Even with Nick Chubb on a bye week, ‘RBU’ alums had no problem finding their way into the endzone for their respective teams during this past week in the NFL.
Sony Michel had another big week for the New England Patriots. While he posted a modest 42 yards rushing on 19 attempts, he found the endzone 3 times has helped power New England to a 33-0 win over the New York Jets on Monday night. Benjamin Watson made his debut for the Patriots and caught 3 passes for 18 yards. Jordan Jenkins recorded 3 tackles and a quarterback hit in the loss for the Jets.
Todd Gurley made his return to Georgia as his Los Angeles Rams picked up a 37-10 victory over the struggling Falcons. Gurley had only 47 yards rushing but made an incredible touchdown catch to contribute to the scoring effort.
The touchdown catch came against Vic Beasley, who was taken two spots ahead of Gurley in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Falcons. This had to make Atlanta fans feel even worse as the Falcons — who do not have a Georgia player on their roster — feel even worse.
What a catch by @TG3II!
— NFL (@NFL) October 20, 2019
Chubb — who spent Saturday in Athens to see Georgia’s 21-0 win over Kentucky — will face off against Michel this week, as the Patriots and Browns play on Sunday.
Two former Bulldogs had standout defensive games this weekend, as Geno Atkins and Justin Houston both had multi-sack games for their respective teams. Atkins brought down Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew twice, but it wasn’t enough to guide the Cincinnati Bengals to a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cincinnati has not yet won a game this year. Former Bulldog AJ Green has not yet played for the Bengals, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
Houston was a one-man wrecking crew for the Indianapolis Colts, as he finished with 2.0 sacks and 4 quarterback hits. The former Bulldog made things incredibly difficult for Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson, as the Colts were able to pick up a 30-23 win that puts them in the driver’s seat for the AFC South title.
Matthew Stafford once again had a huge game for the Detroit Lions, as he threw for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings. But it wasn’t enough, as the Detroit defense got torched by the Minnesota offense. The Vikings won 42-30, pushing Detroit’s record to 2-3-1.
A couple of Georgia wide receivers also had some success this weekend. Javon Wims of the Chicago Bears scored his first career touchdown, as he hauled in a 6-yard pass in Chicago’s 36-25 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Chris Conley meanwhile had a season-high 83 yards for the Jaguars in their win over the Bengals. He also caught a two-point conversion.
As for this week’s Top Dawg — our weekly honor that honors the former Bulldog who had the best week in the NFL — we’re going to go with Houston. He’s continued to be an impactful player for the Colts, even after getting cut by the Chiefs this offseason. On the season,
Top Dawgs in the NFL
Week 1: Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears
Week 2: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Week 5: Sony Michel, New England Patriots
Week 6: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Week 7: Justin Houston, Indianapolis Colts
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