It was a busy week for Northwestern players in the NFL as Trevor Siemian returned from his shoulder injury and started for the Broncos. However, only two Northwestern players were able to notch victories on the weekend.
Trevor Siemian - Denver Broncos
After Paxton Lynch was unimpressive last week in a loss to the Falcons, Trevor Siemian returned for the Broncos for a tough Thursday night test at San Diego. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers took an early lead on the Broncos and held on for a 21-13 victory.
Siemian was unable to get much going on offense until late in the game as San Diego’s defense limited Denver’s offense to just 3 points through three quarters. Siemian was hurt by two fumbles from his receivers and was forced to throw the ball 50 times in a vain attempt to make up a 19-3 deficit late in the game. His offensive line didn’t do him any good either, as Denver was called for several holding penalties, including one in the end zone for a safety.
Zach Strief - New Orleans Saints
Zach Strief continues to play at an All-Pro level at right tackle. According to Football Outsiders, the Saints have the third-best right tackle in the NFL by adjusted line yards. With Strief playing every snap at that position, we can assume that Strief is currently the third-best right tackle in the NFL. Oh yeah, and the Saints offense went off for 41 points in a win against the Panthers.
Corbin Bryant - Buffalo Bills
The Bills survived an early deficit and obliterated Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers 45-16. The Bills were only up 24-16 at the start of the fourth but the Niners completely imploded and allowed 21 points in the quarter. Corbin Bryant saw his lowest snap count of the season and appears to be more of a run-stuffer at the moment. He did a good job, however, as Carlos Hyde was held to just 52 yards on 14 carries.
Dean Lowry - Green Bay Packers
The Packers were gashed by Ezekiel Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys in a 30-15 loss at Lambeau Field. Dean Lowry only played three snaps and hasn’t made much of an impression at Green Bay thus far.
Ibraheim Campbell - Cleveland Browns
The Browns almost won a football game! Unfortunately, they failed on a two-point conversion and their comeback fell short. Ibraheim Campbell played well though and looks healthy. He recorded three tackles.