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Shield Spartans: Week 5 Update

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Taking our weekly Monday look at how former Spartans did on Sunday

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Before getting into how the Spartans did this week in the NFL I wanted to highlight the efforts of another former Spartan, Jemele Hill. Hill is leading a fundraising drive, on this HATE WEEK, to raise funds to test more than 12,000 rape kits that were found abandoned in a police warehouse in Wayne County in 2009. Hill will face off against Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy who will represent the Wolverines in this week's fundraising drive. Be sure to head to aa490challenge.org to donate and lead the Spartans to a victory in this amazing fundraising effort.

Quarterbacks

Name Score Completions Attempts Yards TDs INTs QB Rating
Kirk Cousins L 25-19 21 32 219 1 2 69.7
Brian Hoyer L 27-20 24 31 312 2 1 116.6

This week on "As The World Turns" Bill O'Brien still can't decide which quarterback is his true love. Thursday once again saw Brian Hoyer take the reins for an ineffective Ryan Mallett, this time in the first half, against the Indianapolis Colts. Hoyer had a pretty good effort, good enough to mean he will start in week 6, but O'Brien has not guaranteed that this is Hoyer's team going forward. Hoyer did have one touchdown come via a Hail Mary at the end of the first half but he also threw a brutal pick to end any chance of a Texans' win in the 4th quarter. Bill O'Brien is firmly on the hot seat in Houston, so Hoyer's success is vital to the 2nd year coach. Hopefully, Hoyer gets more than a one week turn at the starting job.

Kirk Cousins once again struggled with interceptions in Washington's loss to Atlanta. Cousins played strong in the fourth quarter after an inconsistent first three quarters leading Washington to a game tying drive with less than a minute to play. However, in overtime on a route where it appeared that his receiver fell down, Cousins threw a game ending pick six. It was a bad way to wrap up a pretty mediocre week for Captain Kirk who will look to bounce back next week.

Running Backs

Le'Veon Bell will be featured on Monday Night Football tonight as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the San Diego Chargers.

Jeremy Langford had just 2 carries for -2 yards so that is not good. But, he did have one catch for 14 yards that shows the Bears are at least trying to find ways to get him involved in the offense.

Wide Receivers

Keith Mumphrey got the start for the Houston Texans on Thursday night with the Texans having a depleted wide receiving corps. Mumphrey once again finished the game with four catches, but this time only tallied 23 yards on those receptions. Keshawn Martin also had 23 yards receiving, but got his yards in just two catches in the New England Patriots' thrashing of the Dallas Cowboys. Bennie Fowler had two catches also to the tune of 46 yards with one catch being a long 41 yard jaunt.

Tight Ends

Garrett Celek has been in the NFL since 2012 and finally got his first career touchdown catch on Sunday Night Football as the 49ers lost to the New York Giants. Celek finished with three catches for 26 yards. Dion Sims and the Miami Dolphins were on a bye week

Offensive Line

Dan France was not active on Sunday for the Bengals.

Defensive Line

Will Gholston got his second straight start at defensive end but did not register a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Domata Peko registered two tackles as the Bengals moved to 5-0 on Sunday.

Linebackers

Max Bullough was promoted to the active roster for the Houston Texans but he did not register any tackles on Thursday. Taiwan Jones and Marcus Rush are still present on the practice squads of the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers respectively.

Defensive Secondary

Darqueze Dennard recorded two tackles for the Bengals on Sunday. Trenton Robinson recorded four tackles for Washington and picked off a pass as well. He also appeared to injure himself celebrating a missed field goal but on twitter after the game said it was due to a cramp. Trae Waynes and the Minnesota Vikings had a bye week.

Specialists

Brandon Fields made his return to the NFL signing on with the New Orleans Saints while their usual punter rehabs an injury. Fields punted six times with a 36.2 yard average and a long kick of 57 yards.