Week one of the NFL season has come and gone and even though there’s not many Bulls on active NFL rosters, the few that are made a big impact for their teams.
Marlon Mack - RB Indianapolis Colts
Let’s start with the best performance from opening week. Former USF RB Marlon Mack leads the NFL in rushing yards after posting 174 yards on 25 carries, including a career-long 63 yard TD, against the Chargers.
The Colts ended up falling just short, losing 30-24 in overtime, but Mack scored the game-tying two point conversion in the 4th quarter to send into OT.
The impressive stats he put up were good for the third best by a Colts RB on opening day and the 11th best rushing performance in franchise history. Mack had five 100+ yard rushing games last season and if week 1 is any indication, he should be able to match that easily in his third year in the league.
The Colts stay on the road and head to Nashville to battle the Titans at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling- WR Green Bay Packers
MVS got a national prime-time stage to show off his talents when the Packers beat the Bears 10-3 in a notoriously boring opening night game.
Even though the lack of offense in this game was startling, Valdes-Scantling made one of the few exciting plays all night and it ended up being the difference in the ballgame. In the first half, he hauled in a 47 yard Aaron Rogers throw to set up the Packers for the only touchdown of the game a few plays later.
MVS finished the game with four receptions for 52 yards. He left the game at one point with cramps, but came back on the Packers final drive, so he should be good to go this week when they host the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 pm ET.
Aaron Lynch- LB Chicago Bears
Lynch had himself a good night against the Packers, even in a loss. He notched the 19th sack of his career when he took down Rogers in the third quarter, forcing a 3rd and very long.
The only thing better than Aaron Lynch's sack is his celebration pic.twitter.com/VaXxF8J4QL— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 6, 2019
After that sack, Lynch and MVS dapped each other up. Even though those two never played with each other in Tampa, was still nice to see two Bulls be friendly even in the middle of a game.
That was the only stat Lynch posted but he was getting consistent pressure to the backfield when he was given an opportunity.
The Bears travel to Denver to take on the Broncos this week at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Austin Reiter- C Kansas City Chiefs.
Reiter started the game at center and played every offensive snap. The Chiefs offensive line didn’t allow a sack all day and led the team to a solid 491 yards in a 40-26 beat down of the Jags. Reiter and his crew head out west to take on Jon Gruden and the Raiders at 4:00 ET on Sunday.
D’Ernest Johnson- RB Cleveland Browns
Even though he seemed to barely squeak his way onto the roster, Johnson got some reps in the Brown week one loss to the Titans. On his one carry he gained 13 yards and added two catches for 23 yards too. He also put in some work on special teams, returning one kick for 23 yards.
Johnson and the Browns take on the Jets on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.