Georgia rookies D’Andre Swift, Tae Crowder shine in Week 6 of NFL season
Georgia rookies Tae Crowder and D’Andre Swift certainly looked like they’ve made an adjustment to the NFL after both had their best weeks of the collective season.
Swift topped 100 yards for the first time in his NFL career, as he ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries. He became the first Lions rookie to top 100-yards in a game and score touchdowns in a game since the great Barry Sanders did.
Because of Swift’s big day, in Jacksonville, Fla., where he went 3-0 against the Florida Gators, former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford didn’t have to do much as he threw for 223 and a touchdown in Detroit’s 34-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Crowder racked up a career-high 10 tackles for the New York Giants. But the rookie’s biggest play came in the fourth quarter when he recovered a Kyle Allen and returned it 43-yards for what proved to be the game-winning score.
Not a bad week for the last player taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. For the first time all season, the Giants got a win, thanks in part to Crowder’s fourth-quarter heroics.
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Crowder wasn’t the only former Georgia linebacker to stand out this weekend, as Roquan Smith once again led the Chicago Bears in tackles on Sunday. Smith’s 12 tackles now give him 52 on the season. He ranks fifth in the league in tackles. Chicago came away with a 23-16 win over the Carolina Panthers to move to 5-1 on the season.
Former Georgia wide receiver AJ Green had his best game of the season on Sunday, as he caught eight passes for 96 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. Rodrigo Blankenship made all four of his extra points as well as a 40-yard field goal as the Colts turned a 21-0 deficit into a 31-27 win over the Bengals.
Todd Gurley carried the ball 20 times for the Atlanta Falcons against the Minnesota Vikings for 47 yards. But the Falcons were able to come away with their first win of the season as they beat the Minnesota Vikings 42-23. Gurley ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns and eighth in rushing yards on the season.
As for this week’s Top Dawg, our weekly honor that goes to the former Bulldog that had the best week in the NFL, it goes to Crowder. Swift had a phenomenal week for the Lions but Crowder made the decisive play in the game for the Giants. And that winning score just narrowly gives him the edge over Swift.
Top Dawgs in the NFL
Week 6: Tae Crowder, New York Giants LB
Week 5: Andrew Thomas, New York Giants OT
Week 4: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs WR
Week 3: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns RB
Week 2: Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis Colts K
Week 1: Leonard Floyd, Los Angeles Rams OLB
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