‘Noles in the NFL: Week Five

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With the league on lock by Jalen Ramsey, Sebastian Janikowski’s left lang hanging on by a thread and well Jameis being Jameis,  FSU Football stands as on the most represented collegiate programs in professional football.

With players such as Dalvin Cook, Nigel Bradham, and Patrick Robinson supplementing the big name guys such as Xavier Rhodes, Devonta Freeman, and Telvin Smith Florida State Fans should have little to no problem looking for the former Seminoles studded throughout the league.

With that being said, professional football is officially back and NoleGameday is here to give you week by week coverage of former Florida State players as the NFL’s regular season gets underway for its 99th season.


Thursday Night:

There is only one ‘Nole between the two teams that took the field Thursday night. The rookie TE Ryan Izzo of the New England Patriots in still listed as an Injury Reserve due to a high ankle sprain he suffered earlier in the preseason.



Jets move to 2-3 after a promising home performance against Denver.

Fifth-year veteran and Former BCS National Champion Terrence Brooks was quite for the night after being banged up in the early in the contest. He later returned after being examined from team doctors. Despite returning to his preferred position during the offseason, DE Demarcus Walker once again did not receive any playing time in the Jets 18 point loss. Safety Trey Marshall is still listed on the Broncos practice squad.

Green Bay is back to .500 after 31-23 loss to Detroit.

LB Christian Jones recorded two solo tackles and one tackle for the Lion’s second win on the season. Expect to see this Lion’s defense bolster under former New England DC Matt Patricia, and with rookie Rb Kerryon Johnson supplementing QB Matthew Stafford with a consistent run game now, I look forward to seeing the Lion’s progress and adapt to the culture Patricia and his staff are trying to establish in Detroit.

New York loses in back to back weeks after a devastating two-point loss to Carolina.

Newton had his ups and downs, and Odell Beckham Jr threw for 57 yards with one touchdown pass in this crazy matchup Sunday afternoon. However,  Kicker Graham Gano deserves the spotlight in this one. The veteran kicker put Carolina on his back after accounting for almost half of the Panthers points alone. Gano went 3/3 on all his PAT’s to only be followed by going 4/4 on all field goals, and that’s not to mention the monster 63-yard game-winning field goal that put Carolina 3-1 on the year.

Josh Allen has the Bills one game away from .500 after one point victory over Tennessee.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin has continued to struggle since his transition to Buffalo. Benjamin recorded a total of one reception for eleven yards on the day.

Pittsburgh sends Atlanta home 1-4 after dominating victory.

Pittsburgh offense decided to wake up after Week 4’s disappointing performance versus Baltimore. In regards to the ‘Noles on Pittsburgh, LB Vince Williams was placed on the inactive list this week while he recovers from a hamstring injury. Despite  Pittsburgh’s longest-tenured LB missing his first ever singular game, the defense hunkered down to hold this potent Falcon’s offense to only 17 points last Sunday. Falcon’s Rb Devonta Freeman returned to the starting lineup this week and tallied 32 yards on eight carries as Atlanta went down three possessions early in the second half.

Bake wins his first career home start over Baltimore.

Another pair of teams met up this week that did not have any former Seminole’s included on their roster. Aside from that, maybe Head Coach Hue Jackson and this 2018 Cleveland Browns team are really trying to pursue the greatest turnaround in sports history. The Browns are now 2-2-1 through five games, and already one double the number of games this year than they have in the last 600 plus days.

Cincinnati is off to a hot start after a 10 point victory over Miami.

After going down 17-0 at the half, Andy Dalton and this Bengal’s offense turned things around with 27 unanswered points, 24 of them coming in the fourth quarter. WR Auden Tate was once again inactive this week despite Cincinnati falling short a  receiver due to injury. Things were not much promising for OL Bobby Hart. On paper, the win looks good, but Hart has continued to have disciplinary problems on the field due to costly penalties. On a more positive note for Seminole fans, beloved TE Nick O’Leary just recently signed with the Dolphins, and already showing a promising role in blocking for Miami’s rushing duo of Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake.

Kansas City put it to Jacksonville in 30-14 fashion.

Defense usually prevails when a top-ranked defense faces off against a highly touted offense. This was not the case Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri. Despite the 30 point performance by the Chiefs, Jalen Ramsey squandered the talk between him and Tyreek Hill. The All-Pro Defensive Back limited Hill to only 61 yards on the day, half which came on a 32-yard reception against the Former FSU standout. Telvin Smith also did his thing proving himself as the leader of the Jaguar’s defense with a team-leading 13 tackles on the day. WR Rashad Greene was once again released by Jacksonville to promote DB Quenton Meeks prior to last week’s matchup.

The Chargers move to 3-2 after 26-10 win over Oakland.

Derwin James and this Chargers defense showed up this weekend as they faced off against the brilliant offensive mind of Jon Gruden. James had a rather quiet week compared to his previous performances, but his presence was still felt. The rookie recorded five total tackles and one tackle for loss during the Bay Area Battle. Raiders C Rodney Hudson has continued to do his job, although this offensive line unit as a whole continues to struggle.

Philadelphia versus Minnesota turned out to what we thought it would be.

After an impressive 17-3 start by Minnesota, Philadelphia was able to make it interesting with 15 point fourth quarter. DB Ronald Darby had his ups and down as he recorded four solo tackle during the disappointing output put forth by this Eagle’s secondary. On the other hand, LB Nigel Bradham had himself a day recording seven tackles (five solo) and one fumble recovery on a “backward pass”. As for the Vikings, Xavier Rhodes was decent on the day as he recorded three solo tackles with one pass defended. Second-year RB Dalvin Cook did not play as he continued the trend he saw all week at practicing as he tested the hamstring.

Pete Carroll and this Seattle Seahawks Unit’s early season struggles continue.

The Seattle Seahawks suffered their third loss on the season as they hosted the red-hot LA Rams to a west coast showdown Sunday evening. Despite the holes to fill among the Seahawk roster, the kicker is not one of them. The old man Sebastian Janikowski was once again reliable for this Seattle offense as he split the uprights on a 52-yard bomb. He was also a perfect 4/4 on PAT”s for the day.

Houston took down the Cowboys 19-16

Not much to state here other than OT Roderick Johnson was oddly resigned after the Texans initially cut him from the active roster.


Monday Night:

Drew Brees conquered another milestone in week five win against Washington.

Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time passing leader after going an impressive 26/29 for 363 yards against the 2-2 Redskins. Saints DB PJ Williams was quiet during the impressive performance by the Saints defense. He recorded two tackles on the night. As for Washington, the running game continued to struggle as former FSU RB Chris Thompson received the majority of the carries. Thompson had eight carries for 17 yards and with six receptions for 45 yards through the air.

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