Mecole Hardman, Rodrigo Blankenship continue hot starts to 2020 NFL season
A number of Georgia Bulldogs have strung together some strong starts to the 2020 NFL season and providing points to their teams.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has done just that for Kansas City, as he’s scored touchdowns in back-to-back games for the 4-0 Chiefs. Hardman helped put away the New England Patriots on Monday night with a 6-yard touchdown catch to put Kansas City up 19-10 over the New England Patriots.
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2020
Through four games, Hardman has 11 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns, as he scored against the Baltimore Ravens last Monday night.
Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship had another productive day for the Indianapolis Colts as he connected on all four of his field-goal attempts as well as adding an extra point in the Indianapolis Colts 19-11 win over the Chicago Bears.
Blankenship now leads the NFL in made field goals with 12.
— Rodrigo Blankenship (@RodTheKicker3) October 5, 2020
He wasn’t the only Bulldog for the Colts to impact the game, as linebacker Justin Houston added another sack to go along with his two tackles for loss. Houston now has 3.5 sacks on the season, placing him fourth in the league in the category.
On the other side for the Bears, former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith had another productive day as he racked up 13 tackles for the Chicago in a losing effort. This loss was the first of the year for Chicago.
From an injury standpoint, it was a tough week for a number of Bulldogs. Both Lawrence Cager and Jordan Jenkins both left the Thursday night games with injuries for the New York Jets.
Then on Sunday, running back Nick Chubb picked up a knee injury that forced him to leave the game for the Cleveland Browns. Chubb is expected to miss six weeks with an MCL injury but according to Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, the injury will not require surgery.
Doctors believe Browns’ RB Nick Chubb is expected to miss about six weeks, per source. https://t.co/iQ5dIVMlpq
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 5, 2020
Chubb’s fellow former Georgia running back Sony Michel also will go on IR due to a quad injury. Michel did not play in the New England loss to Kansas City.
Two of Georgia’s running backs in the NFL were able to find the endzone this weekend. Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley scored twice while rushing for 57 yards. But it wasn’t enough as Atlanta once again lost, dropping to 0-4 on the season.
For the Detroit Lions, rookie D’Andre Swift scored a touchdown, hauling in a Matthew Stafford pass for the Lions. Stafford would throw three touchdown passes on the day, but it wasn’t enough to take down the New Orleans Saints, as the Lions lost 35-29.
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As for our Top Dawg, the weekly honor given to the Bulldog who has the best week in the NFL, we’re going to go with Hardman this week. Making a huge play in one of the biggest games of the week is certainly enough to win the honor, though Blankenship had another strong outing and is perhaps having the best season of any former Bulldog to date.
Top Dawgs in the NFL
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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