‘Noles in the NFL: Week Two

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With the league on lock by Jalen Ramsey, Sebastian Janikowski’s left leg hanging on by a thread and well, Jameis being Jameis, FSU Football stands as one 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.

Ladies and gentlemen, last Saturday was one to forget. It flat out stunk for Seminole fans of all ages. Losing to Syracuse for the time since 1966 never yields optimism, especially when it is a 30-7 game that made the Orange’s d-line look like Alabama’s. Nevertheless, week two in the NFL fared far much better results for the former ‘Noles who took the field over the weekend.

Cincinnati’s 34-23 win over Baltimore

Right Tackle and former BCS National Champion Bobby Hart and this Cincinnati offensive line had another solid performance in a rather ugly Thursday night football game. Hart was considerably better than his performance last Sunday versus the Colts. Hart and his counterparts kept QB Andy Dalton off his back as they did not allow a sack against Don Martindale’s defense.

Kansas City gives Pittsburgh its second loss of the season

Not the start most people in Pittsburg would have imagined and Kansas City is now sitting 2-0 with Patrick Mahomes flashing his upside. Apart from the loaded arsenal of offensive weapons around him, Mahomes can credit a lot of this year’s early success to his offensive line. With that, OT Cam Erving faced a daunting task of facing Pro-Bowl lineman Cam Heyward for four quarters. However, he owned up to the task well as the Chiefs allowed only one sack on the day, that of which was not on Erving’s side of the line. Erving wasn’t the only ‘Nole to shine Sunday. Linebacker Terrance Smith recorded five solo tackles in the 42-37 win on the road at Heinz Field.

For Pittsburgh, rookie Mathew Thomas recorded no stats on the day while veteran linebacker Vince Williams recorded four solo tackles in the disappointing defensive performance.

New York falls to 1-1 with 20-12 home defeat versus Miami

Nothing too electric here as only one ‘Nole played between both teams. Terrence Brooks’ one solo tackle was all FSU fans could brag about in this one. 

Eagles at Buccaneers

First off, wanted to use this opportunity to shed some light on Garrison Sanborn as he was responsible for long snapping duties last week. Next, who would have believed anyone if they said Ryan Fitzpatrick would have Tampa Bay 2-0 after defeating the defending Super Bowl Champions with another masterful performance? I would not have, but he really did it.

For Philly, Ronald Darby had another stout performance, picking up where he left off last week. The cornerback recorded eight tackles, a pass defended, and one interception on a terrible day for the secondary as a group. Nigel Bradham had a solid opener coming off his one-game suspension. The linebacker recorded eight tackles (three solo), a tackle for loss, and one sack on the day in the 27-21 loss.

Cleveland pulled another Cleveland in week two versus the Saints

After taking an 18-3 lead with one quarter to play, the Browns were well, the Browns, as Hue Jackson and his defense gave up 18 unanswered points in the week two loss. Just like Saturday in the Carrier Dome, former ‘Noles were limited as Patrick Robinson carried the load with five tackles (four solo) on the day. PJ Williams recorded no stats.

Washington’s 20-9 loss to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts

Chris Thompson put forth another display showing he can still serve as a promising all-purpose back. The running back led the team with 13 receptions for 92 yards on the day. His 13 catches on 14 targets are only one shy of a Redskins record. As for kicker Dustin Hopkins, he was only reason Washington was even on the scoreboard as he went three for four on field goals with a long of 49 yards.

The Chargers got back to .500 after a 31-20 win over Buffalo

You have to somewhat feel bad for Kelvin Benjamin, as his quarterback play is not exactly up to par. Benjamin had only two catches for 19 yards, despite hauling one in for a touchdown. On the other side of the ball, however, and not for Buffalo, Derwin James is solidifying that he belongs in the National Football League. The talented rookie is already flashing signs of consistency at the highest level as he was once again all over the field just as we saw in his NFL debut. James led the team with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a QB hit, and one pass defended. James and Gus Bradley’s system are a match made in heaven.

Minnesota and Green Bay give us the league’s second tie in a matter of weeks

I can’t preach much about Xavier Rhodes, and how he has once again shown why he is one of the most valuable corners in the league. His consistency is unmatched as the All-Pro DB tallied a team-leading eight tackles against Aaron Rodgers and his offense. Although what I was most impressed with is Dalvin Cook’s development as a running back. His ball skills and athletic ability are no question. His versatility was on display once again as he had 10 carries for 38 yards, and three receptions for 52 yards. However, blocking is what I always questioned with Cook, and his effort to set up a block downfield for Stephon Diggs after a fifteen-yard reception stood out the most to me. Watch the effort by Cook in the tweet below. 

Atlanta looked sharp in 31-24 win over Carolina

Running Back Devonta Freeman was ruled out for the game after suffering a knee contusion in week one’s opener versus Philly. Despite being a minor injury, expect Freeman to be out a few more weeks; which in the long run can play a factor with Atlanta’s front office preparing for a crucial off-season. Kicker Graham Gano did his thing again, nailing all three PAT’s and a lone 54-yard field goal attempt.

The Rams destroyed the Cardinals in a 34-0 slaughter

Not much to say here as the score says it all. Beloved Seminole and former captain of the 2013 BCS National Champion Squad, Safety Lamarcus Joyner played but recorded no stats in a shutout performance versus Sam Bradford and the Cardinals offense.

Matthew Stafford and the Lions took a disappointing loss to Jimmy G and the 49ers

In what was one of my favorite games over the weekend, linebacker Christian Jones made me reminisce back to his days in the garnet and gold as his six tackles (five solo) were tied for the team lead. Jones also recorded a sack to go along with two QB hits on the day.

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders lost a tough one at the Mile High Stadium

Former Seminole C Rodney Hudson played a pivotal role for Oakland as they faced, in my opinion, the deepest defensive line in the league of the Denver Broncos. Hudson and this offensive line were solid as they only allowed one sack on the night to, you guessed it, Von Miller.

Brady and Bellicheck couldn’t put it together in 31-20 loss to Jacksonville

Jacksonville played this one with a chip on its shoulder. Jalen Ramsey didn’t see much action as Brady and OC Josh McDaniels avoided him for much of the night. Ramey recorded three solo tackles, and LB Telvin Smith had a stellar day, leading the team with eight tackles as his defense limited Brady to just over 230 yards. Staying on the positive note, Jacksonville re-signed fourth year WR Rashad Greene after initially being released to activate a running back following Leonard Fournette’s injury in week one.


Bengals WR Auden Tate (Inactive)

Bengals WR Kermit Whitfield (Practice Squad)

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (Knee Contusion)

Broncos DE Demarcus Walker (Inactive)

Broncos S Trey Marshall (Practice Squad)

Texans OT Roderick Johnson (Practice Squad)

Patriots TE Ryan Izzo (Undisclosed Injury)

Saints OT Rick Leonard (Practice Squad)

Giants WR Travis Rudolph (Practice Squad)

Eagles DE Josh Sweat (Inactive)

Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan (Herniated Disk Surgery)

49ers LB Dekoda Watson (Hamstring)

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (3 Game Suspension)

49ers WR Bobo Wilson (Practice Squad)

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