It was a quiet week for UConn in the NFL. Out of the ten Huskies currently on NFL rosters, only two showed up on stat sheets this week. Occasionally, this can be attributed to bye weeks, but only Ryan Griffin and the Houston Texans have that excuse.
Cornerback Byron Jones has been the best overall performer through 10 weeks of play, but this weekend’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles would require a special effort from Jones and this Cowboys defense.
Jones responded to the hostile environment with two tackles and a deflected pass, helping lead the Cowboys to their first road win of the year. Though Carson Wentz racked up 360 yards and two touchdowns, key stops and a crucial interception led to the 27-20 margin of victory. The Cowboys are now in second place in the NFC East, despite an underwhelming season.
On the flip side, the Kansas City Chiefs won another game, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 26-14 and improving to a league best 9-1 (tied with the LA Rams). Furthering his string of perfection, Anthony Sherman hauled in a two-yarder from Patrick Mahomes.
While a fullback is rarely going to blow you away with his yardage, a consistent set of hands provides a great safety blanket for a young quarterback. Sherman is now 6-for-6 on the season, as it continues to look like the Chiefs are Super Bowl contenders.
Fans of the New England Patriots will have to wait until after the bye week for a peak at the newly-acquired Obi Melifonwu, but he’s expected to make an impact in their secondary.
The Patriots suffered a brutal loss to the Tennessee Titans and will be looking to rebound against the struggling New York Yets in week 11. There should be plenty of opportunity for Melifonwu, as Jets quarterback Sam Darnold lead the league in interceptions.
Seattle Seahawks DT Shamar Stephen was another noticeable absence, with his first blank box score since week 4. He’s dealing with a minor foot injury that led to limited play on Sunday and that could carry over into the shortened week.
Currently listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Green Bay Packers, Stephen is expected to play. That should provide UConn fans with a nice little post-game snack after the Syracuse game.