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Cats in the NFL: Week Nine Recap

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This week was a busy week for former Kentucky Wildcats playing in NFL, with eight players suiting up for their respective teams. Here’s a quick look at how those former Cats matched up against their competition.

Pittsburgh Steelers 26 – Indianapolis Colts 24

With Benny Snell Jr. out this week nursing his knee back to full strength, the lone former Cat going for the Pittsburgh Steelers was Bud Dupree who continued his great season. Dupree finished with just three tackles, but two of those were quarterback sacks. One of sacks was a strip sack and he recovered a fumble as well on the way to a close win for the Steelers. Dupree now has five sacks over his last five games.

Philadelphia Eagles 22 – Chicago Bears 14

In what was one of the worst offensive performances you’ll see in the NFL, the Chicago Bears struggled to get anything going against the Philadelphia Eagles in today’s game. The Bears finished with just 164 total yards and only ten completed passes. The defense did what they could, only giving up two touchdowns and just field goals the rest of the way. Former Cat Danny Trevathan finished tied for second on the team in total tackles with six, including one tackle for a loss. The Bears hope for better luck next week at home against the Detroit Lions.

Los Angeles Chargers 26 – Green Bay Packers 11

It isn’t often that you see the Green Bay Packers get dominated for four quarters the way the Chargers dominated them earlier today. Only 45 rushing yards total and Aaron Rodgers only passing for 161 yards was a recipe for an embarrassing loss for one of the best teams in the NFL. Za’Darius Smith had a big game on defense, with a second on the team eight tackles to go with a half of a sack. The Packers still sit pretty at 7-2 on the year, hosting Carolina next week. Despite his performance on field, the questions for Smith after the game were about his marijuana citation off the field earlier this week.

Carolina Panthers 30 – Tennessee Titans 20

The pride and joy of our own Drew Franklin, the Tennessee Titans fell victim to the Christian McCaffrey led Carolina Panthers this afternoon. McCaffrey finished with 146 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards, and three total touchdowns. Former Cat and NFL veteran Wesley Woodyard did his best at chasing McCaffrey around the field all day, racking up 8 tackles, but it clearly was not enough as the Titans fell to 4-5 on the season.

Houston Texans 26 – Jacksonville Jaguars 3

Keeping up with the theme of former Cats on defense, Josh Allen and the Jacksonville Jaguars were no match for Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans as the Jags fell 26 -3. The rushing attack for the Texans was extremely strong, with 216 total rushing yards. Allen had a slow day as well, finishing with just two total tackles, neither of which were for a loss. Jacksonville will go into the bye week with a 4-5 record. Lonnie Johnson was out this week for the Texans with a concussion and is week to week going forward.

San Francisco 49ers 28 – Arizona Cardinals 25

The Thursday night game was a lot closer than anyone would’ve guessed, as the undefeated 49ers struggled to stave off Kyler Murray and the Cardinals in Arizona. Corey Peters was a captain for the Cardinals today, and had two total tackles plus one tackle for a loss in the losing effort. Peters and the defensive line struggled to pressure quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as he wen toff for 317 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes. Arizona sits at 3-5-1 on the year as the travel to Tampa Bay next week to take on the Bucs.

Seattle Seahawks 40 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34

Another game that was closer than most would expect was the overtime thriller between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former Cat Mike Edwards only tallied one tackle, as he and the rest of the Tampa Bay secondary were torched by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Wilson finished with 378 yards through the air and five touchdowns, including the game winner with 6:22 left in overtime. Sitting at 2-6 on the year, the Bucs host the Arizona Cardinals next week with hopes of getting back on track after four consecutive losses.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 8:15pm ET on Monday Night Football

The lone former Wildcat still to play is Dallas Cowboys’ receiver Randall Cobb. In his first season with the Cowboys after playing his whole career in Green Bay, Cobb has 19 receptions for 239 yards and one score on the season. Tune in tomorrow night to watch the Kentucky fan favorite in action.


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