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Northwestern NFL recap: Week 1

It was a mixed bag, but Trevor Siemian stole the show.

Oakland Raiders v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Quite a few Northwestern alumni were on the field for Week 1 of the NFL:

QB Trevor Siemian - Denver Broncos

I think this blog has plenty of Touchdown Trevor coverage. Here is a link to the highlights:

DE Dean Lowry - Green Bay Packers

Lowry was surprisingly listed at No. 1 on the depth chart for the Green Bay Packers’ Week 1 contest against the Jaguars. Lowry didn’t get much playing time, however, as the playing time on the defensive line was mostly shared between veterans Letroy Guion and Mike Daniels along with others. Lowry played seven snaps and made his first NFL tackle. The on-field temperature in Jacksonville was around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a far cry from Lowry’s Evanston days.

OT Zach Strief - New Orleans Saints

At 32, Strief is still a very good right tackle. He may be unheralded, but there’s no way Drew Brees would have thrown for 423 yards and 4 touchdowns without Zach Strief’s efforts. He played on every Saints offensive play and the New Orleans offensive line limited certified monster Khalil Mack and his Oakland teammates to just one sack. The Saints had all kinds of time for Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead to get open down the field, but lost 35-34 to the Raiders.

S Ibraheim Campbell - Cleveland Browns

Campbell also played every single snap as he anchored the Browns’ secondary against Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. He had five combined tackles and a quarterback hit but, unsurprisingly, the Browns were unable to stop the Eagles and lost 29-10.

DT Corbin Bryant - Buffalo Bills

Bryant played 60 percent of Buffalo’s snaps against the Baltimore Ravens. The veteran posted three combined tackles and was forced to stay on the field for much of the game as the Bills’ offense sputtered. The Bills’ defense limited the very elite Joe Flacco to just 13 points, but the Bills only managed to score seven points themselves in a disappointing road loss.

Special Teams: Sherrick McManis - Chicago Bears

McManis, now one of the Bears’ captains, played in almost all of the Bears’ special teams sets. He also had a solo tackle.

Special Teams: Brian Peters - Houston Texans

On the other side of the field as McManis, Peters had a tackle on special teams as well. The Texans came out ahead in this battle of Northwestern alums with a 24-14 victory.