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Shield Spartans: Week 7 Update

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

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Name Score Completions Attempts Yards TDs INTs QB Rating
Kirk Cousins W 31-30 33 40 317 3 0 124.7
Brian Hoyer L 44-26 23 49 273 3 1 76.3

Kirk Cousins had himself an eventful Sunday, continuing the up and down play that has become commonplace over his NFL career. After multiple weeks with more interceptions than touchdowns, Cousins tied a Washington franchise record for completions on Sunday while leading the team to a franchise record comeback. Washington was down 24-0 to the Buccaneers, before Cousins led a rally including a read-option rushing touchdown. Outside of a fumble by Cousins that was returned for a touchdown, the 4th year pro was practically flawless in his performance.

Clearly coach Jay Gruden believes Cousins is his guy and it was fun to see Captain KIrk reward his coach for his trust. Kirk was pretty fired up after this win:

As good of a week that Cousins had, Brian Hoyer and the Houston Texans had about that bad of a week. The Texans fell behind to the Miami Dolphins 35-0 in the first half Sunday and the Dolphins had five touchdowns before the Texans had gained five yards. Hoyer started the game 1-for-12 with a pick-six thrown and likely would have been replaced if it wasn't for back-up Ryan Mallett being in the doghouse after missing the team flight. Hoyer did end up with three touchdowns when the game was out of hand but his hold on the starting QB spot is going to be tenuous after this week.

Running Backs

Le'Veon Bell was a lone bright star for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, as with Landry Jones getting his first career start, they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 23-13. Bell racked up 121 yards on just 17 carries, an amazing 7.1 yards per carry average. Bell did not reach the endzone on Sunday and the Steelers expect to use him less when Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return for a key match-up with the Bengals in week 8.

Jeremy Langford spent his bye week being the honorary captain for Michigan State's home tilt against Indiana. He was able to spend some time with his teammates also on break from the NFL, Bennie Fowler and Darqueze Dennard.

Wide Receivers

Keith Mumphrey made his biggest impact in the kick return game Sunday with a 29 yard average and a long of 41 yards. He did have a single reception for 16 yards. Keshawn Martin was inactive for the Patriots' win on Sunday over the New York Jets. Bennie Fowler and the Denver Broncos were on a bye.

Tight Ends

Dion Sims who is being praised as a part of the Miami turnaround this season had a single reception for -3 yards on Sunday. Garrett Celek and the 49ers were on their bye week this week.

Offensive Line

Dan France and the Cincinnati Bengals did not have a game this week.

Defensive Line

Will Gholston had two tackles for the Buccaneers in their loss to Washington on Sunday. Gholston was flagged three times on Sunday, including a costly roughing the passer penalty.He played just 25 snaps at defensive end, even though he was the starter, and he will need to clean up the penalties to regain the playing time he has earned this season.

Domata Peko and the Cincinnati Bengals did not have a game this week.


Max Bullough had one tackle for the Texans in their blowout loss to Miami on Sunday. Taiwan Jones and Marcus Rush are still present on the practice squads of the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers respectively.

Defensive Secondary

Trenton Robinson had five tackles to bring his season total to 30. Trae Waynes had just one tackle for the Vikings at Ford Field against the Lions on Sunday, making a tackle on special teams.

Darqueze Dennard did not have a game this week as the Bengals were on a bye.


Brandon Fields was cut by the New Orleans Saints this week.