Northwestern football players had a rough Week 14, as only two players were able to secure victories over the weekend.
Trevor Siemian - Denver Broncos
After missing one week with a high ankle sprain, Trevor Siemian looked a bit rusty in a 13-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Trevor threw for over 300 yards, but it took him 51 pass attempts. However, the main culprit for Denver’s struggles was its disastrous rushing attack, which only gained 18 yards on the day. Denver out-gained the Titans in yardage and limited Marcus Mariota to 88 passing yards, but the Broncos still lost after allowing the Titans to rush for 180 yards.
Dean Lowry - Green Bay Packers
Dean Lowry picked up another sack! One week after notching his first career against the Texans, Lowry blew past the Seahawks’ pitiful offensive line and brought down Russell Wilson for career sack No. 2. Hopefully this earns Lowry some more playing time. The Packers blew out the Seahawks at a snowy Lambeau Field to stay in the NFC playoff picture.
Zach Strief - New Orleans Saints
Advanced stats aren’t for losers, they’re for winners like Zach Strief! New Orleans currently leads the league in run blocking according to Football Outsiders. New Orleans also has the best right tackle in the NFL by adjusted line yards, and Zach Strief has played every snap there in 2016. I’d like to point out that Strief was drafted in the seventh round, meaning that each NFL team had five to six chances to take a long-term starter at right tackle and whiffed.
Brian Peters - Houston Texans
Peters made one tackle on special teams, but he also played one snap at linebacker, which almost never happens. The Texans beat the Colts 22-17 in a pivotal AFC South matchup.
Ibraheim Campbell - Cleveland Browns
The Browns are 0-13 and could legitimately complete the 0-16 season. Campbell played 28 snaps in the Browns’ loss to the Bengals and made four tackles.
Dan Vitale - Cleveland Browns
It was not a great day for Dan Vitale, who only played nine snaps for Cleveland and dropped a wide-open pass in the end zone.
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Sherick McManis - Chicago Bears
Sherick McManis had one combined tackle in Chicago’s loss to the Lions.