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Shield Spartans: Week 6 Update

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

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks

Name Score Completions Attempts Yards TDs INTs QB Rating
Kirk Cousins L 34-20 25 43 196 1 2 77.4
Brian Hoyer W 31-20 24 36 293 3 0 119.3

Brian Hoyer had a pretty stellar week after taking over the Houston Texans starting job again. Hoyer took advantage of an overwhelmed Jaguars defense and had his third game this season with a QB rating over 100. Hoyer had just four games with a rating over 100 in his career coming into the season. Hoyer had the opposite day compared to Kirk Cousins, as Hoyer was able to have success throwing the ball downfield and he seems to be building a strong relationship with wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Kirk Cousins continues to have turnover issues as for the second straight week he threw two interceptions to just a single touchdown. Cousins was rated as the worst quarterback of the week by Pro Football Focus and this was not a pretty thing to read for Spartans fans:

Cousins completed just 58.1 percent of his passes, with the number dropping to 40 percent when he was under any kind of pressure. On passes that traveled more than 10 yards in the air, he was a dreadful 3-for-12 for 46 yards and an interception. His 4.6 yards per attempt was the lowest mark among all QBs this week.

With Robert Griffin III being made active yesterday by Washington, the time is now for Cousins to improve if he wants to hold onto the starting position.

Running Backs

Le'Veon Bell has had an eventful week since our last update. Bell started off the week last Monday by scoring a walk-off game winning touchdown to lead the Steelers over the San Diego Chargers. Bell had 21 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown on Monday Night Football and followed that up yesterday with a hard earned 88 yards on 24 carries as the Steelers got a nice win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers lost Michael Vick during the game to an apparent concussion, resorting to former Sooner Landry Jones. It is probable that Bell will continue to see the box stacked against him as the Steelers passing game will have to prove effective.

Jeremy Langford returned to the state of Michigan Sunday as the Chicago Bears lost to the Detroit Lions in overtime. Langford got five carries for just ten yards, but he did punch in his second career touchdown on a one-yard goal line carry. Langford also did show some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield with one reception for seventeen yards.

Wide Receivers

Keith Mumphrey had just two catches for a total of eight yards. In the return game Mumphery returned two punts for twelve yards and one kickoff return for fourteen yards. Keshawn Martin had just one reception in the New England Patriots' win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football, but Martin made it count as he gained 39 yards. It was a diving catch for Martin and was a career long reception. Bennie Fowler was a team captain for the Broncos yesterday, but did not catch a single pass.

Tight Ends

Garrett Celek started on Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers and actually played 12 more snaps than longtime superstar Vernon Davis. Celek did not register any catches on the day. Dion Sims returned to action for the Miami Dolphins as they defeated the Tennessee Titans 38-10. Sims caught a 16 yard touchdown and finished the day four catches for 33 yards.

Offensive Line

Dan France was not active on Sunday for the Bengals.

Defensive Line

Domata Peko was credited with three assists on tackles as the Bengals went to 6-0 on the season. Will Gholston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on a bye week.

Linebackers

Max Bullough had no tackles for the Texans but was used in the game as a 2nd blocking tight end on offense. 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 had what some are calling his best career game on Sunday. Dennard recorded his first career interception and was graded out as the best Cincinnati defender by Pro Football Focus. With Dennard playing a career high 48 snaps, perhaps his time has come to shine in the NFL. Trenton Robinson recorded six tackles for Washington, continuing to shows some promise as an NFL safety, but he was banged up in this game, spraining his ankle and thumb. Trae Waynes came off the bench for the Vikings in their win over Kansas City, but had to be bailed out by a dropped pass as the Chiefs attacked him right away. It has been a disappointing year for the rookie but he did record three tackles on Sunday.

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Specialists

Brandon Fields had a less than stellar game in the Saints Thursday win over Atlanta, as he punted a touchback and even with a 57 yard punt still only averaged 33.5 net yards.