Former Georgia standouts had a quiet Sunday in Week 5 of the NFL regular season.
Titans center Ben Jones perhaps put in the most noteworthy performance in his team’s 30-17 triumph against the Dolphins. The former Second-Team All-SEC lineman helped hold Miami sackless in the victory. It is just the third time in Tennessee’s last 67 games the O-line has kept the quarterback upright all game. The Titans also rushed for 235 yards en route to their first two-game win streak since 2013. Miami safety Reshad Jones also was featured in the contest. The Pro Bowl player had 3 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a 24-23 victory against the Eagles. He was 19-of-25 passing for 180 yards. It was his lowest total since Philadelphia held him to 151 passing yards in Week 14 of 2013. Still, Stafford had 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, leading to a season-high 135.0 passer rating in the win. Check out his crafty touchdown pass to Marvin Jones in the second quarter:
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Bengals star wideout A.J. Green had a relatively quiet afternoon in his team’s 28-14 loss against the Cowboys. Dallas employed a deep-zone Cover 2 on defense, inviting a Cincinnati running attack and limiting Green’s downfield options. The former SEC Freshman of the Year had 4 catches on 8 targets for 50 yards.
Strong safety Shawn Williams also started for the Bengals. The fourth-year pro recorded 3 tackles.
Dallas, suiting up arguably the best O-line in the league, neutralized Cincinnati star defensive lineman Geno Atkins. He failed to record a tackle.
Rams defensive captain Alec Ogletree put in another stat-stuffing performance. He had 6 tackles in a 30-19 loss to the Bills. The Rams were down three starters on the D-line, and Buffalo rushed for 193 yards — the most against L.A. all season.
Running back Todd Gurley found the end zone for the third time in 2016 in the loss. He rushed for 72 yards on 23 carries against Buffalo. Last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has not eclipsed 85 rushing yards all season, averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Gurley’s 1-yard rushing touchdown against the Bills was L.A.’s first this season in the Coliseum.
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Vikings kicker Blair Walsh may have had the easiest day in Minnesota’s 31-13 win against the Texans. Walsh kicked 4 extra points and nailed a 19-yard gimme in his only attempt. It was a much-needed light load after he missed 5 field goals through the first four games. Walsh made 87.2 percent of his field-goal tries in 2015. He missed a 27-yard game-winning attempt with 22 seconds remaining in the wild-card playoff game last season against the Seahawks. Many blame the traumatic miss for his slow start this season.
Texans linebacker Akeem Dent and second-year defensive back Corey Moore also saw action. Dent picked up 1 tackle and Moore 2 after the latter replaced Quintin Demps at strong safety.