Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Dwight Lowery, FS, Indianapolis Colts (NFL): One week after Paul Kruger and John Hughes of the Cleveland Browns gave Tennessee Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota his official welcome to the NFL moment with a tandem sack that separated the kid from his helmet, a shoe, and the football, Lowery added to the initiation by providing Mariota’s first pro interception and his first pick-six. Those happened on one play in the second quarter. Later on, Lowery intercepted Mariota again to set up another Colts TD in an eventual 35-33 victory.
Charles Woodson, FS, Oakland Raiders (NFL): The 38-year-old sealed the Raiders’ 27-20 win in Cleveland — snapping the team’s 11-game road losing streak — with an interception on the Browns’ final drive in the final minute. Woodson also had six tackles and two pass breakups. His 61 career interceptions are the most among active NFL players, and he’s now had at least one pick in each of his 18 pro seasons. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s weekend that was:
Morgan Burns, CB, Kansas State (NCAA) — After his defense allowed Oklahoma State to easily march down the field and score on the opening possession of Saturday’s game, Burns took matters into his own hands on special teams. His 86-yard kickoff return began a barrage of 45 unanswered points by the Wildcats in what would be a 48-14 victory. Burns, a junior cornerback, also had six tackles.
Arizona Cardinals (NFL) — So what if they did it against Brandon Weeden and not Tony Romo? The Cards’ secondary was the difference in Sunday’s 28-17 win over the Cowboys. Safety Tyrann Mathieu had a third-quarter interception in the red zone that prevented Dallas from getting a go-ahead score; cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s fourth-quarter INT set up the Arizona TD that essentially sealed the victory; and cornerback Patrick Peterson was the man primarily responsible for holding Cowboys star wideout Dez Bryan to just two catches for 15 yards. Continue reading
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