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Northwestern NFL recap: Week 2

Trevor Siemian remains undefeated as an NFL starter

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

A handful of former Northwestern football players saw the field in Week 2 of the NFL season, but once again the story of the week was Trevor Siemian improving to 2-0 as an NFL quarterback.

QB Trevor Siemian - Denver Broncos

Touchdown Trevor turned in another solid performance on Saturday as the Broncos outlasted the Colts 34-20 in Denver. Siemian didn’t throw for a touchdown but completed 22 of 33 passes and threw for a career high 266 yards. His top receiving option was Demaryius Thomas, who was targeted seven times and registered five catches for 90 yards. Trevor also had some help from the Broncos defense, which scored twice off of Andrew Luck turnovers. Von Miller, who forced the fumble that led to the Broncos’ second defensive touchdown of the game shared his praise of Siemian after the game, calling the young quarterback a “legend”.

DE Dean Lowry - Green Bay Packers

Lowry was on the field for six snaps in the Packers 17-14 loss to the Vikings on Sunday night, but the bigger story for Lowry is that Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion sprained his MCL and will miss at least one week. This could potentially open up more playing time for Lowry, who as of now is one of four healthy defensive linemen on the Packers’ active roster, joining Mike Daniels, Christian Ringo and fellow rookie Kenny Clark (although players such as Julius Peppers and Datone Jones can also help out on the line if needed). Green Bay will likely move a player from the practice squad to add some depth to the d-line, but we can still expect Lowry to see a significant increase in snaps next week as the Packers host the Detroit Lions.

OT Zach Strief - New Orleans Saints

Strief started at right tackle in the Saints 16-13 loss to the New York Giants but left in the fourth quarter with a chest injury. He did not return after sustaining the injury and there has been no word from the Saints on the extent of his injury.

S Ibraheim Campbell - Cleveland Browns

Campbell started the game at strong safety for the Browns and played a total of 20 defensive snaps, but was replaced by rookie Derrick Kindred in the second half. Campbell finished with just one tackle, while Kindred made the most of his opportunity and finished with five tackles as Cleveland proceeded to blow a second half lead and lose 25-20 to the Ravens. In his Monday press conference, Browns head coach Hue Jackson said that Campbell is dealing with a hamstring injury, which could lead to the second-year defensive back surrendering more time to Kindred in the coming weeks.

DT Corbin Bryant - Buffalo Bills

Bryant played in 38 defensive snaps and registered one tackle during the Bills’ 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Thursday night. Bryant, along with the rest of the Buffalo defense, had a difficult time keeping the Jets off the field as the unit surrendered 493 total yards and allowed Matt Forte to find the end zone three times and rush for 100 yards.

CB: Sherrick McManis - Chicago Bears

McManis checked in as a nickel cornerback after the Bears’ cornerback Bryce Callahan was knocked out of the game with a concussion during a 29-14 loss to the Eagles on Monday night. McManis finished with two tackles but he, along with the rest of the Bears secondary, struggled to stop Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ passing attack.

Special Teams: Brian Peters - Houston Texans

On special teams, Peters played in 81 percent of the Texans’ snaps and finished with two tackles as Houston moved to 2-0 with a 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.