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Shield Spartans: Week 10 Update

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Taking our weekly look at former Spartans in the NFL

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Quarterbacks

Name Score Completions Attempts Yards TDs INTs Rating
Kirk Cousins W 47-14 20 25 324 4 0 158.3
Brian Hoyer W 10-6 12 22 123 0 1 51.9

Kirk Cousins had himself a career day on Sunday. The 4th year pro had a perfect passer rating while being able to present the game ball to his father Don who had just completed six weeks of cancer treatment. The four touchdowns was a career high for Cousins as well and his performance as of late has his coach talking about wanting to keep him around past his contract expiring this offseason. Cousins will have a great chance to prove his doubters wrong this weekend if he can continue his hot play against a much better defense, the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

Brian Hoyer and the Houston Texans got the win over the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, but unfortunately for Hoyer he was unable to finish the game. Hoyer left the game in the third quarterwith a concussion and will have to pass the concussion protocol before returning to play. Hoyer, an Ohio native, had a tough time against the Bengals defense completing just over 50% of his passes before he got hurt but he did happen to be the leading rusher for the Texans at halftime with 15 yards. Hoyer had an eventful week as during a team meeting coach Bill O'Brien apologized to the Texans' team for benching Hoyer after a week one loss to Kansas City saying he had made a mistake. We at The Only Colors wish Brian the best of health and hope he can return to action as safe and possible.

In bonus news Drew Stanton made the Internet Hall of Fame celebrating this Arizona Cardinals touchdown run in a Sunday night win over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Running Backs

Jeremy Langford is really taking advantage of his increased role with the Chicago Bears in the absence of starter Matt Forte. Langford finished with 73 yards rushing on 20 attempts, with a touchdown, but made his biggest impact through the air catching 7 balls for 109 yards and a touchdown. Langford also ripped off an 83 yard receiving touchdown on a screen pass, where he displayed speed that I have to admit I never knew he had during his time at Michigan State.

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Langford is getting justifiable praise for his recent play and has 324 all-purpose yards in the past two weeks. With Forte turning 30 next season it is a great time for Langford to show that he can be the heir apparent in Chicago.

Le'Veon Bell corrected a fan who said he was "glad he tore his ACL" by letting the fan know that he indeed did not tear his ACL.

Wide Receivers

Bennie Fowler had one catch for the Denver Broncos worth 17 yards as they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. Keshawn Martin is still battling a hamstring injury but was mentioned by quarterback Tom Brady as someone he expects to step up and play a role now that the Pats will be without receiver Julian Edelman, who was lost to a foot injury. Keith Mumphery played just five snaps at wide receiver for the Houston Texans but did return 3 kickoffs for 21 yards and returned one punt for ten yards.

Tight Ends

Dion Sims collected one catch for eight yards as the Miami Dolphins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles. Kellen Davis did not have a catch for the New York Jets and was targeted on the Jets' last play on 4th down to try and beat the Buffalo Bills on Thursday. Unfortunately, for David and the Jets, it looked like there was a miscommunication as the throw was well over the head of Davis in the endzone who looked like he may have ran the wrong route.

Garrett Celek and the San Francisco 49ers had a bye week.

Offensive Line

Dan France is still on the Bengals practice squad.

Defensive Line

Will Gholston played 36 snaps for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a win over the Dallas Cowboys recording a sack and two tackles total.

Domata Peko had his third sack of the season and assisted on two more tackles in the Bengals loss.

Linebackers

Max Bullough didn't have any tackles on defense but was a part of three tackles on special teams for the Texans. Taiwan Jones is still on the New York Jets practice squad and Marcus Rush is still on San Francisco's practice sqaud.

Defensive Secondary

Trae Waynes had one solo tackle, while also assisting in two other tackles as the Vikings defeated the Raiders in Oakland. Darqueze Dennard had ten defensive snaps for Bengals and 21 snaps on special teams. The 2nd year pro finished with one tackle assist. Tony Lippett was in the lineup for the Dolphins and did register his first career tackle.

Trenton Robinson played zero snaps on defense for Washington Sunday, as he was replaced by Jeron Johnson, but he did play 20 snaps on special teams. Kurtis Drummond returned from a concussion to dress in just his second career game but made zero tackles.