Rodrigo Blankenship, Nick Chubb deliver strong Week 2 NFL performances
Neither Nick Chubb or Rodrigo Blankenship had the debuts they wanted to the 2020 season. Chubb had a fumble as the Cleveland Browns lost 38-6 against the Baltimore Ravens, while Blankenship doinked a field goal as the Colts lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But both bounced back nicely in Week 2. Chubb got things started on Thursday night when he rushed for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Browns in their 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. AJ Green caught just 3 passes for 29 yards in the loss.
Chubb also had a number of acrobatic runs during the game.
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) September 18, 2020
Blankenship played a key role in the Colts’ 28-11 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The Colts struggled finishing drives but fortunately for them Blankenship connected on all four of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra points.
— Rodrigo Blankenship (@RodTheKicker3) September 22, 2020
Among some of the other Bulldogs in the NFL this past weekend, the Bears-Giants game featured seven former Bulldogs. Linebacker Roquan Smith led the Bears with eight tackles as Chicago improved to 2-0. For the Giants, Andrew Thomas got the start again at left tackle. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter notched his first sack of the season while also adding four tackles.
Lorenzo Carter with the sack pic.twitter.com/CVW5Ol7GkB
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 20, 2020
Fellow former outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins also had a sack for the New York Jets in their 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Detroit Lions lost again on Sunday, falling to the Packers 42-21. Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. D’Andre Swift caught 5 passes for 60 yards while also carrying the ball 5 times for 12 yards.
One former Bulldog made his first career start this week, as Lamont Gaillard was the starting center for the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals earned a 30-15 win and gained 438 total yards on the day.
As for our Top Dawg, our weekly honor that goes to the former Bulldog that had the best week, we’re going with Blankenship. Kareem Hunt also had a big day for the Browns, while Blankenship continued to come up big for Indianapolis in the second NFL game of his career.
Top Dawgs in the NFL
Week 2: Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis Colts K
Week 1: Leonard Floyd, Los Angeles Rams OLB
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