Former Bulldog Mecole Hardman continues impressive start to NFL career with Kansas City Chiefs
For the second week in a row, Mecole Hardman was able to zoom past an opposing secondary and his find way into the endzone. This time Hardman’s touchdown catch was an 84-yarder, the longest of his young career.
He finished the game with only 2 catches for 97 yards, but his touchdown proved to be vital as the Kansas City Chiefs pulled out a 33-28 victory to improve to 3-0. Hardman also played a role on special teams, as he cleanly fielded Justin Tucker’s onside drop-kick attempt at the end of the game.
Mecole Hardman 83 yards to the HOUSE. Speed kills.pic.twitter.com/Dkq0F3Cgcu
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 22, 2019
As for the rest of the Bulldogs in the NFL this week, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to lead his team to another win over a 2018 playoff team, as the Lions took down the Eagles. Stafford threw for 201 yards and a touchdown on the day, but he helped the Lions maintain their unbeaten record on the season and move to 2-0-1.
As for the former Georgia running backs in the league, it was a tougher day. Sony Michel did find his way into the endzone for his second touchdown of the season, but he finished the game with only 9 carries for 11 yards. The New England Patriots were able to win 30-14.
Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb actually played against each other as the Rams and Browns met on Sunday night. Gurley was kept in check all night, as he finished with a season-low 43 rushing yards and no receptions on the game.
Chubb finished with 96 rushing yards and 4 catches, but his day had to be equally frustrating given his usage. The Browns called a disastrous draw play to Chubb on fourth and 9, which predictably did not work. Then in the final minute of the game and with the Browns trailing by a touchdown, Cleveland never gave Chubb a carry despite having a first and goal situation and having all three timeouts.
Gurley and Chubb did meet up after the game and swap jerseys afterwards.
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 23, 2019
Defensively, Thomas Davis continued his strong start to the 2019 campaign, as he finished with another 7 tackles and .5 sack. Through three weeks, Davis is third in the NFL in tackles with 33.
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins picked a sack and had 5 tackles in Cincinnati’s 21-17 loss against the Buffalo Bills. Former Bulldog Isaiah McKenzie had 3 carries for 10 yards and a 9-yard reception.
While Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd didn’t have standout games, they were a reason Washington had a miserable night offensively. The Chicago defense forced 5 turnovers and registered a pick-6 in the 31-15 win.
As for this week’s Top Dawg, our weekly award which goes to the former Bulldog who had the best week in the NFL, we’re going to give it Hardman. As long as the rookie continues to find his way into the endzone, he’s going to continue to be an impact player for the Chiefs.
Top Dawg in the NFL
Week 3: Mecole Hardman, WR Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2: Mecole Hardman, WR Kansas City Chiefs
Week 1: Leonard Floyd, OLB Chicago Bears