some time. Take a look at how each Husker did including who the top Husker performer of the week was.
Top Husker Performer
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay
With Tom Brady in Tampa we are getting to see the Buccaneers in more national games which means everybody is starting to realize how good Lavonte David is. That was no more evident against the Packers were David’s 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a tackle for loss really didn’t show how good of a game he had. David was flying all over the field making tackles, shooting gaps and even coming off the edge to get a couple of sacks. Tampa Bay’s defense has developed into one of the league’s best and a big reason why is #54.
Had a Good Day
Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay
Suh coming for you Aaron. pic.twitter.com/FJd7I0q0FE— Paige Dimakos (@The_SportsPaige) October 18, 2020
While Suh only registered a tackle and a sack, his impact was all over the Bucs win. Suh’s most notable impact came in the second quarter when he was flagged for a late hit on Rodgers and then two plays later he came around the edge for a big hit on Rodgers that ended the drive. From there Suh was a part of a Buccaneers front seven that terrorized Aaron Rodgers all game long with five sacks and constant pressure that forced Rodgers to have to get the ball out quickly. Today was a vintage Suh performance.
Sam Koch, Baltimore
By appearing in Sunday’s game Sam Koch is now the current leader for most games played in Baltimore Ravens history surpassing Terrell Suggs. In his record breaking appearance the Ravens didn’t let Koch get off without working as his seven punts were the most he’s had all season. Three of those seven punts were downed within the 20 yard line while he showed off his soft hands to corral a high snap and still get the ball down on a Justin Tucker kick in the second quarter.
Cethan Carter, Cincinnati
Sunday’s game against the Colts was the highest amount of snaps that Carter has seen all season. Carter is the Bengals pseudo fullback and normally only gets snaps as a blocker but against the Colts Carter also ran several routes while being targeted once but the pass was incomplete. As usual Carter continued to block well and did what he was asked. You won’t see his impact in the box score, but Carter had a good game by his standards.
Up and Down Game
Rex Burkhead, New England
Because of game flow the Patriots had to pass more and that meant that James White got a majority of the snaps out of the Patriots running back trio. Only getting five carries it was tough for Burkhead to get much of anything going as he finished with only seven yards and no targets in the passing game. But Burkhead also did the little things well as he was good at blocking in the pass game.
Had a Rough Day
Alex Lewis, New York Jets
Having a solid season it was a bit of a surprise to see Lewis struggle against the Dolphins giving up penetration to the Miami defensive tackles several times throughout the game. However Lewis left the game in the second half with a shoulder injury and we later learned that Lewis was playing with multiple injuries to his shoulder including a sprained AC Joint. That could explain why he struggled to control the defenders when he got his hands on them. Lewis is considered week to week with his injuries.
Lamar Jackson, New York Jets
After starting last week and playing well the week before it looked like Jackson was having a solid start to his rookie year. But after giving up an early touchdown on a slant route in the end zone the Jets pulled the plug on Jackson benching him for the rest of the game. It didn’t help that Blessaun Austin was back after missing time with an injury. Jackson showed flashes in his short time so far and likely will get another chance, but it may not be for a while.
Nick Gates, New York Giants
Can anyone spot Nick Gates DESTROYING Landon Collins on this play (bottom of screen)... Love to see it! pic.twitter.com/YvleXX53M7— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) October 18, 2020
The Giants got their first win of the 2020 season on Sunday but it was a rough day for Gates as he continues to be graded as one of the worst centers in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. Gates showed flashes against Washington including a crushing hit on Washington safety Landon Collins, but there were far too many instances where Gates was standing around with no idea who to block or just flat out whiffed trying to stop the Washington defender who got pressure on Daniel Jones.
Nathan Gerry, Philadelphia
It was another tough day for Nathan Gerry as he and the Eagles had to deal with reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. While Gerry’s eight tackles were good for second best there were several plays that Gerry was in the wrong place or didn’t make the play that he should have. Whether it was being out of place on two touchdown runs or missing open field tackles that lead to big gains. Unfortunately clips of Lamar Jackson running by Gerry as he reached out and touched his shoulder are all over twitter.
Andy Janovich, Cleveland
Getting down 24-0 in the first half doesn’t lend well to a fullback trying to get on the field and that was the case for Janovich. Playing only seven total offensive snaps Janovich was used early in the game on a couple of third downs as a pass protector but those two plays led to a pick six and a sack which meant the Browns quickly ditched that plan. Janovich has been an elite fullback this year and there will be better days for him, it just wasn’t Sunday.
Ameer Abdullah, Minnesota
With no Dalvin Cook against the Falcons, it was Abdullah who got the majority of the work as the Vikings backup running back. While this did mean that Ameer got to see the field for 16 total snaps, he wasn’t able to do anything with the work to help him get more touches moving forward. Abdullah had three total carries on offense but for only eight yards. As a kick returner Abdullah wasn’t able to make much of an impact averaging just over 20 yards per return.
Joshua Kalu, Tennessee
Mike Vrabel is outstanding— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 19, 2020
1. he rushes in 46 late (12th man on D)
2. 33 is WTF
3. penalty for 12men
4. Vrabel fakes upset & brings 46 off
-penalty stops clock
-time > yds
-knows HOU will score
- w :04 left, TEN scores tying TD
- move saved 40 seconds & won game pic.twitter.com/wikWKtGuJD
Kalu may have only played one official snap on defense against the Texans and didn’t register a single tackle on special teams but was involved in a notable play as Titans head coach Mike Vrabel used Kalu as a loophole in the rules to stop the clock and allow his team more time to end up winning the game. Sometimes it pays to be standing next to the head coach.
Maliek Collins, Las Vegas
Inactive or Non Participant
Carlos Davis, Pittsburgh
Brent Qvale, Houston
Will Compton, Tennessee
Khalil Davis, Tampa Bay
Darrion Daniels, San Francisco
Luke Gifford, Dallas
Practice Squad or Injured Reserve
Prince Amukamara, Arizona
Randy Gregory, Dallas
Richie Incognito, Las Vegas - IR
Chris Jones, Arizona
Stanley Morgan, Cincinnati
Freedom Akinmoladun, Cincinnati
Devine Ozigbo, Jacksonville - IR