Is there any better way to wash away your sorrows from a rough day of college football than a slate of NFL games? For some of you reading this, you join me in taking today off. The Bengals take on a team from the western part of Pennsylvania that we shouldn’t mention on Monday Night Football.
Today, multiple former Cats take the gridiron as the NFL standings continue to take form and we are learning more and more about what each team is truly made of. Here is your Cats in the NFL preview for Week Four:
Thursday night- Eagles 34 Packers 27 (Za’Darius Smith)
Although he was a late add to the active roster due to a knee injury that limited him in practice the week prior, Smith did not record any stats in the Packers loss to the Eagles.
Through the first three games, the Packers defense looked to be stout and Smith seemed like one of the best free agent pickups in the fall season.
On the year now, the former Cat has 3 sacks and 8 total tackles.
1:00 – Panthers @ Texans (Lonnie Johnson)
We could talk about Lonnie Johnson on the field, but I think we would be remised if we didn’t mention his award winning week, off the field.
Johnson was named the NFL Players Association Community MVP following his act of kindness last week. For more on that, check out this article:
On the football field, he picked up his second straight start last week against the Chargers. There, he had six total tackles bringing his season total to nine.
Today, he takes on a Panthers quarterback in Kyle Allen who had an impressive debut last weekend, but still lacks true NFL experience.
4:05 – Buccaneers (Mike Edwards) @ Rams
Like Lonnie Johnson, Mike Edwards had the best game of his young career last week against the Giants. He had four total tackles and combined on two others while also defending on one pass.
Today, he gets a big challenge as he takes on Sean McVay and the defending NFC Champions, the Los Angeles Rams. Edwards should get his opportunities today in a game a lot of people will be watching.
4:05 – Seahawks @ Cardinals (Corey Peters)
Corey Peters is a guy who we seemingly forget to mention when it comes to guys who played at Kentucky and are now at the next level. The former Central HS stud is having a solid career as he enters his age-31 season.
Against Kyle Allen and the Panthers, the Cardinal defense really struggled and Peters paid the price for it – he only accumulated one tackle. Today, he faces a Seahawk team that has issues on the offensive line. If he can take advantage of those, he could be in for a big day.
4:25 – Jaguars (Josh Allen) @ Broncos
Kentucky fans knew it was only time before Josh Allen had a coming out party. On paper, there was no better opportunity than the one against the Titans on national TV last week. Allen took advantage of it, and he recorded two sacks and forced a fumble en route to a massive Jaguar victory.
The Broncos add a lot of intrigue to this matchup. Offensively, they have a veteran Super Bowl winning quarterback in Joe Flacco, Allen could have chances again today though.
4:25 – Vikings @ Bears (Danny Trevathan)
The Bears defense is REALLY good. Trevathan gets overshadowed there by Khalil Mack and Raquon Smith, but statistically he’s having a great season. Last week, he had a sack and forced fumble along with eight total tackles to help the Bears to a dominating win over the Redskins.
The Vikings come to town today bringing a stout running attack against the Bear defense.
8:20 – Cowboys (Randall Cobb) @ Saints (Larry Warford)
This has the makings of being a great SNF matchup. On one side, Randall Cobb had only two catches last week, but the Cowboys took it easy against a horrible Miami team.
On the other side, Larry Warford looks to continue trying to protect a backup quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. Warford is another “forgotten Cat,” but he might have had the best career out of any former Cat currently in the league.
8:15 on Monday night – Bengals @ Steelers (Bud Dupree, Benny Snell)
Excuse me while I go cry in the corner again because two of my three favorites to ever put on the blue and white are now on a team I put in a further along spot than Drew Franklin puts Louisville.
The Bengals have two glaring weaknesses (well, more than two, but still) in their offensive line and linebacker core. Dupree and Snell should both have field days against this weak Bengals team.
Sorry Bud and Benny, I may have loved you in Lexington, but I hope you lose this one by 100. Who Dey!