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Cats in the NFL: Week 11 Recap

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With several former Kentucky Wildcats sitting out this week due to injury or their team being on a bye, it was a slower week of NFL action for the Big Blue Nation. Here’s a look at how those who did suit up fared in this week’s games.

Dallas Cowboys 35 – Detroit Lions 27

The Dallas Cowboys offense continues to be one of the most productive units in the league as Dak Prescott tallied up 444 passing yards to go with three touchdowns. One of those touchdown passes went to former Cat, Randall Cobb, for a 19-yard score. Cobb finished the game with four catches on seven targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. Chris Westry was inactive for today’s game as he deals with a shoulder injury. The Cowboys move to 6-4 on the season and maintain first place in their division. They travel to New England next week for a big matchup with Tom Brady and the Patriots in Foxborough.

Cleveland Browns 21 – Pittsburgh Steelers 7

In this week’s Thursday Night Football game, the result was overshadowed by the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph situation.

But on the former Kentucky Wildcats side of the game, Bud Dupree totaled four tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss. The Steelers take on the winless Bengals in Cincinnati next week, a team that is off to their worst start in franchise history at 0-10.

New Orleans Saints 34 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

The New Orleans Saints bounced back from their bad loss last week to the Atlanta Falcons by beating up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints offensive line, anchored by former Cat Larry Warford, gave up just one sack, which was in a type of wildcat formation with Taysom Hill taking the snap rather than a true quarterback. That lone sack came at the hands of rookie former Cat, Mike Edwards. Edwards was second on the team with six total tackles, five of them solo, to go along with the quarterback sack.

Indianapolis Colts 33 – Jacksonville Jaguars 13

In what was supposed to be a huge comeback game for the Jacksonville Jaguars with Nick Foles back at the helm, the Indianapolis Colts thwarted that idea with a big second half. Josh Allen had just two tackles today but did record his eighth sack of the year. Allen’s eight sacks are tied for the franchise record for a rookie. Unfortunately for Allen, his defensive unit struggled for most of the day, giving up 264 rushing yards to the Colts, including two different running backs both going over 100 yards on the ground.

Baltimore Ravens 41 – Houston Texans 7

In a matchup of two ACC college quarterback stars turned NFL stars, the Deshaun Watson vs Lamar Jackson game didn’t turn out to be much of a highly contested affair. The Ravens continue to dominate almost every game they play this season, as Lamar Jackson had 222 passing yards, 86 rushing yards, and four touchdowns through the air. Lonnie Johnson recorded three tackles before leaving the game. Johnson was carted off the field in the third quarter with an apparent right foot injury. Fingers crossed that the injury isn’t too serious for the former Cat.

San Francisco 49ers 36 – Arizona Cardinals 26

One of the best games of Sunday’s slate, the 49ers pulled out a win over the Kyler Murray led Arizona Cardinals in a game that had five lead changes in the second half. In fact, San Francisco was actually down 26-23 with less than a minute to go in the game before scoring on a long pass play, and then returning a fumble for a score to end the game. Former Cat Corey Peters had just two tackles, but was effective in clogging holes in run defense. The Cardinals held the third-best rushing team in the NFL to just 34 yards on the ground. Unfortunately, the secondary wasn’t of much help, giving up 424 yards through the air.


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

3 Comments for Cats in the NFL: Week 11 Recap

  1. MacAssassin123
    6:37 am November 18, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky continues to produce quality NFL prospects. It’s a shame that UK doesn’t get a similar level of respect from NFL owners as the some of the bigger name teams like OSU,Bama,or Clemson all because they are deemed a basketball school. It is what it is I guess.

    • makeitstop
      7:54 am November 18, 2019 Permalink

      The NFL doesn’t care if ur a basketball school, they care if u can play. Big Ben went to Miami of Ohio, Brett Fabre went to Southern Miss, – heck Lamar Jackson went to UL, a basketball school, Nick Fitzgerald to Harvard, traditional powerhouse. Randy Moss went to Marshall, right? They don’t care. As we recruit and develop better players we will see more drafted and more playing time. OSU and Alabama and LSU produce a ton of pros bc they recruit a ton of talent which is why they win a ton of games. We’re making a mark but it isn’t reputational, it’s just talent.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:31 am November 18, 2019 Permalink

      Right, makeitstop. The sheer numbers involved in football take a lot of the guesswork out of draft decisions, because it’s based more on combine numbers than in basketball. If you don’t measure up to expectations in the workouts, it doesn’t matter where you went to school.