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Northwestern NFL wrap-up, Week 3: Trevor Siemian dominates

Yes, dominates. Like, 300-plus yards, four touchdowns dominant.

Denver Broncos v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Another week is in the book, and everyone’s favorite former Northwestern player and current Denver Broncos quarterback was absolutely phenomenal. But we’ll save the best for last. Here’s what all the former Wildcats did this week.

Brian Peters

Peters played on all 26 special teams plays during the Texans’ 27-0 loss to the Patriots. He did not register a tackle.

Corbin Bryant

Bryant started yet again for the Bills, though he played on just 32 defensive snaps (39 percent). He also got in on 10 special teams snaps (31 percent). He registered two tackles—one solo and one assisted, and most importantly, his team ended its ugly start with a dominant, 33-18 win over Arizona.

Dean Lowry

Lowry saw a modest jump in his snaps from last week, getting in on 11 snaps (16 percent) this week. He also participated in six special teams snaps (21 percent). The fourth-round pick made good on his limited opportunities, racking up two tackles, including a tackle for loss in which he dragged down Theo Riddick one line behind the line of scrimmage. The Packers hung on to beat the Lions 34-27.

Sherrick McManis

McManis, the Bears’ special teams captain, played on 23 downs in that department (85 percent) and also got in on one snap on defense. He finished the game with one tackle, and his team lost yet again, this time 31-17 to Dallas. The Bears are 0-3.

Zach Strief

Although snap counts were not available when we went to press, Strief started at right tackle yet again for the Saints, a spot he’s occupied for a long, long time, and he did a really good job once again.

Unfortunately for Strief, his team couldn’t quite keep up in the Superdome, as the Saints fell to the Falcons 45-32 in an absolute shootout. Drew Brees was sacked just twice despite tossing the pigskin 54 times, though.


Is Trevor Siemian elite? He sure looked the part on Sunday, ripping apart the Bengal defense for 312 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Yes, those were his real numbers against a very good defense. Here are some highlights for you to bask in (the NFL doesn’t allow us to embed, but believe us, these are highlights you need to see). His second and fourth touchdowns were especially impressive.

He was really, really, unbelievably good.

He even impressed Mile High Report here, here, and here. That’s when you know he’s made it.

If you haven’t jumped on the Denver Broncos bandwagon, do so soon. Please. Also, does this make Northwestern a quarterback cradle?