For the third straight week at least one former USF Bull had a good game, most had quiet afternoons, and one had a game he’d like to forget.
Jason Pierre-Paul- Tampa Bay Buccaneers OLB
Pierre-Paul got an interception for the second week in a row. That’s absurd for any defensive lineman, but particularly for one who doesn’t have all of his fingers. JPP read a screen play and Rams QB Jared Goff made a pretty bad pass that went straight into the former USF player’s hands.
He now has more interceptions on the season than Stephon Gilmore and Jalen Ramsey, two of the highest-paid DBs in the NFL.
.@UDWJPP back at it again— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 24, 2020
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The pick ended up helping the Bucs tie the game at 17, though Tampa would go on to lose. On top of the turnover, JPP had four solo tackles and two passes defended.
Pierre-Paul and the Bucs will be back in action this week against the Kansas City Chiefs
Marquez Valdes-Scantling- Green Bay Packers WR
Coming off back to back impressive games, Valdes-Scantling probably wants to forget this week ever happened.
MVS had a pretty quiet day until the fourth quarter. With just over a minute left in the game he hauled in a 47 yard pass in double coverage that set up the game-tying field goal to take the game to overtime.
DEEP TO @MVS__11 FOR 47 YARDS!#GBvsIND | #GoPackGo— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 23, 2020
In overtime though, he fumbled the ball on the Packers own half of the field, setting up an easy game-winning field goal for the Colts. Green Bay.
One positive note though is that he now leads the NFL in catches of 40+ yards with five of them. MVS will try and put the critical mistake behind him this week as the Packers head to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears
Aaron Lynch- Jacksonville Jaguars, DE
Lynch got playing time in the second straight week in the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In both weeks he’s seen the field on 20% of defensive snaps, though he’s yet to record any stats.
The Jags welcome the Cleveland Browns to Duval this weekend.
Austin Reiter- Kansas City Chiefs C
Reiter seems to have earned his starting role back full-time now. Kansas City’s 35-31 win over the Las Vegas Raiders marked the second straight game he played all the offensive snaps. Earlier in the season there was a four game stretch where he saw limited action on the line.
Kansas City takes on JPP and the Bucs this weekend.
Deadrin Senat- Atlanta Falcons DT
Senat was inactive for the Falcons loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta takes on the Raiders this weekend.
D’Ernest Johnson- Cleveland Browns RB
Johnson didn’t get any carries in the Browns win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Though he got action on special teams and recorded his first two kickoff returns of the season. On two returns he got 40 total yards. Maybe the junkyard dog has carved out a new role for himself moving forward.
We’ll find out for sure this week when the team travels to Florida to take on the Jags.