We’re almost a quarter of the way through the NFL season and the Bulls in the NFL have been extremely hot and cold so far. This week, three USF alumni had productive weeks that helped give their teams wins.
Let’s take a look at what happened around the league this week for the former Bulls.
Marlon Mack - RB Indianapolis Colts
Mack bounced back from a pedestrian game in Week 2 by helping the Colts secure a 27-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Mack Attack was Indy’s leading rusher with 74 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. On top of that, he had a four-yard touchdown run where he made two guys miss in the backfield, sprinted to the outside, stiff armed a defender who probably left an imprint in the turf and crossed the pylon for 6.
He helped out in the passing game too, adding 14 yards on his two catches.
Mack will be back in action, hopefully with that savage stiff arm we all know and love, on Sunday against the Fighting Jon Gruden’s at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling- WR Green Bay Packers
MVS was the Packers’ leading pass-catcher in a 27-16 win over the Denver Broncos. Valdes-Scantling couldn’t break the 100 yard mark, but he came damn close with six catches for 99 on the day. Thanks Aaron Rogers, couldn’t have gotten him one more yard?
40 of those yards came on one play where MVS blew by his defender and Rogers just dropped a pass into his hands as he fell to the ground for a touchdown.
ANOTHER Rodgers Strike— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 22, 2019
He finds Marquez Valdes-Scantling and the Packers (-7) are up early. pic.twitter.com/cTlJaZRqB4
The Packers take the field again tonight against the Eagles, hopefully they won’t be wearing those ugly throwbacks again.
Austin Reiter- C Kansas City Chiefs.
Reiter played every snap again for the Chiefs in a nice 33-28 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The KC offense moved the ball well, as always, with over 500 yards total and four TD’s. Reiter helped protect star QB Patrick Mahomes as he threw for 374 yards and three TD’s.
Reiter’s one obvious miscue of the day happened on a fourth down conversion attempt. His snap to Mahomes was too low and made it impossible for the play to work. Mahomes didn’t look to happy with Reiter after it happened. But, at least it didn’t hurt them and they still came out with a win.
Reiter and the Chiefs will play again on Sunday at 1:00 as they head to Detroit to take on the undefeated Lions.
Aaron Lynch- OLB Chicago Bears
Lynch mixed in a lot with the Bears in their 31-15 Monday Night Football victory over Washington. Lynch got one assisted tackle, but committed a penalty too. That didn’t hurt the Bears at the end of the day. So far on the season, he has played 16 percent of all of the Bears defensive snaps, second lowest on the team.
Lynch will hope to get more playing time this week against the Vikings at 4:25 on Sunday.
D’Ernest Johnson- RB Cleveland Browns
Johnson didn’t show up on the stat sheet during the Browns’ loss to the Rams this weekend. He played sparingly, basically only on third downs as a pass protector. Maybe USF’s Junkyard Dog will get more chances Sunday against the Ravens at 1:00.